09:05 Obama announces 30 thousand more US troops to go to Afghanistan

Andy Hull, senior research fellow in international security, Institute for Public Policy Research in London.

09:20 More US troops to be sent to Afghanistan

Lisa Leitz's husband is a US Navy pilot and is currently serving in Afghanistan and she is speaking out against the decision to send more troops to Afghanistan.

09:30 Wikileaks - exposing corruption and bringing down governments

Julian Assange, one of the founders and editor of Wikileaks, a two-year-old website which has made a name for itself by posting anonymously secret documents and reports. Last week it released half a million intercepted pager messages sent on September 11.

09:30 The Great Cupcake Rush

Rachel Kramer Bussel, founder of website

Cupcakes have become big business - American cupcake sales are forecast to rise another 20 percent over the next five years and the Food Network TV channel is reportedly piloting a series called "Cupcake Wars". The most popular blog devoted to the subject, Cupcakes Take The Cake, now gets 9 thousand hits a day.

09:45 UK correspondent Jon Dennis

10:05 Lynn Rogers - black bears

Dr Lynn Rogers has spent more than 40 years studying black bears in North America, finding that they don't like honey and aren't aggressive. His work was the subject of a recent BBC documentary.

Weblink to Dr Roger's work: www.bearstudy.org; also information about the BBC documentary.

10:30 Book Review with Gail Pittaway

You or Someone Like You by Chandler Burr
Published by Allen & Unwin

10:45 Reading: Pedal Power: Great Bicycle Journies by Roy Sinclair

(Part 4 of 5)

In a bold attempt to combat inevitable dotage '60-something' Roy Sinclair decides to cycle the length of Japan.

11:05 New Technology with Nat Torkington

Nat discusses school reports, a damning report on the amount of computer surveillance going on in the USA, and a clever use of crowd sourcing.

Schools: berglondon.com/blog/2009/11/25/1-in-3-schools

Schools: www.4ip.org.uk/blog/post/school_report_card
Schools: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernoff_face
Surveillance: paranoia.dubfire.net/2009/12/8-million-reasons-for-real-surveillance.html
Crowd sourcing: www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/dec/01/mystery-tony-blair-finances
Science: sciblogs.co.nz
Science: sciblogs.co.nz/macdoctor/2009/12/01/spam-journalism-64

11:30 Psychologist and parenting with Nigel Latta

Nigel discusses parents setting rules for children.

11:45 Television review with Simon Wilson

Musical high school comedy Glee; Toni Collete's new series, The United States of Tara; and local doco How To Spot A Cult.