Nine To Noon for Thursday 29 January 2015
09:05 Restorative justice clogging up courts and causing big delays
Under a December 1st law change, all cases that result in a guilty plea, and where there is an identifiable victim must be adjourned and referred to restorative justice.
Lawyers and judges say this is clogging up courts, which now have to deal with double the number of appearances in such cases.
The problem is particularly bad in Cantebury, where The Law Society says Restorative Justice Services is so under resourced that every week it falls another 6 weeks behind.
Allister Davis, South Island vice president for the law Society.
09:20 England moves to introduce plain packaging
Dr Matthew Rimmer is an Associate Professor of Law at the Australian National University, an Australian Research Council future fellow with an interest in plain packaging.
09:45 UK Correspondent Jon Dennis
Jon Dennis reports on 100 days until UK general election and the main parties are neck-and-neck in the polls.
10:06 The Curious Case of Homo Sapiens and why we fall in love
A recently published article by Professor Garth Fletcher from Victoria's School of Psychology concludes that romantic love is a commitment device for motivating pair-bonding in humans.
The article, 'Pair-Bonding, Romantic Love and Evolution: The Curious Case of Homo Sapiens', has been published in the journal of the Association of Psychological Science.
It finds that romantic love is an adaptation, or a commitment device that facilitated long term pair-bonding, which helped advance the evolution of the high levels of social intelligence that characterise humans.
10:30 Book Review: Best Books of 2014
As recommended by Lisa Finucane
The first 15 lives of Harry August by Clare North
Published by Redhook
Where the Rekohu Bone Sings by Tina Makereti
Published by Random
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Published by Serpents Tail, Profile Books
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Published by Scribner
10:45 The Reading: 'This Way of Life', by Sumner Burstyn
In an isolated and rural New Zealand, Peter and Colleen raise their kids on the thin edge between freedom and disaster (4 of 7, RNZ)
11:05 New Technology with Sarah Putt
Sarah Putt discusses net neutrality – is it an issue in NZ; and what's up with wearable tech?
11:30 Internet and technology addiction with Dr. David Greenfield
Dr. David Greenfield discusses, and answers listener questions, on internet and technology addiction. Dr. Greenfield is founder of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction and is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on Internet, computer, and digital media behavior-including compulsive and addictive use.
11:45 Film review with Dan Slevin
Dan Slevin reviews Still Alice, Force Majeure as well as the latest Hollywood offerings American Sniper, Birdman and Into the Woods.
Music played in this show
Artist: Kristin Hersh and Michael Stipe
Song: Your Ghost
Album: Hips and Makers
Song: Take On Me
Artist: Third World
Song: 96 Degrees in the Shade