Nine to Noon for Tuesday 24 June 2008

09:05 Women of Zimbabwe Arise

Annie Simbanda, spokeswoman of the activist group Women of Zimbabwe Arise or WOZA. The thuggery continues in Zimbabwe, with violence directed at both the formal opposition and political innocents. The organisation Women of Zimbabwe Arise says it's a situation beyond belief and they're left in despair.

09:20 Biofuels

David Parker, Energy Minister; and Nick Smith, Opposition spokesman. The Government is determined to press on with plans to force oil companies to sell biofuels in both petrol and diesel. This comes despite serious concerns about sustainability and cost.

09:45 Waterless Washing Machine

Rob Rule, Director of Xeros - a spin out company from the University of Leeds which produced the prototype. In our environmentally aware, cost conscious times .. how does the idea of a washing machine that only uses a cup of water per load grab you? Wash days will never be the same.

09:45 US correspondent Jack Hitt

10:05 Ethics of Reproduction

Professor Lord Robert Winston, Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College, believes that public engagement with science is vital. One of the world's leading researchers of human reproduction, at the cutting edge of developments in fertility treatments and now stem cell research.
Professor Lord Robert Winston is also a popular TV Host of the Human Body, and the Child of Our Times series - the latter is currently screening on TVNZ.
He is in New Zealand at a time the ethics surrounding reproductive technologies are being debated here, following the Bioethics Council's report into pre-birth testing.

10:30 Book Review with Don Rood

Mutiny on the Bounty: A Novel by John Boyne
Published by Doubleday UK
ISBN 978 038 5611 671

10:45 Reading: Shanghai Sheba: The China Monologues by Sheba Williams

11:05 Business with Rod Oram

Discussion focused on the mood (and problems) of privately owned business.

11:30 Arctic Melt

Mark Serreze, Researcher at the US National Snow and Ice Data Center. Startling new research from the United States indicates that Arctic sea may be free of ice in summer within the next five years.

11:45 Media commentator Denis Welch

Today's topics ... spurious surveys and missing files, hotel hi-jinks and war in Invercargill.