Nine To Noon for Friday 23 June 2017
09:05 Police union warns of gang danger within its ranks
The Police Association says there have been multiple attempts by gangs to infiltrate the police and that efforts to pre-screen recruits need to be stepped up. Chris Cahill is the President of the Police Association which released its policy manifesto going into the election yesterday afternoon.
09:20 NASA's daring mission to 'touch' the sun
NASA is just one year away from launching a spacecraft that will come within 6.2 million kilometres of the sun – seven times closer than any spacecraft before it. The specially shielded Parker Solar Probe will have to endure temperatures of more than 1,300 degrees Celsuis, and solar radiation intensities almost 500 times higher than we're used to on Earth. This information could help researchers solve two longstanding mysteries: How the solar wind is accelerated and why the sun's outer atmosphere, or corona, is so much hotter than the solar surface. Lynn Freeman speaks with NASA scientist Eric Christian.
09:30 Queen recognises Kiwi anti-cyberbullying initiative
Kiwi anti-cyberbullying project Sticks 'n' Stones is getting the Royal seal of approval. Run almost entirely by young people for young people, the initiative was founded in Central Otago five years ago by then-schoolgirl sisters Courtney and Ashleigh Smith following a spate of suicides at their school. Nine to Noon covered this inspirational project last year, and since then Courtney has since received a Diana Award – the Princess of Wales Memorial Award for Inspirational Young People, for her efforts. Ashleigh, now an Otago Polytechnic Nursing 2nd year student, speaks to Lynn Freeman from Cambridge in the UK where she is to receive a "Queen's Young Leaders Award" from the Queen next week.
09:45 Asia correspondent Anna Fifield
New Zealander Anna Fifield is The Washington Post's bureau chief in Tokyo. What happened to Otto Warmbier in North Korea? The US Hosts Chinese representatives this week for talks; and the increasingly worrying language coming from Cambodia's president Hun Sen.
10:05 On the trail of snails
Lynn Freeman is on the slime trail with Biodiversity Scientist John Stanisic. Dr Stanisic has had a four decade fascination with snails. He is an Honorary Research Fellow, Queensland Museum.
10:35 Book review
David Hill has been reading Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness by Kate Cole-Adams.
10:45 The Reading
11:05 New music with Jeremy Taylor
Music reviewer Jeremy Taylor from Slow Boat Records welcomes back the baroque prog-folk of Fleet Foxes after an interminable six years, says 'Adios' to the great Glen Campbell, and is flabbergasted by the gloriously bonkers new offering from Kirin J. Callinan.
11:30 Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
11:45 The week that was with Te Radar and Alice Brine
Twitter is having a field day now that Barbie's Ken is sporting a new hairdo, but is he a little late to the man bun party?
Music played in this show
Artist: Taj Mahal
Composer: Davis arr Mahal
Artist: Chelsea Jade
Song: Life of the Party
Artist: Anika, Boh & Hollie
Song: Walk Away
Composer: Moa, Runga, Smith
Artist: Mumford and Sons