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Kingi Snelgar - Standing tall at Standing Rock

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:32:00 +1300

Kingi Snelgar is a world champion bison chip (that's poo to you and me) thrower. He's also a lawyer and Harvard University graduate. He's just back from Standing Rock, North Dakota, in the US where Native Americans have gathered in their thousands to try and stop an oil pipeline being built.

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Moana Jackson - a new constitution for Aotearoa

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:06:00 +1300

On Waitangi Day this year Matiki Mai Aotearoa - the independent working group on constitutional transformation - launched its report: He Whakaaro Here Whakaumu Mo Aotearoa. It is the culmination of years of work and more than 250 hui involving literally thousands of people. Its recommendations are far reaching and radical. Moana Jackson is the report's convenor.

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The Mockers on reuniting

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:42:00 +1300

Kiwi group The Mockers are set to reunite for a 30 year anniversary tour next year. Frontman Andrew Fagan joins Wallace to talk about the band's success in the '80s and what we can expect next year - three decades on from its heyday.

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From school halls to beer barns: Australian rock

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 10:07:00 +1300

Lucy Desoto, a self-described rock chick, has put together a colourful and detailed book on the history of Australian rock music - Australia Rocks! She goes back to the origins of rock in music halls of the 1950s through to the massive beer hall extravaganzas of recent times.

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Murdoch, Munro and media

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:40:00 +1300

Sharon Murdoch is the first woman to have a regular cartooning spot in a New Zealand newspaper and this year became Cartoonist of the Year at the 2016 media awards. You can see her work in the Sunday Star Times and The Press and you also might be familiar with Munro the crossword cat who runs in the Fairfax daily papers. Sharon has just released a book of her work with commentary from art historian Melinda Johnston – Murdoch.

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Mediawatch for 23 October 2016

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:10:00 +1300

Huk justice backed by hacks without facts; local papers asks for directions; doing business on the BBC in the digital age; need for speed trumps environment

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The New Torchlight List: Africa

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:40:00 +1300

Jim agrees with Wallace's love for Disgrace, by South African writer J.M. Coetzee - though Jim says Coetzee's "not brilliant". He describes the Cairo trilogy by Egyptian Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz as "a landmark work". Jim recommends Somalian writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali "for an unparalleled insight into what Islam means for those who interpret the Koran literally". She was subjected to female circumcision at the age of five and over the years turned away from Islam. Jim tells Wallace about the value of entering another culture in a novel: "You only know what human nature is capable of if you read what's happened to it in a variety of societies."

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Insight: Wildlife vs Humans in India

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:12:00 +1300

Lynn Freeman returns from India and looks at efforts to quell conflict between people and wildlife.

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Plastic bags: Free or fee?

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:47:00 +1300

Green MP Denise Roche has drafted a bill to introduce a levy on single use plastic bags in a bid to reduce the number of bags which are discarded each year. It's part of her war on waste. But ACT Party leader David Seymour says her bill, though well intended, is actually going to cause more harm than good.

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The Week In Parliament for 23 October 2016

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:30:00 +1300

House marks the deaths of trade union leader Helen Kelly and King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand; Winston Peters fields questions on his Land Transfer (Foreign Ownership of Land Register) Amendment Bill; Chris Bishop's Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors Bill passes its second reading reading unopposed; Papawai and Kaikokirikiri Trusts Amendment Bill - a private bill in the name of National's Alastair Scott - completes its committee stage; Debate on Chris Hipkins' Education (Charter Schools Abolition) Amendment Bill interrupted - but not before ACT's David Seymour voices his opposition to it; Outer Space and High-Altitude Activities Bill passes first reading and is sent off to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee; Steven Joyce fields questions about the economy on the Finance Minister's behalf; Winston Peters tries to find out why the Government shunned two pro-democracy movement leaders from Hong Kong; Annette King continues her battle with Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, who runs into trouble with the Speaker; ACT leader David Seymour meanwhile runs into trouble with the Assistant Speaker, Trevor Mallard; Health Select Committee is briefed on developments in monitoring and treating prostate cancer; Primary Production Committee hears submissions on the Food Safety Law Reform Bill - including one from the Soil & Health Association; Labour's Grant Robertson congratulates his party colleague Chris Hipkins on the birth of his first child.

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Professor Ian Reid - The fracture tsunami

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:10:00 +1300

Auckland University's Professor Ian Reid was one of those behind ground-breaking studies that revealed vitamin supplements are largely ineffective when it comes to restoring bone density. Now he's warning of an upcoming "fracture tsunami" as New Zealand's population ages.

