09:05 Len Brown on our biggest city's housing crisis and transport problems - is Auckland liveable?

Len Brown, Mayor of Auckland has signed two major deals on transport and housing in recent days, will they deliver?

Len Brown

Len Brown Photo: RNZ

09:30 The effect of sleep on memory

Professor Ted Abel, director of the Biological Basis of Behaviour Program, University of Pennsylvania. He is an expert on sleep and memory, and has studied how sleep deprivation hampers memory abilities. He is speaking at the "Molecular and Genetic Mechanisms of Memory" Symposium at Otago University today (Friday 28 August).

09:45 Pacific correspondent Mike Field

A man in Tokelau cleans his skipjack tuna catch.

A man in Tokelau cleans his skipjack tuna catch. Photo: Michael Field

Mike Field reports issues in the Pacific including the US Tuna treaty and the deepening risks across the region as El Nino sets itself up for a record year. South Pacific exposure to China’s economy – time to worry? And, now that Japan cannot field a team for the expanded Super Rugby competition, isn’t it time, and possible, for the Pacific to have its chance?


10:05 Diane Foreman: In the Arena

Diane Foreman, with her husband Bill, oversaw the sale of plastics giant Trigon in 1994 and went on to form her own multi-million dollar export company the Emerald Group. She talks to Kathryn about success and failure and how she forged her own style, while seeking out mentors. She has been involved in a variety of sectors, including healthcare, property, recruitment, food manufacturing and charitable organisations. She has a newly-released book, In the Arena.

10:35 Children's Books with John McIntyre

John McIntyre from The Children's Bookshop in Wellington reviews graphic novels.

Steve Jobs - Insanely Great by Jessie Hartland
Published by Random House ISBN 978 0 85798 856 0

Gallipoli The Landing by Hugh Dolan illustrated by Mal Gardiner
Published by New South Books ISBN 978-1-2315-7074-2

War Brothers by Sharon McKay illustrated by Daniel Lafrance
Published by Walker Books ISBN 978-1-4063-5837-7

10:45 The Reading: The Marriage Mender by Sarah Quigley (Final)

11:05 Music with Grant Smithies

Grant Smithies warms his manly mainframe to the the blissful cyborg soul of Kody Nielson’s new Silicon project, then samples a vintage Stax soul collection and a classic single from pioneering Auckland post-punk band, The Features.

Silicon: Personal Computer
Released today, this is the latest offering from former Mint Chick/ Opossum/ Kody and Bic producer and multi-instrumentalist, Kody Neilson, and it’s a ripper: as funky as it is synthetic, a splendid collection of light, airy, cyborg soul.

Ian Levine’s Solid Stax Sensations
Killer new collection of vintage soul on the Stax/ Volt labels, compiled by British rare groove DJ, Ian Levine.

The Features
Comprising Karel Van Bergen, Jed Town, James Pinker and Chris Orange, The Features was the first band to record on local independent label, Propeller Records. This single 'City Scenes' (June 1980) reached No 32 in the Kiwi charts, and should have gone higher. A reformed version of the band plays an Auckland gig next week alongside another extraordinary punk band of the era, No Tag.

11:30 Sport with Brendan Telfer

Brendan Telfer discusses the athletics world champs in Beijing - has it been clean of doping?

11:45 The Week that Was with Te Radar and Irene Pink

Music played in this show

Artist: Silicon
Songs: God Emoji, Burning Sugar
Album: Personal Computer
Label: Weird World/ Universal

Artist: Sylvia and The Blue Jays
Song: Put Me In The Mood
Album: Ian Levine’s Solid Stax Sensations
Label: Kent/ Border

Artist: The Features
Song: City Scenes
Album: 7” single/ 1993 AK79 reissue/ It’s Bigger than the Both of Us comp
Label: Propeller

Artist: The Phoenix Foundation
Song: Mountain
Album: Give up your Dreams
Time: 9.38

Artist: Ladi 6
Song: Like Water
Time: 10.10 am

Artist: B52's
Song: Roam
Time: 11.44