Guest details for Saturday Morning 21 August 2010

8:15 Richard Wiseman

Professor Richard Wiseman holds Britain's only chair in the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. A former professional magician, he is the author of a number of books, including The Luck Factor, Quirkology, and, most recently, 59 Seconds (Pan, ISBN: 978-0-330-51160-5), a self-help guide based on science.

8:45 Andrew Dubber

Andrew Dubber is Reader in Music Industries Innovation at Birmingham City University, a member of the Centre for Media and Cultural Research, and a lecturer, author, consultant, public speaker, broadcaster and blogger. He is the founder of New Music Strategies and Music Think Tank, a board member of Un-Convention, a member of the board of advisors for Bandcamp, and author of the free e-book, The 20 Things You Must Know About Music Online. He is in Helsinki for the 9th Nordic Jazz Conference.

9:05 Christopher Vogler

Christopher Vogler is one of Hollywood's top story consultants, and author of the 1992 book, The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, now in its third edition. He has been brought to New Zealand by Script to Screen and the Romance Writers of New Zealand, for workshops and a conference.

9:45 Matt Burgess

Matt Burgess is an economic consultant, and chief executive of iPredict, an online prediction market where predictions are traded like stocks on an exchange and pay $1 each if an event comes true.

10.05 Playing Favourites with Tim Albery

Theatre and opera director Tim Albery has worked with many of the world's top companies. He is the director of the NBR NZ Opera's season of the Opera North production of Verdi's Macbeth, which will be staged in Auckland (Aotea Centre, 18, 21, 23, 25 September) and Wellington (St James Theatre, 9, 12, 14, 16 October).

11:10 Jessica Rudd

Jessica Rudd is a Canberra-born, Brisbane-raised ex-lawyer, ex-campaign worker, and ex-public relations worker who now lives in Beijing. She has written the occasional column, a host of legal letters, countless press releases and one novel, Campaign Ruby (Text Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-92165-657-6), which presciently includes events similar to those that happened to her father, Kevin.

11:35 Steve Talley

Producer and director Steve Talley's experience in factual television extends over a wide range of historical, scientific and current affairs programming and includes experience filming on four continents. Since 2004, Steve has produced or supervised eleven programs in China for Dunedin-based television production company NHNZ, and recently completed filming the NHNZ/ NGCI/WNET co-production, Secrets of the Ghost Army, with unprecedented access to the Terracotta Warrior Museum Conservation lab in Xian.

Music played during the programme

Justin Bieber: U Smile 800% Slower (stretched by DJ Shamantis)
Played at around 8:45

The Five Corners Quintet: Skinny Dipping
From the 2008 album: Hot Corner
(Ricky-Tick Records)
Played at around 9:05

Imelda May: Sneaky Freak
From the 2010 album: Mayhem
Played at around 11:40

Playing Favourites with Tim Albery

Van Morrison: Precious Time
The 1999 single from the album: Back on Top
Played at around 10:15

Dorothea Roschmann, with the Academy for Early Music, Berlin, conducted by Rene Jacobs: Ihr Stummen Fische Seid Dem Gleich (Aria, Act II, Scene V)
From the 3CD box set: Keiser: Croesus
Played at around 10:25

Rufus Wainwright: Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk
From the 2001 album: Poses
Played at around 10:40

Matthias Goerne with Eric Schneider (piano): An Den Kleinen Radioapparat
From the 1998 album: Eisler: The Hollywood Songbook
Played at around 10:55

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Dominic Godfrey
Auckland engineer: Ian Gordon