Nine To Noon

Friday 31 October 2014, with Kathryn Ryan

09:05 News and current affairs

09:45 Pacific correspondent Mike Field

Tensions around a royal baptism in Tonga, TVNZ's outsourcing of Maori and Pacific programming and how much of Tuvalu's debt could be paid if they sold their London high commission.

10:05 The discovery of the BRCA gene 20 years ago

Breast cancer survivor Annie Parker was was convinced that the disease plaguing the women in her family was no coincidence. Both her mother and sister died after getting breast cancer. Annie Parker's was diagnosed when she was 29 in 1980. She survived, only to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer eight years later.

She quizzed her doctors about a genetic link, given her family history, but was told she was being a hypochondriac, and that she was just unlucky. But she continued to dig for information.

Meanwhile geneticist Dr Mary-Claire King was herself challenging conventional wisdom and searching for a genetic link to cancers that affected generations of families. Dr King discovered the BRCA gene and in 1994 Annie Parker was the first person in Canada to be tested for the mutation and she tested positive.

Annie Parker's book Annie Parker Decoded was made into a film starring Samantha Morton and Helen Hunt.

10:35 John McIntyre reviews new children's books

To This Day – for the bullied and the beautiful Shane Koyczan 

This is a book created from an anti-bullying poem by a Canadian performance poet Shane Koyczan that appeared on YouTube last year and went viral.

10:45 The Reading: 'The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt' by Tracy Farr

The story of Dame Lena Gaunt: musician, octogenarian, junkie. It's also a tale of loss and family, grief and, most of all, it's about letting go (3 of 12, RNZ)

11:05 Music reviewer Grant Smithies

Grant Smithies checks out the lesbian love songs and post-modern murder ballads of New Orleans folk band Hurray For The Riff Raff, then gets sand in his Speedoes while listening to Nelson surf-rock trio, The Radtones.

Small Town Heroes is the fifth album from itinerant Puerto Rican singer Alynda Lee Segarra, now based in New Orleans, where many of these songs are set. The album was released earlier this year but is only now getting the attention it deserves, and the band is to play a one-off gig in Auckland at the Vector Arena Tuning Fork on Friday, November 21.

The debut six-track EP by a new surf rock trio from Nelson. Makes you want to strap on a pair of Speedoes, drink too much beer and dance in the sand dunes. The sound of summer down here in the town wear I live…

11:30 Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

11:45 The week that was with comedians Te Radar and Irene Pink