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Fiona Hatton - Sweet Louise Foundation 10 yr anniversary

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 11:40:00 +1300

The Sweet Louise Foundation was set up by Scott Perkins to help those who have incurable breast cancer after his wife, Louise, died from advanced breast cancer. The organisation is designed to help people continue to live their lives to the full while knowing their diagnosis is terminal. It supports these patients through the rollercoaster rides of medical treatments and the challenges incurable cancer brings with it. Fiona Hatton is the CEO of the foundation. She and Paula, who has incurable secondary breast cancer, speak to Wallace about Sweet Louise's 10th anniversary and the work it has done during the decade it's been up and running.

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Art crime in Aotearoa

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 11:07:00 +1300

Wallace Chapman discusses our rich history of art fraud with Penelope Jackson, author of Art Thieves, Fakers and Fraudsters: The New Zealand story.

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Tension in Thames over abortion stand-off

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 10:06:00 +1300

A stand-off has been going on between pro-life and pro-choice protestors in the Coromandel town of Thames.

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Flying high for Jean

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:40:00 +1300

On 16 October 1936 New Zealand aviator Jean Batten made history by becoming the first person to fly solo from England to New Zealand.

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Mediawatch for 16 October

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:06:00 +1300

Some journalists pulled out all the stops this week to find a local angle to a gripping international story while others declared a truly important local story less than gripping; the 250th anniversary of the world's first freedom of information law; and the minister who prefers KFC perfume to answering hard questions.

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The New Torchlight List - New Zealand and Australia

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 08:40:00 +1300

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, Wallace takes on Jim over Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries - too long, says Jim. Not so, says Wallace. Jim says Catton can write but she needs to get her talent under control - "too much good material". He says Janet Frame also could write "but a lot of it is spoiled by schoolgirl emotive prose". Among Australian writers Jim rates Thomas Keneally with Schindler's Ark, Peter Carey, and Hannah Kent - a writer with an impressive first novel, Burial Rites, that has won nine literary awards. "Watch for Kent's next novel."

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Insight: Lest They Forget: NZ and the EU Today

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 08:12:00 +1300

Andrew McRae travels to the centenary commemorations of the Battle of the Somme and asks whether the thousands of lives sacrificed by New Zealand on the battlefield count when it come to trade relationships with Europe now.

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Ramona Tiatia - A youthful vision of Porirua

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 07:47:00 +1300

The median age in Porirua is 32.6 - the youngest of any New Zealand city - and 26 percent of the population is under 15. The Otago School of Medicine has created an app to help find out how the young people and their whanau would like to see Porirua better cater for its youthful population. Ramona Tiatia is a public health researcher at the Department of Public Health University of Otago, Wellington.

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The Week In Parliament for 16 October 2016

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 07:30:00 +1300

New Green MP Barry Coates sworn in to replace Kevin Hague; Labour's Phil Goff delivers his valedictory speech after being elected as mayor of Auckland; Labour MPs revel in their party's success in the local body elections; Prime Minister John Key faces questions on housing; Finance Minister heralds the state of the Government's finances, and also faces questions about housing; Health Committee continues hearing submissions on Maryan Street's petition calling for an inquiry into public attitudes towards euthanasia - including one from a Siberian gulag survivor; Primary Production Committee hears submissions on the Food Safety Law Reform Bill, which artisan cheese-makers say will damage their industry; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee hears submissions on the Intelligence and Security New Zealand Bill - including one from former Green MP Keith Locke; Electoral Amendment Bill undergoes first reading - with Labour's Chris Hipkins decrying a lack of media interest in it; House passes twenty-three bills this week, all split from the Judicature Modernisation Bill; Acting Leader of the House Christopher Finlayson gives a preview of the week ahead.

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The obesity fight

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 07:08:00 +1300

Initiatives to target obesity are not working because we are fat shaming people and not addressing the causes. Two social science researchers at Auckland university, Dr Darren Powell and George Parker, have looked the strategies designed to tackle obesity and say they are not working and could be causing more harm than good.

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The New Torchlight List: New Zealand & Australia

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:00:00 +1300

Jim Flynn and Wallace Chapman discuss Australasian literature. Wallace takes on Jim over Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries - too long, says Jim. Not so, says Wallace. Jim says Catton can write but she needs to get her talent under control - "too much good material". He says Janet Frame also can write "but a lot of it is spoiled by schoolgirl emotive prose". Among Australian writers Jim rates Thomas Keneally with Schindler's Ark, Peter Carey and Hannah Kent - a writer with an impressive first novel, Burial Rites, that has won nine literary awards. "Watch for Kent's next novel."

