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Guest details for Saturday Morning 13 December 2008

8:15 Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell covered business and science, and served as New York City bureau chief for the Washington Post from 1987 to 1996. He has been a staff writer with the New Yorker magazine since 1996, and authored two New York Times number one bestsellers: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference (from 2000), and Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005). His new social science book, Outliers: The Story of Success (Allen Lane, ISBN: 9780141036243), examines factors that influence success and failure.

8:45 Hilary Pearse

Hilary Pearse lectures in Comparative Politics at the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations, Victoria University of Wellington. Her doctoral dissertation at the University of British Columbia examined party adaptation to coalition and/or minority government in parliamentary systems where single party majority government has been the norm.

9:05 Susan Schenk

Professor Susan Schenk lectures on neuropsychology and drug addiction at the School of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington. She and her team are currently involved in a research project funded by the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand and the Royal Society Marsden Fund to study brain and behaviour changes that occur with compulsive and more casual use of ecstasy and other drugs of abuse.

9:45 Kate's Klassic

Kate Camp will discuss Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen (Penguin Classics, ISBN: 978-0-14-044893-1).

10:05 John Darnielle

John Darnielle is the creative force behind US independent group Mountain Goats, and blogs at Last Plane to Jakarta. The most recent Mountain Goats album, Heretic Pride (4AD Records), was released in February this year. In October, John Darnielle collaborated with Scott Solter on The Satanic Messiah EP, which is available as a download for donation and as a limited edition (666 copies) double-7" vinyl recording in a gatefold hi-gloss sleeve. He also collaborated with guitarist Kaki King on Black Pear Tree, a vinyl- and tour-only EP. Mountain Goats (Darnielle, bassist Peter Hughes and drummer Jon Wurstner) are visiting New Zealand for two concerts, at the Kings Arms in Auckland (17 December) and SFBH in Wellington (18 December).

11:05 Carol Drinkwater

Carol Drinkwater is best-known for her role as Helen Herriott in the television series All Creatures Great and Small, and as the author of four memoirs: The Olive Farm, The Olive Season, The Olive Harvest, and The Olive Route. Her new book, The Olive Tree (Orion Books, ISBN: 978-0-2978-5437-1), traces the routes that olive cultivation has taken over the centuries.

11:40 Gill Pittar

Gill Pittar is a grandmother from Gisborne. She has written around 80 children's picture books around the adventures of Milly and Molly and their multi-cultural friends; the series has sold more than 3.5 million copies in 109 countries, and the animated television series based on the books has been shown across Europe, South America, Scandinavia, Canada, Africa, the Middle East and Australasia.

Music played during the programme

Neil Young: Revolution Blues
From the 1974 album: On the Beach
Played at around 8:40am

Alice Russell: Two Steps
From the 2008 album: Pot of Gold
(Little Poppet)
Played at around 9:45

Classics IV: Spooky
The 1968 single
(Imperial Records)
Played at around 10:05

Mountain Goats: Sometimes I Still Feel the Bruise
From the 2006 EP: Babylon Springs
(Cadmean Dawn)
Played at around 10:15

Frankie Valli: The Night
The 1975 single from the 1972 album: Chameleon
Played at around 10:20am

The Mountain Goats: Satanic Messiah
From the 2008 vinyl and download EP: Satanic Messiah
Played at around 10:30am

The Mountain Goats: Autoclave
From the 2008 album: Heretic Pride
(Cadmean Dawn)
Played at around 10:38am

Kaki King: Bone Chaos in the Castle
From the 2008 album: Dreaming of Revenge
(Velour Records)
Played at around 10:50am<

The Mountain Goats and Kaki King: Thank You Mario But Our Princess is in Another Castle
From the limited edition 2008 tour EP: Black Pear Tree
(Cadmean Dawn)
Played at around 10:55am

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Lianne Smith