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8:12 Insight: US Aid Offensive to Vanuatu

Insight travels to Vanuatu to consider the US re-engagement with the Pacific and New Zealand’s role in assisting with this year’s aid offensive.

Written and presented by Sally Round.

Produced by Philippa Tolley.

8:40 Mani Maniparathy – The Tamil Perspective

Following last week’s interview with Sri Lankan MP Rajiva Wijesinha, Chris talks to Mani Maniparathy, spokesperson for the Wellington Tamil Society, for the Tamil perspective on the decades-long civil war in Sri Lanka, and the damning UN report on the final days of the Tamil Tiger resistance two years ago.

9:06 Mediawatch

Mediawatch this week asks just how real reality TV can be when ambitious politicians are the stars – and it’s election year. The programme also looks at the overwrought media reaction to the proposed Wellywood sign; a surprising suggestion to merge media regulators; and the contrasting coverage of two startling stories about women whose online relationships went horribly wrong.

Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9:40 Laurie Bauer – The Sound of Speech

In our monthly look at language, Laurie Bauer unpicks the complexities of phonetics and predicts English is going the same way as Latin.

Laurie Bauer is Professor of Linguistics at Victoria University.

10:06 Mary S Lovell – Churchills at the Heart of History

Historian and biographer Mary S Lovell has charted the history of the Churchill family from the first Duke of Marlborough. She talks to Chris about the family’s great ambition that saw it grow in power and influence from generation to generation – helped by strategic marriages with wealthy New York society beauties. Her story culminates in the person of Winston Churchill – dogged by depression but driven by his belief that he was destined to do great things.

The Churchills, by Mary S Lovell, is published by Little, Brown.

10:45 Hidden Treasures

Trevor Reekie showcases a new album by UK boogie woogie pianist Ben Waters, whose new album ‘Boogie For Stu’ pays tribute to Ian Stewart, the sixth Rolling Stone.

Produced by Trevor Reekie

11.05 Ideas: Is the international food system in crisis?

Earlier this week Oxfam made headlines around the world with the release of a report claiming food prices for staple commodities would double over the next 20 years, potentially resulting in an unprecedented reversal in human development. Ideas talks to: Oxfam New Zealand’s campaign and advocacy director John Stansfield; Otago University professor of sociology Hugh Campbell, and Dr Karen Cronin of the Institute of Environmental Science and Research.

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.