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.
Former NASA roboticist and programmer Randall Munroe is now a web comic with a cult following. In his book What If? he attempts to answer science’s most intriguing questions. Along the lines of, ‘If your cells suddenly lost the power to divide, how long would you survive? If we hooked turbines to people exercising in gyms, how much power could we produce?’ He is the creator of the webcomic xkcd.com. It is a witty take on the world of science and geeks. It now gets 600,000 to a million page hits daily. He also has an asteroid named after him.
10:05 Thursday 23 October 2014
Caitlin Doughty is a twenty-something licensed mortician and funeral director with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre, who took a job at a crematory after her first degree - turning morbid curiousity into her life's work. In her new book, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Caitlin argues that our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and she calls for better ways of dealing with death (and our dead). She also fronts the popular webseries, Ask a Mortician.
09:30 Friday 24 October 2014
Dr Julian Fennessy, who is the inaugural executive director of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation says giraffes are the "forgotten megafauna" despite the fact their numbers have plummetted by 40 percent in the past 16 years. There are just 80 thousand left in the wild. A long time giraffe conservationist, Dr Fennessy says "Scientists have lately discovered that giraffes are not the social dullards or indifferent parents they were reputed to be".
11:30 Tuesday 28 October
Jeremy Dixon is the founder of Auckland’s Revive Cafés, which sell healthy lunches and dinners – including salads and hot meals that are vegetarian and use mainly fresh, local produce. His fourth cookbook has just been published, and he shares Spring recipes from it.
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