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Doris de Pont - Intellectual Fashion

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 11:45:00 +1300

In 1959 artist June Black held what she titled an Intellectual Fashion Show - which included paintings, ceramic wall sculptures, and provocative commentary on the state of fashion in New Zealand. Doris de Pont, the director of the Fashion Museum, joins Wallace to talk about a contemporary take on that exhibition: The Intellectual Fashion Show 2016 now on show at the Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland

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Martin Bryant - New Urban Agenda

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 11:25:00 +1300

Victoria University professor of landscape architecture Martin Bryant's research has been used by the United Nations to formulate its New Urban Agenda that's due to be voted on at a UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development next month. Professor Bryant is perhaps best known in New Zealand for the jumping platform he designed for Wellington's waterfront. It's a part of his philosophy that sees fun as just as crucial as robust infrastructure when it comes to building truly resilient cities.

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Tim Swanson - Building Future Cities

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 11:08:00 +1300

Architect Tim Swanson knows what it takes to build a whole city from scratch - he's one of the visionaries behind a new city in India. Heading the Chicago office of global company CannonDesign, he's coming to New Zealand to deliver a Design Experience Series lecture on 'The Interconnectivity of Design'.

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Dr Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla - Cultural Consciousness in Treating Brain Injuries

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 10:40:00 +1300

Neurologist Dr Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla is an expert in traumatic brain injury and the issues that arise from the assessment and treatment of individuals from different cultures. He is in New Zealand as a guest of Auckland University's Centre for Brain Research.

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Andrew Solomon - The Brink of Change

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 10:08:00 +1300

Writer and psychology professor Andrew Solomon is fascinated with places in major transformation – cultural, political and spiritual. He talks with Wallace Chapman about what he's learned, traveling seven continents over 25 years.

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The New Torchlight List: Europe

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 09:40:00 +1300

Jim Flynn tells Wallace Chapman that Italian Umberto Eco's best work is The Name of the Rose but this comes with a warning as Eco "loves to demonstrate his learning. The plot is interrupted by long essays which interest me because I teach medieval theology ..." Of best-selling Norwegian author Jo Nesbo, Jim assures Wallace that he doesn't hate him - "but he's not as good as Stieg Larsson". Later in his book, The New Torchlight List, Jim places Larsson in a list of three "awful" writers. Also on Jim's "awful" list is a writer called a "titan of modern literature" by The New Yorker, Norwegian Karl Ove Knausgard. Where, he asks, do they find these critics?

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Mediawatch for 9 October 2016

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 09:06:00 +1300

Another week, another rugby scandal; Mediaworks new chief Hal Crawford on social networks and the news; 'celebrity' ads in the news.

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Insight: Guest panel discusses Auckland election result

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 08:50:00 +1300

What went right and wrong in the Auckland election with our panel; RNZ's expert in all things Auckland ,Todd Niall, PR consultant and former political editor of the NBR, Ben Thomas, and former editor of the Herald, Tim Murphy.

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Insight: Slumping voter turnout prompts call for change

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 08:40:00 +1300

With Professor Brownwn Hayward, Head of Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Canterbury

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Insight: how water issues swayed Hawke's Bay voters

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 08:35:00 +1300

Hawke's Bay reporter Peter Fowler on the Hawke's Bay Regional Council.

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Insight: Environment Canterbury Regional Council result

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 08:35:00 +1300

Cantabrians have voted for their regional council for the first time in nine years, Conan Young reports.

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Insight: Ash Holwell and Chloe Swarbrick

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 08:30:00 +1300

Ash Holwell ran a less than 200-dollar campaign to run for Whangarei's top job got 834 votes, while in Auckland, mayoral hopeful Chloe Swarbrick went from zero-to-hero in the recognition stakes, pulling in 26,474 votes.

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Insight: Dunedin mayor - Dave Cull

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 08:25:00 +1300

Two term incumbent Dave Cull returns as mayor of Dunedin, he speaks with Wallace Chapman.

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Insight: Wellington's new mayor - Justin Lester

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 08:20:00 +1300

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester speaks with Philippa Tolley.

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Insight: Auckland's new mayor - Phil Goff

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 08:11:00 +1300

New mayor of Auckland city Phil Goff speaks to Wallace Chapman.

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Insight: A Local Government Election Special

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 08:08:00 +1300

Insight's presenter Philippa Tolley and Sunday's Wallace Chapman bring you a one hour local body election special - The winners, the losers and the big issues from around the country.

