Nine To Noon for Thursday 5 November 2020
09:05 US election: Trump campaign takes legal action
As the US presidential election result comes down to the wire in a handful of key states, the Trump campaign has already announced it'll take legal action in Michigan to suspend the vote count. Earlier it stated it would seek a recount in Wisconsin, before the official count had been reported. Kathryn will talk to correspondent Ron Elving in Washington DC for the latest.
Ron Elving is a Senior Editor and Correspondent, Washington Desk for NPR news
09:20 US election: What happens now?
Investigative journalist Ron Suskind has written about the presidency and national affairs for more than three decades, and recently published an article based on interviews with dozens of officials - several of whom are still serving in the Trump administration.
09:30 US election: The legal challenges explained
What are the legal challenges threatening to delay the outcome of the US election? Could they make their way up to the US Supreme Court, the ultimate legal authority in the US? Steven Schneebaum is a constitutional law expert at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
09:45 UK PM urged to relax quarantine rules, Bashir's Diana interview questioned
UK correspondent Matthew Parris joins Kathryn to talk about the overwhelming numbers of Covid patients requiring hospital care, with nearly 500 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. Senior advisers have warned Boris Johnson his plan to use mass "moonshot" testing will fail unless quarantine rules are relaxed. And Martin Bashir's infamous interview with Princess Diana will be investigated, after claims the journalist faked documents suggesting she was being spied on by shadowy palace figures.
10:05 US Election: Joe Biden speaks
Presidential hopeful Joe Biden addresses the nation, and Kathryn speaks with Dr. Christopher Borick, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion in Pennsylvania.
10:10 From hostage in Sierra Leone to human rights advocate in Australia
As an 18-year-old, Aminata Conteh-Biger was kidnapped by anti-government rebels in Sierra Leone. She was held captive and brutally treated for months before being released as part of a negotiated prisoner exchange. Aminata was resettled as a refugee in Australia, rebuilding her life there. Years later a near-death experience when giving birth to her first child sparked a light-bulb moment for Aminata - that women in her homeland are 200 more likely to die in childbirth than in Australia. She founded the Aminata Maternal Foundation to improve the health of mothers and babies in Sierra Leone. Her memoir is called Rising Heart.
10:35 Book review - Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
Kiran Dass of Time Out Bookstore reviews Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, published by Pan Macmillan.
10:45 The Reading
11:05 Facebook's Project Aria, home surveillance, snack snitches
Technology correspondent Mark Pesce looks at how augmented reality promises a lot - but at a huge price. He'll detail Facebook's Project Aria and what it might mean for privacy. Mark will also look at how Amazon Ring home security cameras are being used by police for surveillance, and the Japanese have come up with a way for snacks to surveil themselves!
11:25 Helping children manage their feelings
Education consultant and parenting coach Joseph Driessen talks with Kathryn about helping children identify and manage their feelings. He says it's important to create a family culture where children (and adults) accept and validate the feelings of others.
11:45 I Am Woman, Fireball, The Good Fight
Film and TV reviewer James Croot joins Kathryn to look at whether the Helen Reddy biopic I Am Woman does justice to the Australian singer who died earlier this year. He'll also look at Apple TV's new documentary Fireball and the latest season of The Good Fight, on Amazon Prime.