A police car outside a cordon in South Auckland

09:05 Undercover cops risk false confessions

The New Zealand Police are increasingly using elaborate stings to trick suspects into confessions and one lawyer is worried they could be pressuring people into false confessions. Using the so-called "Mr Big technique" police set up  scenarios where the suspect believes they have joined a gang which has the power to protect them from prosecution or pay them money - but only if they confess any previous crimes. Jonathan Krebs is a Hawke's Bay-based lawyer who's concerned the tactic could lead to false confessions.

09:20 Forecasting earthquakes using neural computing

Nikola Kasbov is a professor of computer science at AUT. His current work involves making computers work more like brains and using these neural systems to solve complex problems like which medicines will work for an individual and attempting to predict earthquakes

Nikola Kasbov standing in front of a monitor showing a graphical representation of a neural network

Nikola Kasbov Photo: AUT

09:45 Australia correspondent

Peter Munro tells us about a royal commission into the Northern Territory's juvenile detention system, proposed new laws for the indefinite detention of terrorists and a stoush over the state of the Olympic village

10:05 One of the world's last tribal societies

Australian documentary filmmakers Martin Butler and Bentley Dean collaborated with villagers in the Vanuatu highlands who'd never seen a movie to create Tanna. Their first feature film, it involved immersing themselves in one of the world's last tribal societies. Kathryn Ryan talks to Martin Butler & Jimmy Nako the film's cultural director who was brought up traditionally in the next village to Yakel.

10:35 NZ Literature Review - The Burning Boy by Maurice Gee

Reviewed by Louise O'Brien, published by Penguin

10:45 The Reading

Mushrooms by Te Awhina Arahanga, read by Miriama McDowell

11:05 Marty Duda's artist of the week

Marty features the music of Memphis soul singer, William Bell.

11:20  Upskilling teachers in science education

Barbara Hay and Diana Manks

Barbara Hay and Diana Manks Photo: supplied

Barbara Hay is the principal of Koraunui School in Stokes Valley, Lower Hutt, The school is committed to engaging its pupils in science in a practical way. One of its teacher's, Diana Manks, has spent the last two terms at Victoria University involved in a programme to upskill teachers to enthuse students and the community in science education.  The Science Teaching Leadership Programme, managed by the Royal Society of New Zealand, aims at improving science learning.

11:45 Holding government agencies to account

Legal commentator Victoria University law lecturer, Dr Dean Knight, discusses accountability within the civic system - how are government agencies held to account?

Music played in this show

Artist:   Pokey LaFarge

Song:   Something in the Water

Composer:  LaFarge

Album:  Something in the Water

Label:   Universal

Time:   09:30


Artist:   Ankia, Boh and Hollie

Song:   Sea of Dreams  

Composer:  Moa, Runga, Smith

Album:  Piece of Mind

Label:   Sony

Time:  09:47


Artist:   Talking Heads

Song:   Hey Now

Composer:  Byrne

Album:    True Stories

Label:   Inhouse

Time:   10:37


Artist:   Billie Poole

Song:    Them Blues Junior Mance Trio

Composer:  Jones

Album:  Confessin’ the Blues
Label:   Kent
Time:  11: 47