09:05 Spy agency boss on criminal cyber attacks

Teenage Hacker Girl Attacks Corporate Servers in Dark, Typing on Red Lit Laptop Keyboard. Room is Dark

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Kathryn Ryan speaks with  GCSB director-general Andrew Hampton about the repeated cyber attacks targetting the NZX in August, which crashed the website and forced several halts in trading. MetService, Westpac, TSB, BNZ, Kiwibank  RNZ, Stuff and Ruapehu Alpine Lifts were also affected. What do we know about the origin of the attacks, are international intelligence agencies any closer to tracking them down and what is the advice for companies and organisations issued with ransom demands?

09:20 Business leaders unite in support of climate action

Cropped image of businessman checking expense in office

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Two climate-focused business groups, The CEO-led Climate Leaders' Coalition, and the Sustainable Business Council have got together to share resources, amplify their message and accelerate climate action. Kathryn Ryan talks to  Mike Bennetts, Convenor of the Climate Leaders Coalition & CEO of Z Energy  and Mike Burrell, Executive Director of the SBC about how it can be done without losing jobs. After the election, the combined group plans to present its prioritised recommendations to the next Government about policies on emissions and investments it would like to see.

The strategies are online here:
Sustainable Business Council: Strategy 2020-2025
Climate Leaders Coalition: Strategy 2020-2025

09:45 USA correspondent Ron Elving

The latest happenings in the Trump-Biden battle, the US President's recovery from Covid-19 and it has been the first day of confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.  

Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett takes her seat after a break in the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on October 12, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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Ron Elving is a Senior Editor and Correspondent, Washington Desk for NPR news 

10:05 Map for the Heart: Essays on Ida Valley life

Author Jillian Sullivan took a huge leap of faith ten years ago, shifting her life away from a failed marriage and empty nest, and moving to a remote part of Central Otago to build a house from straw. Straw bale in fact, and the home insulates from the freezing Ida Valley winters and stifling summers. She's written12 books, and her latest -  Map for the Heart - is a series of essays about the Ida Valley, the dominance of nature, and the way in which we grow close to the environment we live. She joins Kathryn to talk about her latest work, and the environmental challenges she's discovered in the Valley.

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10:35 Book review - The Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flanagan

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Louise O'Brien reviews The Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flanagan, published by Penguin Random House.

10:45 The Reading

The Mesmerist written and told by Barbara Ewing. Part 7 of 15.

11:05 Business commentator Rebecca Stevenson

Rebecca explores the buy now, pay later scheme's new product, Easipay. Also, Eric Watson is back in the news again with yet another major court decision going against him.

Eric Watson.


Rebecca Stevenson is the head of the Auckland bureau of BusinessDesk 

11:30 A thriving book exchange

Coffee, conversations and connecting with the community are at the heart of the Glen Eden Book Exchange. Emma Raven bought the secondhand bookshop in West Auckland four years ago, a lot has happened since then. Garrett Wells was a regular customers - they're now a couple and are parents to baby Juniper. They talk to Kathryn about their business and the people who peruse the shelves.

Emma Raven & Garrett  Wells from the Glen Eden Book Exchange

Emma Raven & Garrett Wells from the Glen Eden Book Exchange Photo: Raven collection

11:45 Media commentator Andrew Holden 

Andrew and Kathryn discuss the Court of Appeal's ruling on an earlier High Court decision on the Steven Joyce - NBR defamation action.

Steven Joyce

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Andrew Holden is a journalist for more than 30 years including five as Editor of The Press (in Christchurch) and four as Editor-in-Chief of The Age in Melbourne. 



Music played in this show

Artist: Kathryn Joseph 
Track: Land of the Leal 
Time: 10:05 

Artist: The Cure 
Track: The Love Cats 
Time: 11.30

Artist: Regina Spektor  
Track: On The Radio 
Time: 1145