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Sunday for 7 February 2010

8:12 Insight: Racism

Insight asks whether the controversy stirred up recently by Hone Harawira's racially charged email reveals that a deep vein of racism is alive and well in New Zealand.
Written and presented by Richard Pamatatau
Produced by Sue Ingram

8:40 Ian Hughes - sea shanties

Ian Hughes was inspired by the true story of how his parents fell in love when he wrote Ship Songs. He's performing the show, which weaves together three sea-going stories and features the music of Don McGlashan, at the New Zealand International Arts Festival next month.

9:06 Mediawatch

In Mediawatch this week: The Apple I-Pad, TV in HD . . . and even 3D. Can these much-hyped innovations really revive the modern media, as those who market them would have us believe? Or will they make the media's job even harder while their makers make more money? Mediawatch also looks at how the loose use of email can make the news these days; and what was the outcome from all that anguish over those controversial photos of Willie Apiata?
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9:45 Dianne Bardsley - Dictionaries and death notices

Dr Dianne Bardsley is a lexicographer and director of the New Zealand Dictionary Centre. She talks to Chris about finding new words, and what death notices reveal about our culture.
Sunday Morning will feature a language expert from Victoria University in this slot on the first Sunday of each month.

10:06 Margaret MacMillan - Using and abusing history

Historian, Professor Margaret MacMillan says that history can be helpful in making sense of the world we live in, but it can also be manipulated. She talks to Chris about how dangerous history can be when it's used by nationalistic, religious or ethnic leaders to foster a sense of grievance and a desire for revenge.
The Uses and Abuses of History by Margaret MacMillan is published by Allen & Unwin.

10:45 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 up some Polish folk music given a contemporary work-over, and celebrates the work of the late Willie Mitchell who produced soul legends like Ann Peebles and Al Green - who recently played a sold-out show in Auckland.
Produced by Trevor Reekie

11.05 Ideas: The Forum

The second part of our look at water has been postponed. In its place we have an edition of the BBC discussion programme The Forum.

Guests on this week's programme are:

Sarah Hough
After the devastation of the earthquake in Haiti, which city or country might be next? The bad news: predicting catastrophes like this is still beyond the means of modern science according to American earthquake authority Susan Hough. She tells The Forum about what triggers earthquakes and the latest research into warning signs.

David Adjaye
British Ghanaian architect David Adjaye describes the unique quality of many African cities, founded at the heart of African empires rather than on trade and industry. He looks at ways of challenging the boundaries between inside and outside, bringing nature closer to our homes.

Sara Wheeler
Polar explorer Sara Wheeler was the first female writer in residence in the Antarctic. She contrasts this polar extreme with her journeys around the northern wastes of the Arctic Circle which she sees as the perfect metaphor for middle age.

Presented by Bridget Kendall
Produced by BBC World Service

11.55 Feedback

What you, the listeners, say on the ideas and issues that have appeared in the programme.