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    Sunday 14th December

    Techie Gifts for Christmas

    If you’re stuck for a great Christmas gift that you can give to anybody, female, then you might need to take a closer look at the world of Technology. Technology Writer for The Irish Times Ciara O Brien gives us a rundown of some of the fun and useful technological gifts available this Christmas.

    A Very Budget Christmas

    If the adverts on telly are to be believed, the secret to a perfect Christmas is spend spend spend but you CAN have a special festive season without breaking the bank… Hotelier Francis Brennan explains how.

    Saturday 13th December

    Movies

    Film Critic Paul Whitington talksa bout what is new out at the cinema and on DVd this week. If you're heading out to the cinema you can enjoy 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies', 'Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Never Beast' and on DVD 'The Congress'.

    Collecting Dolls

    Some people have never lost interest in their favourite toys and they turn into collectors and get a different satisfaction from owning them. Two such people are Marc O'Neill in Waterford who collects Action Man figures and Glenda Taylor in Sligo who collects Barbie dolls.

    Best of 2014

    As we approach the final couple of weeks of 2014, we thought it was about time we cast our eyes back over the last 12 months and take a look at some of the best music, film, television and books of the year. Simon Maher and Edel Coffee share what they thought was top of 2014.

    Chris Hadfield

    Chris Hadfield is without a doubt, the most famous astronaut in the world right now. During his time commanding the International Space Station, he became known to us all for his regular updates on Twitter and other social media which chronicled life aboard the ISS.

    12 Pubs of Christmas

    Eric Lalor gives tips on how to survive '12 Pubs of Christmas' with your wallet safe, your head still on your shoulders and your dignity intact.

    Sunday 7th December

    Music Books 2014

    Buying a music book for a loved-one for Christmas, well help is at hand! From One Three One to American Interior, Tony Clayton-Lea joins Dave to chat about the top music books of 2014.

    Happy Birthday, Playstation!

    The Playstation has sold in excess of 352 million consoles - an incredible figure - over the last 20 years. Ciara O'Brien, Technology writer with The Irish Times join Dave to talk Tekken, Assasins Creed and more.

    Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes

    Beauty writing has become increasingly popular, and one of the most respected writers in the business is Sali Hughes. She's written for Elle, Grazia, Mare Claire and Cosmopolitan, and she's currently the Beauty Editor of The Guardian, and contributing Beauty Editor of Red Magazine.

    Saturday 6th December

    Movies and DVDs

    Film Critic Gavin Burke chats about 'Black Sea', 'Men Women and Children' and 'Penguins of Madagascar which are all new out at the cinema this week. He also mentions 'The Inbetweeners 2' and 'Hercules' which are out on DVD this week.

    Sports Books

    Damien O' Meara was set a task to pick out the best sports books of 2014. He throws forward some suggestions of sports books for the sports-fanatic in your life.

    Swearing

    Journalist Tanya Sweeney is a self-confessed swearer and doesn't think there's anything wrong with a bit of cursing. UCD Professor Terence Dolan has a very different view on it. Both joined us in studio today to share their opinions.

    Cyber Crime

    You've all heard of the TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. It's has a couple of spin-off series like CSI Miami and CSI New York. Well, coming up in the New Year is another spin-off...CSI Cyber. It's main character Avery Ryan, played by Patricia Arquette, is inspired by an Irishwoman - Cyber Psychologist - Mary Aiken

    Sunday 30th November

    Music Biopics

    From Notorious BIG to Sid and Nancy, Simon Maher is here to discuss the Music Biopics we love.

    Women's Sport

    There are huge achievements happening in women's sport in this country all the time, but why doesn't it get the coverage, support or investment it could?

    Get AirHelp App

    Have you been on a delayed or cancelled flight within the last three years? Well, then you could be entitled to up to €600 back from the airline. There's an app called Get AirHelp which can help you do that, and Nicolas Michaelsen is its co-creator. He joins Dave to explain.

    You're Grand (so you are!)

    Aren't Irish women grand? No matter what is thrown at an Irish woman, she'll often tell you 'ah sure, it's grand' - that's according to comedian Tara Flynn. She's written a book called 'You're Grand - The Irishwoman's Secret Guide to Life'.

