Nine To Noon for Thursday 12 February 2009
09:05 Mark Taylor, the New Zealand passport holder who has been detained overnight in a remote Taleban and Al Queda stronghold on the border of Pakistan and Afganistan.
He has been detained trying to enter a remote militant stronghold in Pakistan, near the Afghanistan border. He was in disguise, with a beard and traditional dress.
Dr Najibullah Lafraie, former Foreign Minister of Afganistan, now lecturer in political studies at Otago University speaks to Kathryn about the area he was detained in, and what he might have been doing there.
09:20 Great White Sharks in New Zealand
Clinton Duffy, from Department of Conservation. He talks about his project to tag identify and track great whites in NZ waters, and about getting up close and personal with ocean's most terrifying predator.
09:30 Harlene Hayne, Otago University Professor of Developmental Psychology - about to become deputy Vice Chancellor for Research
Professor Hayne has conducted research on how the brain doesn't reach maturity until a person reaches their early 20s - possibly as late as 25. He discusses the implications this has for public policy, education and parenting.
09:45 UK correspondent Kate Adie
10:05 Graeme Downes
Founder and frontman of NZ group, Verlaines, now senior lecturer at Department of Music at University of Otago - he teaches rock music - since 2000. Downes has recently released a new single.
10:30 Book Review with Penny Ashton
Fidel & Che by Simon Reid-Henry
Published by Sceptre
ISBN 978 034 092 3443
10:45 Reading. The Kindness Of Strangers by Shonagh Koea
Episode 4 of 10
A series of moving vignettes in which writer Shonagh Koea recalls her past, looking back on a range of roles including daughter, wife, mother, journalist and novelist, with a few favourite recipes along the way.
11:05 New Technology with Nat Torkington
MySociety and their projects, particularly, They Work For You which has a NZ version, Fix My Street, and What Do They Know. TWFY aims to make parliamentary records more useful. FMS lets you report potholes, graffiti, etc. WDTK lets people who make Freedom of Information Act requests share what they learn.
The Economist article about these transparency projects which specifically singles out the local government portal of Missouri and the crowdsourcing project which hopes to get volunteers reading the proposal and build a database of where the money goes. Even www.creditloan.com helps citizens (and journalists) make sense of what's going on.
11:30 Dick Frizzel
Renowned artist who has made a name for himself with his distinct style influenced by his work in advertising. He is the master of the unpredictable - his work spanning a huge range of styles. Has now created his own wine brand - Frizzel wines.
11:45 Television Review with Simon Wilson