Nine To Noon for Tuesday 23 April 2019
09:05 Sleep tight? Concern over a lack of regulations for baby sleep spaces
Advice on how to put a baby to sleep is very clear: on their back, in their own bed with a firm mattress. But an online retailer of baby products is concerned there's a lack of safety regulations when it comes to where babies are put down to sleep. The Sleep Store co-founder Louise Tanguay joins Lynn Freeman to talk about how that creates confusion for retailers and parents.
09:20 Mandela My Life comes to Eden Park
The life of Nelson Mandela is being commemorated in a new exhibition on display at Eden Park. Over 200 artefacts, documents and paintings from the Nelson Mandela Foundation are on display in this exhibition for the first time outside South Africa. Curator Emily Siddons joins Lynn to discuss how Eden Park - scene of so much disruption during the 1981 Springbok Tour - was chosen as a location.
09:30 For the love of .....parastic worms!
Parasitic worms are an extremely diverse and ubiquitous bunch, but often get overlooked due to their habitation within other animals. Dr Bronwen Presswell from the University of Otago's Evolutionary and Ecological Parasitology group, and honorary curator at Otago Museum joins Lynn to discuss a new collection of several hundred specimens of parasitic worms recently donated to the museum. It includes some fascinating species, including a fluke that lives under the eyelid of a gull and sheds its eggs in the tears of the bird.
09:45 The fallout from the Mueller report
US correspondent Susan Milligan joins Lynn for a look at what the Democrats are likely to do in the wake of the Mueller report's release - is their position simply untenable? And the Supreme Court is due to hear a critical case this week on whether the Commerce Department can include a question in the US Census about whether a person is a citizen or non-citizen.
10:05 Inside the San Quentin Prison Marathon
The 1000 Mile Club was started at San Quentin Prison in 2005, with the goal of training willing inmates to run 1000 miles in a calendar year exclusively within the facility.
Since then, the club has grown to over 50 members, for whom their training has been less about the benefits of physical exercise, and more about the freedom of running.
The club launched the annual San Quentin Marathon 9 years ago, 42.2km of the same uneven dirt and concrete loop around the prison's lower yard - over and over again.
This year a recently paroled inmate and member of the 1000 Mile Club has qualified to run the Boston Marathon. Frank Ruona has been a volunteer coach with the club since its inception in 2005.
10:35 Book review - Other by Ruth Hanover
Chris Tse reviews Other by Christchurch poet Ruth Hanover.
10:45 The Reading
The Trouble with Fire by Fiona Kidman. Read by Ray Henwood and Julia Croft.
11:05 Politics with Trish Sherson and Mike Williams
Mike Williams and Trish Sherson join Lynn to look at the decision not to proceed with the Capital Gains Tax. What does mean for Jacinda Ardern, did Labour do any polling on it beforehand and is New Zealand First flexing its muscle?
Mike Williams is a former Labour Party president and Trish Sherson is from corporate affairs firm Sherson Willis, and a former ACT press secretary.
11:30 The myths and mythology of the Anzac Biscuit
Butter, golden syrup and coconut are key ingredients of the quintessential Anzac biscuit - but also key to debunking some of the myths surrounding its origin, notably that they were made by soldiers at the front in World War I or sent to them by wives or girlfriends at home. Dr Joanna Cobley is based at the University of Canterbury and has researched the Anzac Biscuit and the folklore surrounding it. You can find her favourite Anzac Biscuit recipe here.
11:45 John Campbell's musical chairs and a newspaper's Notre Dame hoaxing
Media commentator Gavin Ellis looks at what TVNZ's up to with John Campbell joining Breakfast, how the hoaxing of the Taranaki Daily News over Notre Dame is a good lesson to take nothing for granted and why was the damning Environment Aotearoa 2019 Report given scant media attention?
Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on email@example.com