Nine To Noon for Thursday 20 November 2014
09:05 Criticism of the State Services Commissioner's handling Sutton case
The former PSA secretary, Brenda Pilott, says Iain Rennie has messed up the Sutton sexual harassment case, by giving Sutton a voice and silencing the complainant; and Maria Berryman is a Wellington Employment Lawyer. Previously, she was a Principal of the Crown Solicitor's Office in Wellington advising Ministries, Crown Entities, Public Service Departments and State Sector Organisations.
09:20 Major research into brain development in the womb
Auckland scientist, Professor Philip Baker, has won a major grant to extend his research on predicting impaired brain development in the womb, though testing of the pregnant mother's hair.
09:45 UK correspondent Kate Adie
Reports on more problems with the NHS.
10:05 Food waste, dumpster diving and alternate economies in cities with Anthropologist David Boarder Giles - The Trash Talks
Anthropologist Dr David Boarder Giles has been investigating our cultural relationship to food consumption and wastage and he says the trash talks. What what we throw out tells us about our cultural relationship to food consumption and wastage, revealing a lot about our attitude to food and what we value over what we throw away. Part of his work examines the cultural-economy of waste in global cities and looks at what we can do to change our habits and redistribute the foods that would otherwise end up being dumped. It covers what supermarkets throw out and why, dumpster diving, feeding the homeless and soup kitchens... also the prejudices of consumers that drive commercial waste. Dr David Boarder Giles is an adjunct Lecturer at the University of Canterbury and he is currently teaching at the University of Washington in Seattle.
10:30 Book Review: 'The Slow Regard of Silent Things' by Patrick Rothfuss
Reviewed by Louise O'Brien
10:45 The Reading: 'Up the Olive Tree' by Venetia Sherson
The adventures of a former newspaper editor who spends a few months each year working as a WWOOFer (willing worker on organic farms) in Italy, sharing the joys of the season with an assortment of colourful employers and fellow WWOOFers (4 of 5, RNZ)
11:05 New Technology with Sarah Putt
Sarah discusses the 20/20 Trust provides a snapshot of technology uptake in schools; Bitcoin edges into the mainstream in NZ; and Pledgeme crowdfunds for crowdfunding.
11:30 Parenting - helping children deal with a sick parent
What do we tell our young children when a parent gets really sick and has to spend time in hospital? How do we explain to them in an understandable and non-scary way who the health professionals are and how they are helping? Simone Colwill was often in hospital with complications from Crohn's Disease and was desperate to find an accessible book to help her children understand what was happening. Her experience motivated her to write What Does Super Jonny Do When Mom Gets Sick? a picture book which aims to help children understand what is going on and how they can help their parent.
11:45 Film reviewer Dan Slevin
Dan reviews Skylight, Two days, One night and Nightcrawler.
Music played in this show
Artist: Topp Twins
Song: Honky Tonk Angel
Composer: J Topp
Album: Honky Tonk Angel 2009
Label: Topp Twins
Artist: Fleet Foxes
Song: Quiet Houses
Composer: Robin Pecknold
Album: Fleet Foxes
Artist: Emma Paki
Song: Don’t Give It Up
Album: Oxygen of Love