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8:12 Insight: Leaving Afghanistan

Insight examines New Zealand’s military commitment in Afghanistan – and the legacy the troops have left behind.
Written and presented by Belinda McCammon
Produced by Gareth Thomas

8:40 Jane Tolerton – Veterans’ Stories

Journalist Jane Tolerton helped set up the World War I Oral History Archive in 1987 and interviewed 85 veterans. In her new book An Awfully Big Adventure she presents their stories.
Jane Tolerton’s book, An Awfully Big Adventure: New Zealand World War One Veterans Tell Their Stories, is published by Penguin. Jane is speaking at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival on Friday, May 17, and the following day will hold a workshop on oral history techniques.

9:06 Mediawatch

Mediawatch looks at how a talkback host and would-be politician tried to turn the tables on a reporter recently, and why he's copping criticism for using the airwaves to air his personal grievances. Also on the programme: Australian journalists ponder the downside of non-stop political coverage, and will a new online initiative succeed in hooking creative kids?
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9.40 Karl Zohrab – The Forgotten General

The Forgotten General is a docu-drama about Major General Sir Andrew Russell. Based on Jock Vennell's book of the same name, the film profiles the largely overlooked New Zealand Division commander on the Western Front, who was a significant figure in our country's participation in the First World War. Chris talks to film-maker Karl Zohrab.
The Forgotten General screens on Prime TV this Sunday at 8.35pm.

10:06 Ideas: Focus on Kurdistan

The Kurds are the world’s largest ethnic group without a state, with an estimated population of 30 million spread across Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran. And in all four countries the Kurds have spent the best part of a century struggling for greater autonomy and even the right to speak their own language. Ideas explores the Kurdish question with: William Harris, a professor of politics at Otago University and the author of three books on the Middle East; Welat Zeydanlioglu, author of the forthcoming The Kurdish Question in Turkey: New Perspectives on Violence, Representation and Reconciliation; and Sarkawt  Abdullazada the president of the New Zealand Kurdish Association.

10.55 Today’s Track

Today’s Track is Handyman Blues, from Tooth & Nail – the first studio album in five years from the veteran British singer/songwriter and political activist Billy Bragg, who began his career in the 1980’s Thatcherite Britain. Known as the Bard of Barking, he has worked alongside British parliamentarians, unemployed workers, incarcerated convicts, refugees, punk rockers and striking dockers and kept alive the traditions of British and American folk 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, in the office of the Prime Minister two dedicated staff are working late trying to clarify the ‘wishy washy’ wording of the law that prevents the GCSB from spying on citizens and residents.

11.12 Tamati Kruger – Tuhoe and Nationhood

Tuhoe chief Treaty negotiator Tamati Kruger discusses the Tuhoe Treaty settlement. The $170 million settlement for grievances – one of the biggest in New Zealand's history – has been initialled by negotiators and gone back to Tuhoe for ratification. He talks to Chris about plans for how the money will be used to benefit his iwi in Te Urewera – a nation within a nation.

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. Last Monday was North Korea’s Day of the Sun, marking the anniversary of the state’s founder Kim Il Sung. As tensions are racheted up on the Korean Peninsula, Wayne discusses the security concerns and some little-known aspects of North Korea. Chris follows up with two American academics, Christine Hong of the University of California at Santa Cruz, and Avram Agov of Harvard’s Korean Institute.