Sunday Morning for Sunday 27 January 2013
8:12 Insight: The Future of Shopping
New Zealanders have taken to online shopping with gusto and the growth in the sector for 2012 is expected to be about 20 per cent up on figures from 2011. Thirty-five per cent of those purchases will have been from overseas websites and that's making many in the domestic retail sector anxious. The sector – the country's second-largest employer – says the Government could help by charging GST on the wave of goods crashing across the border. But the government says under a certain dollar value it's just not economical. Penny MacKay investigates the changing face of retail and asks what price can be put on a thriving High Street.
Produced by Philippa Tolley.
8:40 Robert Patman – Intervention in Mali
Professor Patman talks to Chris about what’s behind the rise of Islamist militants in Mali, and the critical response of the international community.
Robert Patman is a Professor of International Relations at the Department of Politics, University of Otago.
Mediawatch asks why critics are carping about a new TV news programme before it has even screened, and looks at some recent news-making interviews: One which took its subject by surprise because he didn’t know it was happening, one which actually never happened at all, and Oprah Winfrey’s exclusive with back-pedalling cyclist Lance Armstrong.
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.
9.40 Roger Moses – Back to School
As the new school year gets under way the headmaster of Wellington College, Roger Moses, thinks about the challenges ahead for schools and those who work and learn in the country’s classrooms.
10:06 Ideas: Another World is Possible
Another World is Possible is the slogan of the World Social Forum – an annual gathering of civil society organisations that began in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2001. And it’s the topic of an essay competition being launched by the Labour History Project this week. Chris Laidlaw talks to historian Mark Derby about the competition and the 1913 ‘What is Socialism?’ essay competition, organised by the labour activist and later Labour Prime Minister Water Nash, that inspired it; Professor Roger Robinson discusses Julius Vogel’s Anno Domini 2000 – the Utopian Novel that Got the Future Right; and Wellington regional councillor Paul Bruce recalls attending the first World Social Forum gathering in 2001.
Produced by Jeremy Rose.
10.55 Today’s Track
Aaradhna, with her song Can We Go Back, from the album Treble and Reverb (Dawn Raid Music)
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: Simon Rogers-Flaccid, National List MP, is trying to figure out what is actually required to be offered a ministerial portfolio in the next cabinet reshuffle.
11.12 Hugh Masekela – Protest Music
11.40 Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint
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, followed by Chris Laidlaw’s discussion of the issue with guests. Today, opening in New Zealand this week is the controversial film Zero Dark Thirty – the story of the tracking down of Osama Bin Laden. It’s been criticised for its disturbing scenes of torture and for making no moral case against torture, though director Kathryn Bigelow insists that she’s against such practices. In the light of the film’s release and proposed new legislation in the UK that would make prosecution of torturers more difficult, Wayne takes a timely look at the subject.