08:12 Brazil's new far-right leader ignites abrupt change

Jair Bolsonaro (R) swears in as Brazil's new President.

Jair Bolsonaro (R) swears in as Brazil's new President. Photo: AFP

Brazil's newly sworn-in president, Jair Bolsonaro, was a political outsider who swept to power on promises to crack down on corruption and violence. But even before taking office this week, he had been already directed the beginnings of radical change in the country; it looks to include an increase in guns, closer ties to the United States, more deforestation of the Amazon, and a more conservative approach to gender and sexuality - especially in schools. Ernesto Londoño is the New York Times' Brazil bureau chief, based in Rio de Janeiro.


8:35 Chris Anderson: Silicon Valley leaders wary of tech for kids

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Chris Anderson is a British-American entrepreneur, the founder of Geekdad, chief executive of drone software platform 3DR, and a former Editor-in-Chief of Wired. His five kids, aged 10-21, all live by his 12 Rules For Kids and Screens. Chris wrote the books The Long Tail, Free, and Makers: The New Industrial Revolution.


9:05 Mere Berryman: Doing better by Māori students

Professor Mere Berryman

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Professor Mere Berryman has spent decades working on ways to introduce kaupapa Māori practices to the education system and reduce inequities for Māori students. After working as a teacher, she has worked as a leader within the Ministry of Education, including Te Kotahitanga, a research and professional development programme which helps teachers and schools better support Māori student achievement. In 2017, Professor Berryman was one of three finalists for New Zealander of the Year and in 2016, she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education. Professor Berryman is now the Tauranga-based manager of Waikato University's Poutama Pounamu Education Research and Development Centre.


9:30 Olivia Pinnock: Unpicking ethical fashion

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Olivia Pinnock is a London-based fashion writer who also lectures on fashion communication at universities in London and in Norwich. As well as her fashion journalism, Olivia also runs The Fashion Debates, a series of panel discussions exploring pressing topics such as sweatshop labour, racism, environmental pollution and the health of models.


10:05 Ada Calhoun: Marriage under the microscope

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Ada Calhoun is a New York-based writer whose latest book Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give, an essay collection about her own marriage, attempts to answer the questions: why get married at all? And when things get tough, why stay? Her first writings on the subject, To Stay Married, Embrace Change, were published as a viral Modern Love essay in the New York Times. She is also the author of St. Marks is Dead, a social and cultural history of St. Mark's Place in East Village, Manhattan.


10:40 Kim Choe: The best movies of the holiday season

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Journalist and film aficionado Kim Choe reviews four new films, including contenders for the big awards of 2019, and previews what's coming up at the movies this year. Over the holiday season, she's been watch Mary Poppins Returns, the star-studded reboot - led by Emily Blunt - of the beloved Julie Andrews vehicle from 1964; Vice, in which an unrecognisable Christian Bale stars as Dick Cheney; The Favourite, a period comedy-drama-satire about the court of Queen Anne, featuring standout performances by Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz; and Sink or Swim (Le Grand Bain), a feel-good French film about a group of misfits who become the men's national synchronised swimming team for France.


11:05 Musical Obsessions: Jon Toogood on David Bowie

Jon Toogood

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Shihad frontman Jon Toogood, who also leads The Adults, has been obsessed with "fearless" creator David Bowie since he was a Wellington high school kid. After Bowie's death, he collaborated on performances that brought together popular New Zealand musicians, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra to play the songs of David Bowie. He is performing solo acoustic shows around New Zealand in February. 


11:45 Kitchen Stories: Laura Vincent cooks easy home treats

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Laura Vincent is a Wellington-based food writer, bartender and cook who develops easy, sumptuous recipes that can be made easily at home. She is the author of the cookbook, and the website, Hungry and Frozen, and also writes a food blog inspired by episodes of Frasier. Laura brings recipes for toasted sunflower seed and garlic dip (if you'd like crackers with that, try making these ones), black salted caramel ripple ice cream, and almond butter toffee.

Music played in today's programme

Malamente by Rosalia
Paper Bag By Fiona Apple
Give My Body Back by The Low Anthem
Kia Tau by Rei

Musical Obsessions: Jon Toogood's obsession with David Bowie

Life on Mars
Ashes to Ashes