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Sunday for 3 May 2009

8:12 Insight: Bee Survival

Insight explores the growing threat to the honey bee and the implications for New Zealand. Without its pollination powers there are fears agriculture would be severely undermined and the world could face significant food shortages. So what's putting the honey bee in danger? Insight investigates.
Written and presented by Kevin Ikin
Produced by Sue Ingram

Matthew Gerrie8:40 Feature interview: Wrongful Convictions

Dr Matthew Gerrie (right) is the manager of the Innocence Project New Zealand, a group of scientists, writers and lawyers aimed at investigating possible cases of wrongful conviction in the New Zealand legal system. Dr Gerrie's main area of research is in how eyewitnesses remember details from a crime scene. He talks to Chris Laidlaw about the leading causes of wrongful conviction, and factors that lead to eyewitness misidentification
Produced by Christine Cessford

9:05 Mediawatch

Mediawatch this week looks at how Fiji's media are coping with life in a state of emergency, and whether our media are giving New Zealanders the full picture of what's really going on there. Mediawatch also finds out why some top scientists are worried by reports that media-friendly climate scientist Jim Salinger lost his job for speaking to the media without his employer's permission - and are the media over-hyping their reports on the spread of 'swine flu'?
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

Cynthia Laberge9:30 Feature interview: National security vs our right to privacy

Cynthia Laberge (right) is the senior research fellow in Cyber Law 2008 at Victoria University. She's spent the past year researching gaps in the privacy law and the extent to which issues of national security override New Zealanders' right to privacy. She talks to Chris Laidlaw about her findings.
Produced by Christine Cessford

10:06 The Sunday Group: Gliding On Long Gone

For many, public servants are still the paper-shuffling time-wasters with their feet up on their desks in Wellington, as portrayed in Roger Hall's TV series of the 1980s, Gliding On. Politicians seem to know that there are no votes to be won in defending the public service, and around 1100 jobs have gone since the election. The Government says it's capping the numbers, but the union, the PSA describes it as a sinking lid. Today the Sunday Group debates the value and role of the public service. Chris Laidlaw chairs a panel that includes: PSA General Secretary Brenda Pilott; Dr Chris Eichbaum from the School of Government at Victoria University; and Northern Employers and Manufacturers Association chief executive Alasdair Thompson.
Produced by Christine Cessford

10:40 Hidden 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 drops in some sunny, Sunday-appropriate Coffee Time, and checks out the somewhat obscure genius of Shuggie Otis.
Produced by Trevor Reekie

10:55 Feedback.

What the listeners have to say.

11:05 Ideas: The Life and Politics of Dr Michael Cullen

Dr Michael Cullen, who retired from Parliament this week, will be remembered by many for his sharp wit and cutting tongue. For others it will be his almost single-handed re-shaping of the nation's retirement landscape or the buying back of New Zealand Rail that are his lasting legacy. In Ideas we dedicate the hour to asking Michael Cullen what made him tick - what were the philosophies that drove him for his nearly three decades in Parliament.
Presented by Chris Laidlaw
Produced by Jeremy Rose