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.
Dr Judy Melinek is a San Francisco based forensic pathologist and contract pathologist at the Alemeida County Coroners Office. She provides an insight into the world of forensic pathology in her book Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner, co-written with her husband T.J Mitchell. A Harvard graduate, Dr Judy Melinek began her training as a forensic pathologist in New York City - she was a relative rookie when 9/11 happened and ended up performing autopsies in the aftermath of the Twin Towers collapse, and working to identify victims.
Her memoir explores the harrowing days after the terrorist attacks, and it touches on her gratitude that her job meant she could play a useful part in the huge recovery effort on the ground.
10:05 Friday 28 November 2014
Dr. Paul J. Zak is a neuroeconomist who was the first to identify that the brain chemical oxytocin allows us to determine who to trust. His current research has shown that oxytocin is responsible for virtuous behaviors, working as the brain's "moral molecule." This knowledge is being used to understand the basis for civilization and modern economies, improve negotiations, and treat patients with neurologic and psychiatric disorders.
10.05am Monday 1 December
Justin O'Riain is a South African Professor of Biology who can provide insights into wildlife wars and the clash between human habitats and animals in the wild. His research focusses on Behavioural Ecology and Conservation Biology. He explore the drivers of the human-wildlife conflict, and is based at the University of Cape Town where he is the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Science and Head of the Baboon Research Unit.
Justin O'Riain is currently focussing on mammalian social systems using baboons and seals as models for exploring selfish rules within group living mammals. His work covers a range of creatures including, baboons, sharks, lions - about their habitats and their interface with human activity.
11.20am Tuesday 2nd December 2014
Award winning children's author and illustrator, Jason Chin loves nothing better than stimulating the scientific curiosity of children. His latest book delves into the fundamental force that is Gravity - by imagining what would happen to us if it did not exist.
He has previously written and illustrated children's books about America's Giant Redwood trees, coral reefs and the Galapagos islands - in each case visiting those places to enable him to draw the images.