09:05 Hospital dentist calls for action on child dental health

A senior public dental health officer says the government must act to improve child oral health.  The latest annual Health Survey results show the number of children who had teeth removed due to decay, an abscess, infection or gum disease in the past year has risen. Dr Rob Beaglehole is the Principal Dental Officer for the Nelson Marlborough DHB, the NZ Dental Association spokesperson on water fluoridation and a member of the Society of Hospital and Community Dentists.

09:20 Looking at Scotland's future in 2015 and beyond

The prospect of Scotland splitting from Britain by way of referendum, was one of the major international news stories of 2014. Even though it did not eventuate, the strength of feeling around the independence vote means Scottish politics and its relationship to England has been forever changed. Explaining what will happen next is David Torrance, an Edinburgh-based freelance journalist and the author of the book, The Battle for Britain: Scotland and the Independence Referendum.

09:30 Hammond Gamble: Remembering Joe Cocker

The British musician Joe Cocker has died from lung cancer at the age of 70. Joe Cocker toured New Zealand several times, and was often supported by New Zealand blues guitarist Hammond Gamble.

09:45 US correspondent Luiza Savage

Luiza Savage reports on the biggest US stories of 2014 - Obamacare, the rise of ISIS, Ebola, racial tensions.

10:05 Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum on his big year and the upcoming World Cup

To say 2014 has been a big year for Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum doesn't even come close. A triple century, two double centuries and a test match win against Pakistan are just a few highlights. His captaincy of the Black Caps, although controversial at the outset, has coincided with a turnaround in the fortunes of the national side. McCullum now says following his cricketing performance in 2014, he knows he has made a contribution to the game of cricket.

10:35 Book review: 'Seven Letters from Paris' by Samantha Verant

Reviewed by Gail Pittaway. Published by Bantam Press, RRP$37.99.

10:45 The Reading: 'Berries and Cream' by Adrienne Frater

It’s Heather’s first Christmas without her husband Gareth. She sets off in his motor-home towards Motueka, picking up a Norwegian hitch-hiker and sharing a special treat with him. (RNZ)

11:05 Business commentator, Rod Oram               

Rod Oram discusses Mighty River Power; the SkyCity convention centre; and the latest GDP figures, plus some revealing downward adjustments to growth figures for the past couple of years.

11:30 Alan Preston founder of Fingers Gallery              

Fingers Gallery, celebrating 40 years in operation is one of the oldest, still running jewellery galleries in the world.

11:45 Media commentator, Gavin Ellis

Coverage of the Martin Place hostage siege, more on the Mediaworks restructuring. 

Music played in this show

Artist: John & Yoko
Song: Happy Xmas ( War is Over)
Composer: Lennon/Ono
Album: Single
Time: 10:35

Artist: Tami Neilson
Song: Walk (Back to Your Arms)
Composer: T Neilson/J Neilson
Album: Dynamite
Label: Neilson
Time: 11:24

Artist: Pearl Bailey
Song: Jingle Bells Cha Cha Cha
Composer: Peirpont/Alexander
Album: Youllesville
Label: Shout
Time: 11:46