09:05 Trump considers plan to replace Tillerson with CIA chief

US President Donald Trump speaks alongside Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in November.

US President Donald Trump speaks alongside Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in November. Photo: AFP

US President Donald Trump is considering a plan to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the coming weeks, in what would be the most significant shake-up so far in the administration. He is Tipped to be replaced by the CIA director Mike Pompeo, potentially bringing to close one of the most turbulent and shortest-lived tenures for a secretary of state in more than a century. Kathryn speaks with Foreign Policy intelligence reporter Jenna McLaughlin.

09:15 Calls for tougher sunscreen regulation

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Calls are being made for mandatory & more regular testing of sunscreens, as Consumer NZ releases its full report into failing sun protection products. Unlike in Australia, sunscreens here are classified as cosmetics, not therapeutic goods, and the standard for testing is voluntary. That's despite New Zealand, having one of the world's highest rates of melanoma. As we gear-up for a hot summer, Kathryn Ryan talks to Consumer NZ's Belinda Castle and Tony Reeder who is the Co-Director of Otago University's Cancer Society Social and Behavioural Research Unit.

09:30 The power of profanities

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Swear words have been used in varying situations for hundreds of years, but aside from insults and exclamations, can bad language be beneficial for you? Kathryn Ryan speaks to London-based scientist,  journalist and author of the book, Swearing is Good for You, Emma Bryne.

09:45 Pacific correspondent Mike Field

Free speech is under renewed attack in the Pacific with Fiji running sedition trials – including against its major newspaper – and Samoa restoring criminal libel to silence a vexing blogger, the remarkable detective work on old Samoan photos and how sharks shape Pacific reefs.

The Museum of Samoa is using Auckland based Tony Brunt - of mixed German and Samoan heritage - to work on a large collection of photos from German Samoa - 1900 to 1914

10:05 Saving lives on the Africa Mercy

Deborah Adesanya joins Kathryn Ryan to discuss her time volunteering on the world's largest civilian hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. The Nigerian born, paediatric nurse at Auckland's Starship Hospital, cared for children recovering from major surgery in the tiny nation West African nation of Benin. Her story, and the lives of the patients and other crew members has been made into an eight-part documentary called The Surgery Ship - which will be screened on Fridays from 1st December at 7.30pm National Geographic.

10:35 Book review

Kiran Dass from Unity Books reviews The Vanity Fair Diaries 1983 - 1992 by Tina Brown, published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

10:45 The Reading

11:05 Music reviewer Grant Smithies​

Mark Williams and backup dancers

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You are cordially invited to shake your money-maker. Compiled by Auckland record collectors John Baker and Alan Perrott, a new double album Heed The Call looks at NZ soul, funk and disco released here between 1973 and 1983.

11:30 Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

The mens and women's Rugby League World Cup finals, the first Ashes test won resoundingly by Australia, and the slightly farcical edict handed down by World Rugby which bans all hand written notes or words on their arms or hands.

11:45 The Week that was with Te Radar and Gemma Gracewood

A lighter look back at the week, including the reaction to Melania Trump's Christmas decor at the White House.



Music played in this show

Artist: Neil Finn
Song: Chameleon Days
Comp: Finn
Album: Out of Silence
Label: EMI
Broadcast Time: 10:08am

Artist: Chris Knox
Song: It’s Love
Comp: Knox
Album: Beat
Label: Flying Nun
Broadcast Time: 10:38am

Artist: Mark Williams
Song: Disco Queen
Comp: Errol Brown / Tony Wilson
Album: Mark Williams
Label: EMI
Broadcast Time: 11:12am

Artist: The Yandall Sisters
Song: Sweet Inspiration
Comp: Dan Penn / Spooner Oldham
Album: 7" single
Label: EMI
Broadcast Time: 11:19am

Artist: The 1860 Band
Song: That's the Kind of Love I've Got For You
Comp: Fletcher / Parks
Album: The 1860 Band
Label: Ode
Broadcast Time: 11:25am

Artist: Collision
Song: You Can Dance
Comp: Morgan
Album: Collision
Label: Infinity/ Festival
Broadcast Time: 11:32am