From nine to noon every weekday, Kathryn Ryan talks to the people driving the news - in New Zealand and around the world. Delve beneath the headlines to find out the real story, listen to Nine to Noon's expert commentators and reviewers and catch up with the latest lifestyle trends on this award-winning programme.
Web comic author Randall Munroe answers some questions about the world of science. The former NASA roboticist and programmer has a cult following. He is the creator of the webcomic xkcd.com,
which aims to explain the law of science with cartoons. The 31 year old is the bestselling author of What If? In latest his book Things Explainer the focus is on explaining complicated stuff in simple words.
10:05 am Thursday 3 December: Rob Penn
Rob Penn is a British author and journalist and former lawyer, who cut down an ash tree to see how many things could be made from it. The result was more than 40 different uses for the wood, ranging from a desk, tools, bowls and bats. His book The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees, chronicles how wood from the ash tree has been used throughout history.
11:25 am Monday 7 December: Chris Fortune
Barbecue rubs and sauces with chef Chris Fortune on Nine to Noon. He is a founding member of the Farmers' Market movement, and runs cooking classes and demonstrations. Chris Fortune is also the author of The Kiwi Sizzler Portable BBQ Book and is along to share some tips on not incinerating your steak and sausages, and he'll have recipes for pea and mint salsa, baba ganoush and a three pepper rub.