Nine To Noon for Thursday 26 June 2014
09:05 Brother of an Al Jazeera journalist jailed in Egypt speaks out
Mohamed Fahmy, the Al Jazeera English bureau chief in Cairo, was this week one of three AJE journalists sentenced to prison terms in Egypt on the charge of "spreading false news". The Egyptian government accused Fahmy, and his colleagues Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed of supporting the ousted Muslim Brotherhood. The trio had denied the charges and are expected to appeal against the verdict and seven year prison sentences they each received. International outrage is growing about the case, and the shock guilty verdict. Sherif Fahmy is Mohamed Fahmy's brother, and he talks about his family's response to the sentence, and what he thinks can be done to free the men.
09:30 Supreme winner of the Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards
Representatives from 14 finalist schools and tertiary institutions were at the ceremony at Te Papa on June 25, with Tauranga's Otumoetai Intermediate taking out the top prize in the Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards. It was also a finalist in three award categories. The judges said the school deserved recognition for taking a hard look at student achievement and for setting up highly effective mentoring systems for teacher development to drive achievement up. We hear more from the principal of the decile 7 Intermediate School, Henk Popping, and Director of Christchurch's Graduate School of Education Dr Kevin Knight.
09:45 UK correspondent Kate Adie
10:05 Jean Kittson, author of You're Still Hot to Me: The Joys of Menopause
Jean Kittson is an Australian comedian, performer and writer who's on a mission to break the cone of silence she says exists around menopause.
She's written a book about the subject, called You're Still Hot To Me: The Joys of Menopause, as she insists it's possible to cheerfully embrace and confidently manage the "change of life".
Published by Pan McMillan RRP$39.99
10:35 Book review: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blackman
Reviewed by Elisabeth Easther, published by Headline, RRP$29.99.
10:45 The Reading: How to Hear Classical Music, written and told by Davinia Caddy
Musicologist, historian and writer Davinia Caddy offers a guide to assist a listener to understand, interpret and appreciate classical music and an overview of the history and social mores of the genre. (Part 4 of 10).
11:05 New technology commentator Erika Pearson
Erika Pearson discusses the prospect of smart home devices "talking" to each other.
11:20 Death of a child
Prue Jamieson shares her experience of rebuilding her life after the death of her teenage son from cancer, and has advice on how to help people in that situation.
11:45 Film reviewer Dan Slevin
Dan critiques What We Do in the Shadows, The Two Faces of January and Transformers: Age of Extinction.