Guest details for Saturday 1 October 2011


8:15 Luke Harding

Luke Harding is a journalist at The Guardian, and was the newspaper’s Moscow correspondent from 2007 until earlier this year. He recounts his Russian experiences in the new book, Mafia State: How One Reporter Became an Enemy of the Brutal New Russia (Guardian Books, ISBN: 978-0-85265-247-3).


8:40 Peter Lineham

Peter Lineham is Regional Director for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Associate Professor of History, at Massey University’s Albany campus. He will talk about rugby as New Zealand’s surrogate religion.


9:05 Duncan Watts

Duncan J Watts is a principal research scientist at Yahoo! Research and a former professor of sociology at Columbia University. His research on social networks and collective dynamics has appeared in a wide range of journals. His new book is Everything is Obvious *Once You Know the Answer: How Common Sense Fails (Atlantic Books, ISBN: 978-1-84887-215-8).


9:45 Paul Brewer

Paul Brewer was recently appointed Director External Relationships for Regional Facilities Auckland, a new organisation responsible for the Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland Zoo, the Aotea Performing Arts Centre and the Civic Theatre, the Viaduct Events Centre and several sports stadiums. Paul is a board member of the Auckland Museum, and a trustee of the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. He is an active supporter of the project to restore the historic Alexander Palace near St Petersburg in Russia, and will speak about that and the work of Anatoly Kuchumov.

Paul Brewer in the Alexandra Palace

Paul Brewer in the Alexandra Palace


10:05 Playing Favourites with Whirimako Black

Whirimako Black is best known for her albums sung in Te Reo Maori, but her new recording, The Late Night Plays (Ode Records), contains full English renditions of some of her favourite songs from the twentieth century.


11:05 James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke has worked as an oil landman, pipeliner, land surveyor, newspaper reporter, college English professor, skid row social worker, clerk for the Louisiana Employment Service, and instructor in the U.S. Job Corps. His novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie was rejected 111 times over a period of nine years, and upon publication by Louisiana State University Press was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His thirtieth novel is Feast Day of Fools (Orion, ISBN: 978-1-4091-4031-3).


11:45 Gardening with Kath Irvine

Kath Irvine has spent years teaching permaculture and gardening to schools and community groups. Her Edible Backyard workshops, run from her garden in Ohau, teach how to grow food and create edible backyards. She will talk about hot boxes, and growing asparagus.


Music played during the programme

Playing Favourites with Whirimako Black

Whirimako Black: Taku Rakau E
From the 1999 album: Shrouded in the Mist
(Muscle Music)
Played at around 10:10

Tower of Power: So Very Hard to Go
The 1973 single from the 2001 compilation album: The Very Best of Tower of Power
(Warner Bros)
Played at around 10:25

Whirimako Black: Dance Me to the End of Love
From the 2011 album: The Late Night Plays
Played at around 10:40

Dionne Warwick: Alfie
The 1967 single from the 1988 compilation album: Walk On By
Played at around 10:50

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Damon Taylor
Auckland engineer: Ian Gordon