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with Chris Laidlaw
Sunday, 8am - Midday
Sunday is taking a break and will resume on 29 January, 2012.
You can listen again to some of our favourite interviews from 2011.
'And the Band Played On' a book which chronicles the events leading to the sinking of the unsinkable ship a hundred years ago and the affects it had on the family of one of its victims; Christopher Ward's family. (31′46″)
Nick Butcher investigates the use of foreign charter vessels in NZ's deep water fishery. (27′22″)
Biographer and historian Mary S Lovell, famous for her account of the Mitford sisters, chronicles the life and times of a British political dynasty in her new book The Churchills. (37′29″)
Former All Black coach and captain, Sir Fred Allen at 91 is now New Zealand's oldest living man to have donned the black jersey. In his very self-effacing way he candidly talks to Chris about his incredible life both on and off the field. (31′42″)
Clarence Darrow biorapher John Farrell. (31′48″)
Australian eco-activist on the need to act on the obvious when it comes to transforming the world economy. (34′37″)
Self appointed democratic reformist and former coup strongman speaks about his beliefs for a way forward in Fiji. (29′59″)
The man who broke into Auschwitz; Dennis Avery tells his wartime story in his 95th year. (19′29″)
It took more than a century to translate the King James version of the Bible from the original Hebrew and Greek. It was first published in 1611 and is still considered by many scholars to be the most influential and popular version of the Bible. Victoria University Professor of English David Norton tells Chris about how the King James Bible changed from being mocked as a piece of English writing to being valued as one of the greatest works of English literature. (19′11″)
Columnist on her observations on life in Christchurch after the September and February earthquakes. (21′10″)
Chris talks to Kiwi prince of pop, Ray Columbus. Ray is about to release his tell-all biography, 'The Modfather - The Life and Times of a Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer'. (36′15″)
Bob Harvey has edited a book celebrating 100 years of Surf Life Saving New Zealand. He talks to former surf life saver Chris Laidlaw about the dramas and triumphs of those who volunteer their spare time to rescue others who get in trouble in the water. (19′25″)
American academic analyses the Tea Party phenomenon. (19′07″)
The taliban has become a label - a sort of terrorist talisman. But who, really, are the taliban? Why are they regarded with such revulsion outside Afghanistan, and what is their connection to Al Qaeda? British journalist James Fergusson is one of the few people to penetrate the inner sanctum of the Pashtun community, from which the taliban arose, and spoke to Chris about the taliban phenomenon. (41′21″)
Pioneering Maori broadcaster Hemana Waaka heads Maori TV's Te Reo World Cup commentary team. He talks to Chris about his career in broadcasting, writing the Maori sports dictionary, and how he is hanging up his boots to return to his whanau - and take a new career path - in Whakatane. (15′02″)
Pioneering restaurateur Fleur Sullivan changed the world of dining out for many when she opened Oliver's in Clyde in the 1970's, and now runs two restaurants in North Otago. She talks to Chris about her life - from marrying the least boring boy in Oamaru, her escape from domestic violence, to going it alone with three small children, surviving cancer, and catching fish. (31′20″)
In the wake of reports of Tamil asylum seekers heading for New Zealand, Chris talks to Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International's Asia-Pacific Director, about the situation for Tamils in Sri Lanka following the end of the civil war two years ago. (19′08″)
Professor Richard Jackson discusses the character of terrorism: its origins, its motivations and the curious ability of state terrorism to escape the full blaze of attention whilst non-state terrorists monopolise the landscape. (31′20″)
Simon Reid-Henry is a British academic and writer. He takes us through the impact of the bizarre act of terrorism in Norway, in which a Norwegian citizen was able to gun down scores of his fellow Norwegians. (16′31″)
Bill Maung, who died on May 31, filled many roles in his 93 years of life. He was an active participant in Burma's struggle for independence, an inmate of a Japanese concentration camp, a judge, a governor of the International Labour Organisation, a member of James K Baxter's Jerusalem community and Black Power's political advisor. Ideas explores the life and ideas of Burma Bill. (52′35″)
Lord Robert Winston is back in the country as guest of the Cawthron Institute and patron of Sir Peter Gluckman's Liggins Institute. He's on a lecture tour and found time again to talk to the programme about a fascinating variety of topics. (55′05″)
It's 25 years since homosexuality became legal in New Zealand. Ideas talks to former Wellington Central MP Fran Wilde, whose private members' Homosexual Law Reform Bill finally changed the law in this country; Wellington counsellor and gay activist Bill Logan on the campaign for homosexual law reform and his life as an out gay man; and Phylesha Brown-Acton of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation about her work around the Pacific where homosexuality remains illegal in many countries. (52′01″)
Professor James Belich has been appointed the Beit Professor of Commonwealth, Imperial and Global history at Oxford University. Ideas talks to James about his life, influences and what he hopes to achieve in the future. (49′31″)
This week Ideas puts psychoanalysis on the couch. (49′34″)
Professor Sir Peter Gluckman is New Zealand's first chief science advisor to the Prime Minister; the author of more than 500 scientific papers; and the only New Zealander to be elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science (USA) and the Academy of Medical Sciences of Great Britain. Sir Peter talks to Chris Laidlaw about the individuals, books and writers who have influenced him. (54′30″)
Jeremy Rose reflects on his relationship with his youngest son, Tai, and talks to two other fathers of disabled sons. (53′41″)
What is the state of unions internationally? Jeremy Rose has been talking to trade unionists in Bangladesh, the Middle East and China, to find out what's happening in those places. (51′01″)
When it comes to recycling is New Zealand ahead of the pack? (52′36″)
There are many life-saving medicines that cost just a few cents to manufacture but remain beyond the reach of most of the world's population. Ideas talks to philosopher Thomas Pogge about an idea he says could radically change all that. Dr David Hadorn, director of the Centre for Access and Prioritisation In Health at the Wellington School of Medicine talks about a proposal that he says has the potential to see New Zealanders at the front of the queue for innovative new drugs. And Otago University lecturer in health economics Des O'Dea discusses the pros and cons of the Pharmac model. (50′28″)
Ideas talks to three of the World Economics Association founding members: Ha Joon Chang, author of 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism; former World Bank economist and professor of economics at the London School of Economics, expatriate New Zealander Robert Wade; and Steve Keen, the author of Debunking Economics: The Naked Emperor of the Social Sciences. (52′46″)
Discussion, features and ideas until midday.
Chris Laidlaw presents a thought provoking range of interviews, documentaries and music over four entertaining hours each Sunday Morning.
Highlights include Insight at 8:12am and Mediawatch at 9.06. Ideas plays at 10:06, and there are interviews at 8:40 and 9:45, plus a feature interview at 11:12am. There's music in Today's Track at 10.55. Hear the satirical comedy Down the List after the news at 11, and Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint at 11:40. Listener feedback rounds off the show up to midday.
Dark Star, written and performed by Barry Saunders from his 2008 album, Zodiac (Ode Records and Mana Music)
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