Sunday Morning

Sunday 26 July 2015, with Wallace Chapman

Who are SERCO?

7:12 AM. The issue of privatized prisons has once again come into the fore with the emergence over the last week of a series of videos showing inmates participating in organized fight clubs, smoking drugs, and allegations of extortion and rape in the SERCO run Mt Eden prison. Antony Lowenstein is an independent journalist based in South Sudan, a Guardian columnist, and author of the forthcoming book, Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out of Catastrophe. So who are SERCO - they deal in security, but what else do they deal in?

Prospects bleak for Nauru and Manus Island refugees

7:20 AM. Since 2013, any unauthorised maritime arrival entering Australian waters is sent to Manus Island or Nauru, for processing and resettlement in a participating regional state but not Australia. While processing moves at a glacial pace, those already found to be refugees still face uncertainty, abuse and difficult conditions.

The National Party annual conference

7:25 AM. The National Party's annual conference is on in Auckland this weekend and housing, the economy, and the problems at Mt Eden Prison have all featured.

The Week in Parliament for 26 July 2015

7:30 AM. Photo finishes for a number of Members' Bills; Snap debate on problems at Mt Eden Prison; Urgency accorded for road speed limits fix; Questions about foreign property investor register; Submissions on Taxation (Land Information and Offshore Persons Information) Bill; Auditor General's report on Whanau Ora presented; Justice & Electoral Committee begins inquiry into 2014 election; Rafael Gonzalez Montero appointed Deputy Clerk; MPs mark 150th years of Wellington as Capital City, about which we speak with Parliamentary Historian John Martin.

The price of life calculator

7:46 AM. How much is a life worth? Can we put a price on the most precious commodity of them all? In country with a publicly funded health system, society has to do just that. A group of public health researchers at Otago Medical School have developed an on-line calculator to help decide how much society should pay for life saving interventions. Sunday producer Jeremy Rose talked with Otago Medical School's Professor Tony Blakely and associate professor Nick Wilson.

Insight for 26 July 2015 - Power Struggle - Nuclear & Japan

8:12 AM. Cushla Norman reports from Japan on the reopening of nuclear power plants 2 years after the Fukushima meltdown post the tsunami

Sean McKenna in Brazil

8:40 AM. This week the craft beer company Moa announced it was shipping 200,000 bottles to Brazil. So how is the craft beer scene in South America's largest country? Former Radio New Zealand producer Sean McKenna fills us in on that and life in general in South America's biggest country.

Mediawatch for 26 July 2015

9:10 AM. How a scary story about an imminent ice age went round the world recently, even though most experts said it was nonsense. Also: how journalists have more in common with cops than they might like to think; people being angry ending up on the evening news; changing the tune on our trains. Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

Sarah Leberman - Smashing the Glass Ceiling

9:40 AM. Professor Sarah Leberman is the creator of Massey University's Young Women's Leadership Programme, which aims to empower female high school students and teach them how to be leaders in sport and in work.

Bianca Zander - The Author Down Under

10:08 AM. Novelist Bianca Zander joins Wallace to talk about her debut novel, The Girl Below - a finalist for the Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist Award. Bianca Zander teaches creative writing at Auckland University of Technology and is a recipient of the Creative New Zealand Louis Johnson New Writers' Bursary and the Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship.

Tim Aspinall and Paul Hamilton - Margarine Sculptures

10:30 AM. Paul Aspinall, an award winning margarine sculptor, and AUT chef lecturer Paul Hamilton tell us about the history and craft of margarine sculpting. Popular in the 1970s and '80s the sculptures, which are often kitsch and always inedible, appear to be making a comeback with a display planned for next week's NZ Chef National Salon.

Otis Frizzell - Un Chico Suerte

10:50 AM. Otis Frizell, the co-owner of The Lucky Taco which won Expedia 2013's Best Food Truck award, is just back from research trip to Mexico where he's been checking out the street food and culture that inspired his business.

