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Preview: Nine To Noon with Kathryn Ryan

RNZ: Nine To Noon

From nine to noon every weekday, Kathryn Ryan talks to the people driving the news - in New Zealand and around the world. Delve beneath the headlines to find out the real story, listen to Nine to Noon's expert commentators and reviewers and catch up with


The cost of construction materials

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:09:00 +1300

Reducing the cost of building materials is one big way to make housing more affordable - but how can it be done? Nine to Noon speaks to Tony Sewell, the chair of Business New Zealand, and Dean Kimpton, the Chief Operating Officer at Auckland Council.

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TV Review with Lara Strongman

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:45:00 +1300

Lara Strongman watches clay dry in The Great Pottery Throw Down and gets immersed in the Aussie noir of crime show Jack Irish.

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Parenting all or nothing kids

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:25:00 +1300

Christchurch psychologist Mike McKinney on parenting all or nothing kids. Sometimes it's the parents expectations that cause problems.

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New technology with Mark Pesce

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:09:00 +1300

New technology with Mark Pesce who is discussing the release of Google's Daydream VR - which turns android devices into VR headsets - and Sony's upcoming release of the Playstation VR (PSVR).

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Book review - Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:33:00 +1300

Reviewed by Charlotte Graham, published by Penguin Random House.

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Kai Lightner: teenage climbing champion

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:09:00 +1300

Kathryn Ryan talks to Kai Lightner a 17 year old from Fayettville North Carolina who's been out climbing some of the world's best adult rock climbers since he was 15 years old. What's more his mum, Connie, insists he keep up a straight A record at highschool.

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UK correspondent Jon Dennis

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:46:00 +1300

Jon Dennis on the turmoil in the British Labour Party following Jeremy Corbyn's divisive re-selection as leader and accusations Theresa May is "lily livered" over immigration and a reluctant remainer.

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Farmers fed up with poaching

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:39:00 +1300

Rick Powdrell is Federated Farmers spokesperson for rural security. He says farmers have had a gutsful of poachers - and feels the judiciary goes to light on offenders who are caught.

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Massive overhaul of tertiary education recommended

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:09:00 +1300

The Productivity Commission has just released a report saying government regulations grant local monopolies to existing education providers and creates cartel structures. It's recommending interest be reintroduced on student loans and university entrance is scrapped. It also suggest breaking up the pool of money given to the sector and allocate it to students instead. Nine to Noon speaks to the Productivity Commission's Murray Sherwin and Universities New Zealand's Chris Whelan.

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Legal commentator Simon Jefferson

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:47:00 +1300

Simon discusses the state of Family Law in New Zealand.

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Charlotte Ryan's artist of the week

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:30:00 +1300

Charlotte Ryan features the music of the Troggs.

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Welsh rugby referee Nigel Owens

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:08:00 +1300

Welshman Nigel Owens is one of the highest-ranked & most respected refs in rugby union. He talks to Kathryn Ryan about officiating at the last year's Rugby World Cup final, being openly gay and his off-field career as an entertainer. He's coming to New Zealand next month for an in conversation event presented by Auckland Writers Festival.

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Anti-fashion fashionista Dee Goldberg

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:25:00 +1300

Kathryn Ryan talks to Melbourne's Dee Goldberg about her wearable creations which are always colourful, interesting and above all - humorous. She says she came late - in her forties - to the idea of having much more fun with clothing and it all started when her husband said to her when they were in a shopping mall "Why don't you buy yourself a little hat?"

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Book review - Nutshell

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:12:00 +1300

Today's book is Nutshell by Ian McEwan. Reviewed by Laura Caygill, published by Penguin Random House.

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Australia correspondent Karen Middleton

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:48:00 +1300

Karen Middleton on the stalemate over a plebiscite on legalising same-sex marriage in Australia, the PM's struggle in the polls, spring floods and a shark attack.

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Study: NZ maternity system needs improvement

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:35:00 +1300

Ministry of Health chief advisor for Child and Youth Health, Dr Pat Tuohy responds to the new Otago University study looking at more than 240,000 births, showing that babies are more at risk during birth if a midwife, rather than a doctor is in charge.

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Mother continues push to make cycling on footpath legal for kids

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:29:00 +1300

A Lower Hutt mother and cycling enthusiast is a step closer to getting a law change allowing people - especially children - to ride on the footpath. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Jo Clendon who successfully petitioned Parliament's Transport and Industrial Relations Committee to look into the matter and it's now asking the public for submissions on the matter.

