About Nine To Noon

Every weekday, Kathryn Ryan canvases breaking news, backgrounds social and economic issues, and discusses lifestyle trends, with the help of newsmakers, correspondents, and experts in every imaginable field from writers and reviewers to ordinary New Zealanders.

Between 9:00 am and 10:00 am Kathryn investigates the main news of the day - bringing the world to you. At 9:45 am we get the latest news from overseas from our correspondents. On Mondays we hear from our Europe correspondent, Seamus Kearney, our Middle East correspondent Irris Makler or Africa correspondent David McKenzie. On Tuesdays we catch up with the latest in the US with Jack Hitt or Luiza Savage, and on Wednesdays it's the turn of Karen Middleton in Australia. On Thursdays we look at what's happening in the UK with Matthew Parris, Jon Dennis, Kate Adie or Dame Ann Leslie, while on Fridays we hear news from the Pacific with Mike Field or from Asia with Greg Torode.

After the 10:00 am news, our Feature Interview profiles a wide range of extraordinary and ordinary people who stimulate new ideas and debate. At 10:35 am we have book reviews with a range of reviewers (on alternate Fridays John McIntyre takes a look at the latest children's books). At 10.45 am we continue our literary theme with a reading.

At 11:00 am on Mondays, we cover what's hot in politics, with Matthew Hooton taking the right-wing perspective, and Mike Williams coming from the left. On Tuesdays we feature business news with Rod Oram, on Wednesdays we have music historian Marty Duda featuring his artist of the week, on Thursdays we talk new technology with Donald Clark or Sarah Putt and on Fridays, listeners are treated to a selection of the latest music releases with Sean McKenna or Jeremy Taylor.

At about 11:25 am on Mondays guest chefs bring us different recipes, with John Hawkesby picking wine to match. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we discuss hot topics in the public arena. On Wednesdays one of our team of experts discusses legal issues, and on Fridays Joseph Romanos or Richard Boock talks sport.

We round up the morning on a lighter note. On Mondays at 11:45 am our "urbanist" Tommy Honey looks at issues facing city dwellers - while on alternate Mondays we go off the beaten track with outdoorsman and adventurer, Kennedy Warne. On Tuesdays we review the latest films with Graeme Tuckett or TV, and on Wednesdays we talk science with Simon Pollard, alternating with Courtney Johnston, on the arts. On Thursdays, Gavin Ellis turns the spotlight on the media and on Fridays we finish the week with a light-hearted look at the news with Te Radar, joined by either Michele A'Court, Irene Pink, Gemma Gracewood, Elisabeth Easther or Pinky Agnew.