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Feedback from Sunday Morning 15 April

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 11:55:00 +1200

Wallace Chapman reads listeners' feedback from this morning's show.

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Katharina Weischede: slimy business

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 11:35:00 +1200

Katharina Weischede is a slime princess with a successful business. The 11-year-old Auckland schoolgirl is an internet sensation with her slime-making videos and sells her slimy wares around the country. She talks about being a business-minded princess and gives Wallace a tutorial in slime making.

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Urzila Carlson: unorthodox road to stand-up

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 11:04:00 +1200

Comedian Urzila Carlson's just completing a hugely successful series of shows in Australia. But she's back on this side of the Tasman for gigs during the International Comedy Festival in May. Urzila explains her less-than-funny upbringing in South Africa and how a dare from a Kiwi work colleague led her to career as a stand-up comedian.

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Photojournalist John Moore: documenting despair

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 10:30:00 +1200

Multi-award winning Getty Images photographer John Moore has documented the militarisation of the US-Mexico border for his book Undocumented. He talks about his career covering war zones as well as the the most powerful images he's captured that are taken closer to home. [gallery:4185] 

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Economist Ann Pettifor: 'The public are not stupid'

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 10:04:00 +1200

Change to our economic systems will only be possible if the general public are entrusted with the real facts, says Ann Pettifor, one of the few economists to predict the 2007-2009 Global Financial Crisis.

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Eric Crosbie: why NZ was slow to adopt plain-packaging laws

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 09:35:00 +1200

New research published in the New Zealand Medical journal shows the previous government was very slow in implementing plain-packaging laws for tobacco products. Dr Eric Crosbie at the University of California led the team looking into the delays and talks about why the National-led government was cautious about potential lawsuits from the industry.

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Mediawatch for 15 April 2018

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 09:06:00 +1200

Taika's blurt makes media mad as f***; milking the misery of our athletes who failed to fire; The Denver Post turns on its owners; talk radio fact-checking.

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Restorative justice: how it actually works

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 08:35:00 +1200

Retired District Court and Youth Court judge Fred McElrea and Chris Marshall (pictured), the Diana Unwin Chair in Restorative Justice at Victoria University, are experts in the application of restorative justice and discuss its use and why there can be a lack of acceptance from the public on it being the best course of action. 

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Insight: Digging deeper - Will residents pay up to fix Auckland?

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 08:10:00 +1200

After years of being lured by the promise of low rates, Aucklanders are now being asked to fork out to finally fix the city's long-running and escalating problems. Todd Niall asks if residents are ready to pay-up.

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Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder lacking recognition

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 07:47:00 +1200

Around 5 per cent of New Zealanders are believed to suffer from Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Associate Professor Anita Gibbs from the University of Otago says Teina Pora, acquitted over the 1992 rape and murder of Susan Burdett, is an example of someone with FASD whose life could have been vastly different if the condition was diagnosed when he was a child. She says while the Ministry of Health recognises FASD as a disability, our courts need to put more effort into recognising the condition.

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UK politicians visit NZ

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 07:35:00 +1200

In a week with dozens of visiting MPs, The House spoke with UK and Pacific Island politicians.

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What next? Al Gillespie analyses the attacks on Syria

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 07:21:00 +1200

Professor of International Law at Waikato University Al Gillespie talks about the possible ramifications of the allied airstrikes. NATO says it fully supports the action of the US, Britain and France. So was this strike by the US and its allies 1. legal. 2. justified?

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Jack Parrock: Russia's response to Syria strikes

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 07:12:00 +1200

Feature Story correspondent Jack Parrock reports from Moscow on the Russian response to the airstrikes on Syria.

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Did you know Parliament can arrest you?

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 05:40:00 +1200

RNZ's chair has declined to give a voicemail to a Select Committee. The House looks at Parliament's ability to demand such things and punish those who refuse.

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Aiming a scattergun

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:55:00 +1200

Sometimes Oral Questions in Parliament are a incisive scalpel, cutting to the truth with surgical precision. Sometimes they're a blunderbuss, firing wildly in the hope of finding a chink in the armour.

