Guest details for Saturday Morning 7 July 2012


8:15 Oliver Burkeman

Oliver Burkeman is a New York-based writer for The Guardian, and Psychologies magazine, and author of the 2011 collection of columns, HELP! How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done (Canongate, ISBN: 978-0857860262). His new book, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking (Text Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-921-922671), explores the upsides of negativity, uncertainty, failure and imperfection.


8:45 Arnie Gundersen

Arnie Gundersen is a former nuclear industry insider and now an independent consultant, chief engineer with Fairewinds Consulting. He will discuss the report on the Fukushima disaster.


9:05 Vincent Ward

Vincent Ward is a New Zealand artist and filmmaker (Vigil, What Dreams May Come, Rain of the Children) who is mounting two simultaneous public exhibitions in Auckland (Inhale, at Gus Fisher Gallery, 6 July to 25 August, and Exhale, at TSB Wallace Arts Centre, 3 July to 2 September), developing the themes of human vulnerability and transformation he explored on in his solo show at New Plymouth’s Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Vincent’s work is collected in the art book, Inhale | Exhale (Ron Sang Publications, ISBN: 978-0473-209209), and he has been invited to exhibit at the 9th Shanghai Biennale from October 2012 through February 2013. He has a Kickstarter project running to raise funds to get  his show there.


9:35 Dan Salmon

Dan Salmon has produced and directed a number of award-winning documentary features and factual series with Tash Christie for their film company, Octopus Pictures. Since 2008, he has been shooting footage for Pictures of Susan, a documentary about Auckland ‘outsider artist’ Susan King and her family. It will have its world premiere at the 2012 New Zealand International Film Festival, with screenings in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and other centres.


10:05 Playing Favourites with Nigel Beckford

Nigel Beckford is a Wellington writer, musician and publisher. He and his collaborators - fellow conceptualist, writer and art director Michael Fitzsimons, and illustrators Jess Lunnon and Sandi Mackechnie - have followed the sell-out success of their 2011 publication The Wellington Book (Fitzbeck Publishing, ISBN: 978-0-473-18698-2), with new visual memento The NZ Book (Fitzbeck Publishing, ISBN: 978-0-473-20788-5).


11:05 Guy McPherson

Conservation biologist Guy R. McPherson is Emeritus Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment, at the University of Arizona, and lives off the grid in a straw bale house in New Mexico, raising small livestock and interacting with his rural community. He is the author of a number of books, including Walking Away From Empire: a Personal Journey (PublishAmerica, ISBN: 9781462638871), and is visiting New Zealand as keynote speaker for the School Executive Officers’ Conference 2012 (4-6 July).


Music played during the programme

Sven Olsen’s Brutal Canadian Love Saga: Adams Terrace
From the 2011 box set: Songs from the Bottom of a Hilltop
Played at around 9:40

Playing Favourites with Nigel Beckford

They Might be Giants: Whistling in The Dark
From the 1990 album: Flood
Played at around 10:20

King Creosote and Jon Hopkins: Bats in the Attic
From the 2011 album: Diamond Mine
Played at around 10:30

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and the Cairo Gang: The Sounds Are Always Begging
From the 2010  album: The Wonder Show of the World
(Drag City)
Played at around 10:40

Roky Erikson with Okkervil River: Forever 
From the 2010 album: True Love Cast Out All Evil
Played at around 10:50

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Tony Schwartz
Auckland engineer: Ian Gordon