3:00 p.m. It's the last show you will ever hear as the world comes to an end tomorrow! However, Dan Riskin says not so fast. The co-host of Discovery's Daily Planet breaks down the ancient Mayan myth. Dan joins David to explain how Christmas and New Years will (most likely) go ahead as scheduled.
3:30 p.m. Animal shelters are struggling to find a home for an abundance of cats this holiday season. According to the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, the animal sheltering system is dangerously overcapacity for the number of cats in care. SPCA shelter director Tiffany Koback explains how you can help.
4:00 p.m. US President Barack Obama's tears for the children of Newtown last week resonated with many across the world. However, his tears are in stark contrast to his silence over the children murdered by his drones in Pakistan. George Monbiot, columnist for UK publication The Guardian, points to how in the US, mass child killings are tragedies, while in Pakistan, they're mere bug splats.
4:30 p.m. Round Table - Bronwyn Eyre and John Himpe join David Kirton on the round table.
5:00 p.m. Enjoy the last day of the world! According to the Mayan calendar, the planet blows up tomorrow... or something along those lines. Discovery's flagship show, however, is poking a hole in this myth. Co-host Dan Riskin joins David to explain how the world will survive through tomorrow.
5:30 p.m. The year that was provided a turbulent time for weather. Environment Canada is out with its top ten weather stories list for 2012. Senior climatologist David Phillips recaps what happened this past year.
3:00 p.m. As the gun law debate brews in the United States after the Connecticut school massacre, it is more apparent how different the laws are in Canada. Kevin Kopp, owner of Saskatoon-based North Pro Sports, explains the differences between the two countries.
3:30 p.m. The Idle No More protests continue across Canada against what activists call a violation of treaty rights. Now the grassroots protesters are calling on all Nations to drum and sing across Turtle Island this Friday for a Global Synchronized Spiritual Awakening. Saskatoon's Jessica Gordon, one of four organizers who helped put Idle No More in motion, explains more about the protests.
4:00 p.m. The Missing Women Commission of Inquiry report comes nearly a decade after Robert Pickton's arrest in connection with the deaths of dozens of sex workers. However, this report may not have seen the light of day if it surrounded other victims. Warren Goulding's book, Just Another Indian, suggests crimes committed against First Nations women go largely ignored in Canada. Warren joins David.
4:30 p.m. Round Table - Craig Silliphant and Sarah Mills join David Kirton on the round table.
5:00 p.m. The heat is turning up on the Idle No More protests across Canada. It surrounds a federal omnibus bill, which protesters believe will negatively impact treaty rights. Saskatoon activist Jessica Gordon played a large role to get the movement off the ground. Jessica joins David.
5:30 p.m. A life changing Christmas gift for a family this year may be a puppy. Kathleen Miles, assistant editor with HuffPost LA, dives into puppy mills and exposes a massive industry, according to a new report by the International Fund for Animal Welfare. However, as Kathleen explains, a life changing Christmas gift for a puppy this year may be a family.
3:00 p.m. From heated talks on gun control, to an airline crisis, and cooking with an easy bake oven, John has today's biggest stories of the day.
3:30 p.m. With the shopping craziness upon us, searching for the perfect gift may seem like a challenging task. However, it's not the amount of money you spend that's important. U of S consumer behaviour expert Marjorie Delbaere believes the type of gift should depend on the relationship between the recipient and the giver. Marjorie helps John with some gift giving ideas.
4:00 p.m. Does the size of a gun determine if you have earned your man card? Bushmaster suggested that thought in a 2010 campaign with the same gun used by Adam Lanza late last week. Emma Gray, associate editor of HuffPost Women, suggests that selling deadly weapons based on the premise that it will up the purchaser's "man cred" is disturbing in itself. Emma joins John.
4:30 p.m. Round Table - Craig Silliphant and Angela Hill join John Himpe on the round table.
5:00 p.m. A new gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven is on its way. In addition to pink and purple, Hasbro will soon release its latest model in black, silver, and blue. The decision comes after meeting with a 13-year-old New Jersey girl who started a campaign calling on the toy maker to make an Easy-Bake Oven that appeals to all children. News Talk Radio's Chef Malcolm weighs in.
5:30 p.m. A Bushmaster ad campaign from two years ago says in order to earn your man card, you must have a .223-calibre semiautomatic rifle. That's the same gun used by 20-year-old Adam Lanza to murder 27 people. Emma Gray, associate editor of HuffPost Women, shares her latest article on this issue.
