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.
10:05 am Wednesday 5 August: Human rights advocate Kay Danes
Kay Danes, her husband Kerry, and their young family were living in Laos in 2000, where Kay and Kerry were working for a security company. The family were heading home to Australia for Christmas, when Kay and Kerry were arrested on trumped-up charges of gem theft from the country’s biggest sapphire mine. They were separated from their two children and imprisoned in a Lao jail, where they remained for nearly a year. During that time, prison guards tortured Kerry and assaulted Kay, to try to force them to admit their guilt. They were eventually released and Kay has gone on to become a human rights advocate for other prisoners held abroad, as well as writing three books. Last year, she received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2014, for service to the community through promoting social justice and human rights.
11:05 am Wednesday 5 August: Artist of the Week: Marc Ribot
For many music lovers, Marc Ribot is known for his guitar playing on Tom Waits albums such as Rain Dogs, Mule Variations and Real Gone. But along with his session work for the likes of Waits, Elvis Costello and Marianne Faithfull, Marc Ribot has been assembling a breathtakingly diverse catalogue of his own music since the early 1990s. These including excursions into free jazz, Cuban music, blues, rock and classical. His latest album is a live jazz date at the legendary Village Vanguard. Marc Ribot will be performing a rare solo show at Auckland’s Tuning Fork on Thursday, August 6th.
9:30 am Tuesday 11 August: Lauren Kickham and Howard Frederick of the Great Elephant Census
The team that conducts the great elephant census in Africa says it was stunned to find that Tanzania has lost two thirds of its elephant population in just four years.
It blames organised poaching, due to demand from China for ivory.
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