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Pop CultureSeptember 5, 2020

Alice Snedden’s Bad News: The Omnibus


From the rights of migrant sex workers to the euthanasia debate, the eight new episodes of Alice Snedden’s Bad News have wrestled with some of the most confusing and contentious political and social issues confronting Aotearoa in 2020. Catch up on the full season here.

Episode One – Migrant Sex Workers

Sex work is decriminalised in NZ, unless you’re a migrant worker. In this episode Alice visits a brothel for business and pleasure and asks why this discriminatory law hasn’t been changed. Featuring Madam Mary, Dame Catherine Healey, Hannah (not their rela name) and Iain Lees-Galloway.

Episode Two – Terfs

What is a Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist and why are they so mad about periods? In this episode Alice heads to Wellington to find out. Featuring Georgina Beyer and Caitlin Spice.

Episode Three – Healthcare Inequity

Why do Māori live on average seven years less than Pākehā? Alice delves into the health system and asks if more money should be spent on Māori health and less on her digestive system. Featuring Kirimoana Willoughby, Sariah Witika, Dr Heather Came, Janell Dymus-Kurei and Pat Snedden.

Episode Four – Churches and Charity

Should God pay tax? Alice asks this and many more hard-hitting questions as she attempts to finally separate church and state once and for all. Featuring Eli Mathewson, Chris Bethwaite, Andrea Black and a lot of Weet-Bix.

Episode Five – Women’s Bodies

Why are we so scared of breasts? In this episode, Alice attempts to change the minds of viewers using exposure therapy and living out her soap opera fantasies. Featuring Steve Crow, Fiona McNamara, Erica Brooks, Maxine Fleming and Jess Joy Wood.

Episode Six – Euthanasia

Should we have the right to choose the circumstances of our death, or is it just too complicated to sort out? In this episode, Alice confronts her fear of death and admits she may not be immortal after all. Featuring Brynley Stent, Claire Freeman, Josephine Ayers, Te Hurinui Karaka Clarke, Bobbie Carroll and David Seymour.

Episode Seven – Prisoner Voting Rights

In this episode Alice explores why the right to vote is still denied to people serving prison sentences longer than three years, and discovers a charity single isn’t always the answer.  Featuring Awatea Mita, Mark Mitchell, Julia Whaipooti, Tania Mead and Two Hearts.

Episode Eight – Treaty Partnership

In the final episode of the season, Alice is joined by co-host Kura Forrester to examine just how racist New Zealand is and why Pākehā just can’t seem to get it together and honour the Treaty. Featuring Hone Harawira, Dame Susan Devoy, Pat Snedden, Janell Dymus-Kurei, Dr Heather Came and Julia Whaipooti.

Alice Snedden’s Bad News was commissioned by RNZ and made possible by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund.

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