Nine To Noon for Friday 21 November 2014
09:05 Secondary teachers vote to accept major tenet of government education reforms
80 per cent of PPTA members have agreed to include two new teaching roles into their collective employment contract. They're a key part of the government's $360 million policy, which will see the creation of communities of schools. Angela Roberts is the President of the PPTA.
09:30 Palaeontologist on our new understanding of Tyrannosaurus Rex
A world-renowned dinosaur expert discusses the 21st century's fresh discoveries about the evolution of Tyrannosaurus rex from a small fuzzy carnivore to the largest and last of the Tyrannosaur predators. Dr Thomas Holtz is a vertebrate palaeontologist specializing in the origin, evolution, and adaptations of carnivorous dinosaurs. He is the writer of Dinosaurs: The most complete, up-to-date encyclopedia for dinosaur lovers of all ages. He was a consultant for the BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs series and is currently Senior Lecturer in the University of Maryland's Department of Geology.
Gallery: Dr Holtz in the field
09:45 Asia correspondent Jamil Anderlini
News from the Asian region with our correspondent Financial Times Beijing Bureau chief, Jamil Anderlini.
10:05 The Birth of the Pill - Jonathan Eig
The development of the oral contraceptive pill in the 1950s was a massive development scientifically, with an equally significant social and cultural impact. For the first time, sex for pleasure was separated from sex for procreation, giving women the power to control their own bodies. Author and former Wall Street Journal reporter Jonathan Eig has written a book called The Birth of the Pill: How Four Pioneers Reinvented Sex and Launched Revolution. He talks to Kathryn Ryan about the four pioneers behind it: a feminist, a scientist, a moneyed philanthropist and a Catholic doctor who came together with a shared vision.
10:35 Book review: '10:04' by Ben Lerner
Reviewed by Todd Atticus. Published by Granta paperback RRP $35
In the past year, the narrator of '10:04' has enjoyed unexpected literary success, been diagnosed with a potentially fatal heart condition, and been asked by his best friend to help her conceive a child, despite the fact that he's dating a rising star in the visual arts in New York City. Quasi-autobiographical metafiction.
The title refers to the film Back to the Future; it was 10:04 when lightning struck the clock tower.
10:45 The Reading: 'Up the Olive Tree' by Venetia Sherson
The adventures of a former newspaper editor who spends a few months each year working as a WWOOFer (willing worker on organic farms) in Italy, sharing the joys of the season with an assortment of colourful employers and fellow WWOOFers (5 of 5, RNZ)
11:05 New music with Jeremy Taylor
Jeremy reviews Bob Dylan & The Band, The Eastern and Caribou.
11:30 Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
11:45 The week that was with Te Radar and Michele A'Court
Music played in this show
Artist: The Darlings
Song: Big Mistake
Song: A World Alone
Composer: Lorde & Joel Little
Album: Pure Heroine
Artist: Tiny Ruins
Song: You In The Wintergard
Composer: Hollie Fullbrook
Album: Brightly Painted One