Sunday Morning for Sunday 23 March 2014
8:12 Insight Asking for Help – Mental Health in NZ
New Zealand is still struggling to reduce one of the highest youth suicide rates in the developed world. In addition, the overall suicide rate has been relatively static for many years. The Chief Coroner has identified youth suicide and that of the elderly as particular areas of concern. Megan Whelan from The Wireless asks if more can be done to help people with mental health issues? How easy is the system to navigate, particularly for people who already have a range of needs?
Produced by Philippa Tolley.
If you would like to speak to someone for support Lifeline – 0800 543 354 or (09) 5222 999 within Auckland; Samaritans – 0800 726 666 (for callers from the Lower North Island, Christchurch and West Coast) or 0800 211 211; or Youthline - 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email email@example.com
8:40 Alexander McCall Smith – Auden’s Guide to Life
Alexander McCall Smith thinks the poet W. H. Auden provides a great guide to living a good life. He talks to Finlay about Auden, 15 years of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, his latest book, The Forever Girl, and about his relation, Dr George McCall Smith, who set up New Zealand’s first free health service – in the Hokianga.
Alexander McCall Smith is speaking at the Auckland Writers Festival in May.
Mediawatch looks at the coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, and how Cyclone Lusi failed to impress many in the media this past week. Also: A Maori TV scoop strikes again; what happened when scary Mary met angry Andy; and how a beautiful blonde, Armageddon and one misunderstood insult all attracted attention to otherwise unremarkable stories this past week.
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.
9:40 Anu Kultalahti – The Death of Cao Shunli
Cao Shunli was a Chinese human rights activist who died last week after falling critically ill in police detention. The news of her death came soon after the start of a session in Geneva of the UN Human Rights Council, a body to which China was elected amid controversy last November. China said Cao Shunli’s legal rights had been respected, but her family claims she was denied timely medical attention.
Anu Kultalahti is China Researcher at Amnesty International in Hong Kong.
10:06 Freedom to Broadcast Hate
As the Middle East continues to be torn by war, sectarian violence and a backlash against the Arab Spring, the BBC World Service investigates the television channels that are accused of spreading hatred and intolerance.
Since the beginning of the Arab Spring in early 2011, the Middle East has experienced a proliferation of new TV channels keen to spread religious and political messages to audiences. There are new media stars, TV evangelists and religious leaders. But there is also a darker side – some broadcasts have been described as openly sectarian, provocative and even blasphemous.
In Freedom to Broadcast Hate, the BBC visits two countries where this kind of broadcasting is prolific – Iraq and Egypt – and tries to uncover the reasons behind it, and the possible consequences.
This programme forms part of the BBC World Service Freedom 2014 season.
10:35 Europe’s Troublemakers
Another feature of the BBC’s Freedom 2014 season is a look at some of Europe’s Troublemakers – profiles of controversial Europeans who are stirrers to some and heroes to others. Today's troublemaker can be identified by his red hat. He's Christian Troadec, the mayor of Carhaix in North West France, where a simple red woollen hat or 'bonnet rouge' is a symbol of revolt against central government taxes. The BBC's Lucy Ash travelled to Brittany – an agricultural region with its own rich history of cultural independence – to meet the defiant mayor leading the resistance.
11:05 Down the List
Satire. Accusations of financial impropriety at Te Kohanga Reo National Trust have forced the minister concerned, Hekia ‘u-turn’ Parata, to call in the Serious Fraud Office.
Down the List is written by Dave Armstrong and produced by Adam Macaulay and Duncan Smith from the RNZ Drama Department.
11:12 Rosemary Foot – Tension in the Asia-Pacific Region
As we mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, parallels are being drawn between the tensions on the eve of that conflict and the atmosphere and conditions prevailing in parts of the Asia-Pacific today. Professor Foot talks to Finlay about some of the arguments that have caused those parallels to be made, and what is generating tension in our part of the world.
Rosemary Foot is Professor of International Relations and the Sir John Swire Senior Research Fellow in the International Relations of East Asia, St Antony's College, University of Oxford. She also holds the Sir Howard Kippenberger Visiting Chair at Victoria University and will deliver the annual Kippenberger public lecture next week in Wellington.
For enquiries about the lecture, contact the Centre for Strategic Studies, Victoria University: firstname.lastname@example.org
11:40 Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint
With many Americans registering for Obamacare before this year’s cutoff point at the end of the month, Wayne takes a timely look at this most enigmatic of US presidents. Finlay follows up with US social critic, Professor Robert Jensen.