09:05 Costings of cutting foreign students 'a lot to lose'

The loss to the economy of government plans to remove work rights for some foreign students has been estimated at $261m per year. It's being described by industry representatives as 'a lot to lose' - with some providers not being able to survive. The Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand chairman is Craig Musson. He is meeting with ministers over the next few weeks and says he's hopeful the government will listen to 'common sense'.

09.15 Personality and hydration: factors in an accurate shot

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New research has indentified pupil dilation, hydration and personality type may influence a hunter's decision-making at the point of firing.  These are three of nine key points in Karl Bridge's PhD research into what might cause deer hunters out in the field to miss-fire, taking us closer to understanding what goes on as a hunter indentifies a target.

09:30 Could gambling be treated with a nasal spray?


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Finnish researchers are studying whether a fast acting nasal spray be used by gamblers to kick their addiction. The spray contains naloxone, which is usually used in the emergency treatment of opiate overdoses. It works by  blocking the production of dopamine, the neurotransmitter linked to pleasure with a central role in addictions. Kathryn talks with Professor of Addiction Medicine at the University of Helsinki, Hannu Alho.

09:45 South America correspondent Joel Richards 

This year sees numerous presidential elections across Latin America; the crisis in Venezuela continues; and almost 90 Argentine families are due to travel to the Falkland Islands where they will put a plaque on the grave of their relative who died in the 1982 war.

10:05 Blue the Film: A call to arms for our oceans

Australian scientist and filmmaker Karina Holden has written, produced and directed  Blue the Film.  She talks to Kathryn Ryan about this feature length documentary which salutes the ocean's beauty while challenging the threat posed to it by humans: for instance that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Filmed in the South Pacific, Australia, Hawaii, the Philippines and Indonesia, Blue is narrated by seven conservationists, each with a different concern for the ocean. Karina has a Postgraduate degree in Conservation Biology from University of Queensland and over 200 articles in print in nature magazines, including National Geographic. Blue will screen at The Wild Dunedin Film Festival on Sunday 22nd April.  Educational resources here.

10:35 Book review

Jane Westaway reviews A Life of My Own by Claire Tomalin, published by Viking.

10:45 The Long Way Home: Dances with Bulls

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Bruce Hopkins continues The Long Way Home. After an enforced layoff to have surgery for cancer, Bruce is ready to head out once more and complete a section between Te Kuiti and Pureora Forest. But as he gets ready to go, anxiety nearly gets the better of him.

11:05 Political commentators Stephen Mills & Matthew Hooton

Pundits Matthew Hooton and Stephen Mills take a look at Bill English's career in politics in the midst of the National Party leadership race – who will take his place?

11:30 All white: Flashy fine dining flash mob

Le Diner en Blanc Tauranga 2017

Le Diner en Blanc Tauranga 2017 Photo: Richard Robinson Photography

Dressed top to toe in white, diners at  'Le Diner en Blanc' haven't got a clue where they're eating until the day of the event.  The tradition which began in Paris takes place in close to eighty cities in thirty countries, including in New Zealand (Auckland and Tauranga). Kathryn Ryan talks to Kimberley Cleland who is one of the organisers of the Tauranga event which is aiming at 1000 participants. She has a recipe for fig and red onion chutney.

11:45 Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Outdoorsman Kennedy Warne has been traveling around the country for the past 10 days, visiting the geographic centre of the North Island and the geographic centre of the South Island. Tour Aotearoa is underway – a biennial 3,000km self-supported bike-packing tour from Cape Reinga to Bluff; and the  Godzone adventure race, one of the toughest such races in the world, begins on Thursday.



Music played in this show

Artist: Collapsing Cities
Song: Favours for Favours
Comp: Collapsing Cities
Album: Strangers Again
Label: Collapsing Cities
Time: 10:35am

Artist: Rhye
Song: Summer Days
Comp: Milosh / Bartlett
Album: Please
Label: Loma Vista Recordings
Time: 11:31am

Artist: Amiria Grenell
Song: Honey
Comp: Grenell
Album: Three Feathers
Label: Central
Time: 11:45am