Nine To Noon for Wednesday 22 July 2009
09:05 Ban on cellphone use in cars could be in place by October
Drivers texting or talking on their cellphones mobiles have been linked to about 100 crashes a year. Road safety experts say drivers are nine times more likely to have a crash if they're using a cellphone ... a worrying find given that more than half of us will admit to using our phones while we're behind the wheel. A recent survey has found that nearly 90 percent of those who text on the move say it impairs their driving performance.
32 countries have already banned cellphone use while driving, including Australia, the UK, Japan and Germany. Our own Transport Minister is awaiting official recommendations for a ban here.
Steven Joyce, Minister of Transport; Russell Keating, whose brother and sister-in-law were killed by a driver distracted by his cellphone; Samuel Charlton, Associate Professor at Waikato's Traffic and Road Safety research group.
09:35 Has professionalism ruined sport
David Walsh, chief sportswriter for the Sunday Times of London; he has also co-authored three investigative books on doping in professional cycling. He publicly declared that he believes professional sport doesn't work and has helped destroy sportsmanship and fair play. He argues that the reasons that people love sport is undermined when athletes start doing it for money - and this money leaves many sports people lost in their 30s unsure what to do with the rest of their lives.
09:50 Positive affirmations
Canadian researchers have found that, perversely, positive thinking actually makes those with low self-esteem feel worse.
Professor Joanne Wood, from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Joanne is a social psychologist, co-author of study of affirmations published Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
09:52 Australia correspondent Ray Moynihan
10:05 Dr John Long
Renowned Australian Paleontologist who won the 2008 Australasian Science Prize for his discovery of the world's oldest vertebrate embryos
This evening at 6 pm John Long will deliver the opening lecture Death, Sex and Evolution - 380 million year old fishes and the origins of the human body plan in the Liggins Institute's Seasons of Life public lecture series, which this year will focus on novel aspects of Evolution.
10:30 Book Review with Catriona Ferguson
The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall
Published by Hutchinson
10:45 Reading. The Orphan Gunner by Sara Knox
(Part 3 of 10)
An unconventional romance set in bomber command in Lincolnshire during WWII.
11:05 Music review with Marty Duda
This week's artist George Harrison
1. I'd Have You Anytime (2:58) - George Harrison taken from 1970
album "All Things Must Pass" (Apple)
2. Sue Me, Sue You Blues (4:48) - George Harrison taken from 1973 album "Living In The Material World" (Apple)
3. Devil's Radio (3:52) - George Harrison taken from 1987 album
"Cloud Nine" (Dark Horse)
4. Any Road (3:52) - George Harrison taken from 2002 album
11:30 Legal commentator Andrew Scott-Howman
Can your boss snoop into your private emails?
11:45 Film review with Dan Slevin
Dan takes a look at some of the best of the Festival, plus the latest Harry Potter instalment.