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Mohamed Hassan - Islamophobia Part 1

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:30:00 +1300

Part one: Between the rise of ISIS and Donald Trump, what does it mean to grow up a Muslim in the midst of the War on Terror? Fifteen years on from 9/11, some feel Islamophobia is at an all-time high. This series looks at the growing Muslim communities in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, and how elections, counter-terrorism policies, war and xenophobia have impacted their lives.

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Public Enemy - Episode 1

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:30:00 +1300

Between the rise of ISIS and Donald Trump, what does it mean to grow up a Muslim in the midst of the War on Terror?

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Mary Gordon - Sowing the seeds of empathy

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:05:00 +1300

Mary Gordon joins Wallace to talk about why showing children what empathy looks like is the best way to teach them this important skill. Her organisation, Roots of Empathy, is now a global phenomenon, and is having remarkable success with children - including in New Zealand.

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Kei Lum Chan - The definitive Chinese cookbook

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:44:00 +1300

Writer Kei Lum Chan joins Wallace to talk about his new book, The China Cookbook, which is set to become the new bible of Chinese cooking.

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Dr Anna Neistat - Torture on Nauru

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:08:00 +1300

Amnesty International's director of research Dr Anna Neistat joins Wallace to talk about the organisation's work in conflict zones throughout the world and why it has called the treatment of asylum seekers currently being held on Nauru torture.

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'Alt-right' - White nationalism in the White House?

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:40:00 +1300

The 'alt-right' has shot to prominence since the election of Donald Trump, but what is it? 

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Gilad Lotan - Data mining fake news

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:40:00 +1300

Data mining expert, Gilad Lotan, explains why fake news was not the only problem the American public faced in the recent election and how prejudice and propaganda are even more problematic in the everyday news cycle.

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John Daysh - Unicef at 70

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 07:50:00 +1300

Unicef, which was founded just after the second world war when children throughout Europe were facing famine and disease, turns 70 this year. The UN entity has an indefinite mandate to help children all over the world who are facing an uncertain future due to disease, famine, conflict or human rights abuses. Unicef NZ's John Daysh speaks to Wallace about the history of the organisation and its future.

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The Week In Parliament for 4 December 2016

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 07:30:00 +1300

The Key administration's go-to quake response minister, Gerry Brownlee, dominates the week in the House, shepherding three bills through the House as the Government's response to the Kaikoura earthquake on November 14. Mister Brownlee then gives a yeah-no answer to a patsy question seeking the timing and magnitude of the next big quake. The Speaker's announcement on Monday of a plan to build a ministerial office block on Parliament's car park attracts the close attention of the New Zealand First Party which questions the prime minister sbout it and asks the Speaker for an urgent debate, getting nowhere. Three treaty settlement bills are passed in extra time on Wednesday morning. Later that day, Chris Bishop's members bill, compensating live organ donors, passes its third and final reading. Two opposition members' bills are defeated short of a first reading by the narrowest of margins, 61-59. Gerry Brownlee confirms that there will be another members' day on Wednesday.

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Todd Niall - Report Card on Auckland's Mayoralty

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 07:20:00 +1300

RNZ's Auckland affairs correspondent Todd Niall looks at how Phil Goff's mayoralty is stacking up so far.

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Mt Roskill - And the winner is…

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 07:10:00 +1300

Wallace catches up with the winner of yesterday's Mt Roskill byelection.

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Peta Mathias:life, love & real estate

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 11:36:00 +1300

Peta Mathias has led a globe-trotting life. She's lived in Canada, London and France, she's been a restaurateur, has written numerous books and had a successful broadcasting career

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New Zealand and the Pacific slave trade

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 11:06:00 +1300

New Zealand’s role in the Pacific slave trade is ‘a dark piece of our history’ that is often overlooked, Scott Hamilton says.

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Having a joint with the President of Uruguay

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 10:40:00 +1300

Vice journalist Krishna Andavolu has been travelling the world exploring the culture of marijuana, including smoking a joint ‘with’ the President of Uruguay.

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Miriam Frank: In her mother's footsteps

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 10:06:00 +1300

Writer Miriam Frank tells Wallace the amazing story of her childhood - escaping Nazi Germany, occupied France and the Spanish Civil War.