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Parliament’s to do list: more spending, farewell Coleman, and privacy online

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 18:55:00 +1200

Each sitting day in the House MPs work their way through business which is set out on the order paper. Here's what they plan to get through this week.

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Sunday Morning Feedback April 8

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 11:55:00 +1200

Wallace Chapman reads listeners' feedback from this morning's show.

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Humour in the banal: Carl Barron

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 11:29:00 +1200

Australian comedian Carl Barron's dry, working-man, deadpan style of humour makes him one of the most popular comedians in Australia - and he's the highest selling stand-up comedian on DVD in Australian retail history. He's in NZ this month for his "Drinking with a Fork" tour.

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Andrew Leigh: 'More African-Americans are under criminal supervision now than there were slaves in 1850'

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 11:04:00 +1200

Australia's shadow assistant treasurer Dr Andrew Leigh is a proponent of evidence-based policy through the use of random trials. His book, Randomistas, reveals why data should be the basis for policies that work - including in the justice system to help reduce crime and inequality.

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Agent Orange's ongoing impact in Vietnam

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 10:40:00 +1200

Jason Von Meding has researched the long-lasting health, ecological and economic impacts of Agent Orange to the Vietnamese and others involved in the Vietnam War.

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Jeff Goodell: 'No matter what we do, sea levels will rise'

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 10:04:00 +1200

"Miami became a popular diving spot where people could swim among sharks and barnacled SUVs and explore the wreckage of the great American city". A new book looks at coastal cities in a world of rising seas.

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Wahine passenger Doug Crombie: 'I thought, I'll be right'

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 09:35:00 +1200

On 10 April it's 50 years since the inter-island passenger ferry Wahine went down near the Wellington coast killing 53 people. Doug Crombie was on the ship with his cricket team from Lincoln University. He tells his story for the first time. On Tuesday there are a number of events in Wellington to remember that day, organised by the Wahine 50 Trust. (Historic audio in this story by Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision.)

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Mediwatch for 8 April 2018

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 09:08:00 +1200

Transport plan sparks road rage of the front page - and on air; TVNZ gets back in the Games; the latest episode of 'Curran affairs'

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James Tinnion-Morgan: improving Auckland's public transport

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 08:37:00 +1200

Transport planner James Tinnion-Morgan has moved to NZ to add his expertise to the mix to get Auckland's public transport network up to scratch. He's drawing on 30 years experience working all over the world to decide what will work in New Zealand's biggest city. He talks about the challenge of getting the best system in place to lure people out of their cars.

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Insight: Full House – Homelessness & Big Families

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 08:10:00 +1200

Are plans to build thousands of new homes going to cater for large and multi-generational Māori  and Pasifika families?

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Fee McLeod: Super STEM Fair

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 07:46:00 +1200

Auckland's MOTAT is having a Super STEM Fair for budding scientists, inventors, engineers and maths whizzes on 8 April. Fee McLeod from The Mindlab by Unitec talks about how to get children away engaged in STEM topics.

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A look back: clearing records, letting fees, tropical retirement

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 07:35:00 +1200

The House takes a look back at the work MPs did in the House including expunging convictions, banning letting fee charges to tenants and changing super requirements in the Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau. 

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What does myrtle rust mean for Project Crimson?

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 07:25:00 +1200

Joris De Bres, chair of Project Crimson, explains what the destructive plant disease myrtle rust means for the organisation - long associated with protecting pohutukawa and rata trees.

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Van driver causes death on streets in Muenster

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 07:20:00 +1200

Several are dead and about 30 others injured after a driver ploughed into a crowded area outside a restaurant in the city of Muenster in Western Germany. Ira Spitzer reports from Germany.

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Sarah Doody: 'Jessica is very vulnerable'

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 07:11:00 +1200

Sarah Doody, the sister of 24 year old autistic Christchurch woman Jessica Doody, who followed her boyfriend to India, says the family are no closer to getting her home. Jessica has the mental age of a 14 year old, and other health issues, and had been in relationship with Gurdeep Singh before he was deported in December.

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Where'd the money go?

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 15:10:00 +1200

Imagine having your spending for the past year publicly scrutinised. MPs are checking government spending over the past financial year in a ten hour long debate called the annual review debate.