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Breaking down the debate

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:09:00 +1300

Republican strategist, Brad Blakeman and Democratic strategist, David Goodfriend discuss the outcome of yesterday's US Presidential debate.

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:44:00 +1300

Media matters with Gavin Ellis including a look at the changes to NZ on Air funding in the changed media landscape.

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Five generations of fruit farming in Central Otago

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:21:00 +1300

The Hinton family has diversified their agricultural and horticultural operation on land that's been in the family since 1910. Their Central Otago orchard produces a variety of stonefruit, and over the years a dairy farm and a vineyard has been added to the portfolio. Nigel Hinton and his son Howie from Earnscleugh, on their growing business.

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:07:00 +1300

Rod Oram on Fonterra's results, in particular its dearth of information on its crucially important investments in China. And the travails of Veritas, the company that owns the Mad Butcher and Nosh chains.

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US Correspondent Susan Milligan

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:31:00 +1300

Susan Milligan looks ahead to the first Clinton-Trump TV debate.

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Transhuman after all

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:07:00 +1300

Kathryn Ryan speaks to Ramez Naam, an award-winning author, futurist and computer scientist who contemplates a world where humans and our use of technology are significantly enhanced. His fiction and non-fiction writing explores the impact of technology for enhancing humans and how it can change the world. He's coming to the Singularity U New Zealand Summit in Christchurch in November to talk about energy and industrial advances.

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The story of the Hauraki Gulf

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:36:00 +1300

Concerns about the decline of the Hauraki Gulf have prompted a book looking at the unique marine space's history in the hope people will be prompted into protecting the area. Raewyn Peart's grown up on the Gulf and her passion to keep it healthy and protected for future generations has led to her book The Story of the Hauraki Gulf. She's joins Kathryn to talk about the issues facing the vast marine area from our Auckland studio.

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:09:00 +1300

Should Triclosan, an anti-bacterial chemical used in toothpaste and hand washes, be banned here, and at what cost? Green MP Catherine Delahunty has been told there are grounds for reassessment, but has to pay $50,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency to do so.

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Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:54:00 +1300

Kennedy Warne has been travelling the West Coasts of the North and South Islands.

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Anna Bordignon: Munch Lunchbox

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:32:00 +1300

Wellington based Munch has released its second book which includes recipes for wrapper-less lunch boxes which are healthy and cater for children from pre school to high school. The book is called Munch Lunchbox. Munch founder Anna Bordignon is also fresh back from the Emmy Awards in LA where she was able to show case the brand, products and books to celebrities. Anne's sharing two recipes, one for grape focaccia bread and another for blackbean brownies. She's in the studio to tell us about her trip and the latest book from Munch.

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Political commentators Stephen Mills and Matthew Hooton

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:06:00 +1300

Matthew Hooton and Stephen Mills discuss John Key and Murray McCully at the UN, including putting Syria on the Security Council agenda, ongoing lobbying for Helen Clark and the Winston Peters/Gerry Brownlee spat that delayed the completion of Treaty settlement legislation.

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Christine Spring: HOPE

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:07:00 +1300

Kathryn Ryan speaks to author, photographer and former engineer Christine Spring about her book HOPE. The hard cover book is a photo essay of Syrian refugees in Lebanon taken in October 2015 when Christine travelled to informal settlements in the Bekka Valley with UNICEF. [gallery:2356]

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Russia correspondent Andrew Roth

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:48:00 +1300

Washington Post correspondent in Moscow Andrew Roth on Russia's role in Syria and reports about Vladimir Putin forming a new super spy agency.

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Ethical considerations in mathematics

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:34:00 +1300

Professor Steven Galbraith from the University of Auckland's Mathematics Department on ethical considerations in maths and the changes technology is bringing to some fields of mathematics. His inaugural lecture next month, "From Pythagoras to Turing to Snowden, will touch upon some of the Edward Snowden revelations and their implications in his research.

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Has NCEA delivered?

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:08:00 +1300

It's 14 years since NCEA was introduced to replace School Certificate, UE and Bursary. Kathryn Ryan talks to Dr Rosemary Hipkins the co-author of a new book, examining what she says is one of the most complicated qualification systems in the world. She says NCEA has been a success, but some students are still too focused on gathering credits as opposed to learning for learning's sake.

