Guest details for Saturday Morning 10 July 2010

8:15 Grant Morris

Grant Morris is a New Zealand writer who has been living in New Orleans for nearly 20 years. He will be discussing the aftermath and politics around the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

8:35 Briar March

Auckland documentary filmmaker Briar March was the first New Zealander to be accepted into the two-year Masters in Documentary Film and Video course at Stanford University, and was the youngest director to exhibit at the 2004 NZ International Film Festival, with her first film Allie Eagle and Me. Her new documentary, There Once Was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho, is set on the remote Pacific island of Takuu, raising issues around rising sea levels, over-population and management of coastal erosion. It will feature in this year's New Zealand International Film Festivals in Auckland (18 and 21 July), Wellington (27 July), and other centres around the country.

9:05 Andrew Greensmith

Andrew Greensmith is a graduate of the University of Otago, and works at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery, specialising in cranio-facial surgery. He was part of the team that separated the conjoined twins Trishna and Krishna in 2009, and is a keynote speaker at the New Zealand International Science Festival in Dunedin (6-11 July), talking about how technology is changing surgery.

9:45 Kate's Klassic

Kate Camp will discuss the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee William Heinemann, ISBN: 978-0-434-02048-5), which will celebrate its 50th anniversary of publication on 11 July.

10:05 Playing Favourites with Philip Fierlinger

Philip Fierlinger is an award-winning designer with an extensive list of global clients including Apple, Beastie Boys and the United Nations, as well as, National Library and DOC. He is currently Head of Design at Xero, a popular online service for accounting. His father Paul Fierlinger, directed the 2009 animated film My Dog Tulip, with his wife Sandra. The film is based on the 1956 memoir by former BBC correspondent J. R. Ackerley, and is the first feature entirely hand-drawn and painted using paperless computer technology. My Dog Tulip will screen at this year's New Zealand International Film Festivals in Auckland (10, 15 and 18 July), Wellington (21, 22 and 27 July; at which Philip will do Q&A sessions), and other centres around the country.

11:10 Jane Smiley

American writer Jane Smiley received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992 for her best-selling book A Thousand Acres, a story based on Shakespeare's King Lear. She has been a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters since 2001, and chaired the judges' panel for the Man Booker International Prize in 2009. She has just published her thirteenth novel, Private Life (Faber, ISBN: 9780571258741).

11:40 Tom McFadden

American molecular biologist Tom McFadden communicates scientific concepts to children and senior students through rap. He is a guest at the New Zealand International Science Festival in Dunedin (6-11 July), and will be holding a series of workshops, and visiting schools in the region, encouraging students to develop songs that communicate an aspect of science that they enjoy. This will culminate with Science Idol at the festival's Fun and Food Fiesta on 11 July.

Music played during the programme

Playing Favourites with Philip Fierlinger

The Police: Roxanne (live)
Live bootleg recording
Played at around 10:20

U2: Bad (Live)
Recording from the 1984 Live Aid concert
Played at around 10:35

Miles Davis: Honky Tonk
From the 1974 album: Get up With It
Played at around 11:05

Other music

The Moonglows: Sincerely
The 1954 single
Played at around 11:40

Tom McFadden and friends: 3.5 'til Infinity
(home recording)
Played at around 11:45

Tom McFadden: Regulatin' Genes
Live on Radio New Zealand
Played at around 11:55

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Chris Adams
Auckland engineer: Ian Gordon
Dunedin engineer: Rod Morgan