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Sunday for 5 April 2009

8:12 Insight: Testing Time

Insight explores the decision to change the provider of the community laboratory testing service in Auckland - a move that's been described as a risky experiment. Will the controversial decision jeopardise patient safety and does it have implications for lab services around the country? Health Correspondent Karen Brown investigates.
Produced by Karen Brown.

8:40 Feature interview: Tackling the Global Crisis

New Zealander Ngaire Woods, Professor of International Political Economy at University College, Oxford, is one of the world's leading experts on global economic governance. In the wake of the G20 Summit, she talks to Chris Laidlaw about the failure of financial regulation, how to deal with the threat of another great depression, and the potentially devastating effect on poor countries.
Produced by Christine Cessford

9:05 Mediawatch

Tim Pankhurst is the longest-serving editor of major daily papers, but next week he's stepping down from the top job at Wellington's Dominion Post after seven years - and seven years' editing three other papers before that. This week he tells Mediawatch why he's letting go, and why stuff that wouldn't have been considered news when he started out now fills so much of our newspapers today. Also in the programme, we look at why sponsors and advertisers should be kept at arm's length from the TV news.
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9:30 Feature interview: Governing Auckland

David Shand is a member of the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance. He talks to Chris Laidlaw about the commission's decision that Auckland be governed as one super-city, and what that may mean for the rest of the country.
Produced by Christine Cessford

10:06 The Sunday Group: Trashing the TVNZ Charter

Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman plans to scrap the TVNZ charter which requires it to provide public service broadcasting. Dr Coleman says the charter is a failure and a "meaningless bunch of mission statements" - so now the $15 million in charter funding to TVNZ is going into a contestable fund administered by New Zealand on Air.
Radio New Zealand listeners know that this country already does in fact have a very effective, world class, public service broadcaster. But what about the future of public service television? Why don't we have a fully-funded non-commercial broadcaster like the ABC or the BBC? Do we need one?
To discuss all of this, Chris Laidlaw chairs a panel that includes: media commentator and broadcaster Tom Frewen, television reviewer for the Dominion-Post Linda Burgess, and the chief executive of Mediaworks NZ - which owns TV3 - Brent Impey.
Produced by Christine Cessford

10:40 Hidden Treasures

Each week Trevor Reekie takes you on a trip that seeks out musical gems from niche markets around the globe, the latest re-releases and interesting sounds from the shallow end of the bit stream. This week Trevor digs deep into the history of pop culture to uncover a track recorded by British band, the Yardbirds, in 1967, that in many respects sets the stage for much of what we describe these days as 'world' music.
Produced by Trevor Reekie

10:55 Feedback

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11:05 Ideas: The Forum

This week on Ideas we feature an episode of the BBC's Forum programme which takes a look at the revolutions in sex and science and the transforming power of laughter in the ancient world. The panel is: Austrian-born chemist, author, playwright and 'father of the Contraceptive Pill' Professor Carl Djerassi who discusses the divorce of sex and reproduction in the 21st Century; British Classicist Mary Beard, who tells some ancient Roman jokes as she explores how laughter travels across time and culture; and American scientist Harold Varmus who won a Nobel prize for his work on cancer and is now a scientific advisor to President Obama. He speaks about the revolution he is leading to democratise science and change the way in which scientific ideas are shared. He wants to free the flow of scientific discoveries to make the latest findings accessible to everyone, scientist and non scientist the world over, regardless of their ability to pay.