09:05 The great US debt stand-off that could lead to an unprecedented default

Jo Gagnon, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a private, nonpartisan research institution focused on international economic policy.

09:25 Tribute to the late Māori language pioneer Dame Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira

Dame Katerina was a teacher, community educator, writer, artist and Māori language activist who died on 16 July 2011. She was a key player in the revival of te reo Māori.

Cathy Dewes is the principal of landmark total immersion school, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ruamata in Rotorua. With Dame Katerina, Cathy helped establish Kura Kaupapa Māori schools throughout NZ. Cathy was made an officer of the NZ Order of Merit in this year's Queen's Birthday honours.

09:45 Pacific correspondent Mike Field

10:05 Jeffery Deaver - US thriller writer who has penned the new James Bond novel

Bestselling thriller writer Jeffery Deaver has turned his pen to the James Bond franchise, after being invited by Ian Fleming Publications to write the new Bond novel, Carte Blanche. He's given it a more contemporary setting, but like all good Bond tales, there are plenty of exotic locations and Bond still drives a Bentley.

Deaver, a former journalist, lawyer and folksinger is best known for his Kathryn Dance and Lincoln Rhyme books. His novel The Bone Collector was made into a Hollywood film in 1999.

10:35 Book Review with Gina Rogers

The Trouble With Fire by Fiona Kidman
Published by Vintage

10:45 Reading: Spider by William Taylor (Part 5 of 10)

The story of a gangly teenager who gives up rugby to play the piano.

Listen again to this reading.

11:05 New Music with Sean McKenna

Artist: William Elliott Whitmore
Album: Field Songs
Song: Don't Need It
Videos: William chats with his 93-year-old grandmother about the family history
Field Songs
Everything Gets Gone

Artist: Lissie
Album: Catching A Tiger
Song: Little Lovin'
Video: Oh Mississippi

Artist: The Horrors
Album: Skying
Song: Endless Blue
Video: Still Life

Artist: Various artists
Album: Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown's Mowest Story 1971-73
Song: The Night - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Video: The only big hit for Mowest

11:30 Sports commentator Joseph Romanos

The split between Tiger Woods and his New Zealand caddy Steve Williams and reflections on the 30 years since the controversial Springbok rugby tour.

11:45 The Week That Was with Jessie Mulligan and Elisabeth Easther