This Saturday Morning: Kim begins the morning in conversation with Dr Jeffrey Ross, someone right at the forefront of individualised cancer treatment; Auckland Pride chair Cissy Rock says the concept of 'intersectionality' has caused the furor over uniformed police at 2019's Pride Parade; former Irish president Mary Robinson explains why she's thrown her energies into the fight against climate change; the daughter of country music royalty, Rosanne Cash, has just released a very personal 14th album;  Elizabeth Denham is the UK Information Commissioner and led the raid on Cambridge Analytica earlier this year; Dr Tony Fernando is doing a PhD on compassion in medicine, and how people can train themselves to have more of this attribute, and finally, Victoria University's Sarah Ross on an international poetry project aimed at highlighting a trove of significant work of the poet Hester Pulter in the 17th century. 


8:09 Dr Jeffrey Ross - The next frontier of cancer treatment 

Dr Jeffrey Ross

Dr Jeffrey Ross Photo: john soares 2011

Dr Jeffrey Ross is the Medical Director for Foundation Medicine, Inc in Cambridge, US. He is a leader in the field of molecular diagnostics, having received a number of academic awards, been awarded three patents and authored more than 600 peer-reviewed scientific articles and abstracts, four textbooks and numerous book chapters in the fields of pathology, molecular diagnostics, oncology, and translational cancer research - research that bridges the gap between laboratory-based science and treatment in the clinic. Ross is in New Zealand as a guest of Roche New Zealand, which has launched Foundation Medicine's tests that match cancer patient's individual genomic alterations to potential targeted therapies or clinical trials, with 70 New Zealanders already tested.


9.06     Cissy Rock - Pride Parade wrangle 

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Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Cissy Rock

Cissy Rock Photo: supplied

Cissy Rock is the president of the Auckland Pride Board, which has found itself in the headlines recently after opting to ban police wearing their uniforms at next year's Pride parade, saying certain groups in the rainbow community still did not feel safe around police.  The decision has unleashed  a wave of controversy, and sponsors - including Rainbow New Zealand's Charitable Trust, the Ponsonby Business Association and Vodafone among others - have pulled their funding for the event, saying they were insisting on "inclusion for all". 


9.30     Mary Robinson - Climate Justice

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson Photo: supplied

The former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, has turned her energy to the fight against climate change. She has set up The Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice which focuses on the struggle to secure justice for people who are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and who are usually forgotten - the poor, the disempowered and the marginalised. She has also released a series of podcasts with comedian Maeve Higgins, Mothers of Invention, which tells the stories of women all over the world driving climate solutions. She joins Kim to talk about her new book, Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future, in which she argues that grassroots activists offer hope in the face of climate change. 


10.04 Rosanne Cash - She Remembers Everything

Rosanne Cash

Rosanne Cash Photo: supplied

Singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash was born in 1955, the oldest of four children to legendary country musician Johnny Cash and his first wife Vivian Liberto. She released her first album in 1978 in Germany, followed by an American career launched in 1980. Cash continued recording and touring for several years while raising three children and battling substance abuse issues. She has released 14 albums, written three books and is a frequent contributor of fiction and essays to the likes of The New York Times and Rolling Stone.  Her latest album is called She Remembers Everything which is described as "an album that reckons with a world that embraces and betrays, sometimes in the same moment".   








10.35 Elizabeth Denham - Fighting data crime

Elizabeth Denham

Elizabeth Denham Photo: Jon Super

Elizabeth Denham is the UK Information Commissioner and led the raid on Cambridge Analytica in March this year. She gained a warrant to search the London-based data analytics company's records over allegations it illegally acquired the information of millions of Facebook users and used it to profile and target voters during political campaigns. Last month the ICO levied the maximum possible fine against Facebook for its failure to protect users' personal information in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. She is also pursuing a criminal prosecution of SCL Elections Ltd, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica. Denham was appointed UK Information Commissioner in July 2016, having previously held the position of Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada. She is coming to Aotearoa for the International Privacy Forum on December 4, organised by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.


ICO raids Cambridge Analytica

ICO raids Cambridge Analytica Photo: The London Post

11.04 Dr Tony Fernando - Compassion in medicine 

Dr Tony Fernando, GP CME 2018, Rotiorua.

Photo: Simon Maude/New Zealand Doctor

Dr Tony Fernando is a psychiatrist, sleep specialist and a senior lecturer in psychological medicine at the University of Auckland. In 2012, he was awarded by President Aquino of the Philippines for his services to sleep medicine
and medical education. In 2015, he received the Chair's award from the New Zealand Medical Association, the
highest recognition given by the association to any doctor in New Zealand, for his work on physician
wellbeing. In January 2017, he received temporary ordination as a Buddhist monk in Myanmar. Fernando is in the
final stages of his PhD at the University of Auckland, studying compassion in medicine. More recently, he
started a weekly mindfulness and emotional balance programme for inmates at Mt Eden Corrections Facility in Auckland.  Dr Fernando is involved in organising the first ever compassion in healthcare conference in New Zealand in 2019, details here. 


11.45  Sarah Ross - The Pulter Project 

The poetry of Hester Pulter

The poetry of Hester Pulter Photo: Wikicommons

Sarah Ross

Sarah Ross Photo: supplied

Sarah Ross is an associate professor in English at Victoria University of Wellington. Her research focuses on the writing of women in the Renaissance and early modern period, and especially on the interaction between politics, religion, and poetry in the years of the English revolution. Ross has worked on the poetry of Hester Pulter for more than 20 years, most recently anthologising her poetry in Women Poets of the English Civil War (with Elizabeth Scott-Baumann, 2017). Hester Pulter's poetry, written in the 17th century, was largely unknown until a large trove of it was found in the 1990s.  Ross is one of the editors for The Pulter Project, run out of Northwestern University in Chicago, and launched last week.


Books mentioned in this episode:

Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future
By Mary Robinson
ISBN: 9781632869289



Music played in this show

Artist: The Weather Station
Song: Kept It All To Myself
Composer: Tamara Lindeman
Album: The Weather Station
Label: Paradise of Bachelors
Played at: 8:55

Artist: Roseanne Cash
Song: A Feather's Not a Bird
Composer:  Rosanne Cash / John Leventhal
Album: The River & The Thread
Label: Blue Note
Played at: 10:05

Artist: Rosanne Cash
Song: Not Many Miles To Go
Composer: Rosanne Cash
Album: She Remebers Everything
Label: Blue Note
Played at: 10:30