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12:00 bNews with Will. Weather (bad) and Surf (cold) with Noelle.
12:15 Nigel Parsons
Iran has just been through the first round of elections that produced no clear winner in the race for the Presidency. However, most of the candidates were disqualified from running and power still remains in the hands of the supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei. Nigel Parsons from Massey University Palmerston North is on the line to discuss what kind of democracy Iran has and what kind of is choice is being offered.
12:30 Hon. Chris Carter
Conservation Minister Chris Carter is in South Korea for the meeting of the International Whaling Commission. Japan is pushing for a resumption of commercial whaling, which New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom are opposing. Those countries opposing whaling won the first victory in preventing a secret ballot for the commissions voting. This allows transparency, as Japan has been widely accused of bribing small third world nations with aid in return for their support at the commission. Chris Carter is on the phone from South Korea at 12:30.
12:50 Gemma Gracewood
Former b stalwart Gemma Gracewood is now the producer of TV1’s late night art show Front Seat. She thought she had an interview with elusive New Zealand artist Et Al all sown up. That was until the artist refused to do an on camera interview and failed to respond to email questions after she said she would. She’ll be on the phone to talk about her experiences with the evasive artist.
1:00 Chris the Druid
We here at bFM like to keep an open mind about most things. We’re not really tied to any musical genre, political party or cheesecake brand. When it comes to religion we’re no less entrenched in our ways. So we thought it’s nearly time for the winter solstice, why don’t we get some pagans in and have a chat about the shortest day. We checked out the yellow pages and under the heading of Druids, Mages and Miscellaneous Magic Folk we found Chris the Druid from Devonport. He’ll be getting supernatural in the studio at 1pm.
1:15 Jim Headley.
The EU seems to be in real trouble, first with the failed referendum in France on the constitution and now the spat over the UK tax rebate. To give us an insight in what is going on is our old mate Dr Jim Headley from the University of Otago. He’ll be on the phone at 1:15.
1:30 Green Desk with Green Dean
Dean is calling in from the new Rainbow Warrior and is going to be having a chat about the 20 anniversary of the bombing of the old Rainbow Warrior.