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The week that was with Te Radar and Elizabeth Easther

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:45:00 +1200

Te Radar and Elisabeth Easther's take on Shannon streakers, peanut butter strategies and a potential fashion solution to all those stray cats.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:30:00 +1200

Brendan Telfer on latest Warriors snare of Kieran Foran and how the Black Caps are faring in their test against India.

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Music review - Grant Smithies

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:08:00 +1200

Grant Smithies sheds a tear over the modern rocksteady ballads of New York's Frightnrs, takes a musical guided tour of inner-city Christchurch with local punk upstarts The Transistors, and falls in love all over again with a reissued singles compilation by the mighty New Order.

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Amit Katwala: the athletic brain

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:10:00 +1200

Contrary to what is assumed, its the brain not the body which decides when there has been enough physical exertion. Writer Amit Katwala has published a book on the neuroscience of sport and how the brain can be trained to improve sporting prowess and endurance. As well as a sports journalist he has a masters in experimental psychology from Oxford University. He talks with Kathryn Ryan about his book, The Athletic Brain.

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Asia correspondent Charlotte Glennie

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:42:00 +1200

Charlotte Glennie discusses the international response to North Korea's 5th nuclear test, and Hong Kong's angry youth - what has happened to the umbrella movement protestors?

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"Easy win" marine sanctuaries could undermine conservation

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:30:00 +1200

An expert in marine sanctuaries is warning huge marine protected areas like the one planned by New Zealand's government around the Kermadec Islands could actually be undermining conservation efforts. There has been huge uptick in efforts to seal off parts of ocean to fishing and mineral extraction recently, but Dr Peter Jones, an expert in marine protected areas at University College London, says they are being focused on remote parts of the ocean where very little fishing and drilling actually happens.

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NZ On Air announces changes

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:08:00 +1200

NZ On Air has announced a major change to the way it funds local content. From next July, it will move to a single public media fund, covering many types of content for different audiences. This will replace its multiple funds and strategies that currently exist. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.

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Viewing with Tamar Munch

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:50:00 +1200

Tamar Munch reviews how successful the transition is of internet sensation High Maintenance to a HBO series, Auckward Love and Friday Night Bites and American crime drama Quarry.

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What’s going on in the minds of children with neurological disorders?

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:19:00 +1200

Susan Haldane is the head of Mind Over Manner - an organisation which uses the power of theatre to help people understand what's going on in the minds of children with neurological disorders like ADHD and autism.

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New technology with Andy Linton

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:07:00 +1200

Andy Linton on changes to the oversight of the internet domain name system - and he'll be getting on his e-bike.

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Book review - You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:42:00 +1200

Reviewed by Leah McFall, published by Penguin Random House.

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Social surveys: a history of resistance, scandal & negotiation

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:12:00 +1200

For more than a hundred years, social surveys have been a major tool of social investigation. Dr Charlotte Greenhalgh talks to Kathryn Ryan about their history in Australia and New Zealand, including the people who went door-to-door, the details they exposed, and how local populations responded to questions about their everyday lives.

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UK Correspondent Dame Ann Leslie

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:50:00 +1200

Dame Ann Leslie on the Labour Party leadership and Jeremy Corbyn's "biscuit strife" and the London city airport protest that brought travel to a standstill.

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Fa'alavelave, financial burden or family imperative?

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:41:00 +1200

Fa'alavelave, is the Samoan cultural practice of contributing money to large occasions, including funerals, weddings and special birthdays.In an online survey, University of Auckland Pacific Studies student Robyn Lesatale has canvassed the attitudes of Samoans to the custom, and looked at what it costs.

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Uber drivers threaten further action over pay rates

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:29:00 +1200

The so-called ride sharing company, Uber, is facing legal action over it's decision to cut drivers pay.Back in April Uber cut the rate it pays drivers from $1.80 to $1.35. The Uber Drivers' Association says one of its members is taking a case to the disputes tribunal arguing that Uber had no right to cut the rate without alerting or consulting drivers.

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Cats strategy criticised for avoiding hard questions

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:09:00 +1200

The National Cat Management Strategy Group final document proposes curfews, restrictions on the number of cats allowed to be kept on a property, and nationwide mandatory microchipping and desexing of cats. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Associate Professor Brett Gartrell, who is the co-director of New Zealand's only dedicated wildlife hospital, Wildbase at Massey University, who says the strategy won't reduce the impact of cats and Shalsee Vigeant, head veterinary manager for the Auckland SPCA.

