09:05 Pike River families to meet PM

Pike River Coal Mine. Flames coming out of a ventilation shaft

Pike River Coal Mine. Flames coming out of a ventilation shaft Photo: AFP / Pool

Some of the Pike River families meet the Prime Minister today, asking for his support for a re-entry of the mine. Kathryn Ryan talks with Rebecca Macfie, senior writer for the Listener and author of the book Tragedy at Pike River.

09:20 The strange material which could revolutionise solar power

Kathryn Ryan talks to Professor Henry Snaith, a world renowned expert in photovoltaics who's been working with a strange mineral called perovskite which he thinks could almost double the efficiency of solar panels. Professor Snaith is currently in New Zealand at the invitation of the MacDiarmid Institute to attend the 8th International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology in Queenstown 

09:45 Australia correspondent Karen Middleton

10:05 Spinal cord regeneration pioneer, Alan Mackay-Sim

Human embryonic stem cells

Human embryonic stem cells Photo: Creative Commons

Kathryn Ryan talks to 2017 Australian of the Year, Professor Alan Mackay-Sim, about his pioneering work on spinal cord regeneration.

10:35 Book review

10:45 The Reading

11:05 Music with Charlotte Ryan

Charlotte features the music of three artists playing at WOMAD this year

11:20 Cultivating Children's Creativity

Catherine Keenan - Sydney Story Factory Kids

Catherine Keenan - Sydney Story Factory Kids Photo: supplied

Kathryn Ryan talks to the founder of the Sydney Story Factory, Catherine Keenan, on how the not-for-profit creative writing centre is helping the literacy skills of marginalised children and youth

11:45 Legal Commentator, Garth Gallaway

Garth Gallaway is a partner at Chapman Tripp who specialises in insurance and health & safety related civil litigation.