Nine To Noon for Friday 31 October 2014
09:05 New Zealand doctors prepare to safely treat Ebola
Dr. David Holland is the Clinical Director of Infection Services at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital. Middlemore is one of the four designated hospitals that would deal with managing a future potential Ebola patient. Dr. Holland explains the processes in place, including the use of personal protective equipment, to keep staff, patients, and the public safe from a situation such as the one in Texas, where two nurses where infected with the virus while treating a patient who later died of Ebola.
09:25 Evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk on fantasy of Paleo
Are our bodies and brains truly at odds with modern life? Many diets and self-help books are predicated on the notion that our behaviour and bodies evolved under a certain set of circumstances, from which we deviate to our peril. Implicit in that idea is the assumption that humans in a modern society aren't evolving any more, that we have somehow freed ourselves from evolution, or at the very least, that evolution always requires so long to act that we can't expect to have adapted to our current circumstances. Dr. Marlene Zuk says popular theories about how our ancestors lived and why we should emulate them are often based on speculation, not scientific evidence, and they reflect a basic misunderstanding about how evolution works. She says there was never a time when everything about us - our bodies, our minds, and our behaviour - was perfectly in synch with the environment. Dr. Zuk is a Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of the book Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live. Dr. Zuk is visiting New Zealand for a series of Allan Wilson Centre lectures.
09:35 Education Ministry discusses new guidelines for consent education
Dr Graham Stoop is the Education Ministry's Head of Student Achievement. The Ministry of Education is about to update sex education guidelines to include addressing issues of consent, coercion and safety, in the wake of allegations of rape and underage sex in the Roastbusters sex ring case.
09:50 Pacific correspondent Mike Field
Tensions around a royal baptism in Tonga, TVNZ's outsourcing of Maori and Pacific programming and how much of Tuvalu's debt could be paid if they sold their London high commission.
10:05 The discovery of the BRCA gene 20 years ago
Breast cancer survivor Annie Parker was was convinced that the disease plaguing the women in her family was no coincidence. Both her mother and sister died after getting breast cancer. Annie Parker's was diagnosed when she was 29 in 1980. She survived, only to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer eight years later.
She quizzed her doctors about a genetic link, given her family history, but was told she was being a hypochondriac, and that she was just unlucky. But she continued to dig for information.
Meanwhile geneticist Dr Mary-Claire King was herself challenging conventional wisdom and searching for a genetic link to cancers that affected generations of families. Dr King discovered the BRCA gene and in 1994 Annie Parker was the first person in Canada to be tested for the mutation and she tested positive.
Annie Parker's book Annie Parker Decoded was made into a film starring Samantha Morton and Helen Hunt.
10:35 John McIntyre reviews new children's books
To This Day – for the bullied and the beautiful Shane Koyczan
This is a book created from an anti-bullying poem by a Canadian performance poet Shane Koyczan that appeared on YouTube last year and went viral.
10:45 The Reading: 'The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt' by Tracy Farr
The story of Dame Lena Gaunt: musician, octogenarian, junkie. It's also a tale of loss and family, grief and, most of all, it's about letting go (3 of 12, RNZ)
11:05 Music reviewer Grant Smithies
Grant Smithies checks out the lesbian love songs and post-modern murder ballads of New Orleans folk band Hurray For The Riff Raff, then gets sand in his Speedoes while listening to Nelson surf-rock trio, The Radtones.
Small Town Heroes is the fifth album from itinerant Puerto Rican singer Alynda Lee Segarra, now based in New Orleans, where many of these songs are set. The album was released earlier this year but is only now getting the attention it deserves, and the band is to play a one-off gig in Auckland at the Vector Arena Tuning Fork on Friday, November 21.
The debut six-track EP by a new surf rock trio from Nelson. Makes you want to strap on a pair of Speedoes, drink too much beer and dance in the sand dunes. The sound of summer down here in the town wear I live…
11:30 Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
11:45 The week that was with comedians Te Radar and Irene Pink
Music played in this show
Artist: Jackie Deshannon
Song: Put a Little Love in your Heart
Album: Classic Masters Jackie DeShannon
Artist: Neko Case
Song: Magpie to the Morning
Artist: Avalanche City
Song: Ends in the Ocean
Album: Our New Life Above the Ground