09:05 Doctors able to prescribe medicinal cannabis – what does that mean ?

Beginning today, doctors will be allowed to prescribe their patients medicinal cannabis without Ministry of Health approval. The government announced in June it would lift restrictions on cannabidiol, or CBD – a substance found in cannabis with potential therapeutic value and little or no psychoactive properties. Kathryn Ryan speaks with fifth-year medical student at the University of Otago and co-founder of University of Otago Integrative Medicine Otago Group, Victoria Catherwood, who has made a documentary alongside Spindle Fibre Films called Mum, Cannabis, and Me. Nelson lawyer and advocate for patients wanting access to medicinal cannabis, Sue Grey, discusses the legal implications.

09:20 Electric vehicle numbers soar in New Zealand

As the global population gradually shifts towards electric vehicles, when will we finally reach the tipping point? A record 331 EVs were registered in New Zealand in August – the highest in a single month. New Zealand now has more than 4,500 EVs on the road, but it's a far cry from the government's target of 64,000 EV registrations by 2021. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Peter Harrop, the chairman of global tech company IDTechEx.

09:45 UK correspondent Gerri Peev

A leaked document reveals secret plans to severely restrict immigration from the EU after Brexit.  Also workers at UK branches of McDonald's have been on strike for the first time since it was set up in the 1970s.  Plus, of course, Royal baby mania!

10:05 To Siri with Love

Judith Newman is an American journalist and author whose memoir To Siri, With Love - A Mother, Her Autistic Son and the Kindness of Machines tells of life with her autistic teenager.  Judith tells Kathryn Ryan how the now 15 year old Gus has had his insatiable curiosity satisfied, learned to speak more clearly, be conversational, polite and even charming thanks to his virtual best friend Siri. Judith also writes about entertainment, relationships, parenthood, business, beauty, books, science, and popular culture for the New York Times and Vanity Fair.

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10:35 Book review

Book reviewer Claire Murdoch discusses new books, bookazines and classic biographies of Diana, Princess of Wales on the 20th anniversary of her death.

10:45  The Reading:

It's part four of The Changeover by Margaret Mahy, read by Miranda Harcourt.

The feature film adaptation of The Changeover opens in cinemas around the country on 28th September 2017.

It is directed by Miranda Harcourt and Stuart McKenzie and stars Timothy Spall, Melanie Lynskey, Lucy Lawless, Nick Galitzine, Dame Kate Harcourt — and introduces young NZ actor Erana James (Ngati Whatua Orakei, Waikato Tainui) as Laura Chant.

Listen to more about the movie and the book by clicking on these links:

Miranda Harcourt and Bridget Mahy talk about The Changeover

Hannah August reviews the original book

11:05 New technology with Sarah Putt

Sarah Putt talks to Kathryn Ryan about digital inclusion, Silicon Valley vs Washington and NZ game development.

11:25 Shared working spaces for parents

Kathryn Ryan talks to Dunedin based parenting blogger and mother of two, Bronwyn Bay.
She's also behind an initiative trialing child friendly, pop up working spaces for parents. It started off as a bit of a social experiment, a quiet shared space to focus on getting some work done, away from the distractions at home.

11:45 Viewing with Paul Casserly

TV and Film writer Paul Casserly reviews new movie Frantz, which opens this week, and the twisted comedy Toast of London, just launched on Netflix.

Music played in this show

Artist:   Pops Staples
Song: The Lady's Letter
Composer: Staples
Album: Don't Lose This
Label: Nettwerk
Time: 9.33

Artist:   Leon Bridges
Song: Smooth sailing
Composer: Bridges
Album: Coming Home
Label: Columbia
Time: 10.07

Artist:  Pretenders
Song: Holy Commotion
Composer: Hynde
Album: Alone
Label: Liberator
Time: 11.24

Artist:   The Ruby Suns
Song:  Tilt of His Hat
Composer: McPhun
Album: Sprite Fountain
Label: Lil' Chef
Time: 11:45