09:05 Information systems security at the Ministry of Social Development

Ministry of Social Development chief executive Brendan Boyle talks about a report that looked at information security measures across the ministry - a follow up to a first report that examined the extent and reasons for the security breach involving WINZ public kiosks. The ministry launched an investigation after blogger Keith Ng reported that he was able to access thousands of files on the agency's servers from the computers in a Wellington WINZ office.

09:30 Wildlife DNA

Dr Rebecca Johnson is the head of the Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics, based at the Australian Museum. The Centre holds frozen samples from thousands of animal species. They can be used to help identify the culprits of aviation wildlife and bird strike, and to help prosecute animal smugglers.

09:45 Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney

Italy's Silvio Berlusconi pledges a comeback bid as Prime Minister Mario Monti agrees to step down; and clashes in Northern Ireland over a change in Union Jack policy in Belfast

10:05 Nuclear physicist David Krofcheck

Nuclear physicist David Krofcheck, senior lecturer at the Department of Physics at the University of Auckland discusses elementary particles, smashing atoms and how he got New Zealand involved in the world's biggest scientific experiment – the Large Hadron Collider.

10:35 Book Review with Rae McGregor

Camp David by David Williams
Published by Michael Joseph

10:45  Reading: Heaven Freezes by Fiona Kidman  (Part 1 of 2)

Told by Gavin Rutherford. An aging man discovers that the grief for his dead wife cannot be easily assuaged by a second.

11:05 Politics with Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams

Labour-Green relations, Brendan Horan and a recent Fairfax poll.

11:30 Guest chef Lauraine Jacobs

Christmas recipes with cherries and wine commentator Stephen Morris

Duck and Cherry Salad
Fresh Cherry Christmas Parfait

11:45 Urbanist Tommy Honey

Tommy discusses how we will live in the future.

Music played in this show


Time played: 09:30
Title: Ho Hey
Artist:The Lumineers

Time Played: 10:42
Title: Nervous Wreck
Artist: Sera Cahoone

Time Played: 11:26
Title: Dear Friends
Artist: Elbow

Time Played: 11:46
Title:The Things I've Seen Today
Artist: Madeleine Peyroux