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Arts commentator Courtney Johnston

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:48:00 +1200

South Island galleries celebrate Doris Lusk's centenary; an artist goes to court to prove he is who he says he is; and Italy gives all its18 year olds 500 Euros to spend on the arts.

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Xanthe White: Gardening guru

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:33:00 +1200

Landscape designer Xanthe White has dedicated her latest book to the basics for every garden - healthy soil. She joins Kathryn Ryan to talk about her The Good Dirt and shares her tips for making sure your soil is pristine and how to get the best out of it. Her 20 years working around the world has helped to shape this book and its stunning images.

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Music feature of the week: Don McGlashan

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:14:00 +1200

Charlotte Ryan features the music of veteran singer/songwriter Don McGlashan, who tours New Zealand next month with Shayne Carter.

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Book review - Homo Deus

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:07:00 +1200

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari. Reviewed by Phil Vine, published by Harvill Secker.

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Crash predictor Ann Pettifor: 'We're no longer citizens, we're customers'

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:06:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan speaks to Ann Pettifor - one of the few economists who correctly predicted the 2008 global economic crash. Ann was also one of the leaders of a successful campaign to cancel 100 billion dollars worth of debt owed to by some of the world's poorest nations to some of the richest. She is currently the director of the left wing economic think tank Policy Research in Macroeconomics or PRIME.

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Australia correspondent Peter Munro

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:52:00 +1200

Today Peter Munro covers what the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been up to during his trip to New York where he's taking part in a UN summit on refugees.

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National Park Superintendent Tammy Duchesne

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:38:00 +1200

A senior figure in the US National Parks service is visiting this week to exchange ideas with iwi and DOC officials about the environmental issues facing parks around the world. Superintendent Tammy Duchesne talks to Kathryn Ryan about her job and working with 20 thousand others in the organisation looking after 401 sites.

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Tim Bale on the UK Labour leadership contest

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:22:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to Tim Bale, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London, about the contest for the leadership of the UK Labour party - set to be resolved this weekend.

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UN aid convoy attacked in Aleppo

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:08:00 +1200

The ceasefire in Syria is over after the deadly airstrike on a humanitarian aid convoy near Aleppo in Syria yesterday.An estimated 20 civilians including a senior official of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent were killed in the attack, which destroyed 18 of the 31 trucks in the convoy. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Dr Ahmed Tarakji, President of the Syrian American Medical Society, an aid agency which treated 2.6 million people in Syria and refugees in neighbouring countries last year alone. [image:82595:full]

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Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:44:00 +1200

Today Gavin Ellis will look at the new TV One breakfast show which launched yesterday as well as the extraordinary response to a series in Stuff on growing up hating New Zealand. He's also looking to the U.S where trust in the media has reached an all-time low in the United States.

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Colin McCahon expert Thomas Crow

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:24:00 +1200

This month's record-breaking sale of the Colin McCahon painting The Canoe Tainui for $1.35 million dollars is a reminder of what an important artist McCahon was. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Thomas Crow from New York's Institute of Fine Arts has long rated McCahon, saying in a 2005 essay in ArtForum, that his work stands amongst those of other post-war modernists like Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Barnett Newman.

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Business commentator Rod Oram

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:07:00 +1200

Business Commentator, Rod Oram looking ahed to Fonterra's result on Thursday, and a legal challenge to the Electricity Authority on its proposed changes to the way electricity transmission charges are calculated.

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Book review - American Rhapsody

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:42:00 +1200

American Rhapsody: Writers, Musicians, Movie stars and one Great Building by Claudia Roth Pierpont. Reviewed by Quentin Johnson, Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

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Neuroscientist Alex Korb on reversing depression

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:11:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan speaks to Alex Korb, a neuroscientist at the University of California about his book The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at at Time. The book unpicks the inner workings of the brain and its chemistry. His own experiences of depression and of others led him to focus his studies on finding out more about its progression. A central theme of the book is that there is no difference between the brains of those who suffer depression from anyone else and how the thinking and feeling circuits can be reprogrammed.

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US correspondent Steve Almond

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:49:00 +1200

Steve Almond has more on the gap in the polls closing between the two presidential candidates and the latest on the three attacks in one day across the country.

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Can the public have confidence in the fishing industry ?

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:32:00 +1200

What now for the fisheries sector following the critical independent report by Michael Heron QC. Nine to Noon discusses with Glen Simmons from the Auckland University School of Business whose work instigated it.

