09:05 A suicide bombing kills three members of the Syrian President's inner circle

Historian Patrick Seale is known as modern Syria's biographer. He is the author of a number of books on the Middle East, including The Struggle for Syria and Asad of Syria: The Struggle for the Middle East.

09:25 New research into the lifesaving role played by trees in the Christchurch earthquakes - and the importance of urban forests for the future of the city

Justin Morgenroth, lecturer at the Canterbury University School of Forestry.

09:45 UK correspondent Kate Adie

Issues being raised about the level of security for the London Olympics.

10:05 Feature guest - Claudia Pond Eyley: artist, documentary maker and writer

Claudia's work incorporates her feminism and anti-nuclear activism. She has recently illustrated her first children's book.

Gallery: recent work by Claudia Pond Eyley

10:35 Book review with Elisabeth Esther

The Raven's Gift by Don Rearden
Text Publishing
ISBN: 9781921922862

10:45 Reading:  Labour Weekend, by Sheba Williams

Work means Sheba needs to stay in town over the Labour Day long weekend but it does allow her to contemplate her connection Wellington, her home town.

11:05 New technology with Donald Clark

NetHui 2012; US proposes submarine cable tax; Jelly Beans for all; the Olympic Games in super-duper HiDef?

11:30 Amanda Webster - Australian doctor, author, mother of anorexic boy

Amanda Webster is the author of The Boy Who Loved Apples : A mother's battle with her son's anorexia, published by Text Publishing.

11:45 Media commentator Gavin Ellis

The Olympic build-up and the avalanche of stories about everything that's going wrong.