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Letting fee ban underway

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 14:00:00 +1200

A bill banning letting fees has passed its first hurdle in Parliament after a fractured debate.

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Parliament's to do list: spending checks and clean slates

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 18:55:00 +1200

Each sitting day in the House MPs work their way through business which is set out on the order paper. Here's what they plan to get through this week.

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Feedback for Sunday Morning 1 April

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 11:55:00 +1200

Listeners get in touch with the Sunday Morning programme.

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Hunting exotic disease-carrying mosquitoes

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 10:45:00 +1200

New Zealand could become home to exotic disease-carrying mosquitoes because of climate change and urbanisation. Insect scientist Sophie Hunt's work demonstrates how easily such species could establish themselves.

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‘Your bank account was your history of generosity’

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 10:05:00 +1200

Author and philosopher Charles Eisenstein says we live in a time of anxiety and separation. He’s proposing a new economic system to encourage a sense of community. In a gift economy, your bank account was basically your history of generosity, he says.

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Salmonella Dub's Andrew Penman on 25 years in the dub-biz

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 09:37:00 +1200

Salmonella Dub celebrate 25 years in the business this year. They've released a 30-track double CD and will play on the Gold Coast at the Commonwealth Games on April 8 as part of Magnifika Pacifika, with Tiki Taane and Whirimako Black. Salmonella Dub's front man and co-founder Andrew Penman looks over the years.

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Mediawatch for 1 April 2018

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 09:06:00 +1200

Aussie cricket cheating fires up our media; turbulence at the top of RNZ - and the Beehive; tricky questions for visiting VIPS.

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NASA and Hubble scientist Jennifer Wiseman

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 08:37:00 +1200

Dr Jennifer Wiseman is a NASA astrophysicist and  senior project scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope. She's considered one of America's thought leaders on science policy. She is also Christian and explains how science and Christianity can work together. She's speaking at events around the country from 4 April, details on the Sunday Morning page. 

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Insight: NZ Wars - A Day to Remember?

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 08:12:00 +1200

Shannon Haunui-Thompson explores whether a day to mark the New Zealand Wars will ever truly become a national event.

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Lacey Malarky: tracking fishy boats

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 07:46:00 +1200

International conservation group Oceana has released a report on boats that it says suspiciously turn off their tracking devices when they're near protected marine areas. Two researchers sifted through data to single out four examples of ships "going dark". Lacey Malarky, analyst for Oceana's Illegal Fishing and Seafood Fraud campaign, talks about their findings.

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Managing tūpāpaku: accessing the dead

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 07:35:00 +1200

Policy, public outcry, or natural disasters can prompt a law change but sometimes the push for change comes from the humble select committee. 

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Sir Peter Gluckman: media needs to read data on prisons

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 07:16:00 +1200

A report released on Thursday by justice sector science advisor Dr Ian Lambie and the Prime Minister's chief science advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman, is called, "Using evidence to build a better justice system: The challenge of rising prison costs". Sir Peter says it's about time the media and public looked closely at the data on prison numbers and incarceration outcomes.

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Joseph Parker boxing preview

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 07:11:00 +1200

Clay Wilson reports from Cardiff ahead of the Joseph Parker fight against Anthony Joshua. Already NZ has had an exceptional win this morning with Auimatagi Jr winning an undercard bout. 

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3-D grammatical chess

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +1300

Ministers sometimes refer to themselves in the third person - and it's not solipsism, it's required. 

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Only so much leeway

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +1300

General Debates are as 'free-for-all' as Parliament's debating chamber gets - but there are still rules.

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A matter of responsibility

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 19:00:00 +1300

Asking a zinger of a question in the House can earn an MP much kudos but how far can MPs push the rules to land a political punch?

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Parliament’s to do list: prison tattoos, homosexual offences, and OMG blasphemy

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 18:55:00 +1300

Each sitting day in the House MPs work their way through business which is set out on the order paper. Here's what they plan to get through this week.

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Are you sabotaging a good relationship?

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 11:45:00 +1300

Raquel Peel's PhD research at James Cook University in Townsville is on why people sabotage relationships that look to be good ones, with good people.