    Saturday 29th November

    Movies and DVDs

    Paul Whitington, movie critic, is here to tell us about 'Paddington', 'Horrible Bosses 2' and 'I Am Ali' which are all new in the cinema this week and 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' which is on DVD this weekend.

    Divas

    Competing in the current pop landscape can be difficult for the divas of yesteryear... Aretha, Midler, Streisand... but what is it that makes someone a diva?... And how, if at all, has the role changed? Conor Behan sheds some light on the world of divas.

    Strategic Gift Shopping

    Jack V McMahon has written a book called Strategic Gift Shopping which may help men make better decisions about gift choices.

    Food Futurologist

    Could you ever see yourself eating grasshopper burgers?... Or baking with flour made from crickets?... What about consuming artificial eggs? Dr Morgaine Gaye is a food futurologist and her job is to study trends in food and predict what we will be eating in the future.

    Sunday 23rd November

    Time Alone

    Would you happily sit by yourself in a restaurant, or take a trip to the cinema alone? Do you enjoy your own company? There are certain people who actually need solitary time, and journalist Larissa Nolan is one of them.

    Fancy a Cuddle?

    Fancy a cuddle this chilly Sunday morning? Well, Samantha Hess has just the thing for you, as she is a professional cuddler and she's just opened a cuddle shop called Cuddle Up to Me in Portland Oregon. She's had 10,000 enquiries in a week!

    Biopics

    Hollywood loves a good biopic, from Frost/Nixon to Senna and right now we've got The Imitation Game in cinemas - but what actually makes a Good Biopic? Brian Lloyd chats with Dave.

    Saturday 22nd November

    Movies and DVDs

    Sue Murphy from Entertainment.ie is here to tell us about 'The Homesman', 'The Hunger Games' and 'Get On Up' which are all new in the cinema this week and 'Guardians of the Galaxy which is on DVD this weekend.

    The Yes Woman

    Shauna McDaniel started a blog last January called 'Yes Woman 2014' and made a promise to herself that she would say yes to lots of things this year, things that she wouldn't normally have said yes to.

    Aoibhinn McGinnity

    You might know her as 'Trish' from 'Love/Hate' but Aoibhinn McGinnity is about to leave all that behind to star in something a little more festive. She will be acting the role of Jovie in the hit musical 'Elf' at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

    Sunday 16th November

    Training Guide Dogs

    Quigley, the ten and a half week old Labrador puppy, has joined us in studio today. While he is still getting used to the world around him, in about a year and a half he will become the eyes and the best friend of someone who is blind. Quigley is currently in training to become a guide dog and helping him to do that is Linda O Reilly.

    Dermot O Leary

    Dermot O Leary chats to Dave about his new memoir 'The Soundtrack to my Life'. From The Pogues to the Rolling Stones, Dermot talks about various music that has influenced his life.

    Saturday 15th November

    Bowie Special

    As the Thin White Duke marks 50 Years making music we’re all over it! - interview with Bowie Guitarist Gerry Leonard and David Bowie interviews from the Fanning Archives.

    Movies and DVDs

    Director of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Grainne Humphries, talks about a screening that's happening next week... Whiplash. She also talks about new release The Imitation Game.

    Coffee Culture

    Once upon a time in Ireland when you asked for coffee you got a spoon of coffee powder and hot water mixed together. Now it's a whole different story. From Arabica to Americano, Cappucinos to Macciatos, coffee has changed us all. Journalist Nora Costigan delves into the world of coffee.

    The Supervet

    If you're an animal lover, you've probably caught some of the hit Channel 4 TV show The Supervet which centres around Irishman Noel Fitzpatrick and his neurosurgery and orthopaedic centre Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey in England. Noel is on a flying visit to Dublin this weekend so he popped in for a little chat.

    Sunday 9th November

    Spiders

    Spiders are absolutely everywhere at this time of year (including Katie Melua's ear!) - but do we need to be afraid? Arachnologist Myles Nolan joins Dave on the line.