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Terence Davies - Sunset song

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 09:42:00 +1300

Terence Davies has been described as one of the UK's greatest living filmmakers. He joins Wallace to talk about his latest film Sunset Song - and why it's a film that is very close to his heart..

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RNZ's Tom Furley - Kaipara Harbour accident

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 09:40:00 +1300

RNZs Tom Furley reports the latest on the Kaipara Harbour boating accident. Three people are still missing. Three were rescued and were in hospital, police said. Eleven people were onboard the vessel when it was reported overdue off South Head this afternoon. It is understood the boat could not cross the bar into the harbour.

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'Canopy' Meg and the science of tree tops

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:42:00 +1300

Dr Meg Lowman is the world’s first ‘arbonaut’ an expert in the field of forest canopy science.

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Insight: Are Protection Orders taken seriously?

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:12:00 +1300

RNZs police reporter Carla Penman talks to two women who were abused by their former partners despite repeatedly turning to authorities for help, and asks whether protection orders are worth the paper they are written on?

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Ben Clement - Home Security

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 07:48:00 +1300

The Christmas holiday's are nearly upon us and it's the busiest time of year for thieves. With burglaries on the increase - Wallace talks to security expert Ben Clement about why New Zealanders are so complacent when it comes to home security.

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Mike Scott - 61 Molesworth St demolition update

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 07:47:00 +1300

Mike Scott is manager of building consents and compliance at Wellington City Council. He updates Wallace on when and if the demolition of the Prime Property Group's building fatally damaged in the 14 November quake will go ahead today.

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The Week In Parliament for Sunday 27 November 2016

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 07:36:00 +1300

MPs on the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee hear submissions on the Land Transport Amendment Bill. Otaki Road Safety Group convenor, Fred MacDonald, proposes gates on station platforms as a way of thwarting fare dodgers. Some committee members struggle to get to grips with Uber's technology of uniting driver and passenger via the internet. A Wellington taxi driver gives his view of Uber. Leader of the House, Gerry Brownlee, previews the week ahead in his business statement.

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Iran US relations in the age of Trump

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 07:16:00 +1300

During the election campaign Donald Trump promised to scrap the US Iran nuclear deal. So what would that mean for the people of Iran and the region? Rouzbeh Parsi heads up the European Iran Research Group and is a senior lecturer at the University of Lund in Sweden.

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Tsunami lessons with James Goff

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 07:08:00 +1300

James Goff, honorary professor of tsunami research at the University of New South Wales, tells Wallace the Kaikoura earthquake should serve as a "gentle warning" to Wellington of what could be round the corner.

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Luci Tapahonso - Navajo poet laureate

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 11:40:00 +1300

Luci Tapahonso is a professor of English at the University of Arizona in Tucson and the first poet laureate of the Navajo nation. The native speaker of Navajo is in New Zealand as part of Victoria University's inaugural creativity week.

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Helen Caldicott - Anti-nuclear warrior

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 11:06:00 +1300

Australian Dr Helen Caldicott has been campaigning for nuclear disarmament for decades and her visit to New Zealand in the early '80s is often cited as a catalyst for Kiwis adopting the anti-nuclear cause as their own. The Smithsonian Institute has described her as one of the 21st century's most influential women.

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Horace 'Chip' Mann - Reflections of a Republican

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 10:40:00 +1300

Long-time Republican campaign strategist, Horace 'Chip' Mann talks to Wallace about why the recent US presidential campaign was unlike anything he's ever seen before - and gives his perspective on what the next four years are likely to look like under President Trump.

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Clementine Ford - The new feminist

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 10:06:00 +1300

Australian feminist Clementine Ford is well known for her tough reputation on social media, fighting the good fight for women everywhere. She talks to Wallace about why feminism is still important, and still relevant, and why social media has become a breeding ground for misogyny.

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Scott Blanks - Creating comedy

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:40:00 +1300

Wallace talks to the 'Godfather of Comedy,' Scott Blanks, about how he helped create a home for New Zealand comedy at the iconic Classic in Auckland, which celebrates its 20th birthday this year.

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Mediawatch for 20 November 2016

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:06:00 +1300

Shaken into action - how media responded to the quake; a local voice Kaikoura missed; barking at the supermoon.

