Nine To Noon for Wednesday 30 September 2015
09:05 Humanities deans warn against publishing job and salary data of graduates
The Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has told all Universities, Wānanga and Polytechnics that from 2017 they will have to publish information about the employment status and earnings of their graduates. The data will also be broken down by specific degrees and diplomas.
The Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities met in Adelaide last week to discuss their concerns, and are planning their next move to try and convince the government to rethink the plan.
Professor of Politics, Richard Shaw is Massey University's BA director, who has been looking at the role of universities in producing graduates who can meet the needs of the labour market.
09:15 Is too much screen time causing an epidemic of short-sightedness in kids?
Rates of short-sightedness, or myopia have skyrocketed in recent years particularly in countries like China, where the 90 percent of teens and young adults need glasses, compared with 20 percent, sixty years ago.
A new Chinese study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has shown that getting children to spend 40 minutes outside every day can reduce rates of myopia.
Dr John Phillips is the Principal investigator of the Myopia laboratory at Auckland University
09:30 South East Asia migrant crisis expected to worsen this year
One of the most high profile independent sea rescuers, Migrant Offshore Aid Station, is temporarily leaving the Mediterranean for a life-saving mission in South East Asia. According to UNHCR, more than 1,100 Bangladeshis and Rohingyas drowned between January 2014 and June 2015 and the number of crossings is expected to increase this year. Since 2014, MOAS has saved more than 11,500 men, women and children from the Mediterranean Sea. MOAS says South East Asia is an equally challenging but severely under-reported crisis. Martin Xuereb, is the MOAS director, and Malta's former Chief of Defence.
09:45 Australia correspondent Peter Munro
10:05 Is there a spiritual side to video gaming?
Rather than being turned into a zombie by video games, Michael Clune says his childhood love affair with the electronic world transformed his life. In his second memoir, 'Gamelife', Clune explores coming of age in the 1980s through the lens of seven role-playing PC games he sought refuge in. Michael W Clune is also the author of 'White Out', his memoir of a very different type of addiction - addiction to heroin. He is an associate professor of English literature at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.
10:30 NZ Literature Review: The Back of his Head by Patrick Evans
Published by Victoria University Press
Reviewed by Louise O'Brien, co-editor of the quarterly review, New Zealand Books
10:45 The Reading: Speed Of Light by Joy Cowley read by Simon Leary (Part 3 of 10)
11:05 Marty Duda features Darlene Love
Artist: The Crystals
Song: He's A Rebel (2:24)
Composer: Gene Pitney
Album: NA (1962)
Artist: Darlene Love
Song: River Deep, Mountain High (3:33)
Composer: Jeff Barry-Ellie Greenwich-Phil Spector
Album: Leader Of The Pack (Original Broadway Cast (1985)
Artist: Darlene Love
Song: Night Closing In (4:19)
Composer: Bruce Springsteen
Album: Introducing Darlene Love (2015)
11:30 Design skills for Kaikohe's disadvantaged youth
Social enterprise entrepreneurs Ana Heremaia and Felicity Brenchley talk to Kathryn. They along with colleague Ruby Watson have established a design and architecture studio, named Akau. It is based in Kaikohe in the Far North and produces beautifully crafted, high quality furniture items while providing training and design skills for at risk youth in the town.
11:45 Science commentator Michelle Dickinson
Water on mars, How an Ig Noble award created a technology that might change the world of anaesthesia and New Zealand wine researchers have found that yeast contributes to the flavour and smell of wine and that it is one of the contributors to making our wine taste regional even if the grapes are the same.