Saturday Morning guests for 9 February 2008

8:12 Foreign correspondent: Duncan Fallowell in London

Duncan Fallowell is the author of Going As Far As I Can: the Ultimate Travel Book (Profile; ISBN 13 9781846680694).

8:25 David Wiltshire

David Wiltshire is a senior lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Canterbury. His new solution to Einstein's theory of general relativity challenges the belief of many cosmologists that dark energy makes up 76 per cent of our universe.

9:05 Garry Trudeau

G.B. Trudeau has been writing and illustrating the comic strip Doonesbury for 38 years. His syndicated newspaper strips have been collated in a number of anthologies, most recently in The Long Road Home: One Step at a Time (Andrews McMeel, ISBN-13 978-0-7407-5385-5), and are available online. He will be a guest of the 2008 New Zealand International Arts Festival during Writers and Readers Week from 6-11 March 2008.

10:05 Kate's Klassic

Kate Camp will discuss the translation by Seamus Heaney of the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf (Faber & Faber; ISBN 9780571203765).

10:25 Stephen Schwartz

Stephen Schwartz is an American lyricist and composer for musical theatre and film, whose career began with the musicals Godspell and Pippin in the early 1970s. Three of the songs from the movie Enchanted, for which he wrote the lyrics, are nominated for this year's Academy Awards. The Broadway production of his hit musical Wicked, based on the 1995 book by Gregory Maguire, Wicked: the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (HarperCollins, ISBN 0-06-039144-8), has its Australasian premiere in Melbourne in July 2008.

11:05 Food with Annabel Langbein

Annabel Langbein is a cook, gardener and author. Her most recent book is Eat Fresh: Cooking through the Seasons (Annabel Langbein Books, ISBN 978-0-9582029-7-8). She discusses the cook's tool kit, kitchen gadgets and gizmos, and molecular gastronomy.

11:35 Banned Children's Books with Don Long and Kate de Goldi

Discussing the banning, burning, challenging and self-censoring of children's books in New Zealand and overseas, with children's book authors Don Long and Kate de Goldi.

Don is the Wellington chairperson of the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA). Five of his children's books are in the Ministry of Education's Ready to Read series and one, A Quilt for Kiri, was voted the most popular book in the series by young readers.

Kate is the commentator on children's books for the Saturday Morning programme.

From 25 February, the NZSA and Wellington City Libraries present Out Of Reach: the Forbidden Bookshelf, a week of displays, discussion, readings and debate designed to draw attention to the growing practices of banning, sanitising, restricting and bowdlerising children's books.

Wellington engineer: Tony Schwartz
Auckland engineer: Jeremy Ansell

Music played on the programme

Adele: Best for Last
From the 2008 album: 19

David Haskell and Company: Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord
From the 1974 soundtrack album: Godspell

Kristin Chenoweth (Glinda), Idina Menzel (Elphaba) and Company: Defying Gravity
From the 2007 Original Broadway Cast Recording: Wicked

Cass McCombs: Morning Shadows
From the 2007 album: Dropping the Writ

Saturday Morning repeats

On Saturday 9 February as part of Great Encounters between 6:06pm and 7:00pm, you can hear a repeat of Kim Hill's interview from Saturday 2 February 2008, with Liz Calder, founder of Bloomsbury Publishing.

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

Preview: Saturday 16 February 2008

Kim is on leave next week, and the programme will be guest hosted by Oscar Kightley. Oscar is a writer, actor, broadcaster and director He is a member of the Naked Samoans theatre troupe, a star and co-writer of the hit film Sione's Wedding and part of the creative team behind the Bro'town televison series.