Nine To Noon

Tuesday 27 January 2015, with Kathryn Ryan

  • EU warns new Greek PM to meet its debt commitments ( 15′ 37″ )

    09:08 Alexis Tsipras has just been sworn in as Greek prime minister, after his far left party Syriza stormed to victory with promises to end "disastrous austerity" and seek a cancellation of Greek debt.

  • Mobilising the community to fight against alcohol harm ( 16′ 41″ )

    09:27 The Mangere Otahuhu Community Board has been spearheading the fight to reduce the high number of liquor outlets in the area, including appealing decisions as individuals when the council would not allow it to appeal as a board. It has since won a battle to give local boards the right to oppose liquor licenses. Lydia Sosene is the chair of the Mangere Otahuhu Community board, which has been mobilising the community to oppose new licenses.

  • US correspondent Jack Hitt ( 11′ 42″ )

    09:47 Obama continues to irk the republicans. Debate over Islam.

  • US military veteran and conscientious objector Rory Fanning ( 31′ 21″ )

    10:07 Rory Fanning served two tours of duty in Afghanistan in the United States Army Rangers, before leaving the military as a conscientious objector. Almost everything about him, and his beliefs, had changed in that time - from entering the army as a conservative Republican Christian, he'd emerged as a socialist atheist. Disillusioned by the death of one of his comrades, sports star Pat Tillman, who was killed in a friendly fire incident that was initially covered up by the military, Rory was at a loss. He set out to walk across the entire United States in honour of Tillman, and has now written the book, Worth Fighting For, about his experiences. Rory has also written about his disquiet at the way veterans in the US are "blindly celebrated" for their service.

  • Book review: Best Books of 2014 ( 6′ 55″ )

    10:38 As recommended by Carole Beu.

  • Business commentator Rod Oram ( 11′ 21″ )

    11:07 Business commentator Rod Oram discusses the Government's plan for changes to the Resource Management Act, which the Housing Minister, Nick Smith says is partly to blame for soaring housing prices.

  • Brian Boyd on Vladimir Nabokov's letters ( 26′ 25″ )

    11:22 Brian Boyd is the author of a new collection of previously unseen letters from Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabokov to his beloved wife, Vera. Professor Boyd has written and edited 19 books and over 250 articles and an extensive website on Nabokov and his work has been translated into fifteen languages and received many awards. In recent years, Professor Boyd has become interested in new evolutionary and cognitive approaches to literature and the arts, exploring why we engage in art and storytelling and whether our minds and behaviour have been shaped and can be reshaped by art and literature. In November 2014 he was awarded the Humanities Aronui Medal from the Royal Society of New Zealand for outstanding and wide-ranging contribution to the humanities. Letters to Vera is published by Penguin Classics.

  • Media commentator Gavin Ellis ( 11′ 11″ )

    11:48 TV3 to provide a news service for Prime TV.

09:05 EU warns new Greek PM to meet its austerity and debt commitments

Alexis Tsipras has just been sworn in as Greek prime minister, after his far left party Syriza stormed to victory with promises to end "disastrous austerity" and seek a cancellation of Greek debt.

European financial analyst, Stephen Pope, the managing partner of London-based market analysts, Spotlight Ideas.

09:30 Mangere Otahuhu board chair, Lydia Sosene on mobilising the community to fight against alcohol harm 

The Mangere Otahuhu Community Board has been spearheading the fight to reduce the high number of liquor outlets in the area, including appealing decisions as individuals when the council would not allow it to appeal as a board. It has since won a battle to give local boards the right to oppose liquor licenses.

Lydia Sosene is the chair of the Mangere Otahuhu Community board, which has been mobilising the community to oppose new licenses 

09:45 US correspondent Jack Hitt

The debate over Islam, Obama continues to irk the republicans.

10:05 US military veteran and conscientious objector Rory Fanning

Rory Fanning served two tours of duty in Afghanistan in the United States Army Rangers, before leaving the military as a conscientious objector. Almost everything about him, and his beliefs, had changed in that time - from entering the army as a conservative Republican Christian, he'd emerged as a socialist atheist. Disillusioned by the death of one of his comrades, sports star Pat Tillman, who was killed in a friendly fire incident that was initially covered up by the military, Rory was at a loss. He set out to walk across the entire United States in honour of Tillman, and has now written the book, Worth Fighting For, about his experiences.  Rory has also written about his disquiet at the way veterans in the US are "blindly celebrated" for their service.

10:35 Book review: Best Books of 2014

As recommended by Carole Beu.

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters - Virago $39.99
How to be both by Ali Smith - Hamish Hamilton $36.99
The Claimant by Janette Turner Hospital - Fourth Estate $34.99
Lucky Us by Amy Bloom - Granta $34.99

Honourable mentions:

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Man Booker Prize winner 2014) - Vintage $25
The Children Act - Ian McEwen - Jonathan Cape $36.99
Men Explain Things to Me & Other Essays by Rebecca Solnit -Granta $29.99
We should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Fourth Estate $12.99

10:45 The Reading: 'This Way of Life', by Sumner Burstyn

In an isolated and rural New Zealand, Peter and Colleen raise their kids on the thin edge between freedom and disaster (2 of 7, RNZ)

11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram

Business commentator Rod Oram discusses the Government's plan for changes to the Resource Management Act, which the Housing Minister, Nick Smith says is partly to blame for soaring housing prices.

11:20 Death of "the king of kaftan" Demis Roussos

Greek singer Demis Roussos, has died at the age of 68. He sold more than 60 million albums worldwide and had hits in the 70s with songs like Forever and Ever, and Goodbye my love, Goodbye. Roussos was as famous for his outfits as he was for his music, he often dressed in kaftans, capped off with glittery boots, and his long black hair and beard.

He was enormously popular in Europe, but initially, not in the UK. One of his first appearances on English-speaking TV was as a guest of the Basil Brush show.

11:30 Brian Boyd on Nabokov's letters and how literature reflects evolution

Auckland University Distinguished Professor Brian Boyd is the author of a new collection of previously unseen letters from Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabokov to his beloved wife, Véra. Professor Boyd has written and edited 19 books and over 250 articles and an extensive website on Nabokov and his work has been translated into fifteen languages and received many awards. In recent years, Professor Boyd has become interested in new evolutionary and cognitive approaches to literature and the arts, exploring why we engage in art and storytelling and whether our minds and behaviour have been shaped and can be reshaped by art and literature. In November 2014 he was awarded the Humanities Aronui Medal from the Royal Society of New Zealand for outstanding and wide-ranging contribution to the humanities. Letters to Véra is published by Penguin Classics.

11:45 Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Gavin Ellis discusses some of the big changes ahead for Prime News, which will now be produced by TV3.

Playlist

Artist: Beirut
Song: East Harlem
Composer: Condon
Album: The Rip Tide
Label: Pompeii
Time: 09:25

Artist: Tama Waipara and Reb Fountain
Song: You Don’t Have To Go
Composer: Waipara
Album: Sir Plus and the Requirements
Label: Tama
Time: 09:45

Artist: Chris Knox   
Song: It’s Love
Composer: Knox
Album: Beat
Label: Flying Nun
Time: 11:20