09:05 Newly re-elected president Barack Obama faces "fiscal cliff" at year-end

Thomas Mann is a Senior Fellow at the influential Brookings Institution think-tank. He's taught at Princeton and John Hopkins, conducted polls for congressional candidates and chaired the Board of Overseers of the National Election Studies. He's also written numerous books including the recently-released It's Even Worse Than It Looks.

09:20 Where now for the Republican party after Mitt Romney's defeat?

Republican consultant Matt Mackowiak is the founder of the Washington DC-based firm Potomac Strategy Group, and worked on the Bush-Cheney campaign during the 2004 presidential elections.

09:30 Housing New Zealand on the sell-off and redevelopment of state houses

Housing New Zealand responds to accusations it is causing widespread overcrowding by selling off and redeveloping state houses. Sean Bignell is the General Manager of Asset Development for Housing New Zealand.

09:45 UK correspondent Kate Adie

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries is suspended by her party for being a contestant on I'm A Celebrity, and the reports and inquiries announced in the wake of revelations about Jimmy Savile's paedophile history. 

10:05 White Bread: A Social History - Aaron Bobrow-Strain

Aaron Bobrow-Strain has used white bread as a lens for looking at the history of food in America. Aaron Bobrow-Strain is an associate professor of politics at Whitman College, and his book, White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf, investigates how white bread changed from a preserve of the wealthy to a cheap, processed product that, at times, is barely a food at all...

10:35 Book review with Carole Beu

Lives We Leave Behind by Maxine Alterio
Published by Penguin

10:45 The Reading: Wulf by Hamish Clayton

The award-winning story of Te Rauparaha's surprise raid in 1831 when he chartered an English trader's ship to take his war party from Kapiti to Banks Peninsula for an attack on his Kai Tahu enemy. (Part 4 of 10)

11:05 New technology with Sarah Putt

The effects of local loop unbundling; copper versus fibre; Kim Dotcom's plan to resurrect Pacific Fibre; and the 'Sentenced on Facebook' app.

11:20 Archaeology and heritage with Brigid Gallagher

The Waihi Strike centenary; how science is being used to solve conservation issues/challenges; the Oamaru and Victorian Heritage festival – keeping heritage alive, and making it relevant to society; plus rock art in the Opihi Valley.

11:45 Media commentator Gavin Ellis

The US presidential election coverage and reporting of sudden death.

Music played in this show


Time played: 10:06am
Title: Let's Stay Together
Artist: Al Green
Comp: Mitchell/Green/Jackson
Album: The Supreme Al Green
Label: Hi Records

Time played: 11:05
Title:  Flock Of Hearts
Artist: The Phoenix Foundation
Comp: The Phoenix Foundation
Album: Buffalo
Label: EMI

Time played: 11:28
Title: Honey
Artist: Amiria Grenell
Comp: Grenell
Album: Three Feathers
Label: Central