09:05 "Assad will not stop": Syria researcher

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Kathryn Ryan talks with Islamic Affairs researcher, Barak Barfi, who has just been in Syria, where he met with President Bashar Al-Assad, and visited Aleppo. He says rebels cannot hold out much longer against Syrian government forces, backed by Russia, who will not stop until they take the city back.

09:20 Black market meat warning


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With Christmas approaching, officials are warning people to be vigilant about not buying black market meat, with the risk of food- borne illness. In the last two weeks the Ministry for Primary Industries has intercepted two illegal meat processing operations. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Gary Orr, a Compliance Manager with MPI.

09:45 Australia correspondent Karen Middleton

A court case over the election of an MP, a conservative revolt over climate change policy and the death of two tourists in bizarre circumstances. Plus the Australian reaction to John Key's resignation.

10:05 Ceri Evans: performance under pressure

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Kathryn Ryan speaks with mental skills guru Ceri Evans on giving athletes the psychological edge. He works with a range of athletes from the All Blacks, to heavy weight fighter Joseph Parker, coaching the art of performance under pressure.

10:35 NZ Books Review - "The March of the Foxgloves" by Karyn Hay

Reviewed by Louise O'Brien, published by Esom House Press,

10:45 The Reading

Bean Counting, a short story by Shirley Eng, read by Phil Vaughan

11:05 Marty Duda's artist of the week

This week Marty features the music of Curtis Mayfield, one of the most important black artists of the past 50 years

11:20 Xanthe White: Summer gardening

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Landscape designer and gardener Xanthe White talks with Kathryn Ryan about summer gardening: what to plant, when to plant and watering through the summer.

11:45 Arts commentator Courtney Johnston

A summer exhibition round-up for your holiday break and Christmas travels.