95bFM: The Wednesday Wire with Paul Deady 13/08/08
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1220 – Nuclear Diplomacy in Little Old NZ.
A bit of a slow news week this one, but one story which did slip in fairly unannounced was a NZ visit by India's top diplomat. The reason he's here is to lobby our government to support its pending nuclear deal with the United States. See, NZ is part of the Nuclear Suppliers Group and we're refusing to sign off on the deal because India hasn't signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. India, for its part, wants a waiver from this rule. At 1220 Mayra Gomez, programme officer with a group called The Parliamentary Network for Nuclear Disarmament will be on the line to look at why NZ matters in this instance, and whether the heavy diplomatic leaning by India and the US will likely change our stance.
1240 – Catholic voting guidelines
At 1240 I'll be speaking with someone from the Catholic Church – either Bishop Pat Dunn, or church spokesperson Lindsay Freer. You may have heard Mike this morning talking about a statement from NZ's Catholic Bishops which sets out to morally guide parishioners this election. I'm keen to know whether they value the intelligence of NZ Catholics, and why, when they say they're not trying to guide anyone's vote, the statement has appeared at this crucial pre-election stage.
1300 – The Price of Life In Suburbia, Karen Remetis
At one I'll be talking to Karen Remetis from the Towncentre Development Group. She's taking part in a public forum, tonight at the Auckland University called "The Price Of Life In Suburbia" which looks at the impacts and consequences of sprawl and unlimited growth. Karen's focus is sustainability, certainly a buzz-word these days, but a concept she says is being put on the back-burner due to a lack of governance, and the exclusion of local economies. At the forum there'll also be a screening of the doco "Wal-Mart: The High Price for Low Cost" so if you're keen to head along, send an email to nexus.sustainability[at]gmail.com
1320 – Counterclockwise
The nefarious Kevin List from scoop joins me for counterclockwise at twenty past one, where he'll hit back at claims from political historian Michael Bassett that he insinuates himself into rooms where he is not welcome, and then proceeds to rave inarticulately. He'll also answer the HARD question that's been running the Wellington rumour mill this week - was it was HE who leaked the National Party cocktail tapes? And some other bits and pieces too...
1340 – Book She Read
And rounding out the show at one forty today with Sally's triumphant return for Book She Read – our semi-regular literary supplement on the Wire. Today Sally will be having a look at the long-list for the Man Booker Prize, giving a eulogy for Russian literary giant Alexander Solzhynitsyn, and perhaps taking a wee dip into the murky waters of paperless books.