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Wednesday, December 13th 2006

Brendan Grace joins Derek in studio.

Truffles inspire incredible passion in people who eat them - and people are prepared to pay huge prices for them, too. A single 1.51 kg Italian white truffle recently sold for £85,000, so what's the fuss about? Derek's joined for this one by Dr Matthew Jebb of the Botanic Gardens.

We congratulate PJ Grace on winning €1000 of Mooney's Money on yesterday. We have €1000 to be won today - just answer a simple question between now & 16:50 to make your day so much better! Click here for more details...

This week saw the publication of an alarming report which said that by the year 2040, the Arctic will be ice free. Climatologists at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Colorado predict that in the next thirty years ships will be able to travel, unhindered, across the Arctic Ocean. Derek is joined on this by meteorologist Gerald Fleming, and John Murray, a filmmaker with Crossing The Line films, who has made a number of films in the Arctic.

We've a real musical treat today, as John Sheahan, Eamon Campbell and Barney McKenna of The Dubliners are joined by Brendan Grace to perform I Wish I Had Someone To Love Me. Plus we also hear our Dubliners performing the Marino Waltz and some medleys. For a copy of the lyrics to I Wish I Had Someone To Love Me (as mentioned by Derek), click here.

Larry Gogan, the legendary voice of RTÉ 2fm, is to be honoured with the prestigious Industry Award at the 2007 Meteor Ireland Music Awards (to be held at The Point Theatre, Dublin on Thursday, February 1st 2007). Larry began his radio career in 1961 in sponsored programmes and on the RTÉ 'Morning Melody' programme. In 1988 he was given the IFPI Award and in 1996 his radio 'Golden Hour' won the Nominees Award at the 5th Shaghi Radio Music Festival. In 2005 he was awarded the IRMA Honour by Terry Wogan for his contribution to Irish Music. Derek honours this giant of Irish radio by giving him his own Just A Minute quiz! Larry presents the Golden Hour every afternoon between 2pm & 4pm.

Rachael English pops in to tell Derek all about her new program The Constituency, in which she tours the constituencies to meet the personalities and explore the local issues. The Constituency is on Saturdays at 18:05.

We have more comedy from Oliver Callan.

Derek chats to one of our listeners, Derek Lynch from Cork, who goes looking for truffles in France every year!

We chat to our starman, Dave McDonald of Celbridge Observatory, about the myriad of shooting stars that will be visible to the naked eye in the skies tonight. For Dave's notes on what to look out for this evening, click here.

Vera Nayar plays the Commuter Quiz in Clonsilla, Dublin, with reporter Terry Flanagan, and wins a €100 gift card for Easons.

And we congratulate Thomas Kavanagh from Co. Sligo, on winning €1000 of Mooney's Money!

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