Tuesday 15 April 2014, with Jim Mora
3:10 pm Monday 24 November: Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms
Deep in some of the most remote areas of the Middle East, religious traditions that date back to ancient Babylon and Egypt in the time of the Pharaohs are still be practiced in secret and in fear. These mysterious, minority religions hold fascinating beliefs: Greek prophets are incarnations of God, Lucifer is revered in the form of a peacock.
Gerald Russell is a former British and UN diplomat who spent more than a decade in the region and lived among some of these groups. He's written about their histories, rituals and the threat to their survival with the rise of ISIS in his new book, Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys Into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East.
Audio from Tuesday 15 April 2014
Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.
Best song ever written - Paradise ( 16′ 10″ )
13:08 Nick Bond of Ngaio, Wellington has chosen 'Paradise' by Coldplay.
Book review with Vanda Symon ( 7′ 14″ )
13:25 'The Farm' by Tom Rob Smith, published by Simon & Schuster.
Music review with Nick Atkinson ( 15′ 40″ )
13:33 Featuring Chicago blues guitarist Earl Hooker and Lyttelton artist Aldous Harding.
Web review with Ele Ludemann ( 7′ 2″ )
13:48 Discussing 'What Face Book is doing to your brain', and 'The most challenging dinner guests ever and how to feed them.'
TV review with Phil Wallington ( 4′ 16″ )
13:55 This year's ANZAC day programmes.
Father of the Boeing 747 ( 15′ 7″ )
14:10 It took a team of engineers about three and half years to design this aeroplane, the biggest commercial plane in the skies. There were some critics who said she would never fly. The man leading the engineering programme was Joe Sutter, affectionately known as the 'Father of the 747', and that very first prototype he designed and built is now undergoing a restoration in his home town of Seattle.
The Sweet Adelines convention ( 5′ 48″ )
14:26 Nine female choruses and quartets will gather in Auckland to compete for a chance to fly to Las Vegas and become the world's best. The Sweet Adelines convention will take place in early May. It's a glitzy and glamorous gala of music with women from around the country who say they compete 'with' each other, not 'against' each other.
Teenage author - Maya Van Wagenen ( 21′ 59″ )
15:10 She's risen to fame by keeping a diary about her efforts in trying to become popular at intermediate school. Her strategy was based on following antiquated tips from a 1950s self-help book 'Betty Cornell's Glamour Guide for Teens'. Film producer Steven Spielberg has bought the rights to Maya's book, 'Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek'.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Ecology ( 12′ 57″ )
15:35 AUVs are being used to collect spatial data for ecological research after frustrations with satellite photos being obscured by cloud cover
The Panel pre-show for 15 April 2014 ( 13′ 59″ )
15:46 Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel.
16:08 Topics - The export company Oravida is using a picture of Prime Minister John Key in an ad in a Chinese magazine. But Mr Key's office says the use of his picture doesn't explicitly endorse the product. The Prime Minister's picture in the corner of a full page ad for Oravida's scampi appears on the back cover of a Chinese in-flight magazine. A Labour government would ban trucks from fast lanes on the motorway and cut fees for light trailers, caravans and motorhomes. The Labour leader David Cunliffe announced the policies this morning. Under the transport proposals, trucks would be prohibited from driving in the fast lane in three or four-lane motorways.
16:33 Topics - Are you all set for the blood moon tonight? In the current market, is renting smarter than buying a house? In 2012, Shamubeel Eaqub of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research said he urged his friends not to waste their money buying houses, particularly in Auckland. The Prime Minister John Key accepts there may be merit in gathering more data on foreign ownership of New Zealand housing.
1:10 Best Song Ever Written - Nick Bond of Ngaio, Wellington nominated "Paradise" by Coldplay.
1:25 Critical Mass
Books - Vanda Symon - "The Farm" by Tom Rob Smith
Music - Nick Atkinson
ARTIST: Earl Hooker
TITLE: Two Bugs and a Roach
COMP: Earl Hooker
DUR: 1' 10"
ALBUM: Two Bugs and a Roach
ARTIST: Aldous Harding
COMP: Aldous Harding
DUR: 5' 10"
ALBUM: Aldous Harding
Web - Ele Ludemann
TV review - Phil Wallington - Anzac Day lookahead
2:10 'Father of the 747' - Joe Sutter: Forty five years ago...the Boeing 747 took her first flight... changing the aviation industry forever and ushering in an age of easier, safer air travel. It took a team of engineers about three and half years to design this plane, that would be the biggest commercial aeroplane, and that many critics said would never fly. The man leading the engineering programme was Joe Sutter. He's now known as the 'Father of the 747' and the very first plane he and his team designed and built is now undergoing a restoration in his home town of Seattle.
The link: http://www.museumofflight.org/747
2:20 The Bella a Cappella Group - Patti Cooke: Nine women choruses and quartets will gather in Auckland in a fortnight to compete for a chance to fly to Las Vegas, and become the worlds best. The Sweet Adelines convention will take place in early May. It's a glitzy and glamorous gala of music with women around the country who compete with each other they say, and not against each other. There is a black sheep in the competition this year.
Bella a Capella from the Bay of Islands is a new entrant to Sweet Adelines - which is notoriously hard to get into.
2:30 Reading: The second instalment of Lloyd Jones' 3-part story "Searching for Space", in which a child recalls his family's slow disintegration as both parents found another partner.
2:45 Feature Album - Blood on the Tracks by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. (1975)
3:10 Teenage author - Maya Van Wagenen:she's risen to fame keeping a diary about her efforts in middle school, intermediate school, trying to become popular, and her strategy was based around following antiquated tips from a 1950s self-help book, Betty Cornell's Glamour Guide for Teens. Stephen Speilberg's has bought the rights to Maya's book, 'Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek.
3:30 Science Drones - Alison Ballance: When Barbara Breen from AUT mentioned to a colleague that there must be a better way of collecting aerial photographs than flying in a small plane she set in motion a collaboration that now uses UAVs - or umanned aerial vehicles - to remotely take photographs from the sky. Alison Ballance meets the SwampFox UAV, its two pilots and takes a virtual flight in Antarctica.
Stories from Our Changing World.
4:06 Andrew Clay and Catherine Roberston are on The Panel today. John Key's image appearing in Chinese ads, John Key's company at dinner raising money for the Maori Party, John Key saying his appearance at a fund-raising event for ACT doesn't necessarily connote support for ACT in Epsom. The blood moon and what it may portend, is it better to rent houses or buy them in the current market, will Chinese people buying our houses really dispossess us, and if you have the right to a state house what is your corresponding responsibility?