8:15 Riley Elliott

Riley Elliott is a shark scientist, spear-fisherman, surfer and scuba diver. He has studied sharks in South Africa and New Zealand, and is pursuing his doctorate in the subject at the University of Auckland. He is involved in the Shark Watch project, and will be speaking at a Shark Whisperers public event with Ocean Ramsey from Hawaii on 16 February in Auckland.

8:45 Lindsey Horne and Leander Schulz

Lindsey Horne and Leander Schulz are two of four Otago university students who last year transformed Dunedin’s worst flat into a low-energy liveable home. They have now developed the Rate My Flat platform, and are one of seven teams who have been participating over the summer in Live the Dream, New Zealand’s first social enterprise accelerator programme. The programme, organised by the Inspiring Stories Trust, aims to grow New Zealand’s next generation of social entrepreneurs and enterprises, and will culminate after ten weeks of intensive workshops in a showcase pitching event in Wellington on 19 February.

9:00 Richie Meyer

Dr Richard J Meyer teaches film studies at Seattle University, Washington, and is President Emeritus of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. He has published widely in film and journalism periodicals, and worked in all areas of film and educational television production, and is the author of three books about film. He was Visiting Scholar at the New Zealand Film Archive in 2012 and 2013, and will present a talk, Wang Renmei and Shanghai Cinema of the 1930s, at Victoria University’s Confucius Institute from 3:30pm on 27 February. The talk will be followed by a presentation of the film Wild Rose, which established Wang Renmei asa leading film star in China.

9:40 Anne Helen Petersen

Anne Helen Petersen is a Doctor of Celebrity Gossip, and teaches media studies at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. She writes about stardom, celebrity, and a host of other media-related issues for various online publications and on her own blog, Celebrity Gossip, Academic Style. Her first book, Scandals of Classic Hollywood, will expand on her writing at The Hairpin, and be published later this year. She is a featured speaker next week at Webstock 2014 in Wellington.

10:05 Playing Favourites with Valerie Davies

Valerie Davies was a journalist in the 1970s, pioneering a column for solo parents in the New Zealand Women’s Weekly that became the popular and long running Family Forum, and creating the Midweek for Women pullout in the Auckland Star. For the last few years, she has been writing about her life and gaining an international reputation with her blog, valeriedavies.com.

11:05 Terry Castle

Terry Castle is Walter A Hass Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, San Francisco. She is the author of seven books of criticism, her new memoir is The Professor and Other Writings (Tuskar Rock Press, ISBN 978-1-84887-740-5), and she is a visual artist and miniature daschund enthusiast. Professor Castle is a guest at Writers Week at the NZ Festival, featuring at two sessions (8 and 10 March).

11:45 Golden Books with Kate De Goldi

New Zealand writer Kate De Goldi is the author of many books, most recently, The ACB with Honora Lee (Random House). She will discuss Golden Legacy: How Golden books Won Children’s Hearts, Changed Publishing Forever, and Became an American Icon Along the Way by Leonard S Marcus (Golden Books, ISBN: 978-0-375-82996-3), and Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Golden Book by Diane Muldrow (Golden Books, ISBN: 978-0-307-97761-8).

Music played during the programme

Details of tracks and artists will be listed on the Playlist section of this page shortly following broadcast.

This Saturday’s team:

Wellington engineer: Carol Jones
Auckland engineer: Jeremy Ansell
Research by Anne Buchanan, Infofind

Music played in this show


London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Williams: Theme from Jaws
From the album: Greatest Hits 1969-1999
Played at around 8:12

Playing Favourites with Valerie Davies

Elina Garanca with the Rai National Orchestra, conducted by Karel Mark Chicon:  I Dreamt I Dwelt In Marble Halls
From the album: Habanera
(Deutsche Grammaphon)
Played at around 10:15

Paul Robeson: Land of My Fathers
From the compilation album: The World’s Greatest Voices of the Century
(Music Masters)
Played at around 10:30

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, and the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Sir David Willcocks: Zadok the Priest
From the album: The World of Handel
Played at around 10:40

The Bach Choir, conducted by Sir David Willcocks: Lord of the Dance
From the album: Family Carols
Played at around 10:50

Joan Baez: Plaisir d’Amour
From the compilation album: Joan Baez, Volume 1
Played at around 10:55