09:05 DOC under orders to improve environmental advocacy

Blyth Hut, Tongariro National Park.

Blyth Hut, Tongariro National Park. Photo: RNZ / Clare Sziranyi

The Department of Conservation has been told by its new Minister that it needs to ramp-up its advocacy of the environment through the Resource Management Act process because of the crisis facing New Zealand's biodiversity. Critics say under the last government, DOC was under-funded, and often reluctant to oppose projects through the RMA, which could damage the environment. Kathryn talks with Director General Lou Sanson about the challenges facing the department.

09:20 What happened to Zika?

Chief executive and co-founder of the Zika Foundation, Dr Michael Callahan.

Chief executive and co-founder of the Zika Foundation, Dr Michael Callahan. Photo: Supplied

Two years ago the world was gripped in a Zika panic as the mosquito-borne virus infected millions and spread across 80 countries. Thousands of babies were born with horrific birth defects after their mothers were infected during pregnancy, resulting in a global health emergency and several travel warnings. But while the Zika virus has now largely fallen off the public's radar and the number of cases have dramatically dropped, scientists say it's premature to dismiss the threat entirely as they warn of further outbreaks. Kathryn Ryan speaks with the co-founder of the Zika Foundation, Dr Michael Callahan, a physician-scientist who specialises in preparation and response to large scale disease outbreaks.

09:45 Australia correspondent Karen Middleton

The Australian Government is accusing New Zealand of encouraging the people smuggling trade with its offer to take 150 refugees from Australia's offshore detention centres; the debate surrounding Australia Day heats up; a 52-year-old mystery involving the disappearance of three young children on a trip to an Adelaide beach in 1966 is back in the news; and temperatures in parts of eastern Australia have hit the high 30s after spiking in the past couple of weeks at almost 45 degrees in parts of Sydney's west.

10:05 Siddharth Kara: the modern slave trade

Director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at Harvard Kennedy School, Siddharth Kara.

Director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at Harvard Kennedy School, Siddharth Kara. Photo: YouTube

Siddharth Kara has spent the last 16 years traveling the world, speaking and listening to victims as well as perpetrators - documenting their stories. He has calculated that slavery is now much more profitable than during periods of history when it was legal - with more than 30 million people enslaved around the globe. He's written three books on the subject and also written and produced a movie about the modern slave trade, starring Ashley Judd.

10:35 NZ Books Review - Best of 2017

Louise O'Brien reviews:

The Beat of the Pendulum by Catherine Chidgey, published by VUP.

A Killer Harvest by Paul Cleave, published by Upstart Press.

Marlborough Man by Alan Carter, published by Fremantle Press.

Decline and Fall on Savage Street by Fiona Farrell, published by Vintage.

10:45 The Reading

11:05 Music with Kirsten Johnstone

Music 101's Kirsten Johnstone looks back at the life of the South African Jazz legend Hugh Masekala, including some summer hits from Superorganism and Big Thief.

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11:30 Hitting the road - Fords in NZ

Ford enthusiast John Stokes is taking us back to the golden age of motoring in his just-released picture-rich history book Ford in New Zealand: Putting the Car before the Horse, which looks at the very first cars to drive on our roads - and the roads themselves - at the start of the last century. By the mid 1920s it's said almost half the cars on the world's roads were Fords.

11:45 Science commentator Siouxsie Wiles

New born saiga calf nestling in the arms of a scientist.

New born saiga calf nestling in the arms of a scientist. Photo: Courtesy of the Joint saiga health monitoring team in Kazakhstan (Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity, Kazakhstan, Biosafety Institute, Gvardeskiy RK, Royal Veterinary College, London, UK

This week, scientist Dr Siouxsie Wiles talks about the finding that many iconic London buildings, including Buckingham Palace, are made from the bodies of 200 million year old microbes, and why 200,000 critically endangered saiga antelopes suddenly dropped dead in Kazakhstan.



Music played in this show

Artist:   Big Maybelle
Song: I've got a Feelin'
Composer: Wyche
Album: I Put A Spell On You: The Okeh Story
Label: OKEH
Time: 9:30

Artist:   Hugh Masekela
Song: Grazing in the grass
Composer: Harry Elston / Philemon Hou / Hugh Masekela
Album: Grazing In The Grass: The Best Of Hugh Masekela
Time: 11:11

Artist:   Big Thief
Song: Mythological Beauty
Composer:  Lenker
Album: Capacity
Label: Saddle Creek
Time: 11.18

Artist:   Superorganism
Song: Something for your M.I.N.D
Composer: Superorganism
Album: Superorganism
Label: Domino
Time:  11.27