Julian Wilcox is presenting the show this week


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8:10 A volatile week in the US: April Ryan

April Ryan

April Ryan Photo: twitter / @AprilDRyan

It's been another big news week in the U.S.

Black Lives Matter protests reignited after a decision not to charge police officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville in March.

Following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Republicans are now pushing for a new Supreme Court judge to be appointed before the election.

And the country has reached the tragic tally of 200,000 deaths from COVID-19.

Joining us to discuss is April Ryan, the White House Correspondent and Washington DC Bureau Chief for American Urban Radio Networks. She is also a political analyst for CNN, and the author of three books.

8:30 First Nations' taxman Manny Jules

Manny Jules

Manny Jules Photo: Photo by:Stephen MacGillivray

C.T. (Manny) Jules is the Chief Commissioner of the First Nations Tax Commission based in Kamloops, British Columbia.

He is a leading figure in getting Canada's First Nations people independence over their tax affairs, and says tax autonomy forms a a vital part in self determination and entrepreneurship

He was responsible for recovering 45,000 acres of his tribe's reserve lands, and he's also driven legislative reform in the country.

His enthusiasms extend beyond the business world too. He's an artist and keen vinyl collector, including a Christmas music library of 5,000 records assembled over the past 20 years!

9:05 Whakapapa through portraiture: Taaniko Nordstrom

Taaniko and Vienna Nordstrom of Soldiers Rd

Taaniko and Vienna Nordstrom of Soldiers Rd Photo: supplied

Former Air New Zealand cabin attendant Taaniko Nordstrom, and her sister-in-law Vienna Nordstrom, are the creative duo behind Soldiers Rd Portraits, a photography-based business they set up together in 2011.

Based in Cambridge, they dress their customers in Māori, Pasifika, Native American and First Nations' clothing and then photograph them to create a vintage-style portrait.

Soldiers Rd have taken this idea overseas to Australia, the US, Europe and India, and in 2016 started a project called Behind the Wire- Rangatahi ki Rangatira.

This social enterprise involves them taking portraits of inmates at the Te Ao Mārama Māori Focus Unit at Waikeria Prison in the Waikato as a means of re-connecting them with their cultural identity and whakapapa through portraiture.

9:30 Priming the primary sector: Rachel Taulelei

Rachel Taulelei (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Rarua, Ngāti Koata) is the CEO of Kono, a family-owned Māori food and beverage producer and exporter.

A seafood aficionado, her business Yellow Brick Road supplies seafood to restaurants throughout the country.
She is a former US Trade Commissioner, who sits on the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council, and chairs New Zealand's APEC Business Advisory Council.

You might have caught her Zoom chat with the PM over lockdown too.

Rachel Taulelei

Rachel Taulelei Photo: supplied

10:05 Life inside the NBA Bubble: Ben Golliver

Ben Golliver at his Disney World hotel

Ben Golliver at his Disney World hotel Photo: supplied

A fascinating social and sporting experiment's been going on in Florida for the past 2 months.

The National Basketball Association's spent an estimated US$180 million on creating an isolation zone- aka the 2020 NBA Bubble- in Walt Disney World near Orlando.

Since July, players and support staff have been staying in the resort as they complete the regular season and the playoffs. 

There's daily testing, temperature checks, wrist bands that alarm when you get too close to someone for more than a few seconds -  all so the remaining teams can play for the title in deserted gymnasiums with no spectators.

Ben Golliver is the Washington Post's NBA correspondent who's been staying in the Bubble since Day 1 and is now writing a book called Bubbleball about the experience. We speak to him from his hotel room at Disney World.

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Photo: By Jrobertiko - Denis Adriana Macias, CC BY-SA 3.0,)

10:30 Arts Laureate Ariana Tikao: the power of pūoro

Ariana Tikao

Ariana Tikao Photo: supplied / Augusto

Ariana Tikao is a composer and performer of Kāi Tahu descent whose waiata bring to life ancestral stories.

She is a passionate exponent of the indigenous musical instruments of Aotearoa and is committed to the ongoing project of celebrating and playing taonga pūoro.

She is following in the footsteps of Hirini Melbourne, and two of her mentors, Richard Nunns and Brian Flintoff.

Tikao began performing in 1993 with the folk group 'Pounamu', and branched out on her solo music career in the early 2000s.

Last year she performed in and co-composed the soundtrack to Atamira Dance Company's work Onepū, which was based on an origin story that came from Tikao's great-grandfather.

She has just been announced as one of seven 2020 Arts Foundation Laureates for 2020.

taonga pūoro: Ipu kōrero, pūtōrino, kōauau, pahū pounamu, porotiti and pūtātara

taonga pūoro: Ipu kōrero, pūtōrino, kōauau, pahū pounamu, porotiti and pūtātara Photo: supplied / Ariana Tikao

11:05 Fighting Fire with Fire: Victor Steffensen on how burning could heal Australia

Last year's Australian fire season was the worst on record, with 34 deaths, more than 3500 homes lost and billions of animals harmed.

It also wasn't a surprise to Victor Steffensen, a specialist in indigenous fire management. He correctly saw the amount of vegetation on the land combined with the drying effects of climate change as a bomb waiting to go off.

Victor believes the practice of cultural burning should be utilised more widely to reduce the threat of more catastrophic bushfires.

The idea that fire can be used to prevent fire is challenging - but is based on generations of indigenous knowledge of "reading" and responding to land.

Victor has written a memoir called Fire Country - How Indigenous Fire Management Could Help Save Australia.

Victor Steffensen

Victor Steffensen Photo: supplied

11:40 Craig Silvey: Jasper Jones' author on his new book Honeybee

Australian author and screenwriter Craig Silvey's second novel Jasper Jones, released in 2009 sold more than 600,000 copies and was adapted for screen and stage.

11 years on he's just released a new book Honeybee. Described as a "heart-breaking, life-affirming coming-of-age novel" it's set in contemporary Western Australia and at its heart is a life-changing chance encounter between two characters on a quiet overpass one night.

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Photo: supplied / Daniel James Grant


Books mentioned in this show:

Fire Country - How Indigenous Fire Management Could Help Save Australia
by Victor Steffensen
Published by Hardie Grant Travel

by Craig Silvey  
ISBN: 9781760877224
Published by Allen & Unwin



Music played in this show

Song: Ohaki
Artist: Ariana Tikao
Played at 9.30

Song: Amokura
Artist: Ariana Tikao and Al Fraser
Played at: 10:50

Song: Haere Mai Rā
Artist: Bic Runga
Played at 11:30