Nine To Noon for Thursday 14 November 2019
09:05 President impeachment inquiry goes public
The impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump has started a critical new phase, with the first public hearings underway. The inquiry is attempting to establish if the President sought help from Ukraine to boost his chances of re-election next year, by pressuring the Ukraine to investigate one of the president's main Democrat challengers Joe Biden, and his son Hunter. American political commentator, Ron Elving, takes a break from commentating on the public hearings for NPR to speak with Kathryn Ryan.
09:20 Could RNZ as we know it be a thing of the past ?
A proposal to disestablish RNZ and TVNZ and replace it with a new public media entity, funded by both the tax payer and from commercial revenue, is to go before Cabinet ministers within weeks. The recommendation came from a Government advisory group which included representatives of RNZ, TVNZ, NZ on Air and a number of other public agencies. The whole new entity would have with statutory editorial independence and a public service mandate. Andrew Holden has been a journalist for more than 30 years including five as Editor of The Press and four as Editor-in-Chief of The Age in Melbourne. He is now the Director of Communications for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise.
09:25 What will our energy future look like by mid-century?
A comprehensive modelling exercise into the country's energy future shows the economy is set for a major transformation by mid-century, with less reliance on primary produce and more on services. The BusinessNZ Energy Council, along with partners in business, academia and government have updated their detailed energy modelling exercise and posits two scenarios by mid-century: one where the global policy response to climate has been at the lower end and New Zealand's response slower; and the second, where the global and domestic response has been stronger and faster. Kathryn talks to John Carnegie, Executive Director of Business NZ Energy Council about the results.
09:45 Nigel Farage backs off Tory seats, Britain floods, model found
UK correspondent Matthew Parris reports on the decision by Nigel Farage not to stand Brexit Party candidates in more than 300 seats won by the Tories in 2017. He also looks at the floods that have hit large parts of the country and the sweet story of a former Yves Saint Laurent model who was discovered again - while living in a rest home.
10:05 Designing women: Anne Salmond on her career in architecture
Architect Anne Salmond has spent her life designing buildings and is considered a trailblazer in her field. When she graduated from Victoria University in 1980 there were just eight women in her class. The year before there just two. She set up her practice, Salmond Architecture, after she had the first of her three children before relocating from Wellington to Wanaka, where she's been based ever since. She joins Kathryn to talk about her career, which has just been capped with being made a Distinguished Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects in recognition of her contribution to New Zealand architecture.
10:35 Book review - Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Ralph McAllister reviews Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. Published by Pan Macmillan.
10:45 The Reading
Today's reading is part four of Seven Voices - Tales of Madness & Mirth by Mike Chunn, narrated by Sean Allan. (Broadcast only, no web reproduction)
11:05 Should we really trust big tech with our health data?
Technology commentator Mark Pesce looks at the purchase by Google of Fitbit and the case of a whistleblower who's raised the alarm on the secret transfer of medical data of 50 million Americans from a healthcare provider to Google. He'll also talk about whether it's really possible to opt out of the surveillance taking place everyday around the world - is there a way citizens can fight back?
11:25 Beyond the Bump: Coping with the mental turmoil of becoming mum
11:45 Bellbird, Ailo's Journey and Castle Rock
Film and TV reviewer Sarah McMullan looks at new New Zealand feature film Bellbird, a kids' documentary about a reindeer called Ailo's Journey which is narrated by Donald Sutherland and the second season of Stephen King's Castle Rock.
Music played in this show
Artist: Local Natives
Song: Megaton Mile
Artist: Laura Mvula
Song: That's Alright
Artist: The Veils
Song: Turn Away from the Rain