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Sunday Morning for Sunday 27 January 2008

27 January 2008

Insight: Gang violence.

Patched gangs have been on the fringes of society here for 40 years but several high profile incidents have recently seen them gaining headlines not seen for more than a decade. As Bryan Gibson has been finding out, politicians are noticing the increased gang activity and coming down hard.

But is this reaction the right one?

Produced by Bryan Gibson

8:40 Feature interview: Power struggle - The US Primaries

Political science lecturer Dr Jon Johansson talks to Chris Laidlaw about the fascinating race for presidential nominations in the US.

Produced by Christine Cessford


Mediawatch this week looks how the media handled the death of Sir Edmund Hillary. Following reports that the number of spin doctors working for the government has doubled in the past five years, Mediawatch asks a public relations man why the government needs so many PR people - and what they all do. We look at a worrying 'culture of copying' among journalists -and we hear from the star of the 'silly season' in Australia.

Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Cushla Managh

9:30 Feature interview: Voluntary work overseas.

Profits, pitfalls and pleasure: David Townsend talks to Chris Laidlaw about his difficult but rewarding time in Cambodia, and has a cautionary tale about volunteering abroad.

Produced by Christine Cessford

10:06 The Sunday Group: Housing Affordability

Chris Laidlaw chairs a panel that includes: Commonwealth Bank of Australia's NZ economist Chris Tennant-Brown, NZ Council of Trade Unions economist Peter Conway, real estate market analyst Graham Crewes and NZ Real Estate Institute president Murray Cleland.

Produced by Christine Cessford

10:30Hidden Treasures

Each week Trevor Reekie takes you on a trip that seeks out musical gems from niche markets around the globe, the latest re-releases and interesting sounds from the shallow end of the bit stream. This week Trevor gets us back into the swing of things by previewing new material from Billy Bragg, and flashes back to the late Sam Cooke and Maori baritone Inia Te Wiata.

10:45 Sports Talk

Ken Laban talks to Chris Laidlaw about amateurs coaching professionals, privatising the Super-14 franchises and the lack of imagination and innovation amongst sports administrators.

11:05Ideas: The Political Brain.

When we decide who to vote for, are we making a rational choice? Or does emotion dictate our voting choice?
Produced by Justin Gregory
Ideas plays until midday and is repeated just after the 1am news on Friday morning.