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  • Book Review - The Art of Baking Blind ( 5′ 48″ )

    Written by Sarah Vaughn, reviewed by Anne Else and published by Hodder.

    From Nine To Noon on 14 Aug 2014

  • Nine To Noon for Thursday, 14 August 2014

    Reviewed by Anne Else, published by Hodder, RRP$37.99

  • Book Review: Lost and Found ( 4′ 24″ )

    Lost and Found by Brooke Davis. Published by Orion, $34.99. Reviewed by Anne Else.

    From Nine To Noon on 31 Jul 2014

  • Nine To Noon for Thursday, 31 July 2014

    Alain Bertaud is a senior research scholar at the NYU Stern Urbanization Project. His main area of research is the impact of markets, transportation, and regulations on urban form. Bertaud previously held the position of principal urban planner at the World Bank, where he worked on urban policy and urban infrastructure development mainly in South Asia, in transition economies such as China, Russia, and countries of Eastern Europe. Previously, he worked as a resident urban planner in a number of cities around the world: Bangkok, San Salvador, Port au Prince, Sana'a, New York, Paris, Tlemcen, and Chandigarh.

    Ramita Navai is a freelance British-Iranian journalist and writer. She has worked as a reporter for Channel 4's foreign affairs series, Unreported World. She has reported from over 30 different countries, including Sudan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Nigeria, El Salvador and Zimbabwe. She was awarded an EMMY for her undercover report from Syria. She has also worked as a journalist for the United Nations in Pakistan, northern Iraq and Iran, and was the Tehran correspondent for The Times from 2003 to 2006. Her first book, City of Lies -  Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran (published by Hachette NZ) was awarded the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Prize for Non-Fiction in 2012. It is based on interviews and research after she returned to the city of her birth, to look at the day to day lives of people living there. A snapshot of modern day Tehran - despite living in a repressive regime and an exploration of what is going on in the underbelly of the city. Among the characters in the book are a porn star, an assassin, and a police officer undergoing a sex change.

  • Book Review: Love and Treasure ( 6′ 4″ )

    Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman, published by Hodder, reviewed by Anne Else.

    From Nine To Noon on 04 Jun 2014

  • Nine To Noon for Wednesday, 4 June 2014

    Reviewed by Anne Else, Published by Hodder

  • Book review - The Road to Middlemarch ( 4′ 45″ )

    Anne Else reviews 'The Road to Middlemarch' by Rebecca Mead, published by Text.

    From Nine To Noon on 17 Feb 2014

  • Nine To Noon for Monday, 17 February 2014

    10:35 Book review with Anne Else

  • Justice system 'not to blame'

    The Law Society says the fatal shooting of two children in Dunedin is an extreme case for which the justice system can't be blamed. Their father, Edward Livingstone, was being treated for mental health problems, court records show.

    Updated at 10:33 pm on 17 January 2014

    From News

  • These Hopeful Machines for Tuesday, 5 November 2013

    In a way. Sometimes one voice is actually melded or morphed into another character’s. There’s a dream-like sequence and one of the main characters is trying to get another character to remember his past, so she draws him in and their voices sort of overlap—sometimes you don’t know which one is singing, and the electronics help with that kind of sustained thing, moving it into the cello sound. It’s a kind of transition use that actually turns the voice into something else. You might finish your vocal sound and then this trails off and then suddenly leaps out through the auditorium into someone else’s voice as it moves through. It’s a kind of morphing from one thing to another.

    The keyboards were not keyboards, they were called ‘touch-controlled voltage sources’. They were interfaces, finger controllers that were pressure-sensitive—it wasn’t actually pressure, it was capacitance, but it felt like pressure. One of the keyboards[8] had 12 touchplates...it didn’t look like a black and white keyboard, but it had 12 plates, because we knew that one of the possibilities had to be—in addition to everything else you might do—the ability to play a melody if that’s what you wanted to do. There was no reason not to do that, but that was only one of the possibilities. And they weren’t tuned to anything—they were completely configurable. Each plate had two control voltage outputs, and they could control anything. You could move by discrete movements or by pressing harder you could move sounds. It had all those possibilities. The second keyboard[9] had ten plates, and everybody thought it was because we had ten fingers, but it was because we were using it as a musique concrète controller. We[10] had gotten ten Viking loop machines from a store that had burned down and replaced the loops that were inside them—they were made for radio announcements—and we put our own tapes in them. And since there were ten of them we had Don make a keyboard with ten plates so that we could control the volume of any one of the loop machines, with random access. You could play them all at the same time or any combination. But the reason there were ten of them was that we had ten loop machines. I’ve read all these things about how it was for ten fingers, but that actually wasn’t true. It was just a coincidence.

