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8:12 Insight: Communes

Insight looks at communes, as they were known in the 1970s, a lifestyle associated with hippies and ramshackle retreats in remote valleys, where conventional society was rejected. Forty years on, some of those communities are still thriving, but the way of living is less flower power and more eco-themed, rural living for the middle class in old-fashioned village ways. 
Geoff Moffett has visited the Tasman countryside to explore the new style of communal living.
Produced by Philippa Tolley.

8:40 Jon Johansson – Obama v ?

Chris talks to political scientist and devout follower of US politics Dr Jon Johansson about the battle between the establishment candidate, Mitt Romney, and the insurgent, Newt Gingrich, for the US Republican Party’s presidential nomination, and whether or not President Obama has delivered enough to be re-elected.
Dr Jon Johansson is a lecturer in comparative politics at Victoria University.

9:06 Mediawatch

Mediawatch looks at the fallout from a controversial TV programme screened just before the election last year; the sentimental coverage following the death of Wellington’s well-known Blanket Man; and how news of death, danger and tragedy have hogged the headlines since Christmas, thanks to the absence of most of our usual diet of national news. 
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9:40 David Geary – Haiku in Canada

New Zealander David Geary has written for theatre, film and television, as well as fiction and poetry. These days he lives in Vancouver where his main job is raising two young children. He tells Chris that he doesn’t have much time to write, so the traditional Japanese form of Haiku – small but perfectly-formed poems – suit him well. David shares some of his Haiku, and talks about life in Canada. He tweets his poetry.

10:06 New Flags Flying – Independence in the Pacific

Between 1960 and 1990, strong winds of political change swept across Pacific countries. Broadcaster Ian Johnstone has captured this change in a series of interviews with Pacific leaders which he presents with his co-editor Michael Powles in a series called New Flags Flying. Sunday Morning will feature highlights from the series on the last Sunday of each month during 2012. This week, Ian and Michael join Chris for an overview of the period in the Pacific when colonies became nations and millions of ‘subjects’ became citizens.

The full interviews with the Pacific leaders can be heard on Radio New Zealand International

10:45 Hidden Treasures

This week Trevor Reekie showcases a couple of 70’s hip shakers as well as a wonderful N’goni blues recording from Mali.
Produced by Trevor Reekie

11.05 Ideas: Mormonism

In the latest of our occasional Lived Philosophies series we take a look at Mormonism. Jeremy Rose talks to Elder Liaina Lemalu and Elder Cory Finlinson about their lives as Mormon missionaries in New Zealand; Chris Laidlaw explores the origins of the church and its beliefs with Dr Mike Roberts, academic director of AIS St Helens and a high ranking lay member of the New Zealand branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; and journalist Abby Ohlheiser gives her take on the possible impact of Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith on his chances in the US Republican primaries.
Presented by Chris Laidlaw
Produced by Jeremy Rose

11.55 Feedback

What the listeners have to say on today’s programme.