3:00 p.m. The aftermath of the Newtown school shooting has left 27 people dead, 18 of whom were children, and thousands in the small Connecticut community mourning as funerals are set to begin today. John gives you the story so far.
3:30 p.m. The Hobbit surpassed all three previous Lord of the Rings films in its opening weekend with a $223-million (US) performance world-wide. Movie geek Craig Silliphant reviews the much anticipated movie.
3:50 p.m. A complaint about "Merry Christmas" greetings on Saskatoon city buses will go before City Hall today. News Talk Radio reporter Francois Biber gives us the latest.
4:00 p.m. We go to the scene of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Global National Toronto correspondent Mike Drolet describes the shaken community.
4:20 p.m. Former Riders bench boss Kent Austin is returning to the CFL -- but this time in black and yellow. The head coach, who earned Saskatchewan a championship in 2007, has taken the helm of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Rick Zamperin, sports director of CHML Hamilton, chats about the signing.
4:30 p.m. Round Table - Bronwyn Eyre and Jackson Middleton join John Himpe on the round table.
5:00 p.m. An unlikely scenario Friday morning in Connecticut where a shooter takes both his parents lives, along with 18 young children. Funerals begin today in Newtown where locals are attempting to return to life as normal. John looks back on the tragic weekend that was.
5:30 p.m. The University of Regina's cheerleading squad will be on the international state at the International Cheer Union's world university championships in Florida next month. Cheerleader Mitch Toupin joins John.
3:00 p.m. The rebel fighters are making ground in Syria as reports indicate President Bashar Assad is losing control of the embattled country. Christian Leuprecht, assistant professor of political science with Queen's University and the Royal Military College of Canada, explains what may happen next.
3:30 p.m. A farm couple in the Prince Albert area is rebuilding after a devastating house fire. And, they're getting some help from a Saskatoon company and their good-hearted neighbours. Homeowner Esther Peters shares her story with Richard.
4:00 p.m. "Idle No More" protests were held around the country this week to counter the federal omnibus Bill C-45. The numerous changes in the bill affect First Nations people across the country, and the message behind the protests is that the government failed to consult with First Nations groups on these revisions. John Lagimodiere, publisher and editor of Eagle Feather News, dives deeper into these protests.
4:30 p.m. Round Table - Bronwyn Eyre and Jackson Middleton join Richard on the round table.
5:00 p.m. Don't say F-35 in a Tory caucus meeting this week. The Harper government has hit the eject button on the purchase of the jet. National Post columnist Kelly McParland explains why the federal botched deal isn't resonating with a lot of Canadians.
5:30 p.m. The Geminid meteor shower is set to be one of the most spectacular light shows in the sky to cap off 2012. It will peak towards midnight tonight, with clear skies expected across Saskatchewan. Astronomy lecturer Stan Shadick with the University of Saskatchewan joins Richard.
3:00 p.m. A Toronto IKEA turned into a jungle when a monkey broke free from a parked car and wandered into the store. Toronto Animal Services have since taken Darwin the monkey to a sanctuary. But, Darwin's owner is pleading to have him back because they have bonded and are attched to one another. Naturalist Brian Keating, who owns and operates GoingWild.org, explains the habits of primates.
3:30 p.m. The moon took quite a beating in its early days. Even more than scientists previously believed. This new view of the moon comes from detailed mapping by twin NASA spacecraft. Dr. Maria Zuber, who was the chief scientist of NASA's mapping mission, explains the untold history of the moon.
4:00 p.m. Religious organizations are doing their part as clean up efforts continue from the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Saskatchewan's Bishop Cindy Halmarson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church chats about her trip to the US Atlantic and how those who are spiritual are helping out.
4:30 p.m. Round Table - Sarah Mills and Samantha Maciag join Richard on the round table.
5:00 p.m. Bullying is now illegal in Hanna, Alberta. Bullies now face fines for name calling or using any put downs, and those who cheer them on could also be forced to pay up. Mayor Mark Nikota explains how "bullying" is defined in the new anti-bullying bylaw.
5:30 p.m. Saskatoon's finest celebrities will come together to compete for charity. Navacare's 1st annual Swinging With the Stars will have these big local names dancing to raise money for families caring for a terminally ill loved one. Navacare CEO Brett Bayda and celebrity dancer and Saskatoon Global Morning news anchor Lisa Dutton join Richard.
