Repeats of some of our favourite interviews from 2008.

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Remember that all Kim's interviews from 2008 are available as audio-on-demand. Click on the Older Programmes link in the Saturday Morning Audio Archive box at left, to find the ones you are looking for.

On the Saturdays from 27 December 2008 to 24 January 2009, between 10:00am and midday, Radio New Zealand National will be broadcasting episodes of A Prairie Home Companion.

We look forward to resuming our normal programming on Saturday 31 January 2009.

Saturday Morning Summer Selections for 24 January 2009

8:12 John Gray: the death of utopia

Political philosopher and author; his most recent book is Black Mass.
First broadcast on 26 April 2008

9:05 Kate De Goldi: the influence of Ursula Nordstrom

Kate De Goldi, whose novel The 10pm Question (Longacre, ISBN: 9781877460203) was published in 2008 to wide acclaim, had an ongoing series of discussions with Kim Hill during 2008 on the influence of American children's books editor Ursula Nordstrom.

These discussions covered many authors and books, including:

Dear Genius; the letters of Ursula Nordstrom
edited by Leonard S Marcus
(HarperCollins, ISBN: 9780064462358)

The novels of Meindert DeJong, illustrated by Maurice Sendak:
The Wheel on the School (1954)
The House of Sixty Fathers (1956)
Shadrach (1957)
Journey from Peppermint Street (1968)

Books written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak:
Where the Wild Things Are
In the Night Kitchen
Outside Over There
Very Far Away

Books by Ruth Krauss:
A Hole is to Dig
The Carrot Seed
A Very Special House
I Want To Paint My Bathroom Blue
I'll Be You and You Be Me
The Growing Story

Books by E.B. White, illustrated by Garth Williams:
Charlotte's Web
Stuart Little

Other books illustrated by Garth Williams:
A Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
The Laura Ingalls Wilder books reissued under Ursula Nordstrom
The first Frances book by Russell Hoban

I Can Read books:
Else Holmelund Minarik: the Little Bear series, illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Syd Hoff: Sammy the Seal, Danny the Dinosaur, A Horse in Harry's Room
Arnold Lobel: the Frog and Toad books, Owl at Home, Mouse Tales
Peggy Parish: the Amelia Bedelia books
Russell Hoban: the Frances the badger books
Lillian Hoban: the Arthur the chimpanzee books

Books by Russell Hoban:
The Mouse and his Child (1968)
How Tom Beat Captain Najork and his Hired Sportsmen (1974)
The Marzipan Pig (1986)
The Trokeville Way (1996)

Music played during the programme

Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip: Thou Shalt Always Kill
From the 2007 album: Angles
(Lex Records)
Played at around 8.55am

Fleet Foxes: White Winter Hymnal (fragment)
From the 2007 album: Fleet Foxes
(Sub Pop)
Played at around 9.59am