09:05 Karen Middleton in Canberra on Australia's new Prime Minister

Karen Middleton discusses the Australian political coup in which Malcolm Turnbull ousted Tony Abbott as Prime Minister and Liberal party leader.

09:20 Should sales of paracetamol be more controlled to prevent overdoses?

Paracetamol is New Zealand's top selling pain killer as well as the number one drug which people seek advice about on the national poisons hotline. Clinicians on both sides of the Tasman say more awareness is needed about its potential toxicity. New guidelines for the management of paracetamol poisoning in Australia and New Zealand have just been published. Medical Toxicologist John Fountain is one of those who worked on the guidelines.

Dirty rat on the street09:35 How to get rid of rats

In Christchurch some residents have reported seeing rats openly walking around the red zone. Rat catchers say this is not due to an increase in rat numbers, but the fact there are fewer humans around, giving the rats free reign.

Dallington resident Emma Jamieson says she's also noticed a big increase in the number of hawks, who are feasting on the rats. She wants to get rid of the rats in her own roof, but is worried the poison might also kill hawks if they eat the dead or dying rats.

Christchurch pest controller Gary Hendrikse will explain what the options are.

09:45 US correspondent Steve Almond @stevealmondjoy

Cheating in the NFL, police brutality at the US Open.

10:05 The magic and misery of the ocean

Underwater photojournalist Brian Skerry has spent the last 30 years documenting the beauty of the ocean and its marine life. But increasingly his pictures serve another purpose - to highlight the environmental issues of our oceans and waterways.

The US based National Geographic photographer has worked all over the world including in this country, has published five books and won numerous awards.

10:30 Book Review: Asking for It by Louise O'Neill

Reviewed by Elisabeth Easther, Published by Quercus

10:45 The ReadingThe Phoenix Song by John Sinclair, told by Kat Wong (Part 5 of 12)

11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram

Rod Oram discusses China's environmental issues.

11:30 Loneliness and the effect on ageing

Dr. Nancy Donovan is a geriatric psychiatrist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Some of her recent research has found than loneliness and depression are linked to an increased risk of mental decline in the elderly and that loneliness can be associated with worse cognitive function.

11:45 Media commentator, Gavin Ellis

Gavin Ellis discusses Scout, the new co-production of MediaWorks and former New Zealand Herald gossip columnist Rachel Glucina which was launched on Monday.

Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on gavin.ellis@xtra.co.nz

Music played in this show

Artist:   Greg Johnson

Song: Liberty

Composer: Johnson

Album: Chinese Whispers

Label: EMI

Time: 9.35


Artist:   Tyra Hammond

Song: Stop Messin’ Round

Composer: Hammond/ Toy

Album: Tyra Hammond EP

Label: FTC

Time: 10.00


Artist:   The Head and the Heart

Song: Summertime

Album: Let’s be Still

Label: Sub Pop

Time: 11.39