The Weekend for Saturday 12 January 2019
08:12 Spotlight on Saudi Arabia's "guardianship" of women
Canada has accepted the asylum request of an 18-year-old Saudi Arabian woman, Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, after she successfully resisted - through a Twitter campaign - being deported from Thailand back to the conservative kingdom. She had fled an abusive family situation at home, and the UNHCR ruled she was a refugee. The case has drawn attention to the plight of women in Saudi Arabia, many of whom are forced to live under a guardianship system where male relatives make all significant decisions for women. Providing analysis from Beirut is Heba Kanso, the Middle East correspondent for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, who has been writing about the case.
8:35 Erin Rhoads: A zero-waste quest
Erin Rhoads runs the Australian eco-lifestyle website The Rogue Ginger, and has written the book Waste Not, which gives suggestions for reducing consumption and waste - particularly of plastic - in every area of life, and every room in the house. She has been attempting to come as close to "zero waste" as possible since 2013. She also consults with businesses on waste reduction.
09:05 Dov Alfon: Stories from inside Israel's military
Dov Alfon is an Israeli investigative journalist and former editor of the newspaper Haaretz, to which he still contributes from his home in Paris. Dov was formerly an intelligence officer in Unit 8200, the most secretive arm of the Israeli military, and in his first work of fiction, A Long Night in Paris, he lays bare Israel's secretive world of intelligence gathering. He received a Peace Through Media prize in 2011.
10:05 Anthony Cabraal: Tackling a broken culture of work
Anthony Cabraal is a member of Enspiral, a collective of businesses and freelancers that aims to support people who want to spend their lives changing the world. He is co-editor of the book Better Work Together, which discusses harnessing the "power of community" to transform businesses. He is interested in helping communities of people approach governance of companies, profits, leadership, staff retention, and other structural issues that make workplaces dysfunctional, in new and innovative ways.
10:35 John Cryan: How your gut affects your brain
Dr John Cryan, a neuropharmacologist and microbiome expert from the University College Cork, researches the interactions between the brain and the collection of microbes in the gut, and how that relationship affects stress, psychiatric health, and immune-related disorders. In his latest book, The Psychobiotic Revolution, Professor Cryan and colleague Ted Dinan write about research showing that beneficial microbes can improve mood.
11:05 Musical Obsessions: Eamonn Marra on The Renderers
Eamonn Marra is a Wellington writer and comedian best known for his comedy about anxiety and mental illness. He has performed in the New Zealand International Comedy Festival and the New Zealand Fringe Festival, among many others, and has an essay in the book Headlands: New Stories of Anxiety. Eamonn's musical obsession is Christchurch band The Renderers, whose latest album was reviewed for RNZ Nick Bollinger.
11:40 Kitchen Stories: Elle Joy cooks low-FODMAP food
Elle Joy founded FODMAPHealth.com after she was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome and both fructose and lactose malabsorption in 2003. The diagnosis meant she couldn't eat a wide range of foods, so she created a range of recipes, which she compiled into an online cookbook to help others with similar food intolerances eat without the uncomfortable symptoms. Elle Joy shares recipes for Zucchini Pasta, Rainbow Lean Beef Sesame Stir-Fry and Lime, Ginger & Coconut Balls, all low in FODMAPs and gluten.
Music played in today's programme
Atlantic City Bruce Springsteen
Honey Bee Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Beach Boys I Can Hear Music
Khruangbin Maria Tambien
Tami Neilson One Thought of You
Musical Obsessions: Eamonn Marra on The Renderers
The Renderers - Bigger than Texas
The Renderers - Dream of the Sea
The Renderers - Seaworthy