Sunday Morning for Sunday 13 May 2012
8:12 Insight: The State and Your Information
In the wake of the accidental release of ACC information and as new legislation covering increased information sharing makes its way through Parliament, Insight considers whether individuals should be concerned about how their personal information is used by the state. The Prime Minister has spoken about embracing new technology to improve public service, but are there any pitfalls when it comes to security and who is looking after the interests of the ordinary person.
Written and presented by Philippa Tolley
8:40 Jacquelin Magnay – Olympic Britain
As London prepares for the Olympic Games, the Telegraph Media Group Olympics Editor, Jacquelin Magnay, talks to Chris about the scramble to get ready and the scramble for tickets; scalping; surface-to-air missiles; and the very British plan for the opening ceremony.
Mediawatch looks at why Massey University and TV3 have teamed up to make a world news show. Could this be a model for more intelligent television? Or is it just a new marketing method? We also look at some confusing new changes to the television landscape; proposals to make cyberspace less nasty without gagging freedom of expression – and how online endorsements by big names in the media aren’t always what they seem.
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.
9:40 Sam Leith – Language of Persuasion
Sam Leith says rhetoric is all around us – it is everywhere that persuasion is, and he says we barely open our mouths except to persuade someone about something. From the Sermon on the Mount to dealing with the butcher, he says it’s all about rhetoric. Sam tells Chris that rhetoric goes back to Aristotle who wrote the first serious book on the subject. And they discuss some of the great champions of rhetoric – including Hitler and Churchill.
You Talkin’ to Me? Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama by Sam Leith is published by Profile Books.
10:06 Paul Moon – A Changing Country
A Savage Country is the final installment in historian and prolific writer Paul Moon’s trilogy of books on the decades around the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. He talks to Chris about New Zealand in the 1820s – the introduction of aggressive capitalism, Hongi Hika and relations with Britain, the good and the bad of colonisation, and how it all influenced the evolution of the nation.
A Savage Country: The untold story of New Zealand in the 1820s by Paul Moon is published by Penguin.
10:45 Hidden Treasures
This week on Hidden Treasures Trevor Reekie showcases a track from a re-mastered and reissued album from Gitbox Rebellion on Rattle Records. The company is celebrating 20 years as Aotearoa’s pre eminent art-music label.
Produced by Trevor Reekie
11.05 Ideas: Death by Remote Control
More than 3000 people are estimated to have been killed in CIA drone attacks in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen since President Obama came to power. Despite often being portrayed as surgical weapons capable of distinguishing between combatants and civilians, there is growing evidence of a significant number of innocent people being killed. Jeremy Rose speaks to Gazan blogger Yousef Aljamal about life under the drones, and Professor Noel Sharkey about the development of fully autonomous drones; and Chris Laidlaw talks to defence analyst Paul Buchanan about the rapidly evolving arms race in drone technology.
Presented by Chris Laidlaw
Produced by Jeremy Rose
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