Sunday Morning for Sunday 12 February 2012
8:12 Insight: China, the US, and New Zealand
Economics correspondent Nigel Stirling looks at how NZ navigates its relationships between US and China, especially as it negotiates the Trans Pacific Partnership with Washington.
Produced by Philippa Tolley.
8:40 Robert Proctor – The Cigarette Catastrophe
Robert Proctor has studied thousands of formerly secret documents from the cigarette industry to explore how cigarettes became the most widely-used drug on Earth, selling six trillion each year. He reveals how the industry kept secret the information on health implications of smoking, and makes a strong case for a ban on the manufacture and sale of cigarettes.
Robert Proctor is Professor of the History of Science at Stanford University. His book, Golden Holocaust – Origins of the cigarette catastrophe and the case for abolition, is published by the University of California Press.
Economics and inequality is on the news agenda in New Zealand – but who’s shaping the debate about it in our media? Mediawatch also looks at the revival of two recent rows about politics and broadcasting; how a much-loved All Black ended up in a media breastfeeding frenzy; and how one misreported comment in New Plymouth ended up in the news around the world.
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.
9:40 Bryony Lavery – Boxing Clever
Playwright Bryony Lavery taps the dark side of human nature in her work and claims her specialty subjects are grief, sex, death and anger. She talks to Chris about writing and what she calls her glorious discovery of boxing as she researched for the play, Beautiful Burnout, a piece of physical theatre coming to New Zealand.
Beautiful Burnout is a joint production of the National Theatre of Scotland and Frantic Assembly. It is on at the International Arts Festival in Wellington and opens on March 3.
9.50 Haiku – Listeners’ poetry
Chris reads out listeners’ haiku. This week’s theme is skinny dipping.
10:06 Steve Rayner – Climate Change Fix
Steve Rayner says trying to get international agreement on climate change is the wrong way to go. Instead he advocates massive research and development spending to tackle the problem and its effects on humanity. Steve also talks to Chris about his ideas for geo-engineering – the deliberate, large-scale intervention in the Earth’s natural systems to address climate change.
Steve Rayner is James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization at Oxford University's Saïd Business School.
10:45 Hidden Treasures
Trevor Reekie showcases a local artist from a well-known musical family who has just won a RIANZ Tui Award; as well as a track from an Indian classical musician who is soon to visit Womad.
Produced by Trevor Reekie
11.05 Ideas: Employee-owned businesses
Britain’s deputy prime minister Nick Clegg recently called for the creation of a “John Lewis economy” and he’s far from the first politician to praise the ownership structure of the John Lewis department store. Peter Cox, the author of Speden’s Partnership: The Story of John Lewis and Waitrose, tells Jeremy Rose about the company owned by its 75,000 employees; and Chris Laidlaw talks to Keith Orr, a manager of Golden Bay’s Tui Bee Balm worker cooperative; and Richard Aitken the chief of executive of BECA – New Zealand’s largest employee-owned business.
Presented by Chris Laidlaw
Produced by Jeremy Rose
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