Sunday Morning for Sunday 11 September 2016
7:08 Karl Kane and Richard Bartlett - E-Democracy
With voter participation at an all time low among digital natives is there a digital fix to a growing crisis of democratic participation? Richard Bartlett is a co-founder of group decision making tool Loomio and recently spent time in Taiwan where e-democracy is flourishing. Karl Kane is a Massey University lecturer in visual communication design and the director of the Design+Democracy Project which recently developed Vote Local to help young people identify mayoral candidates with similar priorities to themselves.
7:30 News headlines
7:32 The Week in Parliament
7:47 Local Elections - Coromandel
Each week we will visit a region in New Zealand to find out what the big issues are in the upcoming local body elections. This week we speak to editor of the Mercury Bay Informer, Stephan Bosman.
8:12 Insight: Cleaning Franchises - Business Opportunity or Dirty Business?
Cleaners says they are being pushed out of their jobs by aggressive tactics from cleaning franchise companies and the law that should be protecting them isn't working. But the country's biggest franchisor says most cleaners don't want the jobs once their employer changes Teresa Cowie investigates cleaning franchises and claims the business model is being used as a way to get cleaning work done for less than the minimum wage.
8:40 The New Torchlight List - Jim Flynn's Search for the Best Modern Authors
Episode 2 - North America
For the book, The New Torchlight List - In Search of the Best Modern Authors, Otago University Emeritus Professor of Politics Jim Flynn read and rated 400 books, mostly by modern novelists. In this episode of the RNZ podcast series based on his book, Jim discusses North American authors and tells Wallace Chapman that everyone must read Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. He also highly rates Philip Roth and Toni Morrison, but Wallace and Jim agree that Don DeLillo's Underworld, which received "extravagant praise", isn't really up to snuff. As Jim says: "It is hard to write the great American novel when you are trying to write the great American novel."
Is serious journalism being swamped by clickbait? Mediawatch asks an award-winning reporter about its future in tough times. Also: more tsunami drama on the East Coast; and two very different New Zealand stories which went viral online.
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.
9:40 Douglas Osto - Psychedelic Spirituality
Massey University's Dr Douglas Osto joins Wallace to talk about how the pursuit of enlightenment has often intersected with mind-altering drugs. His new book, Altered States - Buddhism and Psychedelic Spirituality in America, looks at claims that hallucinogens like LSD have opened the door to higher states of consciousness.
10:06 Anne Manne - The Life of I - The New Culture of Narcissism
Why are narcissists not doing anything about climate change? Why are they pushing up house prices? Social philosopher Anne Manne ponders these questions in her book, The Life of I - The New Culture of Narcissism. She joins Wallace to explore this new culture that celebrates the 'I' - a culture that helps create narcissists such as Anders Breivik.
10:42 Petra Bagust and Ido Drent - Witnessing Human Trafficking
Television presenters Petra Bagust and Ido Drent have been in Thailand and Cambodia getting a first hand experience of one of the world's fastest growing criminal industries: Human trafficking. They tell Wallace what they saw, what they learnt and why we should all care.
11:05 Mark Engler - Non Violent Revolts
Mark Engler is the co-author, with his brother Paul, of This is an Uprising: How Non Violent Revolt is Shaping the 21st Century. He's a contributing editor at Yes! Magazine, and author of How to Rule the World: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy.
11:35 Emily Rapp Black - Paralympic Blues
Emily Rapp is the author of Poster Child, a book which detailed her life as an amputee and poster child for the March of Dimes. She also wrote a haunting memoir, The Still Point of the Turning World, about her son, Ronan's battle with Tay-Sachs disease, a disease which eventually claimed his life. As an amputee, Emily has to put up with all kinds of insensitive comments about her disability - particularly when the Paralympics are on. She joins Wallace to talk about her experiences.