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8:12 Insight: The Bain Trial

The David Bain verdict sees him walk from court a free man.

It's 15 years since the deaths of his 5 family members, and it has been an extraordinary legal battle.

Monique Devereux, who's been covering the bain re-trial looks at the saga which stands as the most expensive trial in New Zealand's recent criminal court history.

8:40 Feature interview: On Obama's Honeymoon

US media commentator and political analyst Terry Michael has been in New Zealand to lecture on Obama's first 100 days in power - which was marked about 40 days ago now. He tells Chris Laidlaw that Obama's election was a move away from the politics of fear to the politics of hope, and describes the President's honeymoon with the public and the press.
Produced by Christine Cessford

9:05 Mediawatch

Mediawatch asks the man in charge of our most-widely read Sunday papers about 'doing more with less' in tight economic times - and whether an Australian editor can really know what New Zealand readers want. Also on the programme, a veteran newsgatherer tells us why covering the world's conflicts has never been more risky - and we hear how one network's claims that it covers the news whenever it breaks don't always stack up in the wee small hours.
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9:30 Feature interview: Speaking Geek

So you don't know your podcasts from your wikis or your blogs? US New Media expert Tee Morris is in New Zealand and hosting a seminar at Te Papa on social media initiatives and how they work. He talks to Chris Laidlaw about his presentation: Speak Geek to Me: Social Media in a Nutshell.
Produced by Christine Cessford

Tee Morris is hosting the seminar at Te Papa on Wednesday, June 17, 10am-12pm. No attendance fee, but to book a place email

10:06 The Sunday Group: Transition Towns Taking Root

Transition Towns are spreading around New Zealand as communities face the prospect of dwindling oil reserves, an unstable climate and unpredictable food production. These are communities that are rolling up their sleeves and taking practical action to create a more self-reliant existence. The first Transition Town emerged on Waiheke Island at the end of 2007 and now there are over 40 Transition initiatives around the country. Chris Laidlaw chairs a panel that includes: The co-founder of the Transition Network Rob Hopkins, who's based in the UK; and from Waiheke Island James Samuel who's the national co-ordinator for Transition Towns Aotearoa, and Gabrielle Young who is active in the movement on Waiheke.
Produced by Christine Cessford

The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins is published by Finch Publishing.

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 celebrates Island Records' 50th anniversary and checks out The Clean's frontman David Kilgour celebrate the poems of Sam Hunt.
Produced by Trevor Reekie

10:55 Feedback

What the listeners have to say.

11:05 Ideas: Witch burning and the spirit world

Papua New Guinea's Constitutional Review and Law Commission has been traveling the country in recent months hearing submissions on the vexed issue of witch burnings. Over the last year alone there's been more than 50 cases of sorcery-related killings in the Eastern Highlands and Chimbu provinces of the country. And the belief in spirits and the spirit world isn't limited to traditional societies. In New Zealand mediums and psychics regularly advertise in our newspapers and there doesn't appear to be any shortage of customers. This week on Ideas we hear about Papua New Guinea's so-called witches, talk to the president of the New Zealand Psychics Association about communicating with the dead, and hear from Professor Paul Morris about the history of witchcraft and sorcery in the Western tradition.
John Himugo is an ethnographer at the Institute of Papua New Guinea Studies in Port Morseby.
NZ Psychics Association president Marie Vaughan
Victoria University Professor Paul Morris

Presented by Chris Laidlaw
Produced by Jeremy Rose