Saturday Morning guest information and links:

This is the last live Saturday Morning programme for 2012. Summer Selections from Saturday Morning will be broadcast on the following four Saturdays (29 December, 5, 12 and 19 January), from 8:00 through midday. Details of Summer Selections programming will be sent to email subscribers, and listed on our website page from Friday 28 December. We return to normal broadcast of the programme on 26 January 2013, and wish all our listeners the best of the season.


8:15 Stephen Epstein

Dr Stephen Epstein is Programme Director of Asian Studies in the School of Languages and Cultures at Victoria University of Wellington, and is researching how information and communication technologies, travel and migration are reshaping national identity in South Korea. 


8:30 Daniel Klein

Septuagenarian philosopher Daniel Klein is co-author of the bestselling 2007 book, Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes, and wrote the new book, Travels with Epicurus: a Journey to a Greek Island in Search of an Authentic Old Age (Text Publishing, ISBN: 978-1922079695).


9.05 Jo Morgan

Jo Morgan is a mountaineer and motorcyclist, and has been a UNICEF NZ Ambassador since 2007. She is a trustee of The Morgan Foundation, a charitable trust focused on improving the lives of the poorest people in the world.


9:40 Seasick Steve

Steven Gene Wold, commonly known as Seasick Steve, is an American blues musician who plays personalised guitars. He has been a hobo, a tramp, a bum, a busker and itinerant musician, before breaking into mainstream success in his sixties and releasing five albums since 2004. He is visiting New Zealand for the first time, playing a concert at the Mangawhai Tavern (29 December), and the Coromandel Gold Festival on New Years Eve.


10:05 Playing Favourites with Tama Waipara, Joe Lindsay and Iain Gordon

Tama Waipara (Rongowhakaata/ Ngati Ruapani/ Ngati Porou) is a composer and performer, and Programme Manager, Maori & Pacific programmes, for the 2013 Auckland Arts Festival. He is executive producer for the festival show, Everything is Ka Pai, a one-off concert he conceived in which classic Māori songs are performed by New Zealand contemporary musicians with house band The Yoots (16 March, Auckland Town Hall). The Yoots are a 12-piece band formed in 2006 by Fat Freddy’s Drop trombonist Joe 'Hopepa' Lindsay to put a calypso-ska spin on classic Māori waiata, with members including Iain 'Lord Lichfield' Gordon on piano. The Yoots will perform at WOMAD (15-17 March), with the Aotearoa National Maori Choir (Te Roopu Waiata Maori o Aotearoa).


11:05 Books in 2012 with Kate De Goldi and Laura Kroetsch

Kate De Goldi is the author of award-winning book The 10PM Question, and this year published The ACB with Honora Lee (Longacre, ISBN: 978-1-86979-989-2). Laura Kroetsch is the director of Adelaide Writers’ Week (2-18 March 2013) at the Adelaide Festival. They discuss the year in publishing and their books of 2012.

Laura’s books for 2012

May We Be Forgiven (Viking, ISBN: 9780670025480), a novel by A.M. Homes, author of This Book Will Save Your Life.
The Yellow Birds (Sceptre, ISBN: 9781444756135), a novel by Kevin Powers.
The News From Spain: Seven Variations on a Love Story (Knopf, ISBN: 9780307958884), short stories by Joan Wickersham, author of The Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Order (Houghton Mifflin, ISBN: 9780156033800).
Better Living Through Plastic Explosives (Pintail, ISBN: 9780670066926), short stories by Zsuzsi Gartner, author of All the Anxious Girls on Earth (Bantam, ISBN: 780385499118).

Laura’s “To Read” list

Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon (Scribner, ISBN: 9780743236713), author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression (Penguin, ISBN: 9780684854670).
Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture, essays by Daniel Mendelsohn (New York Review of Books, ISBN: 9781590176078).

Kate’s books for 2012

Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense (Faber, ISBN: 9780571225217), by Francis Spufford, author of I May Be Some Time: Ice and the English Imagination, The Child That Books Built, Backroom Boys: The Secret Return of the British Boffin, and Red Plenty.
The Invisible Rider (VUP, ISBN: 9780864737670), a novel by Kirsten McDougall.
Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe (Text Publishing, ISBN: 9781922079114), a novel by Wayne McCauley, author of The Cook, and Caravan Story.
Binocular Vision (Lookout Books, ISBN: 9780982338292), short stories by Edith Pearlman.
I Got His Blood On Me (VUP, ISBN: 9780864737687), short stories by Lawrence Patchett.
Magnificent Moon (VUP, ISBN: 9780864737632), poems by Ashleigh Young.

Kate’s “To Read” list

Canada, by Richard Ford (Bloomsbury, ISBN: 9781408815168).
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (4th Estate, ISBN: 9780007230204).
Bring Out the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (4th Estate, ISBN: 9780007353583).
Missing Ink by Philip Hensher (Macmillan, ISBN: 9780230767126).
The Lighthouse by Alison Moore (Canoangate, ISBN: 9780857869951).
Swimming Home by Deborah Levy (Faber, ISBN: 9780571299607).

Book recommendation sites and blogs mentioned during the interview:

Electric Literature
Narrative Magazine
The Lone Star Reading List
Catharina Van Bohemen’s blog, Sightbyte
Bernard Becketts blog
Ashleigh Young’s blog, Eyelash Roaming


Music played during the programme

Leonard Cohen: Crazy to Love You
From the 2012 album: Old Friends
Played at around 8:58

Seasick Steve: Cut My Wings
Live in the Auckland studio of Radio New Zealand
Originally from his 2008 album: I Started Out with Nothin and I Still Got Most of It Left
Played at around 9:45

The Yoots: He Puru Taitama
From their forthcoming album
Played at around 10:05
Composer: Traditional

Tama Waipara: Medicine Man
The 2012 single from his forthcoming album
(Tama Waipara / Rhythmethod)
Played at around 10:25

The Yoots: E Pari Ra
From their forthcoming untitled album
Played at around 10:35

Hato Paora: Pupu Ake Mai
From the album: 50 Years On
Played at around 10:50

Maisey Rika featuring Anika Moa: Ruaimoko
From her 2012 album: Whitiora
Played at around 10:55

Cheap Trick: I Want You For Christmas
From the 2012 compilation album: A Very Special Christmas (25th Anniversary Edition)
Played at around 11:55

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Shaun Wilson
Auckland engineer: Ian Gordon