Saturday Morning with Toby Manhire: 8 September 2012 Kim Hill is on leave - Radio New Zealand National

8:15 Anita McNaught: Syria
8:40 David Frum: the RNC and the DNC
9:05 Guy Lawson: the Octopus
9:40 Layton Duncan: leaving Christchurch
10:05 Playing Favourites with Simon Grigg
11:05 Rosamund Vallings: CFS
11:35 Murray Cook and Greg Page: the Wiggles

8:15 Anita McNaught
Anita McNaught has been a journalist for more than 20 years, living and working all over the Pacific, Europe, South East Asia and the Middle East. She is currently based in Istanbul, Turkey, where she reports for Al Jazeera English.

8:40 David Frum
David Frum is a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast and a CNN contributor. He is the author of seven books, most recently his first novel, Patriots (2012, CreateSpace, ISBN: 978-1-475141-96-2). He served as a special assistant to President George W. Bush in 2001-2002, and in 2007-2008, he served as senior foreign policy adviser to the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign. He has been attending the Republican and Democratic national conventions.

9:05 Guy Lawson
Journalist Guy Lawson has travelled the world reporting on war, crime, politics and sports for publications that include The New Yorker, GQ, Harper’s Magazine and Rolling Stone. His new book,  Octopus: Sam Israel, the Secret Market and Wall Street’s Wildest Con (Scribe, ISBN: 978-1-921844-95-9) tells the story of a hedge fund fraudster and a secret financial cabal.

9:40 Layton Duncan
Layton Duncan is the director of software development company Polar Bear Farm, and founder of mobile health service provider Sense Medical. He writes the From the Hip blog, and will be relocating his business from Christchurch to Melbourne.

10:05 Playing Favourites with Simon Grigg
Simon Grigg is a former record producer, artist and record store manager, record label owner and compiler, and DJ and nightclub owner who played a key role in the careers of many artists including The Suburban Reptiles, The Screaming Meemees, OMC, Nathan Haines, and 3 The Hard Way, and was instrumental in the development of the Auckland club era of the 1980s and 90s. He released, or was behind, over 150 records in New Zealand, and had local number one singles in the 1980s, 90s and 2000s, and gold and platinum discs in 34 countries. Now based in Bangkok, he blogs at Opdiner and Extended Play, and has been developing a New Zealand music and cultural history project.

11:05 Rosamund Vallings
Dr Rosamund Vallings, MNZM, MB BS, has been studying Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as ME) and helping those with the condition, for more than 40 years. She has compiled her knowledge and experience in the new resource book, Chronic Fatigue Sydrome/ME: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Management (Calico Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-877-42902-6).

11:35 Murray Cook and Greg Page
Murray Cook and Greg Page are two of the members (red and yellow) of Australian children’s entertainers The Wiggles. The group have been performing and recording for 21 years, and bring their farewell tour to New Zealand this month, in Wellington, Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill.


On Saturday 8 September 2012 during Great Encounters between 6:06pm and 7:00pm on Radio New Zealand National, you can hear a repeat broadcast of Susie Ferguson’s interview from 1 September with Sir Andrew Motion.

Preview: Saturday 15 September
Next week, Kim Hill is on leave, and the programme will be guest hosted by Mark Cubey. His guests will include Martin Snedden, Wayne Macauley, and Robert and Duncan Sarkies.

 Producer: Mark Cubey
Wellington engineer: Carol Jones
Auckland engineer: Jeremy Ansell
Christchurch studio: Andrew Collins