8:15 Francis Spufford

Francis Spufford is a writer working in many different genres. His books include the memoir The Child That Books Built (2002), the novel Red Plenty (2010), and non-fiction books Backroom Boys: the Secret Return of the British Boffin (2003), and Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense (2013, Faber, ISBN: 978-0-571-22522-4).

9:05 Lee Dugatkin

Dr Lee Dugatkin is Professor of Biology and Distinguished Scholar at the University of Louisville, and one of the world’s leading experts on the subject of the evolution of behaviour. He will tour New Zealand during April and May as the first guest in the Allan Wilson Centre’s 2014 International Speaker Series with his presentation, The Evolution of Goodness, exploring why humans and animals show altruistic, self-sacrificial behaviour, and speaking in Nelson (28 April), Christchurch (29 April), Dunedin (1 May), Wellington (2 May), Tauranga (5 May), and Auckland (6 May).

9:45 Classical Music with Davinia Caddy

Dr Davinia Caddy is a senior lecturer at Auckland University’s School of Music, a flautist, and the author of How to Hear Classical Music (Awa Press). She will discuss texture in music.

10:05 Alice Walker

walker alice ana elenaAmerican author and activist Alice Walker is best known for her 1982 novel The Color Purple, which won her the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Her new collection of meditations, many previously unpublished, is The Cushion in the Road (The New Press, ISBN: 978-1-59558-872-2), and her new collection of poems is The World Will Follow Joy: Turning Madness Into Flowers (The New Press, ISBN: 978-1-59558-876-0). She makes one guest appearance at the Auckland Writers Festival, in discussion with Dr Selina Tusitala-Marsh (18 May). (During the interview, Alice Walker mentions the book Indaba My Children by Credo Mutwa.)

10:35 Jonathan Mills

Sir Jonathan Mills has been Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Festival since 2007. He is in New Zealand for the launch of Creative New Zealand’s major new international initiative, NZ@Edinburgh, which will see around 200 leading New Zealand artists taking part in the world’s most high-profile arts festivals in Edinburgh this August.

11:05 Playing Favourites with Sharon O’Neill

New Zealand singer and songwriter Sharon O’Neill rose to fame in New Zealand and Australia during the 1980s, and worked with a number of artists including Robert Palmer and When the Cat’s Away. She has been based in Australia for 30 years, and returns here next week for the release of a remastered career retrospective, Words: The Very Best of Sharon O’Neill.

Music played during the programme

Details of tracks and artists will be listed on the Playlist section of this page shortly following broadcast.

This Saturday’s team

Producer: Mark Cubey
Wellington engineer: Shaun Wilson
Auckland engineer: Ian Gordon
Research by Anne Buchanan, Infofind

Music played in this show


Sharon O’Neill: Smash Palace
The 1982 recording from the 2014 compilation album Words: The Very Best of Sharon O’Neill
Played at around 8:50

The Dub Connection: All the Goodness
From the 2000 compilation album: LOOP 4
Played at around 8:55

Czechoslovak Radio Symphony Orchrestra, conducted by Onderj Lenard: Aquarium, from Carnival of the Animals
From the album: Prokofiev, Britten and Saint-Saens
(Naxos 8.550335)
Played at around 10:45

Julliard String Quartet: Op. 5 (Pieces for String Quartet) No. 4
From the album: Webern, Complete Works with Opus Numbers
(Sony Classical, 886443991958)
Played at around 9:50

Benedek Csalog (flute): C.P.E. Bach, Poco Adagio of Flute Sonata in A Minor, Wq. 132, H. 562
From the album: Works for Solo Flute
(Hungaroton Classics, HCD31677)
Played at around 9:55

Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Cantillation, conducted by Richard Gill: Extract from Sandakan Threnody
The 2004 recording
Played at around 10:35

Playing Favourites with Sharon O’Neill

Robert Palmer: True Love
The 1999 single from the album: Rhythm and Blues
(Eagle Records)
Played at around 10:15

Daryl Hall and Todd Rundgren: Wait For Me:
From Episode 23 of the televison show, Live from Daryl’s House
Played at around 11:35

Emeli Sandé: Clowns
From the 2012 album: Our Version of Events
Played at around 11:35

Steely Dan: Hey Nineteen
From the 1980 album: Gaucho
Played at around 11:45

Don Henley: The Boys of Summer
The 1984 single from the album: Building the Perfect Beast
Played at around 11:55