Nine To Noon for Wednesday 23 January 2019
09:05 Deadlock over Brexit 'plan B'
British Prime Minister Theresa May is continuing her last-minute scramble to shape Britain's exit from the European Union. The British parliament is expected to debate and vote on the Prime Minister's Brexit 'plan B' on January 29th. We discuss what to make of it all with her former staffer Chris Wilkins.
Chris Wilkins was Director of Strategy and Chief Speechwriter to Prime Minister Theresa May between August 2016 to Autumn 2017, during this time, he wrote the Prime Minister's major policy speeches on Brexit, and had a front row seat in discussions about the Brexit negotiating strategy.
09:20 Tracking carbon in cities. If you can't measure it how can you regulate it ?
Knowing exactly the amount of fossil fuel emissions that comes from urban areas is essential to track the progress carbon mitigation plans. That's why researchers from GNS Science have been investigating the best ways to measure these emissions in cities like Indianapolis, Paris, Boston, Melbourne, Washington DC and Auckland. Dr Jocelyn Turnbull from GNS Science explains how getting consistent and accurate readings will help individual cities work out how well they're fighting climate change.
09.30 Turning up the heat on tomatoes
A team of international scientists is working on giving tomatoes the spice of a chili-pepper. The objective? To make it easier to mass produce large quantities of capsaicinoids - the molecules that give peppers their spiciness, and which, in addition to pepping up many a dish, have antibiotic properties, and are used in painkillers and pepper spray. In a recent paper published in Trends in Plant Science, researchers say by studying the DNA of the chilli pepper they could turn up the heat in tomatoes. Plant biologist at the Federal University of Viçosa in Brazil Gus Zsögön explains to Kathryn Ryan.
09:45 Australia correspondent
Australia correspondent Karen Middleton
10:05 A Diamond in the Dust
Frauke Bolton-Boshammer was a young mother of three when she and her husband Friedrich moved from Germany to the remote Australian outback town in far north Western Australia. Frauke and Friedrich worked hard to carve out a new life farming, but it was an uphill battle in such a harsh environment, and three years later Friedrich took his own life, leaving Frauke and now four children alone in the outback. Instead of moving back to Germany, she began a business selling rare pink diamonds. Three decades later, Kimberley Fine Diamonds has a client list including Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.
10:35 Book review - best of 2018
Ralph McAllister shares his picks for the best books of 2018: Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton,
The Ladder in the Sky by John Boyne and The Spy and the Traitor by Ben McIntyre.
10:45 The Reading
11:05 Joni Mitchell: Reckless Daughter
Graeme Downes has been listening to Don Juan's Reckless Daughter a 1977 double album by Canadian singer-
Graeme Downes is a musicologist and senior lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Otago.
11:20 Tips for saving and making do
11:45 A year ahead in the Arts
Arts commentator Courtney Johnston previews the year to come, in major shows and major directorship changes around the country. Wastescape - Auckland Arts Festival - presented by Te Tuhi, Blood Earth Water at Auckland Arts Festival - presented by Te Uru; John Scott Works, Auckland Arts Festival - presented by Objectspace; Eva Rothschild: Kosmos at City Gallery Wellington and Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys at Auckland Art Gallery.