Sunday Morning for Sunday 8 April 2012
8:12 Insight: The War over Syria
Insight charts the effects of the conflict in Syria, a year after the turmoil first began.
A BBC programme written and presented by Barbara Plett.
8:40 Aleksander Kwasniewski – Revolution in Poland
Aleksander Kwasniewski was President of Poland between 1995 and 2005. He was a student in Gdansk during the rise of the Solidarity movement and he later beat Lech Walesa in presidential elections. He visited New Zealand recently and talks to Chris about the evolution of Communism and its eventual downfall; being part of the historical transition to democracy in Poland; Poland’s place in Europe; and his role as Chairman of the European Council of Tolerance and Reconciliation.
Mediawatch looks at a new pay TV service, for which you don’t even need an actual TV set; and more on the newsman who’s taken a gamble with his reputation. Mediawatch also looks at claims today’s teenagers are quite conservative; how a good news story was buried by bad news about the man who made it possible; and a new play about the media in the digital age where the phones are smart – but what about the audience?
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.
9:40 Lawrence Jones – Smart Grids
Worldwide there are major investments in renewable energy, aimed at de-carbonising our Western lifestyle. In New Zealand we have an abundance of cost effective renewable energy sources and we already generate around 75 per cent of our electricity from renewables. The Government is aiming for 90 per cent by 2025. Is this feasible? How will we get there? Will our existing infrastructure be able to cope? What does the future hold for electricity systems and renewables? Dr Lawrence Jones is a world authority on how renewable energy sources work with electricity systems and grids. He talks to Chris about what is working around the world, and what New Zealand might have to do.
Dr Lawrence Jones is Director of Regulatory Affairs at Alstom Grid in the USA. Alstom is a global energy and transport company and a major provider of electricity grid technology.
10:06 Paul Preston – Franco’s Holocaust
The remains of General Franco lie in an immense mausoleum near Madrid, built with the blood and sweat of 20,000 slave labourers. These workers were more fortunate than many other defeated Republicans. In addition to the 200,000 killed on the battlefields, as many again were executed between 1936 and 1945. Thousands more died of disease and hunger in prisons and concentration camps. Historian Paul Preston calls it the Spanish Holocaust and tells Chris that little has previously been revealed about the horror that happened in Spain, and the consequences that still reverberate bitterly today.
The Spanish Holocaust, by Paul Preston, is published by Harper Press.
10:45 Hidden Treasures
This week on Hidden Treasures Trevor Reekie features a track from the new album called The Poet's Embrace by Auckland composer, producer, label owner and jazz musician Nathan Haines.
Produced by Trevor Reekie
11.05 Ideas: Bob Kerridge
From hobnobbing with Hollywood moguls as a child to championing the rights of pets as the SPCA’s executive director, Bob Kerridge has, by anyone’s standards, had an extraordinary life. Bob Kerridge joins Chris Laidlaw in the latest of our occasional series of interviews with influential New Zealanders about the individuals, books and thinkers who have influenced their ideas.
Presented by Chris Laidlaw
Produced by Jeremy Rose
What the listeners have to say on today’s programme.