09:05 Former Alliance president Matt McCarten tipped to be Labour's new chief of staff

Former Labour Party president Mike Williams and Matthew Hooton, Nine to Noon political commentator discuss what the key appointments mean for the party. Mr McCarten, who stood unsuccessfully for the Mana party in the 2010 Mana by-election, is the head of the Unite union.

09:20 Nurses say staffing shortages at Dunedin hospital are compromising patient safety

Hillary Graham-Smith,  NZNO Associate Professional Services Managers.

09:30 New research that predicts there will be more power black-outs across the world in the future

The paper Blackouts: A Sociology of Electrical Power Failure is by Auckland University's Steve Matthewman, and Hugh Byrd, Professor of Architecture at the University of Lincoln in the UK. It is published in the Social Space Scientific Journal 

09:45 Australia with Karen Middleton

Chief political correspondent for SBS.

10:05 Feature: Guardian journalist and author Luke Harding

Luke Harding is an award-winning journalist and author of new book on Edward Snowden and how the Guardian broke the NSA whistleblower story.  He is a former Guardian Russia correspondent who was harassed by Russia's Federal Security Bureau and ultimately expelled by the Kremlin.

10:35 Book review with John King

The News: A User's Manual by Alain de Botton. Published by Hamish Hamilton.

10:45 The Reading: The Lost Pilot by Jeffrey Holman

A journey of discovery and reconciliation, when Jeffrey Holman seeks out the families of six kamikaze who died attacking his father’s ship in 1945. (Part 8 of 10)

11:05 Marty Duda's artist of the week - Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu emerged during the late 1990s along with other neo-soul divas such as Macy Gray and Jill Scott. Her debut album, Baduism drew comparisons to Billie Holiday, but since then she has established herself as a unique artist with her own voice, incorporating elements of jazz, soul and hip-hop, along with song strong political opinions. She is scheduled to perform at Auckland’s Civic Theatre in April.

1. On and On  – Erykah Badu taken from 1997 album, 'Baduizm' (Kendar)
2. Love of My Life – Erykah Badu with Common taken from 2003 album, 'World Wide Underground' (Motown)
3. Honey – Erykah Badu taken from 2008 album, 'New Amerykah, Part One (4th World War)' (Motown)
4. Window Seat – Erykah Badu taken from 2010 album, 'New Amerykah, Part Two' (Motown)

11:30 Legal commentator Maria Berryman

11:45 Arts commentator Mark Amery discusses art at the Arts Festival and art in the streets.

Music played in this show

Title: Sweet Jane
Artist: Velvet Underground         
Composer: Reed
Album: NYC Man
Label: BMG