09:05 Tax proposals

Bob Buckle, Dean of Commerce at Victoria University, and head of the government's Tax Working Group.

09:20 NurtureShock

Po Bronson Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman are the authors of NurtureShock: New thinking about children, a book that has caused a stir by arguing that many strategies for nurturing children are backfiring because key twists in the science have been overlooked.

09:30 Cliches and double speak - the truth behind cliches and what they really mean

John Croucher has written a book called The Secret Language which examines the double-speak behind everyday expressions in the realms of real estate, motor vehicles, relationships, law, the corporate world, retail and medicine.

09:45 USA correspondent Luiza Savage

10:05 Anton Oliver - Life after Rugby

Former All Black Anton Oliver on life after rugby - he left rugby to gain a masters degree from Oxford university and is looking to embark on a new career in the energy sector.

10:30 Book Review with Harry Broad

Reluctant Hero by Michael Dobbs
Published by Simon & Schuster

10:45 Reading. The Year of the Shanghai Shark by Mo Zhi Hong (Part 2 of 10, RNZ)

In the Chinese city of Dalian Hai Long and his mates drink Coca-Cola , eat American fast food and go to English language lessons. But this year Hai Long leaves school to learn the unlikely trade of his uncle - a successful, learned man.

11:05 Business commentator Fran O'Sullivan looks at how business will judge John Key's speech to parliament, and news from our biggest company, Fonterra

11:30 Pop Culture

Karen Sternheimer is a sociologist, author and commentator from the University of Southern California who has studied the link between popular culture and social problems.

11:45 Media commentator Denis Welch gives his opinion on the hype surrounding the Avatar film and how the media buy into it