09:05 Cooler temperatures grant reprieve in Australia bushfire battle

Fires burning in Australia

Fires burning in Australia Photo: https://myfirewatch.landgate.wa.gov.au/

Temperatures have dropped nearly 20 degrees in parts of Australia, which is expected to help firefighters who are trying to combat blazes across five states. Nine people have been killed since the bushfire emergency started in September, with at least 700 homes destroyed. Today alone, 98 bush and grass fires are burning in New South Wales, with 50 yet to be contained. The town of Balmoral was all but destroyed at the weekend. Kathryn is joined by Professor of Pyrogeography and Fire Science at the University of Tasmania, David Bowman.

An old car burns from bushfires in Balmoral, 150 kilometres southwest of Sydney on December 19, 2019. -

An old car burns in the town of Balmoral, NSW, which was all but destroyed at the weekend. Photo: AFP

09:20 Surviving state care: Kath Coster

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Photo: RNZ

Kath Coster is a member of a survivors advisory group to the Royal commission of inquiry into state and faith-based abuse. She is one of the estimated one hundred thousand plus young New Zealanders abused while being looked after by the state. This year the the Abuse in Care Royal Commission heard evidence at public hearings. The tri-monthly hearings will resume early next year with another public session looking at the question of "redress". Kath is determined no other child should ever suffer as she did. 

09:45 Canada correspondent, Katie Simpson

CBC Parliamentary reporter Katie Simpson with a look back on a tumultuous year for Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau who returned to Parliament with a minority government.

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Photo: AFP

10:05 Spark's big test. Jolie Hodson on being bold

Jolie Hodson

Jolie Hodson Photo: Spark

Spark's Chief Executive Jolie Hodson talks to Kathryn Ryan about taking high profile, high stakes risks, like the live streaming of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Jolie Hodson was appointed to the CEO position in July of this year and has played a pivotal role in transforming Spark from a legacy telco to a broad digital services provider. Add to that she is now the only woman in charge of an NZX50 company. So what has she learned about the limitations of streaming and how to prepare for big bold goals?

10:35 Book review - The Weekend by Charlotte Wood

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Photo: Allen & Unwin

Laura Caygill reviews The Weekend by Charlotte Wood, published by Allen & Unwin.

A touching tale of friendship, ageing and vulnerability from the author of The Natural Way of Things.

10:45 The Reading

The Other Wise Man by Henry van Dyke read by Eugene Kern.

11:05 Political commentators Hooton & Mills - a retrospective

Matthew and Stephen Mills chat to Kathryn about the political year and look ahead to the 2020 election.

Political commentators Matthew Hooton & Stephen Mills

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Matthew Hooton is an Auckland based consultant and lobbyist. Stephen Mills is the executive director of UMR Research and former political adviser to two Labour governments. 

11:30 Everybody eats, pay as you feel

As many of us think about what will be on the Christmas menu on Wednesday, Nicholas Loosley is looking forward to a well-earned break from thinking about food. He is the founder and General Manager of Everybody Eats, which serves restaurant quality, three-course meals, from rescued food that would otherwise go to waste. Diners simply pay as they feel. Everybody Eats began in Auckland two years ago as a part-time, pop-up restaurant with volunteer chefs.  Last month, Nick opened the doors on a permanent restaurant in Onehunga, open for dinner five nights a week.

11:45 Navigating the urban environment

Bill McKay talks to Kathryn about  Wayfinding; how we navigate our way through the urban environment and the silly signage that often  makes it more difficult than it should be.


Photo: Bill McKay

Bill McKay is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland.



Music played in this show

Artist: Blerta
Track: Dance all around the world
Time played:Dur: 10:38

Artist: Annie Lennox
Track: The holly and the Ivy
Time played: 11:33