Remembering British explorer, Henry Worsley

Henry Worsley

Henry Worsley Photo: Shackleton Solo

Henry Worsley has died while attempting to become the first person to cross the Antarctic unsupported. In his final audio message sent from Antarctica on Friday he said: "My summit is just out of reach." Mr Worsley, 55, had been 71 days into his trek and just a few days away from completing it. 


09:05 How damaged is top tier sport? 

What can be done to salvage the reputation of world sport ? On January 14th the World Anti-Doping Agency published the second part of its report on widespread doping within Russian Athletics, with a focus on criminal activity. It traced institutionalized corruption to the very top of the Russian Athletics Federation, and worse still found, the International Association of Athletics Federations allowed it to happen.

Russia's anti-doping centre, based at the Federal Research Center of Physical Training and Sport in Moscow Vitaliy Belousov/RIA Novosti

Russia's anti-doping centre in Moscow Photo: AFP

Now sportwear giant Adidas is terminating its deal to support athletics four years early. And suspicions have been raised that an Australian Open doubles match played at the weekend (23rd-24th January) was fixed, one week after revelations that 16 tennis players were repeatedly flagged for throwing matches.

New Zealander David Howman is the director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency. After 13 years he's stepping down in June 2016. Richard Ings is the former Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief executive and was executive vice president for rules and competition at the Association of Tennis Professionals, and  Scott Goodman is Athletics New Zealand's  High Performance Manager 

09:30 Advances in Assistive Technology

jonathan mosen

jonathan mosen Photo: supplied

Advances in technology are making some every day tasks easier for people who are visually impaired. Assistive Technology consultant, Jonathan Mosen has been blind since birth .He says thanks to the incredible advances in assistive technology, it getting easier to do many simple things that people take from granted. He remembers when a pocket dictionary took up over 30 bulky Braille volumes and having to rely on a sighted person to read him the newspaper or a bank statement.But things have changed allowing blind people who use assistive technology to  have independent access to information in unprecedented quantities at the same time as sighted people.

09:45 Steve Almond in the US

10:05 Coastal Gardens

Ecological Consultant and writer Isobel Gabites has created gardens from bare land at a range of properties over the years. She works with developers and councils on achieving the best ecological practice for land, and getting the right things planted to suit the landscape and weather variations.She is the author of several natural history and gardening books, including The Native Garden - design themes from wild New Zealand, which was a Montana Book Awards finalist (1999). Isobel Gabites' latest work is The Coastal Garden, which she says comes from her own love of coastal living.

10:35 Book review

The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-home

10:45 The Reading

South Sea Vagabonds by John Wray read by Alex Greig (Part 2 of 10)

11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram

11:20 The story behind the song Waltzing Matilda

Jeff Close is the deputy chair of the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton and he's a local amateur historian. He tells the story behind the song that is Australia's unofficial anthem, Banjo Paterson's Waltzing Matilda.

11:45 Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Music played in this show

Artist: David Kilgour
Song: A Break in the Weather
Composer: Kilgour/Hunt
Album: The Heavy Eights
Label: Arch Hill
Time: 1006am

Artist: Modest Mouse
Song: Lampshades on Fire
Composer: n/s
Album: Stranger to Ourselves
Label: Sony Promo
Time: 1143am