09:05 Worst mumps outbreak in 23 years

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University of Auckland senior lecturer in vaccinology Helen Petousis-Harris tells Kathryn Ryan a mumps outbreak in Auckland could get worse. Our biggest city is facing its worst outbreak of the virus since 1994, with the Auckland Regional Public Health Service seeing 740 new cases of mumps this year.  Medical officers say the virus was contained late last year, with 13 cases reported in 2016. Complications from having mumps can include meningitis or encephalitis, with young children most at risk.

09:20 Is self-publishing is changing the book industry?

Self publishing, once derided as "vanity publishing", is growing to become a bigger force in the book industry. Established authors and emerging talent are choosing this route, partly due to the disappearance of local representation and partly because it allows freedom in creative and marketing decisions. Kathryn speaks to author Kate de Goldi, publisher Mary Egan and bookseller Jo McColl about how self publishing is changing the industry.

09:45 USA correspondent Susan Milligan

Susan has the latest on yet another mass shooting that left 26 dead at a church in Texas.

10:05 Cressida Cowell on wizards, warriors and magic

Author, Cressida CowellAuthor, Cressida Cowell

Author, Cressida Cowell Photo: supplied

English author, Cressida Cowell has already had huge international success with her How to Train Your Dragon Series. A third movie in the series by Dreamworks is in the pipeline for 2019. Cressida has written a new magical book, The Wizards of Once, which is the tale of two very different children whose worlds collide. She talks to Kathryn about creating her characters and the idyllic childhood which was the inspiration for many of her children's stories.

10:35 Book review

Don Rood reviews The Bushman's Bible by Dave Baldwin, published by Fields Publishing House.

10:45 The Reading

11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram

Rod discusses the sale of Icebreaker to the US-based owner of North Face as well as President Donald Trump making a surprisingly conventional choice for the new chair of the Federal Reserve.

11:30 Rarely witnessed exotic life of the Pacific Ocean

Big Pacific by Rebecca Tansley.

Big Pacific by Rebecca Tansley. Photo: Supplied

The Pacific Ocean covers one-third of the Earth's surface, making it greater than all of the planet's landmasses combined. It contains half the world's water, hides it deepest places, and is home to some of the most dazzling creatures known to science. Kathryn Ryan speaks with the New Zealand-based writer and director Rebecca Tansley has written an illustrated book, called Big Pacific, a spellbinding journey to one of the world's last great frontiers, on the search for exotic life that is rarely witnessed.

11:45 Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Gavin asks should the Broadcasting Standards Authority apply its western standards to foreign language ethnic broadcasts - after a small Auckland-based Sikh radio station falls foul of its codes. Also across the Tasman, new guidelines on media mergers have been produced by Australia’s commercial watchdog, the ACCC.

Gavin Ellis is the former editor of the New Zealand Herald.  He can be contacted on gavin.ellis@xtra.co.nz

Music played in this show


Artist:   Al Green
Song: Take me to the River
Composer: Green/Jackson Jr/ Mitchell
Album: Al Green Explores your mind
Label: Shock
Time: 0919

Artist:   Chlöe Howl
Song: Rumour
Album: Rumour
Time: 0950

Artist:   The National
Song: Don't Swallow the Cap
Album: Trouble Will Find Me
Time: 10:35