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The Week In Parliament Sunday 9 October

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 07:40:00 +1300

Week two of a two-week adjournment sees only one select committee meeting - the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee which met on Tuesday to put the finishing touches on its report of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change; We speak with the Clerk of the House, David Wilson and his Deputy, Rafael Gonzalez-Montero about the upcoming review of Standing Orders and plans for the Health Committee to split into three sub-committees in order to get though the 1600 oral submissions due to be heard on Maryan Street's petition on euthanasia.

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Federico Monsalve - Colombia's never-ending war

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 07:12:00 +1300

Colombians this week voted no in a referendum that offered peace after 52 years of war - a civil war that has seen hundreds of thousands killed and millions displaced. So what's going on? Why would a narrow majority vote for a continuation of the deadly status quo? Auckland-based journalist Federico Monsalve, who was born and educated in Colombia, talks through the issues with Wallace.

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Studs Terkel: listener and humanitarian

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 11:30:00 +1300

The late Studs Terkel has been described as the 20th century's greatest listener. In a career spanning seven decades Studs, he showed an uncanny ability to elicit fascinating stories from a who's-who of celebrities, but it was his extraordinary interviews with ordinary people that he is best remembered. Oral historian Alan Wieder looks back at his work.

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Ric Salizzo - the truth project

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 11:08:00 +1300

Ric Salizzo joins Wallace to talk about his new book and television show which seeks to find out how many prominent New Zealanders came to be successful - in all sorts of different fields.

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Paul Spoonley - Rebooting the Regions

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 10:35:00 +1300

Professor Paul Spoonley joins Wallace to discuss his latest book, Rebooting the Regions, which seeks to address the challenges that our regions face.

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Murray Burns: keyboardist from Mi-Sex

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 10:06:00 +1300

Back in the late '70s Mi-Sex were top of the charts with their new wave sound. And all these years later - Mi Sex are back on the road - founding member Murray Burns joins Wallace to talk about the good old days, and what the band is doing now.

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Simon Wilkinson - Beyond the Bright Black Edge of Nowhere

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 09:40:00 +1300

British transmedia artist Simon Wilkinson talks to wallace about his theatre performance 'Beyond the Bright Black Edge of Nowhere' ahead of the Dunedin Arts Festival. The show is based on the story of eight American school children who mysteriously disappeared in a Nevada desert in the 1950s - the show incorporates a world-first virtual reality cube experience.

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Mediawatch for 2 October 2016

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 09:06:00 +1300

The court of public opinion on a controversial sentence; New Zealand on Air plan draws a muted response; expensive signatures raise money - and questions

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Insight: NZ's Time on the UN Security Council

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 08:12:00 +1300

RNZ Political Editor Jane Patterson travels to the United Nations in New York, to examine New Zealand's work on the Security Council as its tenure draws to a close.

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Local Body Elections - Northland

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 07:48:00 +1300

Each week we 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 The Northern Advocate's Craig Cooper

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The Week In Parliament for 2 October 2016

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 07:30:00 +1300

Dame Patsy Reddy is sworn in as the 21st Governor General of New Zealand during a ceremony on the steps of Parliament House in Wellington. The ceremony features a powhiri and guard of honour, as well as official announcements from the Clerk of the Executive and Herald of Arms Extraordinary. An address from Prime Minister John Key is followed by a reply from Dame Patsy Reddy herself. Making the most of an adjournment week, we speak with the Clerk of the House David Wilson about the constitutional role of the Governor General.

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Steven Gentry - The Kermadecs

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 07:21:00 +1300

The Kermadec Islands and the waters around them have been at the centre of a political storm these past few weeks with a proposed marine sanctuary put on hold by the National government after its coalition partner the Maori Party raised objections. They're some of New Zealand's most isolated islands and most of us know virtually nothing about them. Historian Steven Gentry is the exception. He's the author of Raoul and the Kermadecs: New Zealand's Northern Most Islands.

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Alistair Woodward - The Lessons from Havelock North

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 07:10:00 +1300

The recent campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North has shown just how vulnerable New Zealand is to waterborne diseases. An independent inquiry is now investigating the causes of the outbreak and no doubt it will help identify the immediate cause of the problem but professor of public health Alistair Woodward says it's important society as a whole realises these outbreaks will become more common if efforts aren't made to protect the quality and sustainability of the New Zealand habitat. [region] Hawke's Bay

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The New Torchlight List: Ireland

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:00:00 +1300

Jim Flynn and Wallace Chapman discuss modern Irish literature. Jim rates John Banville's "wonderful style", but is less enamoured with John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. The sex in Edna O'Brien's The Country Girls (which was banned in Ireland in 1960) he deems "incredibly tame stuff".

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