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Monday May 31

Dr William Harris, Associate Professor of Political Studies at Otago University spoke to Alison Mau about the likely impact of the hostage drama in Saudi Arabia over the weekend.

Jim Howell - the New Zealand ambassador to Saudi Arabia spoke to Allison this morning - about conditions in Saudi immediately after the hostage drama and about the renewed threats to foreign nationals working in oil industry there.

Alison Mau spoke to Prime Minister Helen Clark about whether the issue of republicanism is likely to be raised in parliament in the near future and her upcoming trip to Europe for D Day commemorations.

James McOnie, our regular sporting satirist shared his thoughts on Sarah Ulmer's success at the cycling world championships with Peter Williams.

To coincide with Autism Awareness Week Alison Mau spoke to Stuart McLaren, Senior Lecturer in Health Science, Massey University about the impact classroom noise can have on children with autistic disorders.

Dr John Beaven is a Principal Scientist with the National Institute for Geological and Nuclear Sciences. He spoke to Alison Mau about his work in tracing the cause of a recent swarm of earthquakes beneath Wellington. The institute's website is at:

Janet Durrans has had an interesting career a runway model turned photographic journalist and a former Miss Auckland. Janet's work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Stern and a host of other domestic and international publications. She lives in New York but is in New Zealand on holiday. 

Johnny Edmonds spoke to Alison Mau about a new booklet put out by Tourism NZ highlighting Maori tourism called The Rough Guide to Maori NZ. www.roughguides.