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Dean Digby - St Paul's Cathedral

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 08:55:00 +1300

After Monday morning's shake, the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul's is cordoned off and services have moved to St Mark's School. For the next two weeks they will be using their facilities for weekly services, organ tutoring, planning and staff meetings. Dean of Wellington's Anglican Cathedral Dean Digby talks to Wallace.

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Peter Hajek - do e-cigarettes help smokers quit?

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 08:45:00 +1300

A study out recently in the British Medical Journal suggest that the growth in the use of e-cigarettes in England has been associated with a higher rate of successful attempts to quit smoking. Peter Hajek is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Health and Lifestyle Research Unit at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, University of London.

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Barry Coates: 'The government needs to step up and take action'

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 07:50:00 +1300

Green MP Barry Coates was a winner at this year's Sustainable Business Awards. He tells Wallace Chapman that sustainability is dramatically changing the nature of the New Zealand business sector, but our government policy urgently needs to catch up.

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The Week In Parliament for Sunday 20 November 2016

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 07:30:00 +1300

Week in the House dominated by the aftermath of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which jolted the country on Monday morning; Prime Minister John Key delivers a ministerial statement on the quake on Tuesday, followed by a round of speeches from representatives of all parties in the House; Aftershocks of the quake were felt in Parliament's debating chamber later that afternoon, as Finance Minister Bill English was answering questions about the Government's response to likely economic impacts of the quake; Tuesday also saw an an unusual question time - in its cordiality, as well as the fact that all questions stemmed from the same subject - the Kaikoura earthquake; Among ministers facing questions throughout the week about the quake and its aftermath were the Prime Minister John Key, Minister for Transport Simon Bridges, Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee, Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith, and Education Minister Hekia Parata; Meanwhile, on Thursday Mr Brownlee led the House in recommending the appointment of former Transport Secretary Martin Matthews as the new Auditor-General to succeed Lyn Provost - a move endorsed by MPs including the Maori Party's Marama Fox and Labour's Trevor Mallard; Also on Thursday, Mr Mallard, as Assistant Speaker, chaired part of Thursday's special Pacific Issues debate, coinciding with the Pacific Parliamentary Forum held this week at Parliament; Week sees a total of 21 select committee meetings held - including three Health sub-committees on Friday, hearing public submissions on Maryann Street's petition calling for an inquiry into public attitudes towards euthanasia; On Thursday, the Justice and Electoral Committee hears a submission criticising the Government's Electoral Amendment Bill - including its rushed submissions process and lack of provision for the possible impacts of natural disasters such as earthquakes on the election process; Education and Science Committee hears submissions on the Education (Update) Amendment Bill - including criticism of its establishment of Centres Of Online Learning - or "COOLs".

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Robyn Wallace - Marae to the rescue

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 07:23:00 +1300

Ngai Tahu once again came to the rescue this week providing literally thousands of meals to people in need after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck. Robyn Wallace, the chief executive of He Oranga Pounamu, has been coordinating efforts to feed and house Ngai Tahu iwi members fleeing the quakes at Tuahiwi marae.

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Ilan Noy - The economics of disasters

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 07:16:00 +1300

Does it make economic sense to move government out of Wellington? Professor Ilan Noy, chair in economic disasters at Victoria University, tells Wallace why he thinks it's a bad idea and discusses the likely economic impact of this week's quakes.

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Winston Peters - Should government be based in Wellington?

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 07:08:00 +1300

Following this week's earthquake, Wallace talks to NZ First leader, Winston Peters, about how well the capital has withstood this shake and whether or not it's a sensible idea to have our government departments situated in an earthquake-prone city.

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Insight: Earthquake: Surviving 7.8

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:12:00 +1300

Phil Pennington and Tim Graham share the stories and events from the first days of the 7.8 earthquake that ripped the land apart, caused massive slips, cut off Kaikoura and towns nearby and severely damaged homes and farms.

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Alan Scott - Marlborough Man

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 11:30:00 +1300

Allan Scott is a name synonymous with wine and the story of the Marlborough trailblazer is a quintessentially New Zealand one.

