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Sunday for 29 August 2010

8:12 Insight: China - Overcoming the Cultural Divide

Insight looks at what's being done to lift the number of Mandarin speakers and asks how important such language skills really are as we try to do business with China.
Written and presented by Sally Round
Produced by Sue Ingram

8:40 Gunter Warner - Chasing Jack Lovelock

Gunter Warner is a German Jewish refugee who arrived in New Zealand as a 19-year-old at the outbreak of the Second World War. In the first of a two-part interview, Gunter talks to Chris about how Jack Lovelock inspired him to find out about New Zealand, and how escape from Germany became urgent as the Nazis rose to power.

9:06 Mediawatch

Mediawatch this weekend looks at how to preserve serious and significant journalism. The lifeblood of advertising is draining away and emerging generations are choosing news they don't have to pay for. But print media veteran Gavin Ellis says it's not time to write the obituary yet. Mediawatch also looks at a lack of joined up thinking on TV news shows - and the push to open up a previously taboo topic of suicide.
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9:40 Jim McLay - Our Man in the UN

Jim McLay is New Zealand Permanent Representative to the UN in New York. He talks to Chris about the UN response to war crimes and genocide, the tricky question of state sovereignty, and this country's bid for a seat on the Security Council.

10:06 Richard McGregor - Identity and Ancestry

Dr Richard McGregor is chairman of the Clan Gregor Society of Scotland. During a visit to New Zealand this week, he spoke with Chris Laidlaw about the long and fraught history of the McGregor family. The clan was proscribed in 1612, which meant it was officially condemned as an enemy of the state and anyone with the name McGregor could be killed and their lands confiscated. Dr McGregor also discusses the clan's DNA project.

10:45 Hidden Treasures

This week on Hidden Treasures our host Trevor Reekie adds a slice of sunshine direct from Honolulu, and unleashes a bit of fast-paced gypsy musical freestyle from Budapest.
Produced by Trevor Reekie

11.05 Ideas: Cohousing

Ideas takes a look at housing and in particular so-called cohousing - a movement which began in Denmark in the 1960s with residents taking an active part in the design and operation of their own neighbourhoods. In cohousing communities, private dwellings typically have all the features of a normal home but residents also have access to extensive communally-owned facilities and spaces. We talk to Robin Allison, one of the founders of New Zealand's first purpose-built cohousing community - Waitakere's Earthsong; chair of the Nelson Tasman Housing Trust Keith Preston; and Seattle-based architect and board member of the Cohousing Association of America, Grace Kim.
Presented by Chris Laidlaw
Produced by Jeremy Rose

11.55 Feedback

What you, the listeners, say on the ideas and issues that have appeared in the programme.