3:00 p.m. Have you had it with your wireless phone carrier? Many Canadians have. Hundreds told the CRTC it should ban the three-year cell phone contract. Dr. David Gerhard, associate professor of computer science with the University of Regina, takes a look at how Canadian phone contracts work.
3:30 p.m. It was a prank gone horribly wrong when two Australian DJs made a phone call to the Dutchess of Cambridge's hospital room. A nurse/receptionist committed suicide in the wake of the prank. Former host of the TV show Candid Camera, Peter Funt, made a living off pranks. He shares his thoughts with Richard.
4:00 p.m. The fate of a man in a vegetative state rests in the hands of seven people. The Supreme Court of Canada will rule on who gets to decide when a medical treatment is no longer worth pursuing and should be ended. University of Toronto bioethicist Dr. Kerry Bowman works with end-of-life care. He joins Richard.
4:30 p.m. Round Table - Craig Silliphant and Justin Blackwell join Richard on the round table.
5:00 p.m. Official psychiatry could soon make it easier for the chronically worried to be diagnosed as a mental disorder. However, this definition doesn't satisfy Dr. Edward Shorter who says official definitions aren't based on science, but rather, consensus. The medical historian explains.
5:30 p.m. Two Australian DJs made international headlines after a prank call to the hospital room of the Dutchess of Cambridge. The next day, the receptionist was found dead in an apparent suicide. Now these DJs have lost their jobs. Peter Funt, the former host of the TV show Candid Camera, gives his take on the stunt.
3:00 p.m. The federal government has given the green light for Chinese state-owned CNOOC to purchase Canadian-based Nexen. However, the Harper Tories' decision to allow the takeover is neither a new era of protectionism, nor is it open-market free trading, according to Globe and Mail chief political writer John Ibbitson. John shares his thoughts with Richard.
3:30 p.m. The most-cool, most-cutting-edge, and most-buzzed about toys are on the market this gift-giving season. And, Discovery's flagship show, Daily Planet, is getting ready for the holidays in high-tech style. Co-host Dan Riskin chats about the Daily Planet's biggest week of the year with high tech toys.
4:00 p.m. Hollywood stories like you've never heard before. Stephen Schochet is a professional tour guide in Hollywood who, years ago, began collecting little-known, humorous anecdotes. His new book Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes About the Stars and Legends of the Movies! contains timeless tales featuring an all-star cast of icons. Stephen shares some of those stories with Richard.
4:30 p.m. Round Table - Bronwyn Eyre and Jackson Middleton join Richard on the round table.
5:00 p.m. China is moving into Canada as state-owned CNOOC gets the OK to purchase Nexen. The Harper government's decision, however, doesn't quite fit into the categories of traditional protectionism or open and free trade. Globe and Mail chief political writer John Ibbitson explains those thoughts.
5:30 p.m. A leading Canadian specialist is calling multiple-personality disorder a "fad." Psychiatrist Dr. Joel Paris of McGill University says cases of identity disorder are prominent only because of movies and books of the 1980s and '90s. Dr. Paris explains his controversial position.
3:00 p.m. A tumultuous week for NHL labour talks -- going from optimism to a train wreck in a matter of minutes. After what appeared to be a nearly complete deal, management and union turned away from the table and now all communication is off. Columnist Adam Proteau with The Hockey News explains what went wrong.
3:30 p.m. Saskatchewan's Brad Wall ranks high among the best money managing Premiers. He ranks third behind his Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick counterparts, according to the Fraser Institute. Charles Lammam, Associate Director for the think tank's Centre for Tax & Budget Policy, explains his findings.
4:00 p.m. Almost 200 children were taken from their homes and placed in a residential school, stripped of their language, and allowed no physical contact with their parents. It happened almost sixty years ago, as RCMP officers rounded up the children of Russian radicals in the Kootenay, BC area. 16x9 Chief Correspondent Carolyn Jarvis hears from the survivors for the first time.
4:30 p.m. Round Table - Angela Hill and Justin Blackwell join Richard on the round table.
5:00 p.m. It was a jam packed fall sitting of the Legislature. This session provided significant changes to liquor, labour, and speeding fines. News Talk Radio senior political reporter Sarah Mills recaps the sitting that was.
5:30 p.m. A bus driver in Victoria, BC is accused of kicking off a mother and her three children for being too noisy. In Kamloops, a bus driver is alleged to have "kidnapped" his passengers. This comes just a week after a verbal confrontation between a Saskatoon bus driver and a pedestrian. How tough is it to be a bus driver? Marge Redl, a retired Saskatoon bus driver, shares her stories.