Nine To Noon for Tuesday 21 January 2020
09:05 How will the US-Iran crisis evolve?
On January 3rd the US drone strike against top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad, set in motion a chain of events which are still playing out. While debate continues about the ethics of the killing, questions keep coming about the downing of a Ukrainian passenger aircraft near the Tehran Airport by Iranian missiles, with the loss of 176 lives. Add to that protests on the streets of Iran, an Iran nuclear deal left in tatters, and Iranian parliamentary elections in exactly one month. So how will the tensions reverberate throughout Iranian, Middle Eastern and US politics? Negar Mortazavi is an Iranian-American journalist and media analyst based in Washington.
09:20 Dry weather and water restrictions
Dry weather is continuing across large parts of the country, including Northland, the Waikato, the Wairarapa, Canterbury, and the Tasman regions. Northland has been verging on drought status for weeks, and now the Tasman region is approaching a trigger point for water rationing. The Tasman District Council's Dry Weather Taskforce is meeting today. Taskforce convenor, Dennis Bush-King tells Lynn Freeman the coming week is critical.
09:30 Tongan farmers get bee keeping boost
David Cramp is an expert on bees and bee science and has pioneered the use of drones and digital mapping technology in aspects of bee research. He's now set to share his gift in Tonga as a beekeeping advisor for the government. He has also written a number of books on bees. His latest, The Honey Bee, is a definitive guide to the insect and its exploits. In it, he breaks down the mysteries of life in the hive: how a Queen is formed, the role and rank of different bees in the colony, the relationship between bees and flowers, why bees swarm, and the importance of pollination.
09:45 Trump's Senate impeachment trial, Iowa caucuses
US correspondent Ron Elving looks at the impeachment trial for President Donald Trump due to get underway in earnest this week in the Senate. He'll touch on the curious ritual of the Iowa precinct caucuses and the bizarre but symbiotic relationship between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.
Ron Elving is Senior Editor and Correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News.
10:05 Dystopian art, fake likes and an app that dies with you
Dries Depoorter is a Belgian technology artist who creates interactive installations, apps, and games. His aim is to bring awareness about privacy, surveillance and social media in a playful way; like the scratch lottery tickets where you win Instagram likes, or the app that you can only use when your phone has less than 5 % of its battery life left.
10:35 Book review - Best of 2019
Anna Daniell with her favourite young adult books from last year: Invisibly Breathing by Eileen Merriman (Penguin), On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (Walker Books), My Brother's Name is Jessica by John Boyne (Penguin).
10:45 The Reading
Language of Recovery by Susy Pointon. Part 2.
An RNZ Production.
11:05 Rod Oram: The sustainability-linked loan market
Business commentator Rod Oram discusses loans tied to sustainable outcomes, the NZ origin start-up Soul Machines, a new car subscription service being offered by Turners, and The Financial Times appoints its first new editor in 14 years, Roula Khalaf, who joins Zanny Minton Beddoes, editor-in-chief of The Economist, as another woman heading up international business publications.
11:30 Benee gears up for a massive 2020
After an incredible 2019, Auckland Pop sensation Benee is preparing to kick off the year with a bang at St Jerome's Laneway Festival next week. She talks to Lynn Freeman about what she loves about live gigs, her rapid rise to success, her new EP, and what she's been up to over the summer.
You can see Benee at St Jerome's Laneway Festival on Monday 27th January at Albert Park.
11:45 How the media is handling climate change sceptics
Media commentator Andrew Holden examines the climate change issue in Australia and how media giant News Corp has been running denialist material. How's it being handled here in New Zealand?
Andrew Holden is a journalist for more than 30 years including five as Editor of The Press (in Christchurch) and four as Editor-in-Chief of The Age in Melbourne.
Music played in this show
Artist: Ria Hall
Time played: 09.30
Artist: Nick Mulvey
Track: Mountain to Move
Time played: 09.51
Artist: David Bowie
Track: Life on Mars
Time played: 10:31
Artist: Wye Oak
Time played: 10:42