09:05 Report into asbestos exposure during Canterbury Rebuild

A report commissioned by the Ministry of Health has found Canterbury residents are unlikely to suffer any health risks from asbestos exposure during the canterbury earthquake repairs.

The Report is a review of Scientific Evidence of Non Occuptional Risks - and was convened by the Royal Society and the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor.

Sir David Skegg, president of the Royal Society of New Zealand
Dr Alistair Humphrey, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health  

09:30 NZ's biodiversity decline - why can't it be halted?

40 per cent of our native birds are considered threatened or at risk of extinction. Native plants fare no better, and 85 per cent of native lizards are threatened. Marie Brown is a policy analyst for the Environmental Defence Society and one of the authors of a new book called Vanishing Nature, a comprehensive analysis of the state of New Zealand's biodiversity.

09:45 Australia Correspondent, Peter Munro

Peter Munro discusses the debate over GST and whether it should be raised.

10:05 Blind runner to compete in London Marathon

Maria Williams heads to London this week to try to become the first blind New Zealand woman to compete at the para-athletics world marathon championships. Her running partner and guide is world mountain running champion, Melissa Moon.

10:35 Book review: 'Woman of the Dead' by Bernhard Aichner

Published by Orion. Reviewed by Gail Pittaway.

10:45 The Reading: The Godley Letters

Correspondence between Major General Godley and Lady Louisa Godley May to August 1915. Edited and arranged by Jane Tolerton. Read by Ginette McDonald and Sam Neill (3 of 10, RNZ).

11:05 Marty Duda's artist of the week: Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Texas-based singer-songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore is just one of many excellent artist to emerge from the Austin music scene. Gilmore got his start in the early 1970’s when he teamed up with his buddies Joe Ely and Butch Hancock to form the now-legendary Flatlanders. They barely released one album in 1972 (it only came out on 8-track tape) but it cemented Gilmore’s reputation as a premiere songwriter thanks to his tune Dallas. All three men went on to have acclaimed solo careers with Gilmore finally releasing his first album in the late 1980s. With the re-issue of The Flatlanders’ album in 1990, Jimmie Dale’s legacy was enhanced even more and his album, After Awhile, released a year later is considered his finest. Since then, The Flatlanders have reunited from time to time and Jimmie Dale Gilmore has continued to record and perform as a solo artist. His latest, 2011’s Heirloom Music, features a collection of old-time country and bluegrass tunes. Jimmie Dale Gilmore will perform at Auckland’s Tuning Fork on Monday, April 20th.

1. Dallas – The Flatlanders taken from 1972 album, “All American Music” (Plantation)
2. Deep Eddy Blues – Jimmie Dale Gilmore taken from 1989 album, “Jimmie Dale Gilmore” (Hightone)
3. Treat Me Like A Saturday Night – Jimmie Dale Gilmore taken from 1991 album, “After Awhile” (Nonesuch/Elektra)
4. I’m Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes – Jimmie Dale Gilmore & The Wronglers taken from the 2011 album, “Heirloom Music” (Redeye)

11:30 Law commentator, Dean Knight

Victoria University Law Lecturer, Dean Knight discusses the Judicature Modernisation Bill.

11:45 Science commentator Siouxsie Wiles

New Zealand scientists have discovered 46 genes which they say could potentially help predict patients' individual chances of surviving melanoma. Are some people more susceptible to the placebo effect? And a potential treatment for baldness.