  • New home for top security inmates

    The country's most dangerous criminals will soon be getting a new home after the Government announced plans to knock down the maximum security wing at Auckland Prison at Paremoremo.

    Updated at 3:44 pm on 25 October 2013

    From News

  • Book Review - My Brilliant Friend ( 4′ )

    Anne Else reviewing 'My Brilliant Friend' by Elena Ferrante, published by Text.

    From Nine To Noon on 19 Aug 2013

  • Nine To Noon for Monday, 19 August 2013

    10:35 Book Review with Anne Else

  • Book Review - The Aftermath ( 3′ 27″ )

    Anne Else reviews Rhidian Brook's 'The Aftermath' which is published by Viking.

    From Nine To Noon on 25 Jul 2013

  • Forced adoption in New Zealand ( 53′ 5″ )

    Earlier this year the Australian Federal Government apologised for its historical practice of forcibly taking babies born out of wedlock from their mothers. Should the New Zealand Government do the same?

    From Nights on 22 Jul 2013

  • NZ Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults for Sunday, 16 June 2013

    The Queen and the Nobody Boy (A Tale of Fontania) by Barbara Else, reviewed by Sofia and Christopher

    Kiwi: the real story by Annemarie Florian & Heather Hunt, reviewed by Riley and Koi

  • Saturday Morning for Saturday, 1 June 2013

    Allan Savory on restoring grasslands from desertification, photographer Andrew Quilty on documenting disasters, Howard Brenton on plays and politics, Playing Favourites with webmaster Richard Hulse, Derek Handley on entrepreneurial heart, Barbara Else on her Fontania books

    Howard Brenton is an English playwright and screenwriter (Spooks), whose plays includes Ladder of Fools (1965), Pravda (1985), Paul (2005), 55 Days (2012), and The Arrest of Ai Weiwei (2012). Shakespeare’s Globe commissioned his 2010 play, Anne Boleyn; a new Auckland Theatre Company production directed by Colin McColl will open on 13 June at The Q Theatre (to 7 July).

    11:45 Barbara Else

  • Book Review - Blood and Beauty ( 5′ 55″ )

    Anne Else reviews 'Blood and Beauty' by Sarah Dunant, published by Hachette NZ.

    From Nine To Noon on 10 May 2013

  • Nine To Noon for Friday, 10 May 2013

    09:30 Should heli-hunting be banned?

    10:35 Book review with Anne Else

  • Waitangi Day for Wednesday, 6 February 2013

    9:06 am Dame Anne Salmond

    Dame Anne Salmond DBE, CBE, FANAS, FRSNZ, FBA, FNZAH, PhD (Penn) is a Distinguished Professor of Māori Studies and Anthropology at the University of Auckland. She is involved with the Longbush Ecosanctuary in Gisborne and has recently been nominated as a New Zealander of the Year.

  • Book Review - May We Be Forgiven ( 4′ 39″ )

    Written by A M Homes, reviewed by Anne Else and published by Granta.

    From Nine To Noon on 30 Jan 2013

  • Nine To Noon for Wednesday, 30 January 2013

    10:35 Book Review with Anne Else

    Anne Else's recommended summer read:

  • Book Review - Two Brothers ( 6′ 36″ )

    Written by Ben Elton, published by Bantam Press. Reviewed by Anne Else.

    From Nine To Noon on 12 Nov 2012

  • Nine To Noon for Monday, 12 November 2012

    10:35 Book Review with Anne Else

  • Book Review - Casual Vacancy ( 8′ 15″ )

    Written by J K Rowling, published by Little, Brown, reviewed by Anne Else.

    From Nine To Noon on 04 Oct 2012

  • Nine To Noon for Thursday, 4 October 2012

    10:35 Book review with Anne Else

  • Book Review - Woman Who Dived into the Heart of the World ( 5′ 36″ )

    Written by Sabine Berman, reviewed by Anne Else and published by Simon & Schuster.

    From Nine To Noon on 09 Aug 2012

  • Nine To Noon for Thursday, 9 August 2012

    10:35 Book Review with Anne Else

  • Book Review - Park Lane ( 6′ 28″ )

    Written by Frances Osborne, reviewed by Anne Else and published by Hachette NZ/Little, Brown.

    From Nine To Noon on 17 Jul 2012

  • Nine To Noon for Tuesday, 17 July 2012

    10:35 Book Review with Anne Else