09:05 US policy on Afghanistan – can it succeed?

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Can the United States' new strategy on Afghanistan work and what are the implications? President Donald Trump announced last week that he would no longer withdraw troops on the ground, counter to promises made repeatedly on the campaign trail last year. The New Zealand Defence Force has been involved in Afghanistan since 2001, and last week the government announced it will send reinforcements. Kathryn talks with David Kilcullen, one of the world's most influential experts on counterinsurgency and military strategy. He is a former Australian Army Officer, who has held high ranking roles in US government, including as special advisor for counterinsurgency to U S Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He's the author of three books, the latest is Blood Year: Islamic State and the Failures of the War on Terror.

09:20 Does obesity start in the womb?

Jasmine Plows

Jasmine Plows Photo: supplied

Research from the Liggins Institute into whether obesity starts in the womb. PhD student Jasmine Plows with her findings so far. She has been researching gestational diabetes and developing potential treatments to prevent it.
Gestational diabetes occurs when a woman has high blood sugar during pregnancy - and the condition affects around 10 percent of New Zealand mothers. It can lead to short term and long term health issues for both the mother and the child.

09:45 Africa correspondent Debora Patta

The aftermath of deadly mudslides in Sierra Leone, a journalist killed in South Sudan, and Zimbabwean President's wife granted diplomatic immunity after assaulting a model.

10:05 "Our buildings don't reflect the people living in this community"

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Kathryn Ryan meets South Auckland architect Waikare Komene, co-founder of Otara firm Creative Native. He says architecture in his community does not reflect the people who live there. He's also co-founder of The Roots Creative Entrepreneurs, a community organisation working with young Maori and Pasifika.

10:35 Book review

The Store by James Patterson, published by Penguin, reviewed by Graham Beattie.

10:45 The Reading

In the Air by Henare te Ua (part 6 of 10). The late distinguished broadcaster recalls his childhood days in Puha, near Gisborne, just after WWII.

11:05 Political commentators Stephen Mills & Matthew Hooton

An assessment of where things are and what happens for National and Labour, now less than four weeks out from the General Election. What style are New Zealand's two major parties adopting?

11:30 What's inside your lunchbox? 

Chickpea burgers with roasted cauliflower

Chickpea burgers with roasted cauliflower Photo: Wick Nixon

Wick Nixon is a trained early childhood teacher and graphic designer who's passionate about feeding the family, fuss-free healthy lunches and snacks. Her first cookbook, 'The 21 Day Marvelous Lunchbox Makeover' won the 2015 Gourmand Award for the Best Food and Family Cookbook in New Zealand. She has now followed that up with a second, lunch box sized recipe collection, called 'Healthy Lunchbox Love'. She also takes regular cooking workshops for individuals and businesses to demonstrate how easy healthy eating can be. She has a large and enthusiastic online following here.

Lunchbox: Banana Oat Cookies
Dinner: Chickpea Burgers with Roasted Cauliflower
Dessert: Buckwheat Crackles

11:45 Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

A foray into the Red Hills, part of the Richmond Range, in Marlborough; a visionary community project in Kerikeri, Northland, to restore access to a waterfall that had fallen from memory for 60 years; and the winning book in the non-fiction section of the recent New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, Jack and Charlie: Boys of the Bush.

Music played in this show

Artist: Alabama Shakes

Song: I Found You

Comp: Alabama Shakes

Album: Boys & Girls

Label: Rough Trade

Broadcast time: 10:35am


Artist: Hamilton Leithauser & Rostam

Song: In A Black Out

Comp: Leithauser / Batmanglij

Album: I Had A Dream That You Were Mine

Label: Glasshole

Broadcast time: 10:42am


Artist: Nick Mulvey

Song: Unconditional

Comp: Mulvey

Album: Wake Up Now

Label: Harvest

Broadcast time: 11:30am