09:05 Analysis of Russia's economic crisis and its implications

Lidia Kelly is the Reuters Macroeconomics Correspondent, based in Moscow.

09:20 Social Development CEO reflects on Ashburton shootings

Brendon Boyle the Chief Executive of the Social Development Ministry reflects on the Ashburton shootings and the impact on the organisation.

09:40 Sony scraps release of movie after hack-attack

Kim Zetter of Wired.com on the extraordinary scrapping by Sony of its satirical film The Interview following the hacking of its computers. The film is about an assassination attempt on North Korea's president, Kim Yon Un.

10:05 Big Year interview, Nicky Hager

Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics dominated this year's election. The book was based on the hacked emails of right wing blogger, Cameron Slater, to highlight his relationship with senior National Party figures.

10:30 Book review: 'How Does It Hurt? Narrating Pain' by Stephanie de Montalk

Reviewed by Tilly Lloyd. Published by Victoria University Press hardback, RRP $40.00

In How Does It Hurt?, acclaimed poet and biographer Stephanie de Montalk tells the story of her 10 years of chronic pain and investigates the lives and works of three writers who also wrote about pain: 'the consolator', English social theorist Harriet Martineau (1802-1876), 'the vendor of happiness', French novelist Alphonse Daudet (1840-1897), and 'the imago', Polish poet Aleksander Wat (1900-1967).

10:45 The Reading: 'Arboreal Angst: A Christmas Carol' by Lindsay Wood

Jess, a Christmas fanatic, torments her family with her Christmas traditions. Her father hatches a plan to speed up the Great Christmas Tree Expedition but it backfires and they end up with two trees. (RNZ)

11:05 New Music with Jeremy Taylor

Jeremy Taylor presents his final musical repast for the year, with the long awaited new release from D'Angelo, a compilation of Sly Stone's productions, and a bit of 'hey nonny nonny' from Dutch lutenist Jozef Van Wissem.

11:30 Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

11:45 The week that was with comedians Te Radar and Michele A'Court 

Music played in this show

Over the Rhine
Detweiler (composer)
Darlin’ (Christmas is Coming)

Delayney Davidson
Marlon Williams (Composer)
Little Heart

Bond Street Bridge
Prebble (Composer)

Jan Hellriegel and Dick Johnson
Composer ?
Joy to the World
SONY 781665