Sunday Morning for Sunday 4 December 2011
8:12 Insight: Rena Disaster
Tauranga reporter, Lorna Perry, considers the effect the Rena’s collision with the Astrolabe Reef has had on the environment and the economy and asks if the port should have been better prepared to deal with a maritime accident.
Produced by Philippa Tolley.
8:40 Tanya Buchdahl Tintner – Life with Georg
Conductor/composer Georg Tintner lived and breathed music. His long career began at the age of eight, when he was the first Jew to join the Vienna Boys Choir. He left Vienna in 1938 and arrived in Auckland in 1940. His long musical career included the Auckland Choral Society, the Australian Opera, and the Symphony Nova Scotia in Canada. He killed himself in 1999 aged 82. His third wife, Tanya, talks to Chris about life with the irascible Georg, a consummate musician drawing the very best out every ensemble he directed.
Tanya Buchdahl Tintner is the author of the biography ‘Out of Time: The Vexed Life of Georg Tintner’. It's published by UWA Publishing.
Mediawatch looks at why the media might be giving us more details about court cases than the juries end up hearing in the courtrooms; and if the proliferation of political polls in the media affected the election last weekend. Mediawatch also looks at how Labour’s leadership contest has been called a David and Goliath battle – when its really only David against David; and talks to a TV star from the world’s biggest TV broadcaster who doesn’t actually have a TV.
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.
9:40 Laurie Bauer – Killer Languages
In our regular language slot on the first Sunday of each month, Professor Laurie Bauer talks about ‘killer languages’. It’s a label attached to the big colonising languages in the world – languages blamed for the demise of indigenous languages. But is that fair? Laurie thinks the responsibility should be shared.
Laurie Bauer is Professor of Linguistics at Victoria University.
10:06 Robert Ayson – Ruling the Pacific Waves
December 7 marks the 70th anniversary of Japan’s attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii. The event was a huge turning point in the Second World War – and the US has been engaged militarily in the Asia-Pacific region ever since. Last month President Obama announced the US is stepping up its operations in the region, with plans to use Darwin as a new centre for military operations in Asia. Robert talks to Chris about the US history in Asia-Pacific, the rise of new maritime powers in the region, and the security impact of the Darwin decision.
Robert Ayson is Professor of Strategic Studies at Victoria University and directs the Centre for Strategic Studies: New Zealand.
10:45 Hidden Treasures
This week on Hidden Treasures Trevor Reekie uncovers the three-pronged Polish accordion attack of ‘The Motion Trio’; plus new material from Little Axe on UK producer Adrian Sherwood’s On U Sound label which, along with Flying Nun, is also celebrating 30 years in business. No small feat in these challenged times!
Produced by Trevor Reekie
11.05 Ideas: Uncle Scrim
Colin Scrimgeour – or Uncle Scrim, as he was better known – was a broadcaster like none other before or after him. A Methodist minister so feared by the government of the day that it jammed his broadcast before the 1935 election. Chris Whitta explores the life of Uncle Scrim with Bill Renwick, the author of the recently released ‘Scrim: The Man with a Mike’, and historian Tony Simpson.
Produced by Jeremy Rose
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