On Nine to Noon Today

9:05 Bridge collapse litigation

Rob Moodie, lawyer for the Berryman family in their bridge collapse

9:20 Animal cruelty in farming practices

Phil Lymbery, CEO of Compassion in World Farming and UK expert on animal cruelty in farming practices

9:30 FYI - Film Your Issue short film competition

Heathcliff Rothman on the 4th annual global short short film competition which has received a record 500 + number of submissions. Run via MySpace it encourages young people to engage in current issues, and add their voice to the public dialogue. It is open to 18 to 26 year olds who create 30-to-60 second 'issue films' as a way to engage young people in pressing social issues - and even influence policy.

9:45 Asia correspondent Phil OSullivan

10:05 The merits of single sex education

Dr Leonard Sax, American psychologist, family doctor, and educator, who argues that gender does matter in education, and a generation of boys, in particular, is paying the price for an education system that's neglected this.
Dr Leonard Sax is the director of the National Association for Single Sex Public Education, and is in New Zealand next month to speak at several single sex schools including Auckland's St Cuthbert's College and Dilworth School, and at Iona College, Lindisfarne College and Woodford House, Hawke's Bay.
He is the author of Why Gender Matters (Doubleday, 2005), and of Boys Adrift: the five factors driving the growing epidemic of unmotivated boys and underachieving young men (Basic Books, 2007).
Leonard Sax cites research from Harvard Medical School, the US National Institute of Health, and various European studies, to argue that no one-size-fits-all education programme can be successfully applied across the sex divide, but that both girls and boys will flourish in environments that are shaped to their gender-specific requirements.

10:30 Book Review: Breath by Tim Winton

Reviewed by Ralph McAllister
Published by Hamish Hamilton
ISBN 978 024101 5308

10:45 Book Reading: Dances With Marmots by George G. Spearing

Read by Jason Whyte
Episode 5 of 10

11:05 Music review with Manu Taylor

Waldeck - Ballroom Stories (Dope Noir/Creative Vibes)
Malcolm Middleton - Sleight of Heart (Full Time Hobby)
REM - Accelerate (Warner Brothers Records)

11:30 Sports commentator Richard Becht

11:45 Week That Was with Radar and Irene Pink