Navigation for Sunday 4 'til 8

4:07 The Sunday Feature: Dickens and India – Mutual Friends

Indian born writer Ayeesha Menon explores India’s love affair with Dickens. India loves Dickens because India today feels like what Dickens was writing about then. His themes deeply resonate with Indians: the importance of extended family, familial bonds, the rich-poor divide, child labour, domestic violence, social injustice and stratification, and the plight of the deprived and displaced. (BBC)

5:12 Spiritual Outlook: Black, British, Christian

Why are there so few black clergy in the Church of England?  Paul Bakibinga examines whether it's racism or whether there are other factors that put young black men off the Church of England.  Among others, he meets Rose Hudson-Wilkin, born in Jamaica, who has succeeded 78 white men as Speaker's Chaplain at the House of Commons. (BBC)

5:36 Blue Smoke: Canaries and Crooners

Tracing the birth and evolution of New Zealand’s recorded popular music. A series written, presented and produced by Chris Bourke, author of the award winning book: Blue Smoke: the Lost Dawn of New Zealand Popular Music.  (RNZ, originally broadcast on Radio New Zealand Concert)

6:06 Te Ahi Kaa

Exploring issues and events from a tangata whenua perspective (RNZ)

7:06 World Book Club : Bernhard Schlink - The Reader

Harriett Gilbert talks to the acclaimed German writer Bernhard Schlink about his explosively controversial novel, The Reader.

Made into an Oscar-winning Hollywood film with Kate Winslet, The Reader tells of law student Michael Berg who, nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.