Saturday Morning for Saturday 10 August 2019
08:10 David Carroll - Cambridge Analytica and ‘The Great Hack’
Professor David Carroll, from Parsons School of Design in New York, is one of the central figures in 'The Great Hack', a recently released Netflix documentary looking at the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data scandal from 2018.
The revelations that data from tens of millions of Facebook users was being harvested and improperly used to serve targeted ads designed to influence the outcome of elections around the world (in countries including Trinidad and Tobago, Kenya, and memorably in the 2016 US Presidential Election), led Carroll to try to recover the personal data held about him through the courts.
After a legal battle lasting for more than two years, Cambridge Analytica's parent company finally pled guilty to criminal charges of disobeying the British data regulator, who fined it and ordered it to hand over all the data about Carroll they had collected. It would appear that he is still to receive it!
09:05 Eve Ensler - Vagina Monologues author on writing The Apology her abusive father never gave her
Eve Ensler, best known as the writer of the hugely successful play 'The Vagina Monologues', has been waiting a lifetime for an apology for the horrific physical and sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father.
His death removed that prospect, so in her latest book The Apology she engages in an act of 'heroic ventriloquism' and writes one from his perspective and on his behalf. So how has this process helped her to heal?
09:35 Professor Robert Wade - Trump and the rise of the "Strongman" ruler
Professor Robert Wade argues that the Trump presidency is a symptom of an emerging syndrome in the world-at-large, which he thinks may last for 30 years.
He links the spread of 'strongman' leaders such as Trump to rising economic inequality and resentment, along with geopolitical tensions between US, China, and Europe.
Professor Robert Wade has worked at the Institute of Development Studies, the World Bank, Woodrow Wilson School (Princeton University), MIT Sloan School and Brown University and is currently Professor of Political Economy and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
He will be giving a talk: “Why the ‘Trump era’ could last for 30 years” at the University of Auckland Business School on Monday 12 August. Details here.
10:05 David Suchet - Hercule Poirot, and more
English actor David Suchet was in the Royal Shakespeare Company for more than a decade, and has been directed by Harold Pinter.
He's undoubtedly best known for his 25 year turn playing Agatha Christie's fictional detective, Hercule Poirot.
He's coming to Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland early next year with his live stage show Poirot And More: a Retrospective.
10:30 Michel Tuffery - Elevating the unsung hero of Cook's Endeavour
Artist Michel Tuffery has been part of efforts to broaden and refocus narratives around Captain Cook's arrival in Aotearoa 250 years ago, including giving proper credit to his Tahitian navigator and translator Tupaia.
Historian Dame Anne Salmond has said that Tupaia played such a pivotal role on Cook's first journey to the South Pacific that "he was more important than Cook" to the success of the voyage.
Tuffery, who is of Samoan, Rarotongan and Ma'ohi Tahitian heritage, and is acknowledged as one of New Zealand's leading contemporary artists, worked with director Lala Rolls to tell the story of Tupaia in an award winning 2017 TV series.
He is revisiting Tupaia's Endeavour as part of his contribution to Pātaka's exhibition Here: From Kupe to Cook which opens in Porirua on 11 August.
11:05 Joe Dolce: the poet behind Shaddap You Face
What's-a matter you? Hey! Gotta no respect?
Joe Dolce kept Ultravox's 'Vienna' off the top of the charts with his 1981 hit 'Shaddap You Face'.
An ode to his Italian-American roots, the lyrics used phrases he remembered his grandparents saying in his childhood.
The song sold millions of copies and was a no.1 hit in 11 countries from New Zealand to the UK. It's since been translated into 15 languages and covered by hundreds of artists.
He still performs solo and with his partner Lin Van Hek, and is increasingly recognised for his work as a poet and essayist.
11:40 Tara Murray - Protecting our native grasshoppers
Entomologist and conservationist Tara Murray from Canterbury University describes robust grasshoppers as being "a bit like the Kakapo of the insect world - large, flightless, smelly and reliant on camouflage to avoid their natural avian predators which makes them easy prey for mammals".
So it makes sense for her to apply bird conservation principles to help to save the nationally threatened native insect.
In the Mackenzie Basin a predator proof fence has been set up to protect a 200m long section of gravel road where the most intensively studied population of the robust grasshopper has taken up residence.
Tara will tell Kim about why we need to protect our native grasshoppers and how she and her team do it, including teaching her PhD students the "grasshopper walk".
Books mentioned in this episode:
By Eve Ensler
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power
By Shoshana Zuboff
Profile Books Limited
Music played in this show
Song: Random Rules
Artist: Silver Jews
Played at: 10:06
Song: Shaddap You Face
Artist: Joe Dolce
Played at: 11:06