09:05 News and current affairs

09:30 Loss of funding for empathy programme

The Ministry of Social Development has scrapped funding for an empathy programme that has been proven to reduce aggression in school children. Roots of Empathy started in New Zealand in 2006, and so far more than 11 thousand school children have been through the programme. The Roots of Empathy programmes involves a local parent and infant visiting the classroom every 3 weeks over the school year - the children observe the baby's development and identify how it is feeling. The idea behind it is that by recognising and caring about a baby's emotions - children can learn about relating to others and understanding their feelings. The  programme has been delivered in schools in Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch for the past 8 years.

Mary Gordon is the Roots of Empathy founder. It is run by Barnados with funding from the ministry.

09:45 Australia correspondent Karen Middleton

10:05 Innovative chef and food writer Yotam Ottolenghi

Yotam Ottolenghi credit Pal HansenYotam Ottolenghi's path to the world of cooking and baking has been anything but straightforward. Having completed a masters degree in philosophy and literature whilst working on the news desk of an Israeli daily, he made a radical shift on coming to London in 1997. He started as an assistant pastry chef and worked in a number of British eating establishments before starting his own group of restaurants/food shops, with branches in Notting Hill, Islington, Belgravia and Kensington. Yotam Ottolenghi is the author of several cook books, his latest is Plenty More which features vegetable-based dishes.

10:35 Book review: 'Reach by' Laurence Fearnley

Reviewed by Elisabeth Easther. Published by Penguin, RRP$38.00

10:45 The Reading: The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt by Tracy Farr

The story of Dame Lena Gaunt: musician, octogenarian, junkie. It's also a tale of loss and family, grief and, most of all, it's about letting go (1 of 12, RNZ)

11:05 Marty Duda's artist of the week: Sam Prebble

Sam Prebble was an Auckland-based musician and songwriter, originally from Wellington, who passed away this past week. Sam recorded his own music under the name of Bond Street Bridge. His most recent work was the 2013 album 'The Explorer’s Club: Antarctica', an ambitious project based around the stories of Antarctic explorers such as Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton. But Sam was also a member of a much wider community of musicians including folks like Dylan Storey, Reb Fountain, Ivy Rossiter, Joel Mulholland, Brendan Turner and Nina McSweeney. Sam contributed to recordings and live performances by a host on New Zealand artists including The Broke Heartbreakers, The Eastern, Great North, The Andy Gibson Band and The Bitter Years. He will be missed.

1. Rain – Bond Street Bridge taken from 2008 album 'The Mapmaker’s Art' (Monkey)
2. The Lost Men – Bond Street Bridge taken from 2013 album, 'The Explorer’s Club: Antarctica' (Banished From The Universe)
3. Sold It All Away – Dylan Storey unreleased 2014 track
4. Annie V – Reb Fountain taken from 2014 unreleased album

11:30 Legal commentator Robert Lithgow

11:45 Science commentator Dr Siouxsie Wiles

Music played in this show

Artist: The Staves
Song: Icarus
Composer: n/a
EP: Mexico
Label: Atlantic
Time: 9:35

Artist: Peggy Lee
Song: It's All Right By Me
Composer: Porter
Album: The Best of Peggy Lee - 1952-56
Label: Music Club
Time: 10:43