Nine To Noon for Tuesday 29 March 2016
09:05 Rio Olympics athletes at high risk of infection from contaminated water
The Rio Olympics begin in just over 4 months, and New Zealand is set to send its biggest team ever, around 220 athletes. Over a quarter of those are the sailors, canoeists and rowers who will compete on Rio's contaminated lakes, rivers and beaches.
Rio based water and environmental scientist, Dr Fernando Spilki, has been conducting regular tests of the olympic waterways, and says athletes are at very high risk of infection, as there are such high levels of fecal matter entering the water; levels comparable to countries like India.
He says his tests found viruses that induce vomiting such as rotovirus as well as Fecal coliforms that could cause cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A and typhoid.
09:20 Talking to Western Jihadists
For the last two years Amarnath Amarasingam has been delving into the world of Western Jihadists - interviewing both those who have gone to fight overseas in Iraq and Syria, and their often extremely distressed families. Amarnath is a Fellow at George Washington University's Program on Extremism, and co-directs a study of Western foreign fighters at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He's recently been interviewing families of fighters named in leaked recruitment documents from Islamic State.
09:45 US correspondent Susan Milligan
10:05 World renowned expert on portraiture, Mette Skougaard
Mette Skougaard is the director of Denmark's Museum of National History and National Portrait Gallery - which is situated in the remarkable Frederiskborg Castle - the largest renaissance castle in Scandanavia. It was built in the early 17th century as a royal residence for King Christian the fourth of Denmark and Norway
Among other things, the museum houses the largest collection of portraits in Denmark - including paintings, busts, reliefs and portrait photography.
Among the most prized portraits are those depicting Denmarks royal family over the centuries - which also reflect the family's changing role in society.
10:35 New Zealand Books Pukapuka Aotearoa
Out of the Shadows: The Life of Millicent Baxter by Penny Griffith
Reviewed by Harry Ricketts, co-editor of the quarterly review, New Zealand Books
10:45 The Reading: One Girl, One Dream written and told by Laura Dekker
(Part 5 of 8)
11:05 Politics with Matthew Hooton and Stephen Mills
11:20 The kiwi and Aussie cycling team that competed in the 1928 Tour de France
In 1928 the first english speaking team competed in the Tour de France. The Ravat Wonder team was made up of cyclists from New Zealand and Australia. Wellington man, David Coventry happened upon their story in 2012, and was so intrigued he immediatly set to writing a fictionalised version of their race.
It became his first novel, The Invisible Mile, which was recently named one of four fiction finalists in the 2016 Ockham book awards.
The book centres on one of the kiwi riders in the team, a fictional character, from Taranaki, for whom the gruelling ride is more of a pilgramage to the world war 1 battle fields that inflicted so much emotional damage on his brother.
11:45 Media commentator Gavin Ellis