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Summer Times 2020/2021 for Wednesday 3 January 2018

09:06 Professor Robert Ayson - the attack on Lorde

09:10 Feature Interview - Dr Geoffrey Rice

09:45 Australia Correspondent - Donna Field

10:10 Feature Interview - Catherine Robertson

10:30 The Reading - Half Men of O' by Maurice Gee, read by Lloyd Scott

10:45 Science of Life - Travel with Richard Easther

11:10 Road Trip Music with Simon Bridges

11:40 Entertainment: Games with Haydn Green

11:50 AUT Student Documentary

 

09:06 Professor Robert Ayson

Israeli activists in the US have kept up their attack on the recording artist Lorde after she cancelled a concert in Tel Aviv in June this year. Lorde was called a bigot in a full page ad in the Washington Post placed by rabbi Shmuley Boteach's bo-TAY-ack organisation This World The Values Network. The ad and a column for the Jerusalem Post, said Lorde had joined the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement which works to end Israeli occupation of contested territories. Professor Robert Ayson from Victoria University's Centre for Strategic Studies talks to Megan Whelan.

 

09:10 Feature Interview - Author Geoffrey Rice

Dr Geoffrey Rice is an historian who's 2005 book, Black November is being re-released this year in a condensed updated version. In November this year it will be 100 years since 9000 New Zealanders died after contracting the influenza virus. The book looks at New Zealand's worst ever public health disaster and how it impacted the end of the First World War, and importantly also asks the question about whether it could happen again. Dr Rice speaks to Megan about the pandemic and his newer version of his book.

Wellington Town Hall during the influenza pandemic

Wellington Town Hall during the influenza pandemic Photo: Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand

09:45 Australia Correspondent - Donna Field

Australia correspondent Donna Field has the latest on what's been happening in and around Australia.

Gabriel's Bay cover

Gabriel's Bay cover Photo: supplied

10:10 Feature Interview - Catherine Robertson

Catherine Robertson

Catherine Robertson Photo: supplied

Catherine Robertson's latest book has just come out. Gabriel's Bay is a fictional New Zealand town but could be anywhere around the country depending on your own summer holiday memories. The book follows several colourful characters in the Bay who are facing issues familiar to many smaller isolated towns. Catherine talks to Megan about the quirky residents of Gabriel's Bay and how hard she worked to keep the different story lines interesting.

10:30 The Reading - Half Men of O' by Maurice Gee, read by Lloyd Scott

10:45 Science of Life - Travel with Richard Easther

Dwarf planet Pluto

Formerly a planet now a dwarf planet Pluto Photo: NASA

Auckland university professor of Physics Richard Easther takes us on a trip around the universe to talk about how it all works. This week he visits Pluto which is the furthest planet in our solar system, which is now referred to a dwarf planet. He believes actually getting people to Pluto probably won't happen in our live time but that the journey would be just as fulfilling as the destination as you would cross the orbits of giant planets of our system. 

11:10 Road Trip Music with Simon Bridges

National MP Simon Bridges is no longer the minister for transport, but he's overseen a number of roading projects around the country in recent years when he was in charge of the portfolio. Today he's choosing the music for a road trip and talks about what he's hopeful will happen with transport while the Labour-led government is in charge. He also tells Megan about his favourite ever roadie.

Simon Bridges

Simon Bridges Photo: VNP / Daniela Maoate-Cox

11:40 Entertainment: Games with Haydn Green

11:50 AUT Student Documentary