7:08 Minimum Wage: How High is too High?

Eric Crampton, Laila Harre and Prof Tim Hazledine

Eric Crampton, Laila Harre and Prof Tim Hazledine Photo: supplied

This week saw the minimum wage increase by 50 cents to $15.25. Those who argue against significant increases to the minimum wage claim it will price some of the most vulnerable workers out of jobs. But does the evidence back that up? Laila Harre is a former associate minister of labour and the owner of Ika Seafood Bar and Grill - a living wage employer; Tim Hazledine is professor of economics at the University of Auckland, and economist Eric Crampton is the head of research at the  New Zealand Initiative - a business funded think tank.

7:30 News headlines

7:32 The Week in Parliament

Ebonie Rio

Ebonie Rio Photo: Supplied

7:47 Ebonie Rio - Pain in the Knee

Knee pain is common and persistent for many people. Dr Ebonie Rio is lead researcher at the Monash University Tendon Research Group which has developed a medication and injection-free exercise that can eliminate knee tendon pain.

8:12 Insight: Trade -the European Bull or the Dragon?

New Zealand is increasingly focused on trade with the fast growing Asia-Pacific region. But are there dangers with too narrow a scope? The Government is encouraging business to pursue opportunities in the region, fuelled by free trade deals with China and Korea, and the prospect of greater access to the US and Japan markets. What about the 20-trillion dollar European economy, home to half a billion people? Patrick O'Meara investigates the focus for the future.
Produced by Phillipa Tolley

8:40 Marcus Wilson - Tracking Islamic State's bombs

IEDs captured from Islamic State

IEDs captured from Islamic State Photo: Conflict Armaments Research

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are the signature weapon of Islamic State and, according to a new investigation, ISIS is building them on a quasi-industrial scale. Marcus Wilson is the managing director of Conflict Armaments Research - a private organisation which researches the origin of weapons in conflict zones. They've just released a new report revealing where the components ISIS uses to make its IEDs are coming from.

9:06 Mediawatch

Current affairs programmes which vanished from national networks are now reappearing online. Could this loosen the broadcasters' stranglehold on public funding? Also: Mixed messages on electric cars, and coverage of Syrian refugees' resettlement.
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9:40 Karoline Kan - A Second Child in One-child China

Karoline Kan was born against the odds. The second child in her family, she was born in the 1980s - just as restrictions imposed to support China's one child policy were reaching their height. Now she's written an article for Foreign Policy revealing what life was like knowing her very existence was supposedly prohibited by the state.

10:06 Saru Jayaraman - History of Tipping

Saru Jayaraman

Saru Jayaraman Photo: Supplied

Tipping - a practice that encourages good service, or a hangover from slavery? American food advocate Saru Jayaraman joins Wallace to explain the dark history of tipping and why she wants to see an end to the practice which, she says, encourages employers not to pay their staff minimum wages.

Uta Plate

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10:30 Uta Plate - Prison Drama

German theatre practitioner Uta Plate has been running workshops and devising plays with prisoners, refugees and young people for the last 20 years. She's worked in New Zealand before and she's been back in the past few weeks, presenting at forums to highlight the role of theatre and creativity in prisons. She talks to Wallace at the end of a nine-day workshop for women in the Drug Treatment Unit at Arohata Prison.

 

 

 

11:05 Peter Gilderdale- Our Postcard Past

Postcard historian Peter Gilderdale joins Wallace to talk about New Zealanders' love affair with postcards, from the very early days where postcards functioned as the Twitter of the day to their decline after World War Two. It's a fascinating history, and one that he says will be lost if we don't take care to preserve it.

 

11:30 Black Cracker - Transgender MC

Black Cracker

Black Cracker Photo: Wallace Chapman/RNZ

It's hard to define American hip hop artist, Black Cracker. He has been named as one of the top 10 most influential transgender artists in the US. He's in New Zealand for the 30th anniversary of the 1986 Homosexual Law Reform Bill and he joins Wallace to talk about his collaboration with New Zealand musicians around this historic event.

11:46 Sir Tom Jones - Still On Song

For half a century, Sir Tom Jones has been belting out the classics with his distinctive voice - winning him fans from all ages all around the globe. He's in New Zealand this month to play a show in Auckland and he joins Wallace to talk about his influences, his voice and why he could have ended up as glove maker in his home country of Wales.

Tom Jones

Tom Jones Photo: AFP

 

 

 

Music played in this show

Artist:Bonnie Raitt

Song: I knew

Composer: Bonnie Raitt

Album: Dig in Deep

Label: Warner Music

Broadcast Time: 8:38

 

Artist: Mavis Staples

Song: High Note

Composer: Mavis Staples

Album: Livin' on a High Note

Label: Warner Music

Broadcast Time: 9:37

 

Artist:Tom Jones

Song: Don't Knock

Composer: Tom Jones

Album: Praise and Blame

Label:  Island Records

Broadcast Time: 10:24

 

Artist: Black Cracker

Song: Clouds

Composer: Black Cracker

Album: Tears of a Clown

Label:  Hinterhaus

Broadcast Time: 11:27

 

Artist: Tom Jones

Song: Kiss

Composer: HAVEN GILLESPIE, LIONEL NEWMAN

Album: Tom Jones Kiss

Label:  Emporio

Broadcast Time: 11:46