Sunday Morning for Sunday 25 March 2018
The investigation into Cambridge Analytica is ongoing. It's alleged to have harvested the information of millions of Facebook users and used it to profile and target voters during the US election and Brexit campaigns. There's outrage, but should we be surprised this has happened? Internet NZ Chief Executive Jordan Carter explains the issues.
The University of Auckland School of Music is about to undergo a major restructure that could see five staff members lose their jobs, including one of the school's two professors, Uwe Grodd, an internationally renowned flautist and conductor. Sandra Grey of the Tertiary Education Union discusses.
Celeste Oram works in LA but is a graduate of the University of Auckland Music School and says the planned staffs cuts are shortsighted.
Denise Thornton worked at the James Cook Hotel in Wellington for 44 years. She started on the front desk at the hotel in 1974 and finished off as the Executive Housekeeper on Friday.
7.30 The House
This week our parliamentary programme looks at a week's worth of Question Time when the new opposition front bench got to try out its first jabs at the government.
The Save Our Schools network of Salupungan International in the Philippines says President Rodrigo Duterte is targeting the regions’ indigenous schools of the Mindanao region, Southern Philippines, even threatening to bomb them. Pele Navarro from the Save Our Schools Network is in New Zealand at the invitation of the Philippines Solidarity Network to raise awareness.
He will be speaking in Wellington on 27 March, 5:30pm at St Andrews Conference Theatre,
30 The Terrace. And in Auckland on 28 March, 6pm, Room 316, Stone Lecture Theatre
University of Auckland Law School, 9 Eden Crescent
8:10 Insight: Is NZ ready for Artificial Intelligence?
The warnings about a looming and rapid change in our working lives, due to automation and artificial intelligence, are gaining pace. There have been commissions and working groups, but Philippa Tolley asks are employers, and employees alike, really thinking about what lies ahead and will everyone cope with the change?
A major international study published in the medical journal The Lancet, has found that antidepressant drugs do work. The study aggregated data from 522 trials involving nearly 120,000 patients, and found all 21 drugs analysed were more effective than placebos in treating adults with acute depression. The study's authors claim the results show many more people could benefit from these drugs. Lead author, Associate Professor Andrea Cipriani, honorary consultant psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, explains.
This week a world leader in data journalism warns us about "visual trumpery". And the hype of Barack Obama’s visit. Produced and presented by Colin Peacock
There are now doubts that North Korea's Kim Jong-un will actually meet with US president Donald Trump. Dr Robert Kelly is an associate professor of international relations at Pusan National University in South Korea. He's also the “BBC dad”, whose Skype interview with the BBC was interrupted a year ago by his children. He talks about the likelihood of a liaison between the US and North Korean leader and why North Korea will never give up its nukes.
The career of Nobel prize-winner Professor Richard Thaler blossomed when he realised people do weird things and economists aren't normal. The American economist won the 2017 Nobel prize for his contributions to behavioral economics. He is a Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioural Science and Economics at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. By applying insights from psychological research, Richard Thaler helps us understand people's economic decision-making. His latest book is Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics.
Dr Benjamin Breen is an assistant professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His Res Obscura website features his many writings on all things 17th century, including early modern science, drugs and poisons, even monsters, but also insights into what food might have tasted like in the 17th century, based through his analysis of some of the world’s great paintings. He also has a website dedicated to other strange eating habits of days gone by, including cannibalism.
Nicky Pellegrino’s 10th book - A Year at Hotel Gondola - is out on 27 March. It’s a milestone - a long way from her carpe diem moment involving the late TV broadcaster Angela D’Audney. Pellegrino’s novels have themes of Italian food, feuds, family and love, inspired by memories of Italy where she spent childhood holidays.
Saskia Maarleveld, who grew up in Wellington, knows how to use her voice. She lives in New York where she works as an audiobook narrator, after getting her first job 10 years ago doing a Kiwi accent. Now she’s been nominated as "Best Female Narrator 2018" for the audiobook equivalent of the Oscars - The Audies - for her work on The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.
Raquel Peel is an academic looking at serious issues that touch people's lives. Her PhD research at James Cook University in Townsville is on why people self-sabotage relationships that look to be good ones, with good people.