Friday, July 20, 2012

WRN Program Newsletter

American Public Media
Sunday, July 22 2012: A Prairie Home Companion

Coming up this week on "A Prairie Home Companion", the first of the summer compilation series, a programme devoted to the family vacation. Or more specifically, the family car trip. Joe Ely sings "The Highway Is My Home", Gillian Welch and David Rawlings appear as hitchhikers, The Wailin' Jennys sing "Going Down the Road" and Studs Terkel picks Dusty and Lefty up roadside in The Lives of the Cowboys. Plus, Al Franken and the cautionary tale of Florian and Myrtle Krebsbach and how important it is not to leave your spouse in a gas station convenience mart. In Lake Wobegon, how a trip to the Grand Canyon can change a young person's outlook on life.

In Africa and Europe: 1100 BST / 1200 CET / 1300 CAT

Asia Calling
Sunday, July 22 2012: Asia Calling

This week on "Asia Calling":

Tropical Reefs on the Brink: 85 percent of the world’s coral reefs are under threat, which means thousands of fish species could lose their habitat. One of the biggest threats is cyanide fishing; it catches large numbers of fish but kills the coral. Indonesia exports more fish caught by cyanide fishing than any other country. It’s part of the Coral Triangle, which covers six countries and includes the world’s most diverse reefs and it is crucial to stop the destruction. Experts say action is needed fast. Last week they came together at the International Coral Reef Symposium in Australia to look for solutions. Doddy Rosadi joined them in the northern city of Cairns.

Korea’s Iron Lady for President: South Korea’s Park Geun-hye says she’ll run to become the nation’s first female president in next December’s election, but is this a step forward for the country or a step back? She’s the daughter of the late military dictator President Park Chung-hee. Many credit him with kick-starting Korea’s economic growth in the 1960s, but he also cracked down on civil rights and democratic freedoms. Park still has to win her party’s nomination next month but polling on likely presidential candidates show she’s in the lead. However, some say she’s going to have a tough time winning over progressive voters, and especially young women. Jason Strother reports from Seoul.

Indian Kids on a Tightrope: India has the highest number of child workers in the world, and 60 million of them don’t go to school. India’s Constitution prohibits employing children under 14 years old but many of these kids earn desperately needed income for their families; and almost no child is too young. Jasvinder Sehgal meets 4-year old Arjun Ram, the breadwinner for his family.

Dealing with the Dead in Malaysia: Malaysia’s Malacca state has been a cultural crossroads for centuries. Its strategic location along one of the world’s busiest shipping routes made it a prize for merchants and colonists alike. Cultures from across the world mixed here and remain along with local rituals which include customs and religious beliefs around death. Clarence Chua finds out just how Malaccans deal with their dead.

In North America: 2230 ET / 1930 PT

In Europe: 2100 BST / 2200 CET

In Africa and Asia 1100 UTC / 1300 CET / 1200 CAT

Radio Australia
Saturday, July 21 2012: Radio Australia

"Innovations" is a showcase of Australian design, discoveries, invention, engineering and research skills.

In Europe: 0800 BST / 0900 CET

In Africa and Asia 1730 UTC / 1830 CET / 1930 CAT

Radio Guangdong
Saturday, July 21and Sunday, July 22 2012: Radio Guangdong

Radio Guangdong, established in October 1949, is a leading radio group in south China. Radio Guangdong programmes cover political, economic, social and cultural issues; programmes about Guangdong, programmes about Guangdong people and programmes linking Guangdong with the world.

In this week’s headlines: Banks Loans in Guangdong increase / Guangdong invites private investment for 44 key projects / Guangdong Explores Idea of Establishing Medical Aid System / Tourism Industry Expo to feature more exhibitions

In “My Guangdong”: as the London Olympics is just around the corner, the events in celebration of the games unfold in Guangdong. What events will be held and in what ways has England been showcased to local residents? We talk to Julia Skorupska, Consul for Political and Economic affairs at Guangzhou’s British Consulate to find out.

In North America: Sat 1200 ET / 0900 PT
Sun 2030 ET / 1730 PT

In Africa and the Middle East: Sat 0015 UTC / 0215 CAT
Sat 2045 UTC / 2245 CAT

In Asia and the Pacific: Sat 0015 UTC / 1015 AEDT Sat 2045 UTC / 0745 (Sun) AEDT

In Europe: Sat 2045 BST / 2145 CET

Radio Netherlands
Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22 2012: Radio Netherlands

In "The State We're In", Jonathan Groubert and his team look at current events from an unexpected perspective.