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Saskia Maarleveld: a woman of many voices

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 11:24:00 +1300

Saskia Maarleveld’s New Zealand accent opened the door to a most unexpected career. She lives in New York where she works as an audiobook narrator. She is nominated for Best Female Narrator 2018 in the Audies - the audiobook equivalent of the Oscars - for her work on The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.

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Nicky Pellegrino: 10th book of Italian deliciousness

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 11:04:00 +1300

Nicky Pellegrino's 10th book - A Year at Hotel Gondola - is out on March 27. It's a landmark moment a long way from her carpe diem moment involving the late TV broadcaster Angela D'Audney. Pellegrino's novels have themes of food, feuds, family and love, inspired by childhood memories of Italy where she spent childhood holidays - but even the author is surprised at her own success.

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Snail water, beans and pies: tasting 17th century food via art

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 10:30:00 +1300

Some of the world’s great paintings provide clues to the food served up on 17th century tables, and how taste and diets have changed. Dr Benjamin Breen has written about the food in Renaissance paintings, and the differences to present day fare, on his Res Obscura blog.

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Richard Thaler: the nudge economist

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 10:04:00 +1300

American economist Professor Richard Thaler won the 2017 Nobel prize for his contributions to behavioural economics. By applying insights from psychological research, Thaler helps us understand people's economic decision-making. 

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Robert Kelly: Trump and Kim meeting uncertain

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 09:37:00 +1300

There are now doubts that North Korea's Kim Jong-un will actually meet with US president Donald Trump. Dr Robert Kelly is an associate professor of international relations at Pusan National University in South Korea. He's also the "BBC dad", whose Skype interview with the BBC was hilariously interrupted a year ago by his children. He talks about the likelihood of a liaison between the US and North Korean leader and why north Korea will never give up its nukes.

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Mediawatch for 25 March 2018

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 09:06:00 +1300

Obamamania in overdrive - Widodo under the radar; Visual Trumpery - the good and bad of data; sensing a story?

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Andrea Cipriani: Study shows antidepressants do work

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 08:39:00 +1300

A major international study published in The Lancet has found antidepressants do work. Prof Andrea Cipriani is the study's lead author - he's honorary consultant psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford.

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Insight: Is NZ Ready for Artificial Intelligence?

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 08:10:00 +1300

The warnings about automation and artificial intelligence changing our lives are evey increasing. Philippa Tolley asks are employers and employees a like really thinking about what lies ahead and will everyone cope with the change?

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Pele Navarro: Save Our Schools

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 07:48:00 +1300

Independent indigenous schools in the southern Philippines are under threat. Pele Navarro is in New Zealand representing the Save Our Schools network of Salupongan International, an organisation dedicated to improving the education and health needs of rural Lumad Communities on Mindanao and other islands.

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New National front bench tests its mettle

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 07:30:00 +1300

The House takes a look back at a week's worth of Question Time when the new opposition front bench got to try out its first jabs at the government.

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Denise Thornton: 44 years loving the same job

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 07:25:00 +1300

Denise Thornton worked at the James Cook Hotel in Wellington for 44 years. She started on the front desk at the hotel in 1974 and finished off as the Executive Housekeeper on Friday.

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Graduate Celeste Oram: Auckland Uni music school proposal 'heartbreaking'

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 07:23:00 +1300

Celeste Oram lives in LA but is a graduate of the University of Auckland Music School and says the planned staff cuts are shortsighted.

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Shakeup at University of Auckland School of Music

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 07:19:00 +1300

The University of Auckland School of Music is about to undergo a major restructure that could see five staff members lose their jobs, including one of the school's two professors, Uwe Grodd, an internationally renowned flautist and conductor. Sandra Grey of the Tertiary Education Union discusses.

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Impact for NZ of Facebook's privacy breach: Jordan Carter

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 07:10:00 +1300

The investigation into Cambridge Analytica is ongoing. It's alleged to have harvested the information of millions of Facebook users and used it to profile and target voters during the US election and Brexit campaigns. There's outrage, but should we be surprised this has happened? Internet NZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter explains the issues.

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