Nine To Noon for Thursday 3 December 2009
09:05 Obama announces 30 thousand more US troops to go to Afghanistan
Andy Hull, senior research fellow in international security, Institute for Public Policy Research in London.
09:20 More US troops to be sent to Afghanistan
Lisa Leitz's husband is a US Navy pilot and is currently serving in Afghanistan and she is speaking out against the decision to send more troops to Afghanistan.
09:30 Wikileaks - exposing corruption and bringing down governments
Julian Assange, one of the founders and editor of Wikileaks, a two-year-old website which has made a name for itself by posting anonymously secret documents and reports. Last week it released half a million intercepted pager messages sent on September 11.
09:30 The Great Cupcake Rush
Rachel Kramer Bussel, founder of website
Cupcakes have become big business - American cupcake sales are forecast to rise another 20 percent over the next five years and the Food Network TV channel is reportedly piloting a series called "Cupcake Wars". The most popular blog devoted to the subject, Cupcakes Take The Cake, now gets 9 thousand hits a day.
09:45 UK correspondent Jon Dennis
10:05 Lynn Rogers - black bears
Dr Lynn Rogers has spent more than 40 years studying black bears in North America, finding that they don't like honey and aren't aggressive. His work was the subject of a recent BBC documentary.
10:30 Book Review with Gail Pittaway
You or Someone Like You by Chandler Burr
Published by Allen & Unwin
10:45 Reading: Pedal Power: Great Bicycle Journies by Roy Sinclair
(Part 4 of 5)
In a bold attempt to combat inevitable dotage '60-something' Roy Sinclair decides to cycle the length of Japan.
11:05 New Technology with Nat Torkington
Nat discusses school reports, a damning report on the amount of computer surveillance going on in the USA, and a clever use of crowd sourcing.
Crowd sourcing: www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/dec/01/mystery-tony-blair-finances
11:30 Psychologist and parenting with Nigel Latta
Nigel discusses parents setting rules for children.
11:45 Television review with Simon Wilson
Musical high school comedy Glee; Toni Collete's new series, The United States of Tara; and local doco How To Spot A Cult.