    Jessica Chastain Interview

    We heard a great review of Interstellar on the show yesterday and today Dave interviews one of the film's stars, Jessica Chastain.

    Pop Star Arrests

    This week AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was in the news for being arrested on a murder-for-hire charge - but while his charges were dropped, it did get us thinking about pop stars who have engaged in, let’s say, moments of madness down through the years. Jennifer Gannon joins Dave in studio.

    Female Detectives

    For ages there were only a few female detectives on TV, but now there are plenty! The Fall returns tonight with Gillian Anderson, who plays DSI Stella Gibson, and who could forget Sarah Lund in the Killing or DS Miller in Broadchurch? Journalist Andrea Smith joins Dave to chat about some of her favourites.

    Saturday 8th November

    Movies and DVDs

    Film Critic, Sue Murphy, tells us about this weeks new releases at the cinema, 'Interstellar', 'Say When' and 'The Skeleton Twins'. Also new out on DVD is 'X.Men: Days of Future Past'.

    Fall of the Berlin Wall

    On November 9th, 1989 one of the biggest political and historical events in recently history took place... The Fall of the Berlin Wall. On August 12th 1961 the Wall went up and it was intended to halt the steady stream of defections from the Eastern Bloc. Manchan Magan and Ingrid Miley bring us back to this historic time.

    Frozen

    Disney's Frozen is the biggest animation film of all time but at the time of it's release, critics gave it mixed reviews. Even those who gave it a big thumbs up, they certainly didn't anticipate the phenomenon it would become. Taragh Loughrey Grant looks into why Frozen has become so huge.

    David Mitchell

    Dave talks to comedian David Mitchell who is most well known for his work as the BAFTA winning duo Mitchell and Webb on Peep Show and That Mitchell and Webb Look.

    Sunday 2nd November

    Six Days of The Rising

    Award winning Director of The Summit, Nick Ryan is crowd-funding a new project Six Days of the Rising. Nick joins Dave on the line.

    Lena Dunham - Not that Kind of Girl

    If you’re a fan of the TV series Girls you might know its creator Lena Dunham, who also plays the character Hannah GIRLS has just released a new memoir, called “Not That Kind of Girl. Tanya Sweeney has been reading it and she joins Dave to give her verdict.

    Mike Leigh - Mr Turner

    Dave chats with Mike Leigh about Mr. Turner, about the English Painter, JMW Turner.

    Saturday 1st November

    Movies and DVDs

    Gavin Burke discusses some of the movies newly released at the cinema this week and also recommends some DVD rentals if you decide to stay in.

    Medium Sized Town Fairly Big Story

    Every week without fail, Ronan Casey trawls through local newspapers in Ireland, from every corner of the country and without fail every week he finds some gems of stories. Of course, they needed to be turned into a book. Ronan chats to Dave and shares some of the gems he has found.

    Moustaches

    The 1st of November can only mean one thing...hairy upper lips of gentlemen all over the country. Yes, it's Movember and PJ Gibbons tells all about moustaches!

    Books on the Luas

    On the 11th and 12th of November the Dublin Book Festival will be dispersing 1000 books across both Luas lines in a bid to encourage people to pick up some Irish published books. Programme Director of Dublin Books Festival, Julianne Mooney, explains how it will all happen.

    Singlehood

    Singlehood is a hilarious and uplifiting comedy exploring the art of being single. After a string of sell-out performances, it returned to the stage this Autumn. Dave chats with two of the show's 7 performers, stand-up comics PJ Gallager and Eric Lalor.

    Sunday 26th October

    Christmas Book of Irish Mammies

    “It’s earlier tis getting – the Christmas Book of Irish Mammies” is the latest book in the Irish Mammy series and its author, well known comedian Colm O’Regan explains just why an Irish Mammy Christmas is the best kind.

    Blood: Not For The Faint Hearted

    Whether you have a fascination with it or whether it grosses you out, blood is something we all have, we all need and we all wouldn’t be here without. Professor Emeritus of Haematology and Academic Medicine at T.C.D Shaun McCann shines a light on the red stuff we all love or hate.

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