09:05 Farmers pledge to improve water - but how?

Cows by the Tukituki River

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Seven groups including Fonterra, Dairy NZ and Federated Farmers say they want New Zealand's rivers to be `swimmable' for the next generations. Environmental and recreational groups cautiously welcomed the commitment, but say more detail was needed urgently about how this would be achieved.Already, Federated Farmers has rejected the idea that reducing the national dairy herd is the way to improve water quality.  Kathryn is joined by NIWA Chief Scientist, John Quinn, and West Otago dairy farmer, Lloyd McCall, chairman of the Pomahaka Farmers' Water Care Group.

09:15 Landmark study shakes up anorexia thinking

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The very first study to identify the genetics associated with anorexia is changing the way scientists and clinicians think about anorexia nervosa. What they've found is the first genetic marker for anorexia nervosa (chromosome 12, in a region previously shown to be associated with type 1 diabetes and autoimmune disorders) and that there may be a metabolic as well as a psychiatric aspect to the potentially deadly illness. Anorexia affects an estimated 21,000 New Zealanders. UNC's Dr. Cynthia Bulik is the study's senior author and a former clinician at Christchurch's Princess Margaret Hospital and researcher at the University of Canterbury.

09:45 Australia correspondent Peter Munro

The Australian federal government has stripped a second local council of its power to hold citizenship ceremonies, after it sought to dump Australia Day formalities. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has taken a battering after recent turmoil over the citizenship of key ministers, with the latest national poll putting it eight points behind the Opposition. And a new counter-terrorism strategy to prevent vehicle attacks such as those in Barcelona, Nice and London, has been unveiled.

10:05 Jonathan Gold: discovering hidden food gems

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Jonathan Gold has been mapping the cuisine and cultural diversity of his home town Los Angeles for three decades. He's the LA Times food editor and the only food writer ever to have won the Pulitzer Prize. He talks to Kathryn Ryan about discovering, eating, and writing about food of all types in LA, from hidden haunts in strip malls to food trucks serving spicy tacos. He's in New Zealand for Wellington on Plate, including a screening of the documentary based on him, City of Gold.

10:35 Book review

Sonja de Friez reviews Hiding in Plain Sight by Susan Lewis.

10:45 The Reading

In the Air by Henare te Ua (part 3 of 10).

The late distinguished broadcaster Henare te Ua recalls his childhood days in Puha, near Gisborne, just after WWII.

11:05 Music with Graeme Downes

Jimmy Webb is an American songwriter, composer and singer known worldwide as a master of his trade. Since his first platinum hit “The Worst That Could Happen,” Webb has had numerous hits including “Up, Up and Away,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “All I Know” and “MacArthur Park,” and has also become a leader and mentor in the industry as a champion for songwriters.

American songwriter, composer and singer Jimmy Webb.

American songwriter, composer and singer Jimmy Webb. Photo: Supplied

Graeme Downes is the founding member of the Verlaines, songwriter, musicologist, senior lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Otago.

11:20 Taking social entrepreneurship seriously

University of Auckland research fellow Jamie Newth talks to Kathryn Ryan about how to move beyond the hype of social entrepreneurship to make a tangible difference. Dr Newth is the founder of Soul Capital, which invests in social enterprises and social businesses, in New Zealand and abroad. 

11:45 Science commentator Siouxsie Wiles

Kathryn Ryan speaks with Siouxsie Wiles about using chewing gum to detect disease – researchers have developed a prototype chewing gum that can detect inflammation caused by dental implants. Also, does diluting whisky with water enhance its taste? And scientists have developed a new type of polymer that can stop mussels from sticking to surfaces like boats and underwater pipes.

Music played in this show

Artist: Jimmy Webb
Song: Galveston
Comp: Jimmy Webb
Album: Ten Easy Pieces
Label: Guardian Records

Time: 11:09

Artist: Linda Ronstadt
Song: Easy For You to Say
Comp: Jimmy Webb
Album: Get Closer
Label: Asylum

Time 11:21


Artist: Jimmy Webb feat. Mark Knopfler
Song: Highwayman
Comp: Jimmy Webb
Album: Just Across the River
Label: Koch Records

Time 11:29