Sunday Morning for Sunday 26 June 2011
8:12 Insight: Winning the Rugby World Cup
It has been 24 years since the All Blacks last won the Rugby World Cup. Will hosting the event give a homefield advantage – or just increase the pressure? Insight considers how the All Blacks will fare.
Written and presented by Barry Guy.
Produced by Philippa Tolley.
8:40 Sharan Burrow – World Union Boss
Sharan is General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, which represents the interests of working people around the world. Born in New South Wales, her family was heavily involved in the union movement – and Sharan worked her way up through teachers’ unions to become head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions. She’s now based in Brussels but has been visiting home – and she talks to Chris about the challenges facing workers in the global economic crisis, issues around the Arab Spring, and union responses to austerity measures.
In Mediawatch this week – what’s the future for public television under a government which says you don’t really need a public broadcaster any more to put it on the screen? This week, programme-makers, academics and politicians gathered to talk about that question, and Mediawatch asks if they came up with any answers. Mediawatch also looks the media's handling of Alasdair Thompson's controversial comments about women at work; and should you trust media reports on a survey all about trustworthiness?
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.
9:40 Vaughan Turekian – Science Diplomacy
Vaughan is director of the US Center for Science Diplomacy, and is in New Zealand for the University of Otago’s annual Foreign Policy School. Science diplomacy is about scientific co-operation between countries and how it contributes to foreign policy. Vaughan talks to Chris about science diplomacy’s role in resolving world issues ranging from global warming to international terrorism.
10:06 Ray Columbus – Modfather
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'. The book title refers to the 1964 smash hit by Ray Columbus and the Invaders, 'She's a Mod'. Ray created a dance, 'Mod's Nod', and became known as the Mod Father. He talks to Chris about starting his career in Christchurch in 1959 when he was just 17. Three years later he was rocking Auckland with the Invaders. A generation ago, young Kiwis tuned in to Ray's TV shows including 'C’Mon', 'Happen Inn', and Sing'. In this interview, Ray shares the highs and lows of more than four decades in the music industry.
Ray Columbus’s biography The Modfather – The Life and Times of a Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer, is out next week and is published by Penguin.
10:45 Hidden Treasures
This week Trevor Reekie pays tribute to the late Gil Scott Heron as well as digging up tracks from both the Yoots and the Yas Yas Girl.
Produced by Trevor Reekie
11.05 Ideas: Professor James Belich
Professor James Belich was, until recently, best known for his revisionist histories of the New Zealand wars and his two-volume history of New Zealand. But his latest work, ‘Replenishing the Earth’, took on a much larger canvas –subtitled, as it was, ‘the settler revolution and the rise of the Anglo world’. And no doubt it is in large part due to that work that he has been appointed the Beit Professor of Commonwealth, Imperial and Global history at Oxford University. Ideas talks to James Belich about his life, influences and what he hopes to achieve in the future.
Presented by Chris Laidlaw
Produced by Jeremy Rose
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