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NZ hip claimants seek chance to sue Johnson & Johnson

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:09:00 +1200

New Zealand recipients of faulty hip implants are asking the High Court for permission to sue the manufacturer - the multinational giant Johnson and Johnson's subsidiary DePuy. The metal-on-metal devices were implanted into about 500 New Zealanders before a global recall in 2010. Under ACC's "no fault" system, claimants are prevented from suing the manufacturer, however the group of patients are asking the High Court for the green light to seek exemplary, or punitive damages, for personal injury. Kathryn Ryan speaks to one of the claimants, Auckland lawyer, James Elliot, and Wellington lawyer Liesle Theron partner with Meredith Connell, ahead of the hearing tomorrow.

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Urbanist Tommy Honey

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:50:00 +1200

Urbanist Tommy Honey talks about Architecture Week and its theme "Housing for the Future".

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Food with Sue Harrison and Richard Turnbull

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:37:00 +1200

Sue Harrison and five volunteers have given their time to put together a cook book to raise funds for the Himalayan Trust. The recipes are from well known mountaineering families and have been adapted to be able to be cooked outside. The cookbook is called Outdoor Appetite. Sue along with fellow volunteer Richard Turnbull will share two recipes from the book for Scott's Farewell Square and Marinated Butterflied Leg of Lamb. For more on how to buy the book you can visit the Himalayan Trust website.

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Political commentators Stephen Mills and Matthew Hooton

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:07:00 +1200

Political discourse on the Kermadec sanctuary issue, the Government's domestic violence policy, Auckland transport alignment and Andrew Little challenging the TVNZ political poll.

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Book review - The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:37:00 +1200

Reviewed by Gail Pittaway, published by Penguin Random House.

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South America correspondent Joel Richards

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:52:00 +1200

Joel Richards on the shift in UK-Argentina relations over Falklands/Malvinas Islands, former president Lula da Silva charged with corruption and Colombia's Peace Process.

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Aid agencies frustrated by UN in Syria

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:36:00 +1200

73 NGOs working in Syria have slammed the UN's response to the humanitarian crisis there, and have suspended some cooperation with UN agencies in the country. In a joint letter, the organisations have accused the UN and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent of operating under the political influence of the Assad regime - alleging a "deliberate manipulation of humanitarian and medical aid". Kathryn Ryan talks to Dr Ahmad Tarakji of the Syrian American Medical Society Foundation or SAMS, one of the signatories to the letter.

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Adam Cohen: the origins of eugenics

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:09:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to Time magazine writer and author Adam Cohen about the origins of eugenics. In his book Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck, he lays out the history of American eugenics and its occasionally surprising proponents - which include several of the country's most famous presidents and Supreme Court justices. What's more, he says eugenics is still happening today.

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Family court lawyer shortage 'reaching crisis point'

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:08:00 +1200

The Law Society says the number of family court lawyers have dropped below a critical mass. That means in some regions of New Zealand there aren't enough lawyers willing to take on things like filing protection orders and acting for vulnerable children. Nine to Noon speaks to the Law Society's Michelle Duggan as well as two lawyers who are giving up on, or scaling back on their family law work. Caroline McCarthy is in Blenheim and Gareth Bodle has just packed up his Wairarapa office and moved to Auckland.

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The Week that Was

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:49:00 +1200

Pinky Agnew and Te Radar tell us what's been making them laugh this week.

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:29:00 +1200

Team New Zealand has reached their target of 18 medals at the Rio Paralympics including 9 gold, and England's outspoken Aussie coach, Eddie Jones has told a UK newspaper he's spotted some clear weaknesses in the All Black game.

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New Music with Jeremy Taylor

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:06:00 +1200

Jeremy Taylor takes in the new release from superb Irish songstress Lisa Hannigan, the understated tenth album from Chicago alt-country-rock pioneers Wilco, and a harrowing reflection on loss from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

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Children's book review

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:40:00 +1200

John McIntyre reviews Jack and Charlie - Boys of the Bush by Jack Marcotte & Tongan Heroes by David Riley.

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The Kiwi croc doc: Craig Franklin

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:10:00 +1200

Professor Craig Franklin has been studying crocodiles in Australia's far north Cape York peninsular for 14 years, conducting the largest and longest crocodile tracking programme ever undertaken. He talks to Kathryn Ryan about his work and his years of research and friendship with Australian wildlife expert and conservationist Steve Irwin.

