Nine To Noon for Wednesday 1 August 2018
09:05 Should NZ introduce an energy price cap?
The government's Electricity Price Review is underway looking into whether consumers are paying too much for power. British lawmakers have recently adopted an energy price cap which will be set by the energy markets regulator Ofgem, and is expected to deliver savings to millions of families. Kathryn speaks with Ofgem chairman Professor Martin Cave about how the cap will work, and whether New Zealand should follow suit.
09:20 Breaking down Barriers in Politics
What are the barriers, in both attitudes and in practical terms that prevent more women from going into politics? The picture is complicated. On one hand, politics is changing - with our Prime Minister about to take back control of the country after giving birth to her first child. On the other - just this morning there's news of misogynistic slurs on Australia 's first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard who's long talked about her struggles with sexism in parliament. My guest is Professor Sarah Childs from Birkbeck College at the University in London who has studied this area and is in New Zealand to give a lecture about Theresa May's premiership - rising to the top job after the Brexit referendum.
09:45 Australia's by-election & Philip Wilson's resignation
Donna Field reports on Australia's by-election results, the Queensland man jailed for 17 years after planning a suicide terror attack on Australian soil, and the resignation of Adelaide's Archbishop Philip Wilson, the most senior Catholic in the world to be convicted of concealing child sex abuse.
10:05 The complexities of Robin Williams, Dave Itzkoff
New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff talks to Kathryn Ryan about his new biography Robin. From manic comedy routines - seemlessly transforming from one character to another, his break-out role in late 1970s TV sitcom Mork & Mindy, to his Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams had an incredible life and career. He was applauded for role after role: Dead Poets Society, Good Morning, Vietnam, Mrs Doubtfire. But as with many complex personalities his sunny side didn't always betray his darker dispositions. The world was shocked when he took his own life in 2014, age 63.
10:35 Book review - In Search of Mary Shelley
Jessie Bray Sharpin reviews In Search of Mary Shelley -The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Fiona Sampson, published by Profile.
10:45 The Reading
Resistance by Rebecca Barnes: The government wants to implant electronic chips in the brains of all the NZ populace but small pockets of resistance are forming around the country (3 of 15)
11:05 Music: When words fail you
Graeme Downes features the music of Pearl Jam, Kenny Rodgers and Randy Newman in his discussion of subjects that are extraordinarily difficult to write about, like bullying and mental trauma.
Graeme Downes is a musicologist and senior lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Otago.
11:20 How commuting is transforming our cities
Transit Life: How Commuting is Transforming Our Cities. David Bissell is a Professor of Geography - and Australian Research Council Future Fellow - at the University of Melbourne. His research explores the social, political and ethical consequences of mobile lives.
11:45 Arts commentator Courtney Johnston