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Joshua Hammer - Covering the world

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 11:07:00 +1300

Joshua Hammer is an experienced international correspondent who's seen history unfold in many parts of the world. He was in Africa when Somalia was unravelling, the genocide in Rwanda was taking place and for the first democratic election in South Africa. He's recently been in Iraq and witnessed first hand the fight against ISIS. And this week he was in New York to cover the US the victory of Donald Trump.

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The rise of outsider art

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 10:37:00 +1300

Stuart Shepherd is the curator of this month's NZ Outsider Art Fair. He joins Wallace Chapman to talk about an extraordinary New Zealand artist being exhibited in New York and his definition of 'outsider art'. 

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Johnny Marr: Set the Boy Free

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 10:06:00 +1300

As guitarist in The Smiths, Johnny Marr was in one of the biggest bands of the early 1980s in his early 20s, Since then he has forged a formidable musical career.

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Chris Hartshorn - The innovative road to prosperity

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 09:40:00 +1300

Chris Hartshorn has a PhD in chemistry but was side-tracked from a career in science and now describes himself as an "innovation executive." After more than two decades living in the USA, where he advised companies such as BMW, IBM, General Electric and Samsung, he's returned to New Zealand to take up the position of chief technology officer at Callaghan Innovation.

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Mediawatch for 13 November 2016

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 09:00:00 +1300

Trumpocalypse Now; deadlines for input into publicly-funded broadcasting; watchdog gives no blessing to media merger; not a bit of fun - fundamentally wrong..

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Adriana Ugarte - Almodovar's muse

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 08:40:00 +1300

Adriana Ugarte stars in renowned Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar's latest film: Julieta. The critically acclaimed film is based on three short stories written by Alice Munro about a woman searching for her estranged daughter.

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Insight: Can working prisoners stop re-offending?

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 08:12:00 +1300

Teresa Cowie heads inside two of New Zealand's prisons to find out more about rehabilitation programmes and whether they are working.

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Greg Fleming - Market reaction to US election result

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 07:47:00 +1300

AMP Capital's Head of Investment Strategy Greg Fleming on how the markets are responding to news of a Trump presidency and what's likely to happen from here on in.

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The Week In Parliament Sunday 13 November 2016

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 07:30:00 +1300

New Zealand House of Representatives congratulates Donald Trump on his election as America's 45th president - a motion supported by all parties except the Greens - who's co-leader James Shaw incorrectly called the election result the night before; Final reading of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill interrupted when the House adjourns for the week on Thursday - but not before Opposition parties suggest the futility of proceeding with the bill in light of Mr Trump's victory and his own opposition to the TPPA; Chris Hipkins' Education (Charter Schools Abolition) Amendment Bill fails to pass first reading by 63 votes to 57; The Papawai and Kaikokirikiri Trusts Amendment Bill, a private bill in the name of National MP Alastair Scott, passes final reading unopposed; Ruth Dyson's Rates Rebate (Retirement Village Residents) Amendment Bill passes its first reading; The Resource Legislation Amendment Bill - which contains the Government's controversial amendments to the Resource Management Act is sent back to the Local Government and Environment committee where it has already spent 11 months; Clerk of the House David Wilson seeks to draw the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committee's attention to several parts of the New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill affecting Parliament; The Health Committee continues its inquiry into public attitudes towards euthanasia; Primary Production Committee releases a report on a petition signed by almost 63,000 people calling for a ban on rodeos in New Zealand; Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler updates the Finance and Expenditure Committee on his decision to drop the Official Cash Rate to 1.75 percent; Deputy Leader of the House Simon Bridges gives a preview of the week ahead.

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Ricardo Menendez - Mexico's future

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 07:22:00 +1300

Ricardo Menendez is from Mexico but now calls Auckland home. He's fearful about what the future might hold for the rest of his family living in Tijuana now that Trump is in charge of the US.

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US media a 'disaster area', says academic

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 07:08:00 +1300

University of Texas professor of journalism Robert Jensen on how and why the media missed the mark so widely with its predictions in the US election.

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Erin Daldry - Rugby in the land of baseball

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 11:50:00 +1300

Erin Daldry reports from Chicago where Ireland defeated the All Blacks, and the Maori All Blacks have already beat the USA.