Lucy Sussex - Crime Blockbuster

11:05 AM. New Zealand-born Lucy Sussex has written Blockbuster!, the story of Fergus Hume and his book 'The Mystery of a Hansom Cab ', the biggest and fastest-selling detective novel of the 1800s and Australia's first literary blockbuster. Hume sold the copyright for just 50 pounds, missing out on a fortune when the book became a run-away success and later helped to define the genre of crime fiction.

Sam Brower - Prophet's Prey

11:35 AM. Sam Brower worked for seven years to crack open the secretive world of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS). His work led to the arrest and conviction of prophet Warren Jeffs, who is currently serving a life sentence plus 20 years in a Texas prison for child sexual assault. His book, Prophet's Prey, detailing the investigation, has been made into a documentary of the same name, with music and narration by Nick Cave. It is screening at the NZ International Film Festival.

7:08 Current affairs: Author Antony Lowenstein on private prison operator SERCO; a calculator that helps puts a price on life; RNZI update on the plight of refugees processed at Manus and Nauru; RNZ political editor Brent Edwards live from the National Party’s annual conference; and This Week in Parliament.

Professor Tony Blakely and Associate Professor Nick Wilson with the online health calculator photo RNZ Jeremy Rose

8:12 Insight Power struggle: Japan's nuclear comeback

Japan is preparing for a return to nuclear power production next month, four years after the earthquake and tsunami that led to the meltdown of reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. But there is strong opposition to the reopening of Japan's nuclear power plants, which were all gradually shut down after the disaster for safety upgrades. As Cushla Norman reports from Tokyo, the restarts are unpopular with a public still grappling with the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.
Produced by Philippa Tolley.

8:40 Sean McKenna – Brazil: Beer, Beats and Corruption

Sean McKenna is a former Radio New Zealand producer and music critic. He’s currently in Brazil and has been sampling local beers, music and keeping an eye on the corruption scandals threatening to bring down the government.

9:06 Mediawatch

On Mediawatch: how a scary story about an imminent ice age went round the world recently even though most experts said it was nonsense. Also: how journalists have more in common with cops than they might like to think; people being angry ending up on the evening news; changing the tune on our trains
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9:40 Sarah Leberman – Smashing the Glass Ceiling

Professor Sarah Leberman is the creator of Massey University’s Young Women's Leadership Programme which aims to empower female high school students and teach them how to be leaders in sport and in work.

10:06 Bianca Zander – The Author Down Under

Novelist Bianca Zander joins Wallace to talk about her debut novel, The Girl Below - a finalist for the Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist Award. Bianca Zander teaches creative writing at Auckland University of Technology and is a recipient of the Creative New Zealand Louis Johnson New Writers' Bursary and the Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship.

10:21 Tim Aspinall and Paul Hamilton - Margarine Sculptures

Paul Aspinall, an award winning margarine sculptor, and AUT chef lecturer Paul Hamilton tell us about the history and craft of margarine sculpting. Popular in the 1970s and ‘80s the sculptures – which are often kitsch and always inedible – appear to be making a comeback with a display planned for next week’s NZ Chef National Salon.

Margarine sculptures

10:48 Otis Frizell – Un Chico Suerte

Otis Frizell, the co-owner of The Lucky Taco which won Expedia 2013’s Best Food Truck award, is just back from research trip to Mexico where he’s been checking out the street food and culture that inspired his business.

Tacos

Lucy Sussex11:06 Lucy Sussex - Crime Blockbuster

New Zealand-born Lucy Sussex has written Blockbuster!  the story of Fergus Hume and his book, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab - the biggest and fastest-selling detective novel of the 1800s and Australia's first literary blockbuster.  Hume sold the copyright for just 50 pounds, missing out on a fortune when the book became a run-away success and later helped to define the genre of crime fiction.

11:35 Sam Brower - Prophet's Prey

Sam Brower worked for seven years to crack open the secretive world of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS). His work led to the arrest and conviction of prophet Warren Jeffs, who is currently serving a life sentence plus 20 years in a Texas prison for child sexual assault. His book, Prophet's Prey, detailing the investigation, has been made into a documentary of the same name, with music and narration by Nick Cave. It is screening at the NZ International Film Festival.