Saturday Morning guests, 26 January 2008

8:12 Foreign Correspondent: Frances Kennedy in Rome

Frances Kennedy is a New Zealand journalist living in Rome.

8:25 David Mitchell

British novelist David Mitchell was described by TIME magazine in May last year as one of the 100 "people who shape our world". His first book, the multi-perspective, multi-city Ghostwritten (Sceptre, ISBN 978-0340739754), was published in 1999. Since then he has written two Booker Prize-nominated novels, number9dream (Sceptre, ISBN 978-0340747971 and Cloud Atlas (Sceptre, ISBN 978-0340822784). His latest book is Black Swan Green (Sceptre, ISBN 0-340-839926-0), published in 2006. David Mitchell lives in Cork, Ireland, and will be a guest of the 2008 New Zealand International Arts Festival during Writers & Readers Week from 6-11 March. He converses with Ramona Kovel in The Perpetual Dream Machine session at the Embassy Theatre at 9:30am on 12 March, and is part of the Timelords session with Patricia Grace and Alexis Wright at 12:30pm on Thursday 13 March.

9:05 Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

British astronomer Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered pulsars while working under Antony Hewish at Cambridge University. Although Hewish was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1974 for the discovery, Bell Burnell was not included in the citation. She has since worked in gamma-ray, X-ray, infrared, and millimeter wave astronomy. After three years as Dean of Science at the University of Bath she 'retired' in 2004 and moved to a Visiting Professorship at the University of Oxford and a Professorial Fellowship at Mansfield College, Oxford. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of her distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

10:05 Playing Favourites with Andrew Penman of Salmonella Dub

Guitarist and keyboard player Andrew Penman formed the roots/dub/electronic group Salmonella Dub in 1992 with David Deakins (vocals, drums) and Mark Tyler (bass). Last year the group, which now includes Pete Wood on trumpet and trombone, released their sixth album, Heal Me (Salmonella Dub Recordings 5051772), recorded in the bands Hapuku studio in Kaikoura. The band are currently collaborating with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hamish McKeich, on Feel the Seasons Change, with support from musicians Whirimako Black, Richard Nunns, Paddy Free, and the band's VJ, Tim Budgen. This "audiovisual journey through the ancient and modern worlds of Aotearoa" plays in Wellington (TSB Bank Arena, 31 January), Auckland (Aotea Centre, 1 February), Christchurch (Town Hall, 8 February), and Nelson (12 February, Trafalgar Park). Salmonella Dub will also perform at Soundsplash in Raglan on 15 February, and at the Tauranga Colosseum on 16 February.

11:05 Anton van Helden

Anton van Helden has been Te Papa's Marine Mammals collection manager since 1989. A specialist in the study of beaked whales, he is responsible for one of the largest cetacean collections in the world, which features in the Te Papa exhibition Whales - Tohora (to 11 May 2008). Anton maintains the New Zealand Whales Stranding Database and identifies whales for the Department of Conservation. He is also one of the top sleight of hand magicians in New Zealand, and as part of the Wellington Improvisation Troupe will take part in two productions during FringeNZ: an improvised soap opera, The Young and The Witless, and Taking Improv to the 'Burbs!

11:25 Gaynor Parkin

Gaynor Parkin is a practicing psychologist and teaching clinician at Victoria University of Wellington's School of Psychology. She is the co-author (with Sarah Boyd) of I've Had It Up To Here: From Stress to Strength (Consumer, ISBN 978-0-908658-97-8).

11:45 Children's Books with Kate de Goldi

Kate de Goldi will discuss the Ramona series of books by Beverly Cleary as a launch pad for talking about the family story in 20th century children's literature.

Music featured in Playing Favourites with Andrew Penman

Salmonella Dub: Drifting (version)
Originally from the 1999 album: Killervison
(Salmonella Dub/Virgin)
"Rendered" version with Synclavier strings, used as an audio template for the collaboration with the NZSO.

Duke Ellington & his Orchestra with Count Basie: Take the A Train
From the 2001 compilation album: Sunshine - the Cool Sound of a Hot Summer

Herbie Hancock: Watermelon Man
From the 1974 album: Headhunters

Salmonella Dub: Love Sunshine and Happiness
From the 2007 album: Heal Me
(Salmonella Dub/Virgin)

Other music played on the programme:

John Lennon: #9 Dream
From the 1974 album: Walls and Bridges

Humphreys and Keen: Bright Shining Star
From the 2006 album: The Overflow

Chris Knox & the Nothing: The Darkest Star
From the 2006 album: Chris Knox & the Nothing
(A Major)

Salmonella Dub: Kaikoura Rim
From the 1999 album: Killervison
(Salmonella Dub/Virgin)

Cat Power: Lost Someone
From the 2008 album: Jukebox

Nick Drake: Rider on the Wheel
From the 2004 compilation album: Made to Love Magic

Saturday Morning repeats

On Saturday 26 January in Great Encounters between 6:06pm and 7:00pm, you can hear a repeat of Kim Hill's interview with Michael Pollan, author of In Defence of Food, from Saturday 22 December 2007.

The Playing Favourites segment of the Saturday Morning programme is repeated at 4.06am on the Thursday morning following initial broadcast.

Preview: Saturday 2 February 2008

The programme will be broadcast live from Kiwi Foo Camp 2008 in Warkworth. Also know as Baa Camp, this is the second annual "unconference" hosted by Nat Torkington, modelled on the USA Foo Camps of Tim O'Reilly. It's an invite-only weekend of free-form talks involving interesting technologists and scientists, and the business people who work with them. But it won't all be techy; Kim will also be speaking with Liz Calder, the founder and publishing director of Bloomsbury Publishing, and there are some other treats in store.