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Pacific correspondent Mike Field

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:48:00 +1200

New research reveals a huge jump in Chinese trade with the South Pacific along with major aid rising; PNG's troubled plan to be self-sufficient in rice, and the economic clout of kava in Fiji.

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Curious kea in trouble

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:31:00 +1200

Conservationists are sounding the alarm over declining kea numbers. The Kea Conservation Trust is launching a citizen science project to tag the birds. It has also started a Givealittle page. Mark Brabyn is a Kea Conservation Trust volunteer.

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Syria, Refugees and the UN summit

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:18:00 +1200

As the tenuous ceasefire in Syria holds, the UN is still waiting to be allowed to take humanitarian supplies to tens of thousands of civilians in Allepo. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Karen AbuZayd the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, ahead of a major summit next week.

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Call for more action on meth contaminated houses

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:07:00 +1200

The lobby group for homeowners and buyers says local councils and police need a much more coordinated approach to tackle the problem of methamphetamine contaminated houses. Kathryn Ryan speaks to John Gray of the Home Owners and Buyers Association, who says the system is too ad hoc and guidelines are needed.

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Viewing with Sarah McMullen

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:45:00 +1200

Sarah McMullan on the film adaptation of Eleanor Catton's book The Rehearsal, The Secret Life of Pets, and Sully.

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New technology with Paul Matthews

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:08:00 +1200

Paul Matthews on password protection, what online schools might really mean and Apple Pay coming to New Zealand.

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Book review - The One Man by Andrew Gross

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:35:00 +1200

Reviewed by Lisa Finucane, published by Macmillan.

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How to make your kids smart: play with them!

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:30:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to parenting commentator Nathan Mikaere Wallis, founder of X-Factor Education. He says creativity plays a crucial role in developing intelligence and has tips for parents.

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Tupuna Awa: People and politics of the Waikato River

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:08:00 +1200

The Waikato River is the longest river in New Zealand. Marama Muru-Lanning's book, Tupuna Awa looks at the people and politics of the Waikato River, including the way Maori of the region, the Crown and Mighty River Power have talked about water, ownership, guardianship and the river. Marama Muru-Lanning is of Waikato and Ngati Maniapoto descent.

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UK correspondent Matthew Parris

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:45:00 +1200

Former Prime Minister David Cameron resigns as an MP, and the Great British Bake Off is moving to Channel Four.

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A Flickering Truth: NZ doco submitted for Oscars

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:43:00 +1200

Kathryn Ryan talks to Auckland film maker Pietra Brettkelly, whose documentary about efforts to preserve Afghanistan's film archive is New Zealand's submission for next year's Academy Award.

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The Kermadec row - will the Maori party walk away?

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:32:00 +1200

Disagreement over the Kermadec sanctuary legislation has put serious strain on the relationship between National and its confidence and supply partner, the Maori Party. Kathryn Ryan talks to Maori party co-leader Marama Fox.

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The role of food production in saving the planet

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:08:00 +1200

US agriculture expert Jason Clay on getting the world's biggest food producers, causing the most damage to the planet, to change their farming methods.

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Science commentator Siouxsie Wiles

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:46:00 +1200

Dr Siouxsie Wiles discusses new research suggesting how drunk you feel depends on your mates, an experiment showing bacteria becoming resistant to an antibiotic in just 11 days, and she debunks the 5 second rule.

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Changing rugby's 'macho' culture

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:25:00 +1200

The reputation of NZ Rugby and the Chiefs has taken a considerable hammering of late. First for allegations of abusive behaviour towards a woman hired to strip for the club, and then for a failure to investigate the claims independently. What can be done to change the sport's off-field culture ? Catharine Lumby helped out the NRL following allegations of sexual assault by Canterbury Bulldog players in 2004.

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Marty Duda's artist of the week - Prince Buster

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:07:00 +1200

Marty features the music of the recently deceased King of Ska, Prince Buster.

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Book review - The Broken Decade

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:40:00 +1200

The Broken Decade: Prosperity, Depression and Recovery in New Zealand, 1928-39 by Malcolm McKinnon. Reviewed by Harry Broad, published by Otago University Press.

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Andrew Froggatt, The Horse Whisperer

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:08:00 +1200

Andrew Froggatt uses his unique talent of horse whispering to get the animals to teach people about their own behaviour, with stunning results. He speaks to Lynn Freeman about his business Lead the Way which has helped people from troubled teens to All Black coaches. His book The Horse Whisperer has just been released.

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