Nine To Noon for Wednesday 27 March 2019
09:05 Allegations of sexual assault, harassment at Knox College
Otago University's Knox College has been the centre of allegations of sexual harassment and assault by four former female residents, according to the student magazine Critic. The College's Master Graham Redding joins Kathryn to talk about what processes have been put in place to protect and support students.
09:20 Facebook's failure "inexcusable": anti-terror technologist
Digital forensics professor at UC Berkeley and senior advisor at the Counter Extremism Project, Dr Hany Farid, says Facebook's response to the Christchurch mosque shootings is "inexcusable". The Counter Extremism Project is an NGO and international policy organization formed to combat the growing threat from extremist ideologies. Dr Farid worked for Microsoft 10 years ago to create Photo DNA, a tool that tech giants rely on to fingerprint digital content used to prevent the upload of photos and videos that depict child sexual abuse. He says the fact that the likes of Facebook and Google have not invested in refining and improving that technology to deal with the live streaming of harmful content such as the mosque shootings is a disgrace.
09:30 Bird songs: Julien Van Mellaerts
Kiwi baritone Julien Van Mellaerts is performing the premier of some specially commissioned works about NZ native birds in a fund-raising concert at Wellington's Zealandia tonight. Composer Gareth Farr has put Bill Manhire's specially written poems about Dotterel, Takahe, Huia and Tui to music with ideas around environment and preservation of our native wildlife taking centre stage. Julien is touring NZ with these songs, and others, from tomorrow.
09:45 One Nation's NRA scandal
Australia correspondent Bernard Keane looks at One Nation's future, after the party's leader and Pauline Hanson's chief of staff were caught on video by an undercover Al Jazeera reporter soliciting money from the powerful National Rifle Association in the US.
10:05 Cherrie Atilano: agripreneur
Cherrie Atilano has been recognised internationally for her work helping subsistence farmers in her home country of the Philippines create sustainable sources of income. She is the founder and CEO of AGREA Agricultural Systems International, an agro-social enterprise that aims to help eradicate poverty for millions of smallholder farming and fishing families, while establishing food security. Cherrie Atilano is coming to New Zealand next month for the Boma New Zealand agrisummit.
10:35 Book review
Louise O'Brien from New Zealand Review of Books Pukapuka Aotearoa reviews A Mistake, by Carl Shuker.
10:45 The Reading
Part three of The Madonna in The Suitcase, written and read by Huberta Hellendoorn.
11:05 Music with Kirsten Johnstone
RNZ music journalist Kirsten Johnstone has some new music from new New Zealanders, including CHAII, Mo Muse and Unchained XL.
11:20 Interactive sci-fi fiction - now you can take control
Welcome to Mars, and adventures in interactive sci-fi fiction games where you play a safecracker in one last heist! That's the premise of The Martian Job told in a relatively new form of digital storytelling. Kathryn Ryan meets M. Darusha Wehm the Nebula Award-nominated author of The Martian Job, as well as seven science fiction and five mainstream novels, several poems, and many short stories. Originally from Canada, Darusha currently lives in Wellington.
11:45 Growing mini-brains and a schizophrenic cat scratch?
Dr Malvindar Singh-Bains, University of Auckland research fellow, looks at how researchers have created lab-grown mini-brains that can control muscle contractions, and the case of a teenager who contracted sudden-onset adolescent schizophrenia that was triggered by an infection - most likely from a cat scratch.
Music played in this show
Track: Them Changes
Artist: Mo Muse and Raiza Biza
Artist: Unchained XL
Track: My Only Home