09:05 Is cost-cutting compromising justice?

Coat of Arms inside the High Court in Rotorua

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

The Chief Justice Sian Elias has warned that judges might be pushing to obtain swift guilty pleas, to help get through the sheer number of cases before the courts. Dame Sian Elias has also raised concern about the increased use of technology including video links instead of physical appearances by defendants in court. Kathryn Ryan talks with the President of the Criminal Bar Association, Len Anderson, who says the Chief Justice is absolutely right.

09:20 Bionic leaf a 'game-changer' in renewable tech

Harvard University scientist Daniel Nocera has developed a bionic leaf, which uses solar energy to split water intro hydrogen and oxygen and store them in a fuel cell where they can generate electricity at night or on a cloudy day. His inspiration comes from nature, and mimicking the process of photosynthesis. But he's gone one step better, and is now producing solar biofuels even more efficiently than plants.

09:35 'Our Voices, Our Stories' Northland's youth summit

Kathryn Ryan talks to 15 year old Sean Crichton from Whangarei, and 17 year old Galilee Lambert, from Kaikohe about Northland's Youth Summit.

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Photo: Creative Northland

09:45 German correspondent Thomas Sparrow

Thomas Sparrow is Political and Security Correspondent for Deutsche Welle. Today he discusses the upcoming German election, the rise of the right-wing populist AFD party, and Germany's souring relations with Turkey.

10:05 The woman who exposed the world to bear bile farming

Jill Robinson at Asia's China sanctuary

Jill Robinson at Asia's China sanctuary Photo: Eric Baccega/AAF

Jill Robinson MBE, is the CEO of Animals Asia Foundation, a charity she started in 1998 to rescue bears in China and Vietnam on bile 'farms'. Over 10,000 moon bears are currently trapped in tiny cages throughout Asia, with taps inserted through a hole carved into their gall bladder and abdomen to obtain bile which is used for medicine, face creams, toothpaste and wine. Jill Robinson talks to Kathryn Ryan about her tireless work to free these bears from captivity. And you can 'fold to get involved' with a campaign asking people in New Zealand and Australia to make a paper bear for all the bears that remain in captivity.

10:35 Book review

The Seagull by Ann Cleeves, published by Macmillan, reviewed by Gail Pittaway.

10:45  The Reading:

Part six 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 Political commentators Stephen Mills & Matthew Hooton

11:30 Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Samin Nosrat

Samin Nosrat Photo: credit Aya Brackett

New York Times columnist, Samin Nosrat on mastering the elements of good cooking with salt, fat, acid and heat.

11:45 Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Kennedy Warne talks to Kathryn Ryan about the historic agreement signed on Saturday that Rua Kenana is to be pardoned 100 years after his unjust (and illegal) arrest and subsequent trial for sedition; the issue of the Confederate monuments in the American South; and the enjoyable two-hour walk outside of Queenstown that reveals the gold mining history of the area.