Guest details for Saturday Morning 16 July 2011


8:15 Michael Wolff

Michael Wolff is the founder of, the editorial director of AdweekMedia, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He has written a number of best-selling books, including the 2008 biography, The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch (Knopf, ISBN: 97817411666816).


8:30 Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen is an economist, academic, and writer who holds the Holbert C. Harris Chair of economics as a professor at George Mason University, where he is general director of the Mercatus Centre. He is co-author of the popular economics blog Marginal Revolution, writes for a number of publications including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and has written a number of books, most recently The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better (Dutton, ISBN: 9780525952718, and as e-book for Kindle).


9:05 Gerald Seymour

British writer Gerald Seymour worked for many years as an international news reporter for ITN, covering conflicts in Vietnam, the Middle East, Londonderry, and the killing of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. His first thriller, Harry’s Game, was published in 1975; he has since written a further 25 bestsellers. His new book, A Deniable Death (Hodder & Stoughton, ISBN: 9781444705867) is set in the Middle East following the events of 9/11.


9:45 Diane Pivac

Diane Pivac is director of public programmes at the New Zealand Film Archive Nga Kaitiaki O Nga Taonga Whitiahua. With Frank Stark and Lawrence McDonald, she is the editor of New Zealand Film: An Illustrated History (Te Papa Press, ISBN: 9781877385667), the first comprehensive, illustrated, and locally authored New Zealand film history.


10:05 Playing Favourites with Bill Sheat

William (Bill) Sheat OBE was made a Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to the arts at this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours. A former partner with law firm Gibson Sheat, he has been involved in the New Zealand arts community for more than 60 years, dating back to when he was a writer, director, producer, actor, and committee member with Victoria University of Wellington drama clubs, revues, and productions in the late 1940s. Since the 1960s, he has been an arts administrator involved with the management of Downstage Theatre, the QEII Arts Council, the New Zealand Drama Council, Playmarket, the State Opera House, and the Summer Shakespeare Trust Board, amongst several other organisations, and chaired the New Zealand Film Commission for the first eight years of its existence. He continues to be actively involved in the local arts community.


11:05 Adam Mansbach

Adam Mansbach was the 2009-2010 New Voices Professor of Fiction at Rutgers University, New York, and is the author of two novels, Angry Black White Boy, and The End of the Jews, which won him the California Book Award for fiction in 2008. His new parenting comedy book, Go the F**k to Sleep (Text Publishing, ISBN: 9781921758843), illustrated by Ricardo Cortes, has been an unexpected bestseller. As Kodiak Brinks, he released a hip hop album in 2005, Stand For Nothing, Fall For Anything.


11:45 Children’s Books with Kate De Goldi

Kate De Goldi will discuss three new books:
Press Here, by Herve Tullet (Allen & Unwin, ISBN: 9781742375281), an interactive picture book;
A Bit Lost, by Chris Haughton (Walker Books, ISBN: 9781406333831), an award-winning picture book with a 'searching for Mum' theme;
The Vanishing Act, by Mette Jakobsen (Text Publishing, ISBN: 9781921758195), a story of young girl also 'searching for Mum'.

Music played during the programme

Clannad: Theme from Harry’s Game
The 1982 track from the 2002 compilation album: A Magical Gathering
Played at around 9:05

Kodiak Brinks: More Like It
From the 2005 album: Stand For Nothing, Fall For Anything
(Free download from his website)
Played at around 11:40

Playing Favourites with Bill Sheat

Howard Morrison: Don't Let It Get You
The title song from the soundtrack to the 1966 film
Played at around 10:10

Ella Fitzgerald: Love Walked In
From the 1959 album: The George and Ira Gershwin Songbook
Played at around 10:20

Dinah Shore and her Happy Valley Boys: Buttons and Bows
The 1948 single from the compilation album: Billboard Pop Memories 1945-49
Played at around 10:35

Ensemble cast: The Ascot Gavotte
From the soundtrack to the 1964 film: My Fair Lady
Played at around 10:45

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Herbert von Karajan: Waltz of the Flowers, from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker
From the 1967 album: The Essential Karajan
(Deutsche Grammophon)
Played at around 10:55

Massed Liverpool Choirs: Jerusalem
From the 1992 album: Your Favourite Hymns
(Virgin Classic)
Played at around 10:58

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Shaun D. Wilson