Saturday Morning for Saturday 24 August 2019
08:10 Kingi Snelgar - Decolonising the justice system
This week Corrections announced a new tikanga based strategy with the aim of reducing the Māori prison population from 52% to 16%.
Criminal lawyer and youth justice advocate Kingi Snelgar thinks that tikanga and prison are "chalk and cheese" and a much wider reform of the entire justice system will be required to lower the number of Māori in jail.
Kim will ask him about his vision for a decolonised justice system and his experiences working as both a Crown prosecutor and a defence lawyer within a system he experiences as both racist and broken.
09:05 Sheila Coronel - The hidden casualties of Duterte's war on drugs
Journalist Sheila Coronel has been investigating thousands of extra-judicial killings in the Phillipines conducted under the guise of president Rodrigo Duterte's 'war on drugs'.
The police themselves say they have killed some 5,500 drug suspects over the past three years, and that 'unknown gunmen' have killed 3,000 more suspects. But the reporting by Coronel and her team suggest that this is a gross underestimation, with the real figure being more than 3 times the official police count in some areas.
Other countries are looking towards The Philippines as a model in their own fight against drug abuse despite the deaths being under investigation by the United Nations.
Sheila Coronel is the Director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
09:30 Andy Gosler - Evolutionary ecologist who found god via Richard Dawkins
Birds, Richard Dawkins, and The Vicar of Dibley are some surprising inspirations behind Professor Andy Gosler's conversion to Christianity.
The University of Oxford ethno-biologist has studied the close links between people and birds in indigenous cultures and has recently been ordained as an Anglican priest.
10:05 Kevin Briggs - Preventing suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge
Kevin Briggs is a former highway patrol officer whose intervention has prevented hundreds of people from taking their lives by jumping from San Francisco's most famous bridge.
Kim will ask the self-styled 'Guardian of The Golden Gate Bridge' what his experiences have taught him about suicide, and empathy, and about the controversial construction of a giant stainless steel net to catch people falling from the bridge.
Where to get help:
- Need to Talk? Free call or text 1737 any time to speak to a trained counsellor, for any reason.
- Lifeline: 0800 543 354 - available 24/7 or text HELP to 4357
- Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) - available 24/7.This is a service for people who may be thinking about suicide, or those who are concerned about family or friends.
- Youthline: 0800 376 633
- Samaritans: 0800 726 666 - available 24/7
- Kidsline: 0800 543 754 - available 24/7
- Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 - available 24/7
If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111.
10:30 Julie Nolan - Bringing Janet Frame to the stage
Celebrated New Zealand writer Janet Frame's work has never been adapted for the stage.
That's about to change with a play based on her iconic novel Owls Do Cry set to premiere in her childhood hometown of Ōamaru in October, followed by performances in Auckland.
Kim will speak with director Julie Nolan from Red Leap Theatre.
11:05 Pablo Garcia Borboroglu - Protecting penguins
Penguin expert Pablo Garcia Borboroglu is the founder and President of the Global Penguin Society a science-based conservation coalition which has helped protect 32 million acres of habitat and taken over 6,000 children to visit penguin colonies.
He is in New Zealand as part of the 10th International Penguin Conference, at the University of Otago, where around 80% of the world's penguin researchers are currently converging.
11:40 Kate's Klassics: Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon
Poet and writer Kate Camp is in to talk about Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, the 1977 novel by the renowned American author who died earlier this month.
The book won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was cited when Morrison won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.
Books mentioned in this show
Guardian of the Golden Gate: Protecting the Line Between Hope and Despair
By Kevin Briggs
Published by: Ascend Books
Song of Solomon
By Toni Morrison
Published by: Vintage
Music played in this show
Artist: Geraint Watkins
Song: Heaven Only Knows
Composer: Geraint Watkins
Album: Rush of Blood
Label: The Last Music Company
Played at: 0925
Artist: Ani DiFranco
Song: Little Plastic Castle
Composer: Ani DiFranco
Album: Little Plastic Castle
Label: Righteous Babe Records
Played at: 1135