09:05 Can wages keep up with rates rises?

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With interest rates set to increase, can employees expect their pay to rise in step? Kathryn Ryan talks to ASB economist Nick Tuffley, Shay Peters from the professional recruitment  firm Robert Walters and the Council of Trade Union's economist Bill Rosenberg.

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09:20 Will Uber ever turn a profit?

Since it's founding in 2009 Uber has expanded aggressively to more than 60 countries and is currently valued at $93 billion (NZD) but the company has never turned a profit and one analyst, Hubert Horan, tells Kathryn Ryan he's skeptical that it ever will. Hubert is an aviation analyst who's written a series of essays arguing Uber is actually less efficient than traditional taxi companies and the only way it can make a profit in the long run is by hiking up fares for passengers and dropping pay for drivers.

09:45 USA correspondent Susan Milligan

Susan Milligan talks to Kathryn Ryan about the ongoing chaos that is US politics under President Donald. J Trump.

10:05 Sex in the (18th century) City  

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Julie Peakman talks to Kathryn Ryan about the more lurid aspects of eighteenth-century culture and how it has shaped our lives today. She is an historian in sexuality & pornography and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Honorary Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London. 

10:35 Book review - Best of 2016 - Holly Walker

  • Swing Time by Zadie Smith, published by Penguin  
  • The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver, published by HarperCollins 
  • The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon, published by Hachette

10:45 The Reading

Blessed Are by Sara-Kate Lynch, read by Ginette McDonald (Part 7 of 10)

11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram

Kathryn Ryan talks to Rod Oram about Fisher & Paykel Healthcare’s exposure to President Trump’s trade policy on Mexico, and there's more bad news for Fonterra on its stake in Beingmate in China

11:30 What does it mean to be Chinese in Aotearoa?  

Using 100 compelling and rarely-seen photographs, social historian Dr. Phoebe H. Li has curated a photographic exhibition celebrating 175-years of Chinese New Zealanders. 

11:45 Media commentator Gavin Ellis

From the School of Social Sciences at Auckland University - Gavin Ellis with his first prediction for 2017. He predicts that the NZME/Fairfax merger application will go to court, with the parties seeking a judicial review of the Commerce Commission's likely decision to refuse approval.

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