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Derek Shearer

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7:08 Derek Shearer - Foreign Policy After the American Elections

Former US Ambassador Derek Shearer is in NZ talking about the upcoming US elections and what's at stake from a foreign policy perspective. He tells Wallace why this election is different to anything that's come before and why it could be a game changer.

7:30 News headlines

7:32 The Week in Parliament

7:47 Report from Rio

RNZ sports team joins Wallace with the latest from the Olympic Games.

8:12 Insight: The Contest to be Auckland's Next Mayor

The Sky Tower and waterfront are lit by evening lights - as seen from Devonport on the North Shore.

The Sky Tower and waterfront are lit by evening lights - as seen from Devonport on the North Shore. Photo: Supplied / ATEED

The country's biggest city faces its most intriguing election since amalgamation in 2010. The Auckland mayoralty is an open contest with the stepping down of the incumbent Len Brown. The National Party is making its biggest foray yet into local body politics, openly helping to organise a region wide ticket Auckland Future. The election campaign also coincides with councillors tackling the city's most contentious debate, finalising the Unitary Plan, which will bring greater housing intensification. Todd Niall explores the political cocktail, and looks at whether it'll grip one of the country's least-likely-to-vote city populations.

Dr Chris Wilkin

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8:40 Chris Wilkins - Cannabis Clubs

Economist Dr Chris Wilkins leads Massey University's illegal drug research team. He recently authored a New Zealand Medical Journal editorial promoting the idea of using registered clubs to regulate recreational cannabis use.

9:06 Mediawatch

Is the weakening of our news media fuelling a democratic deficit? If so, what should the media do? Also: overselling Olympic spirit; a courtroom clash over who can show what from Rio; claims and counterclaims but no clarity on Wellington's runway.
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9:40 Ethan Gutmann and Angela Ballantyne - Forced Organ Harvesting

Ethan Gutmann

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Angela Ballantyne

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Claims of forced organ harvesting from thousands of Chinese prisoners of conscience are revealed in a new documentary being screened around Aotearoa in coming weeks.

The film is called Hard to Believe - and it alleges the Chinese government is behind an industrial scale programme of organ harvesting - mostly targeting members of the religious sect Falun Gong. The Chinese government maintains this is all a lie, and donors are all prisoners on death row. Ethan Gutmann, author of the book, The Slaughter, is one of the authors of a new 800-page report, 'An Update,' that says up to 100,000 transplants are taking place in China each year. Dr Angela Ballantyne is Senior Lecturer in Bioethics at the University of Otago and President of the International Assn of Bioethics.

10:06 Christina Heatherton and Jordan T. Camp - Black Lives Matter

A woman holds a banner during a protest in support of the Black lives matter movement in New York.

A woman holds a banner during a protest in support of the Black lives matter movement in New York. Photo: AFP

Christina Heatherton and Jordan T. Camp are the editors of Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter, which traces the spread of what's known as the broken windows policing strategy - or zero tolerance policing - and why this led to the formation of movements like Black Lives Matter. They tell Wallace that their book is not just about people being killed by police - but how broken windows policing forces them to live.

10:35 Ian Gurvitz - DumbF***istan

Hollywood screenwriter and producer Ian Gurvitz discusses his latest book, DumbF***istan, his scathing assessment of how one of the world's superpowers is getting dumber by the minute.

11:05 Paula Penfold - Why Journalism Matters

Paula Penfold

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Investigative journalist Paula Penfold joins Wallace to talk about a new book - Don't Dream It's Over, Re-imagining Journalism in Aotearoa - a book of essays explaining why journalism matters more than ever in a world of shrinking news budgets and the rising popularity of social media.

11:25 A Wrinkle in Time

Episode 5 of A Wrinkle in Time - RNZ's podcast series produced by Noelle McCarthy.

This week's episode focuses on the cost of caring for our elderly.

Janet Colby with a photo of her parents.

Janet Colby with a photo of her parents. Photo: RNZ/Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Music played in this show

Broadcast time: 8:38

Track title: Life Goes Around

Artist: Courtney Pine feat Juliet Roberts

Composers: C. Pine, J. Roberts

Album: The Rebirth of Cool Two

Label: Island Records

Cat #: 516 201


Broadcast time: 10:30

Track title: Lately

Artist: Massive Attack

Composers: G. Marshall, A Vowles, R Del Naja, G Redmond, L Brownlee, J Simon, F E Simon

Album: Blue Lines

Label: Wild Bunch

Cat #: 7862282 / WBRCD1