09:05 IWC propose a trade off to Japan's coastal whaling and scientific whaling in Antarctica

An International Whaling Commission committee, of which New Zealand is a member, is proposing allowing Japan to hunt more whales in the Pacific in return for reducing its scientific programme in the Southern Ocean.

Andrew Darby, Sydney Morning Herald reporter who has obtained leaked papers from the IWC committee; and Patrick Ramage, Global Director of Whaling for The International Fund for Animal Welfare.

09:20 Accusation of Australian shark numbers suppressed to protect tourism

Michael Brown, from Surfwatch Australia.

Shark numbers are increasing dramatically around Australian shores according to shark watch groups - who accuse Australian government of suppressing the information to protect tourism.

09:30 Making a Difference series

Catherine Bell, Auckland based chef and food author


09:45 US correspondent Richard Adams, Washington editor ofThe Guardian

10:05 Feature Interview

Alexei Sayle, popular British comedian and now novelist

10:30 Best Books of 2008 as selected by Graham Beattie

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Published by Quercus

Ngaio Marsh, her life in crime by Joanne Drayton
Published by Harper Collins

Urban Village by Jenny Carlyon & Diana Morrow
Published by Random House

Into the Wider World by Brian Turner
Published by Godwit

Novel About My Wife by Emily Perkins
Published by Bloomsbury

10:45 Reading. The Book of Job, written and read by Elisabeth Easther

Episode 2 of 5

The Book of Job is about Karin, a breakfast DJ on Elevator FM who gets the sack and her subsequent attempts to find a new job. A light hearted take on the employment market, commercial radio and a whole lot more.

11:05 Business with Rod Oram, Business and Economic commentator

11:30 Natural disasters and political upheaval

Phil Nel Politics Professor and Marjolein Righarts, doctoral student.

As if the climate-change forecast wasn't gloomy enough - with more droughts, flooding, and storms predicted - two Otago University academics have trawled through the historical record to prove a correlation between natural disasters and severe political upheaval.

11:45 Media with Denis Welch