09:05 Mayors seek radical welfare shake-up

Three regional mayors are pleading with the government for a radical change to the way it delivers social welfare to tackle inter-generational poverty. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick who explains the proposal.

09:20 Is government policy to blame for rising prison population?

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Kathryn Ryan talks with Ti Lamusse, prison researcher for the advocacy group No Pride in Prisons, who says record prisoner numbers are due to government policy, and conditions for inmates are worsening.

09:30 Tenant rating database worries renters group

A renters advocacy group is worried a database used by landlords to screen and rate tenants could be abused. Kathryn Ryan talks to Kayla Healey from Renters United and Ian Barker from Tenancy Information New Zealand

09:45 Asia correspondent Anna Fifield​

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been bending over backwards to get into Donald Trumps good books, and the USA steps up the rhetoric over the South China Sea. 

10:05 The power of protest songs!

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Photo: Auckland Arts Festival

Aaradhna and Annie Crummer talk to Kathryn Ryan about music's power to change the world.
They along with Bella Kalolo & Esther Stephens are about to perform in 'Respect', a tribute to Aretha Franklin from 22-24th March as part of the Auckland Arts Festival.

10:35 Children's Book Review - Best of 2016 - John McIntyre

Beck by Mal Peet / Meg Rossoff, published by Walker      
The Road to Winter by Mark Smith, published by Text  

10:45 The Reading

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

11:05  New Music with Jeremy Taylor 

Jeremy Taylor lends an ear to the third release from London trio, The XX, catches up on a 2016 release he missed from Cat's Eyes, and checks in with London based expat Wellingtonian indie rock band, The Eversons.

11:30 Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Brendan reports on two of the most  enthralling sporting events we've witnessed on this side of the world for some time. The men's singles final at Australian Tennis Open, and the remarkable to finish to the Eden Park one dayer last Monday.

11:45 The week that was with Te Radar and Pinky Agnew

Te Radar and Pinky Agnew have a lighter look at the week - including the one about the Danish zoo which has developed a 'Tinder' for orangutans to track mating preferences.