Sunday Morning for Sunday 9 December 2012
8:12 Insight: Buying into Myanmar
The Prime Minister, John Key, has joined a growing list of international leaders visiting the south-east Asian nation of Myanmar to support its return to democracy. But at the same time he, and a number of other curious would-be investors, are eyeing up the country's natural resources and trade opportunities. Demelza Leslie travelled to Myanmar to find out whether the nation, which has been under decades of repressive military rule, can be transformed into a democratic country, and what role the international community has to play.
Produced by Philippa Tolley.
8:40 Geoff Cochrane – Drinking and Writing
Geoff Cochrane is an award-winning Wellington poet and author. He’s published several books of poetry and his first novel, Tin Nimbus, published in 1995, describes an alcoholic’s quest for sobriety. He talks to Richard about his own struggle with the disease and how being an alcoholic has shaped his work and his life.
Geoff Cochrane’s latest collection of poetry, The Bengal Engine's Mango Afterglow, is published by Victoria University Press.
Mediawatch looks at how the future for local TV talent shows seems assured, but current affairs shows are getting thin on the ground – and local television broadcasting faces a struggle to survive. Mediawatch also looks at how the news media gave embattled MP Brendan Horan a hard time, even though they had few hard facts to go on.
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.
9.40 Andrew Erlich – Jack the Giant
Author and clinical psychologist Andrew Erlich turned three on the same day his uncle, Jacob Reuben Erlich, died of kidney failure at age 46. Jacob, known as Jack Earle, was one of the world’s tallest men – he was 2.6m (8ft 6in) – and was huge both in stature and reputation. He starred in more than 50 silent movies, and toured with circuses as a sideshow performer. He later became a renowned painter, poet, photographer and sculptor whose works can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Natural History in New York. Andrew talks to Richard about Jack’s amazing life, and the value of accepting – and making the most – of what you are.
The Long Shadows, the story of Jake Erlich, by Andrew Erlich, is available online
10:06 Ideas: Indonesia’s Reluctant Citizens
Hundreds of thousands of Timorese and West Papuans have died in their respective struggles for independence from Indonesia. Jeremy Rose talks to Anna Powles and Jose Sousa Santos – who have both worked as government advisors in post-independence Timor Leste – about the challenges facing the country in the run up to the United Nations peace-keeping mission being withdrawn later this month. And Richard Langston talks to Peter King – the author of West Papua and Indonesia since Suharto: Independence, Autonomy or Chaos? – about the on-going struggle of West Papuans for self-determination.
Produced by Jeremy Rose.
10.55 Today’s Track
Morrissey's 'Every Day is like Sunday'. Morrissey plays Auckland and Wellington next week.
11.05 Down the List
Where does the real power in New Zealand lie? That’s right, with a bunch of bureaucrats, underlings, officials, and lowly-ranked list MPs that you and I have never heard of. Whether it’s in sport, politics, commerce, education or the arts, the only way to find out what’s really going on in this country is by going ... Down the List. Written by Dave Armstrong and produced by Radio New Zealand’s Drama department. Today, the polls are looking better for Labour and David Shearer. But how did that happen?
11.12 Edward Skidelsky – Enough, Already
Edward Skidelsky is a philosopher and the son of historian Robert Skidelsky who is best-known for his biography of John Maynard Keynes. Keynes thought that by now we’d all be working 20 hours a week, have all we needed, and be able to afford creative leisure time. But it hasn’t turned out that way – capitalism ensures new demands are created every day and the pressure to consume grows. The Skidelskys say there is such as thing as having enough and now we need to think about how to enjoy what we have rather than try to accumulate more. They’ve come up with some radical ideas on changing the balance between work and leisure
How Much Is Enough? by Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky, is published by Penguin.
11.40 Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint: Anarchy
Wayne Brittenden has been Radio New Zealand’s correspondent in several capital cities over the years. Each week he gives fresh insights into a wide variety of topics of national and international concern. These days any large demonstration, whether it concerns the banks and Wall Street or climate change, includes an anarchist input. Far from the stereotypical beards and bombs, it’s a much more complex and, in some ways, little understood ideology with a number of strands that Wayne looks at in this week’s programme. Richard follows up with Mike Harris, an Edinburgh-based anarcho-syndicalist who has been engaged in political publishing and the international movement.