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8:12 Insight Education Solving Society’s Ills?

The three main political parties, National, Labour and the Greens, started the year with major education announcements. Their attention put the early childhood and school sectors in the political spotlight. But are they beginning to expect too much from education? Radio New Zealand’s Education Correspondent, John Gerritsen, investigates how much social and economic change the education sector can deliver, and how schools are coping with the demands being placed upon them.
Produced by Philippa Tolley.

8:40 Billy Bragg – Heart of Man

UK folk singer and political activist Billy Bragg is headed to New Zealand next month. He talks to Richard about how the death of his mother saw him back in the recording studio for his latest album, Tooth and Nail; what it means to be a man in 2014; and marking 100 years since the start of the First World War with a call for peace.
Billy Bragg is playing in Wellington on March 23 and Auckland on March 25.

Billy Bragg

9:06 Mediawatch

Mediawatch looks at significant changes announced for some of Radio New Zealand National’s key programmes - and asks the man at the top what it all means for RNZ's future. Also: How one Australian criminal overseas hogged headlines here; how plumbing, paving and light bulbs overshadowed the Winter Olympics; and how some recent social media activity drew an anti-social response from media people.
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9:40 Zoe George – From the Outfield

Sunday Morning’s sports commentator Zoe George casts a critical eye over the proposed Basin Reserve flyover, the Halberg Awards, and the sometimes ugly relationship between alcohol and sport.
Zoe George blogs for The Wireless at ‘Fair Game’. She is a former international cricket administrator and is working towards a Masters in Sport and Exercise.

10:06 Thailand’s Slave Fishermen

It has one of the largest fishing fleets in the world and much of the catch from Thailand’s fishing boats ends up on Japanese, European and American plates. Yet the industry stands accused of profiting from slave labour. As part of the BBC’s Freedom 2014 season, Becky Palmstrom investigates this tale of modern day slavery. 

11:05 Down the List

Government moves to cancel the passports of NZ citizens traveling to Syria to assist in the fight to topple Bashar al-Assad raise many questions.
Down the List is written by Dave Armstrong and produced by Adam Macaulay and Duncan Smith from the RNZ Drama Department.

11:12 Ocean Ramsey – Shark Whisperer

Hawaiian-born Ocean Ramsey is a marine conservationist, free-diver, and an expert on sharks. She is in New Zealand to explore our sea-life, meet some of the underwater locals, and speak out against shark finning. 

11:40 Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint

The present controversy over the UK’s sale of Royal Mail further blurs the distinction between private companies, and public institutions that look more and more like their commercial counterparts. Wayne looks at the proliferation of strap-lines and slogans everywhere, including some inappropriate places. Richard follows up with social critic Tony Watkins.

Music played in this show

Artist:  Billy Bragg
Song:  Handyman Blues
Composer: Bragg
Album: Tooth and Nail
Label: Cooking Vinyl
Broadcast Time:  8.35

Artist: Look Blue Go Purple
Song: As the Sun Goes Down
Composer: O'Mally, Bull, Webster, Paris, Roughan
Album: Go Purple Compilation
Label: Flying Nunn
Broadcast Time: 9:42

Artist: Martin Phillipps and the Chills
Song: As Far As I Can See
Composer: Phillipps
Album: Sunburt
Label: Flying Nunn
Broadcast Time: 10:56

Artist: Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Song: Swim and Sleep
Album: Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Label: Jagjaguwar
Broadcast Time: 11:12

Artist: SJD
Song: Beautiful Haze
Composer: Sean Donnelly
Album: Songs from a Dictaphone
Label: Round Trip Mars
Broadcast Time: 11:35

Artist: Gold Neon Noon
Song: The Cakekitchen
Composer: Jefferies, Acher, Heilrath
Album: How Can You Be So Blind?
Label: Hausmusik
Broadcast Time: 11:53