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In the UK there was a a near-constitutional crisis which has been totally resolved since recording but at the time was a big deal. Also sports are a big deal - too big a deal for satire in any case.
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What's with New Zealand journalism when two reporters get done in by the fuzz? Heather du Plessis-Allan gets a gun, and trouble. Tova O'Brien sneaks cameras into a thing, or whatever, and goes to gaol.
Is Renoir a bad painter? Yes, he's dead.
And would you like LIES with that? A big mac is served with a big whack taken out of it, and nobody's owning up to chomping it.
Hey, Dave was a guest on The Year Of Reading Massively episodes 8 parts 1 and 2, and it was a blast.
You can't go two minutes these days without running smack into bitter intergenerational warfare, can you?
And now; Sport: We do our very best to understand the current scandal rocking the cricket world. We try to understand the hoopla and horror around the Rugby World Cup. Sports journalism vs politics journalism - which is better? (Trick question).
And in literature news: Slater's got a new book out about unions. His next book probably won't be PR tips.
PS: I've re-uploaded the previous episode with fixed audio if that was bothering you. Who knows what we're doing.
Bill English stumbled over a surplus, accidentally fulfilling a promise he's made now for several years - but at what cost. Talks of the state pushing contraception and the concept of click-bait government - do they actually mean any of it? CYF reform gets passed out wide to Paula Rebstock. And Dan encounters a mattress.
Hello - right before you get stuck into this I think you aught to be aware that the top of this discussion spends some time on sexual violence, in particular violence against trans women being held in male correctional facilities.
Please read http://noprideinprisons.org.nz
A note from Dave: in this I misspoke and said "it could have been anyone" when discussing the sexual violence experienced by a trans women incarcerated in a male prison. What I meant to convey by that is that the double-bunking of prisoners is a catalyst and multiplier of violence and risk for all incarcerated people. However this particular violence experienced by this trans women could not have happened to anybody - it is a violence faced exclusively by incarcerated trans women as a result of a confluence of shitty policies and inaction. Hopefully the wider point is made in the rest of the discussion around it but that line I used has been bugging me since I said it - it is incorrect.
In more a more light-hearted, light-headed vein: Dan went to the gym and you'll never guess what happened next.
Serious and horrific goings on in the middle east theatre of war. Is history repeating as Cold War players line up for a rematch? The history of the nuclear deterrent and the horrid little mistakes which got us here.
The TPPA, at time of recording, has yet to be finalised. What will it look like? Are we all going to be paying $700 a pill while pouring milk out into the sink?