Saturday Morning guests, 1 March 2008

8:12 Foreign Correspondent: Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an acclaimed American author and political analyst. He is an associate editor at New America Media and a regular contributor to a number of online publications, including The Hutchinson Political Report, a blog on race and politics in America. His new book is The Ethnic Presidency: How Race Decides the Race to the White House (Middle Passage Press, ISBN-13: 978-1881032250).

8:25 Tim Harford

Tim Harford is a columnist for the Financial Times and Slate. His first book, The Undercover Economist (Abacus, ISBN-13: 9780349119854) showed how ordinary economics explained everyday curiosities. His latest book, The Logic of Life: Uncovering the New Economics of Everything (Little, Brown, ISBN-13: 9780316027564) delves further into the new economics of rational choice.

9:05 Roz Savage

Following her successful crossing of the Atlantic in 2006, Roz Savage is bidding to be the first solo woman to row across the Pacific Ocean from California to Australia. She is about to launch her second attempt at the three-stage journey.

9:45 Anita Amirrezvani

Anita Amirrezvani was born in Iran and raised in the United States. Her first novel is The Blood of Flowers (Headline, ISBN 978-0-7553-3421-6).

10:05 Playing Favourites with Duncan Sarkies

Playwright, screen writer, fiction writer and stand-up comic Duncan Sarkies is best known for co-writing (with his director brother, Robert) the 1999 hit New Zealand film Scarfies. He has written eight plays, and turned his 1999 Montana Award-winning collection of prose pieces, Stray Thoughts and Nosebleeds (VUP, ISBN: 0-86473-382-8; now out of print), into a touring performance piece with slides, under the title Wild Man Eyes. His debut novel, Two Little Boys (Penguin ISBN: 978-0-14-302091-2), will be published on 3 March; a launch party for the book will be held during the 2008 New Zealand International Arts Festival.

11:05 Sé bastien Soldevila, circus ringmaster

Sébastien Soldevilla is the ringmaster of the troupe Les 7 Doigts de la Main (The 7 Fingers of the Hand), founded in Montreal in 2002 by seven seasoned circus performers. They present two shows during the 2008 New Zealand International Arts Festival: Traces, conceived in collaboration with five young performers, runs from 10-16 March; La Vie runs nightly (except Mondays) to 16 March. The performers will also give an Art Talk on 12 March.

11:25 Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire is the author of four novels for adults and more than a dozen novels for children. His 1995 novel, Wicked: the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (HarperCollins, ISBN 9780060987107), has been developed as a big-budget Broadway musical. He works as a consultant in creative writing for children, and is a founder and co-director of Children's Literature New England, a non-profit educational charity established in 1987.

11:45 Children's Books with Kate de Goldi: Betsy Byars

Kate de Goldi continues her discussion of family stories and profiles a living American legend. Kate will discuss The Blossom Quartet by Betsy Byars (The Not-Just-Anybody Family, The Blossoms Meet the Vulture Lady, The Blossoms and the Green Phantom, A Blossom Promise), The Cartoonist, The Midnight Fox, and Byars' most recent book, The Keeper of the Doves (also about a family but set in the 19th century).

Wellington engineer: Andrew Dalziel
Dunedin engineer: Martin Balch

Music from Playing Favourites with Duncan Sarkies

ZZ Top: Brown Sugar
From the 1971 album: ZZ Top's First Album

Nina Simone: Feeling Good
From the 1965 album: I Put a Spell on You

Talking Heads: Once in a Lifetime
Live version from the 1983 movie soundtrack: Stop Making Sense

Rolf Harris: Two Little Boys
The 1969 single from the compilation album: The Definitive Rolf Harris

Other music played on the programme

Johnnie Taylor: I Could Never Be President
The 1969 Stax single from the compilation album: 20 Greatest Hits

Pontraddulais Male Choir: Memory (from Cats)
From the 1988 compilation album: Welsh Male Voice Choirs

Hot Chip: Made in the Dark
From the 2008 album: Made in the Dark

Duncan Sarkies' unplayed favourites

Bread: Everything I Own
From the 1972 album: Baby I'm-a Want You

Tom Waits: (Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night
From the 1974 album: The Heart of Saturday Night

Pixies: Hey
From the 1989 album: Doolittle

Violent Femmes: Add It Up
From the 1982 album: Violent Femmes

Kate Bush: Babooshka
From the 1980 album: Never For Ever

Saturday Morning repeats

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

Preview: Saturday 8 March 2008

This coming Saturday, Kim will talk to motor sport legend Sir Jackie Stewart, novelist James Meek, and Maori/Japanese musician Ben Kemp.