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Hone Kouka - The Beautiful Ones

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 11:28:00 +1300

Playwright Hone Kouka speaks with Wallace about his latest work, The Beautiful Ones, a multi-media tale of two young lovers set in an urban environment but with a distinct Pacific flavour.

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Katy Glenn Bass - The effect of mass surveillance on writers

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 11:05:00 +1300

Katy Glenn Bass joins Wallace to talk about the results of a global survey of 800 writers to find out what effect mass surveillance has had on their work, their personal writings, social media accounts and general ability to express their opinions.

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Actor David Johns on 'I, Daniel Blake'

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 10:40:00 +1300

Actor David Johns, previously best known for his comic work, talks to Wallace about his 'role of a lifetime' – Daniel Blake in Ken Loach's acclaimed new film, I, Daniel Blake.

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Death, religion and anxiety

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 10:06:00 +1300

Many of us have experienced the fear of death - but does religious belief mitigate that anxiety? It's a big question that two academics, Professor Jamin Halberstadt and Dr Jonathan Jong, have tried to answer in their new book, Death Anxiety and Religious Belief. They join Wallace to discuss their sometimes surprising findings.

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The New Torchlight List: Best Books & Authors

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 09:40:00 +1300

It's Jim's final countdown and he rates the authors from the very best, through to those he wants to read more of, promising authors, those not quite good enough, the unpromising - and the just plain awful. He tells Wallace he still loves reading - but he won't do another book like this again: "When you are recommended 400 books you often encounter an author like Knausgard who has been much hailed but you can't damn him without reading about four of his books. So you've read one book and you absolutely hate it and he kills your pleasure in reading for the next fortnight because you now have to go on reading four horrible books and I don't think I could put myself through that again."

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Mediawatch for 6 November 2016

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

Twice in the past two years a convicted killer has won the right to meet a journalist in jail to re-state his claims of innocence. Is it a good idea? Also: a controversial Paul Henry interview makes headlines - but a full account of an incident that almost toppled a top government minister doesn't. Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose

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Dave Hansford - 1080 A poisonous debate

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 08:40:00 +1300

Dave Hansford is the author of Protecting Paradise: 1080 and the fight to save New Zealand's wildlife. Hansford argues the science is clear: 1080 is a vital tool in the battle to save our forests and native bird life.

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Insight: Homes Under Threat from Climate Change

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 08:12:00 +1300

Robin Martin asks what response is being planned for the effects of climate change on homes and who is likely to foot any bills?

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Maxine Molyneux - Femicide in South America

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 07:47:00 +1300

Women throughout Latin America have been protesting a lack of laws protecting them from gender based violence. The issue has been reignited off the back of an horrific rape which caused the death of a teenage girl in Argentina. Maxine Molyneux, a professor of sociology at University College London has been following the issue.

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The Week In Parliament for 6 November 2016

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 07:32:00 +1300

Snap debate on the Auditor-General's report on her inquiry of the Saudi Arabia Food Security Partnership. The report clears Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, of corruption while being critical of a lack of transparency. Mr McCully defends himself in Question Time on Thursday. The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill passes its second reading by 60-59, the Maori Party voting with the opposition. Local Government and Environment Committee chairman Scott Simpson faces questions about the committee's delay in reporting back on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill - which is due back to the House this Monday; Health Committee chairman Simon O'Connor provides update on Maryan Street's petition on Euthanasia - which is the subject of a submission from Family First Director Bob McCoskrie - whose views were challenged by Labour MP Louisa Wall; Transport and Industrial Relations Committee hears submissions on a petition calling for a law change to allow children and people over the age of 65 to ride their bicycles on the footpath - a proposal opposed by Disabled Persons Assembly representative Val Smith.

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Pain and rage in struggling America

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 07:20:00 +1300

Writer Linda Tirado’s blog about living in poverty in Utah went viral in 2013. Then she wrote about the millions of people in the US who work hard, yet still struggle in her 2014 book Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America.

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Simon Marks - US Political Correspondent

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 07:08:00 +1300

America is about to vote for its 45th President and Commander in Chief. After months of vitriol and animosity it will be down to the public to decide whether it will be the first woman in the oval office or a brash businessman from New York. US political correspondent Simon Marks on this most extraordinary election campaign.

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