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8:12 Insight Paritutu Tragedy - What Lessons Have Been Learnt?

Last year a Spotswood College outdoor education trip ended in disaster with two students and an instructor drowning off New Plymouth's Paritutu rock. Despite a review of school guidelines and a host of recommendations made after the 2008 Mangatepopo river canyoning fatalities, some in the industry say instructor/student ratios are still far too high for school trips and parents don't know what their children are getting into. Radio New Zealand's Taranaki reporter Juliet Larkin investigates safety and risk in school outdoor education programmes, and what can be done to prevent more deaths.
Produced by Philippa Tolley.

8:40 Jonathan Lemalu – Back Home

Grammy award-winning bass baritone Jonathan Lemalu was born in Dunedin and is now based in London, from where he’s carving out a hugely successful international career. He has returned home to play Leporello in NZ Opera’s production of Don Giovanni, which opens in Christchurch on August 21.

9:06 Mediawatch

Mediawatch looks at recent revelations about New Zealand journalists under surveillance. Are they really signs of a state that hates the Fourth Estate? Mediawatch asks if the media even have their own staff under surveillance these days, and why has TVNZ closed the last of its digital channels at the very time we are all being urged to make the switch to digital TV?
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9:40 Derek Vaughan – MP in Europe

Since the Lisbon Treaty at the end of 2009, the European Parliament has taken on increased importance both within the European Union and for third country partners such as New Zealand. Chris discusses these issues with Derek Vaughan, a Member of the European Parliament representing Wales and Chair of the Friends of NZ Group.

10:06 Ideas The Surveillance State

Human rights lawyer Tim McBride and former SIS officer turned academic Dr Rhys Ball talk to Chris Laidlaw about the pros and cons of the state spying on its citizens; and US journalist Will Potter, the author of Green is the New Red: An Insiders Account of a Social Movement Under Siege, tells Jeremy Rose about how an FBI agent’s attempt to turn him into a snitch inspired him to watch the watchers.
Produced by Jeremy Rose.

10:55 Today’s Track

Valerie June with ‘You Can't be Told’. June is from Memphis, Tennessee, and performs a mixture of rural folk, blues and soul. Her music is influenced by her gospel roots and the track is from her 4th album ‘Pushin' Against a Stone’. The album was co-produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, who has given the sound its raw edge.

11:05 Down the List

Neville Neutral from Parliamentary Services resigns to protect others involved in the morning tea scandal.
Down the List is written by Dave Armstrong and produced by Adam Macaulay and Duncan Smith from the RNZ Drama Department.

11:12 Helen Clark – UN Stories

What’s former Prime Minister Helen Clark been up to since she took up a job at the United Nations? Ms Clark talks to Chris about her work leading the UN Development Programme.
At the UN. Addresses from Helen Clark’s first term leading the United Nations Development Programme, is published by Dunmore Publishing.

11:40 Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint

This Tuesday and Friday mark the 68th anniversary of the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Wayne explores some of the enduring myths surrounding these tragic events, and Chris follows up with Dr Nick Wilson, NZ Chairperson for International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and Dr Gary Kohls in the US.