Radio Netherlands broadcast times:
In North America: Sat 0900 ET / 0600 PT
Sun 1800 ET / 1500 PT

In Africa and the Middle East: Sat 0700 UTC / 0900 CAT
Sun 1200 UTC / 1400 CAT

In Asia and the Pacific Sat 0700 UTC / 1700 AEDT
Sun 1200 UTC / 2200 AEDT

In Europe: 1800 BST / 1900 CET

Radio New Zealand International
Saturday, July 21, Sunday, July 22 and Monday, July 23 2012: Radio New Zealand International

RNZI is New Zealand's only shortwave station, broadcasting to the Island nations of the Pacific. Its broadcasts range from Papua New Guinea in the west across to French Polynesia in the east, covering all South Pacific countries in between.

In the headlines this week: The Fiji regime is at loggerheads with its own Constitution Commission / This week's alleged plot to assassinate Fiji's leader is seen as putting a twist on the relationship between New Zealand and Fiji / Controversy around Vanuatu's plans to lure Chinese investors / The quality of water in Tuvalu called catastrophic by a UN investigator / Concern at the money on offer as horse-trading starts following the PNG election / A Tonga media chief denies claims the opposition is being denied access to state radio.

In North America: Mon - Fri 1200 ET / 0900 PT

Sun 1530 ET / 1230 PT

In Africa and the Middle East: 1700 UTC / 1900 CAT

In Asia and the Pacific: 1600 UTC / 0200 AEDT

In Europe: Sun 1400 BST / 1500 CET
Sat 0430 BST / 0530 CET

National Public Radio
Saturday, July 21 2012: NPR "Fresh Air"

"Fresh Air" with Terry Gross, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programmes. Though "Fresh Air" has been categorised as a "talk show", it hardly fits the mould. Its 1994 Peabody Award citation credits "Fresh Air" with "probing questions, revelatory interviews and unusual insights". A variety of top publications count Gross among America's leading interviewers. The show gives interviews as much time as needed, and complements them with comments from well-known critics and commentators.

This week's show is featuring a novelist Colson Whitehead. His novel, "Zone One", is now out in paperback. It's a post-apocalyptic tale of Manhattan crippled by a plague and overrun with zombies. His previous novels include "The Intuitionist" about intrigue in the Department of Elevator Inspectors, and "John Henry Days" about the American folklore figure. It was a finalist for the national Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

In Europe: 1100 BST / 1200 CET

Radio Romania International
Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 2012: Radio Romania International

The RRI's regular feature ”A Challenge for the Future” will focus on the increasing power of the media in Romania, after a recent report on freedom of the press showed alarming flaws in the country’s media channels. In ”Practical Guide” you can learn more about travelling by plane.

Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22 2012: Radio Romania International

This week's "World of Culture" will be discussing famous fountains in Bucharest. Later, the “RRI Encyclopedia” takes a look at Romanian place names on the Moon.

Sunday, July 22 and Monday, July 23 2012: Radio Romania International

"Inside Romania" will take us to Bucharest’s old centre.

Monday, July 23 and Tuesday, July 24 2012: Radio Romania International

"Pro Memoria" is devoted to RRI’s ongoing contest “My cultural Bucharest - From Radio Orchestras to Contemporary Art”. Together with art critic and historian Mihai Oroveanu, the presenters will make an incursion into the history of public monuments in Bucharest.

Tuesday, July 24 and Wednesday, July 25 2012: Radio Romania International

In "Business Club", the team offers a feature on Romanian fisheries.

Wednesday, July 25 and Thursday, July 26 2012: Radio Romania International

"Society Today" examines how the press in Romania reflects sexual minorities.

Thursday, July 26 and Friday, June 27 2012: Radio Romania International

"Traveller's Guide" is also devoted to RRI’s ongoing contest “My cultural Bucharest - From Radio Orchestras to Contemporary Art” and focuses on accommodation in Bucharest. This week, presenting the hotel that will accommodate the winners of this contest.

Radio Romania International broadcast times:

In North America: 0600 ET / 0300 PT
1730 ET / 1430 PT

In Africa and the Middle East: 1130 UTC / 1330 CAT
0430 UTC / 0630 CAT

In Asia and the Pacific: 1130 UTC / 0130 AEDT
0430 UTC / 1830 AEDT

In Europe: Mon - Fri 1400 BST / 1500 CET 2000 BST / 2100 CET

RTE Ireland
Sunday, July 22 2012: RTE Ireland

"Off The Shelf", presented by Andy O'Mahony is RTÉ Radio 1's book programme in which a carefully selected panel of contributors are set loose on one topic or individual.

In North America: 2100 ET / 1800 PT

In Africa and the Middle East: 0230 UTC / 0430 CAT

In Asia and the Pacific: 0230 UTC / 1030 AEDT

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