Nine To Noon for Tuesday 19 January 2016
09:05 Investigative journalists claim matchfixing rife at top levels of tennis
The investigation by BuzzFeed News and the BBC is based on a cache of leaked documents from inside the sport, interviews with whistleblowers, officials, players and match fixing experts. The investigative journalists have revealed gambling syndicates in Russia and Italy have placed suspicious bets on tennis matches - including at Wimbledon and the French Open and that tennis players are being targeted in hotel rooms at major tournaments and offered tens of thousands of dollars to fix their match.
John Templon of Buzzfeed is one of the investigative journalists behind the story.
09:15 Saudi Arabia-Iran Feud 'carries implications for all of us'.
James B. Smith, a former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (from 2009 to 2013) examines the diplomatic fallout of supercharged tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and how they impact on the geo-political situation in the Middle East.
It follows the Saudi execution of a Shia Muslim cleric, the subsequent setting ablaze of the Saudi embassy in Tehran, Riyadh's expulsion of Iranian diplomats and Tehran accusing Saudi warplanes of bombing its embassy in Yemen, where Saudis and Iranians are involved on opposite sides of the country's civil war.
James B. Smith is also a former U.S. Air Force brigadier general and F-15 fighter pilot who served in Operation Desert Storm. He is currently the president of C&M International, an economic and political consulting firm.
The former Ambassador says he doesn't expect the crisis to escalate into conflict, but it does impact negatively on future prospects for Syria and Yemen, and that has implications for all of us.
09:30 NZ Heart Modelling Research Fights World's Major Killer
In New Zealand cardiovascular disease (heart, stroke and blood vessel disease) is still the leading cause of death, accounting for 30% of deaths annually.
Nick Smith from the University of Auckland is working with research teams in the UK, to build individualised computer models of heart patients' blood flow before surgery to show which pipes should be unblocked. This makes surgery faster, cheaper, and more effective, with a potential reduction in secondary surgery, known as Type 2 failures, of up to 50%.
These same modelling techniques, known as 'cardiac physiome' can also be applied to heart arrhythmia, specifically pacemakers. Taking an MRI image, Nic and his team are able to tell the surgeon exactly where the pacemaker should go and are able to reduce the failure rate to around 15% by doing the modelling work first.
Nick Smith is the Dean of Engineering at the University of Auckland, a professor of bio-medical engineering at Kings College London, and a visiting professor of computational physiology at the University of Oxford.
9:45 US correspondent Susan Milligan
10:05 Aboriginal rock star Archie Roach comes to NZ
Singer, song-writer, guitarist, and activist, Archie Roach is coming to Wellington as part of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander super group, 'Black Arm Band' to perform their acclaimed Dirtsong concert.
Born in 1956 at Framlingham Aboriginal mission in South Western Victoria, Archie Roach was forcibly removed from his family as part of the Stolen Generation of Aboriginal children, and it was his popular song ‘Took The Children Away’ which is widely credited for bringing the story of the Stolen Generations to a broad Australian audience.
He talks to Nine to Noon about the importance of music and belonging, as well as his transformation from a homeless alcoholic to an influential indigenous performer who has played with a host of musicians including; Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Patti Smith.
Dirtsong, which features songs sung in 11 different Aboriginal languages, will be performed at the Michael Fowler Centre on Sunday 28th February during the 2016 New Zealand Festival.
from 'Took the Children Away'
This story’s right, this story’s true,
I would not tell lies to you
About the promises they did not keep,
How they fenced us in like sheep
Said to us come take our hand,
Set us up on mission land
Taught us to read and write and pray,
Then they took the children away
Snatched from their mothers breasts,
Said this is for the best
Took them away…
10:35 Book review
Best Books of 2015, reviewed by Elisabeth Easther
The Bees by Laline Paul
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Station 11 - Emily St John Mandel
The Bold Ship Pehnomenal by Sarah Johnson
Southsea Vagabonds by J W Wray
10:45 The Reading
11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram
11:30 Restaurant secrets
Larissa Dubecki is a former waitress and now a food writer and critic based in Melbourne. Her book Prick with a Fork dishes the dirt on Australia's hospitality industry. It tells what really goes on in some restaurant kitchens.
11:45 Media commentator, Gavin Ellis
Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Music played in this show
Artist: The White Stripes
Song: Effect and Cause
Album: Icky Thump
Artist: Paul Kelly, Dewayne Everettsmith
Song: This Land is Mine
Artist: Split Enz
Song: Poor Boy
Label: T1 Group