Nine To Noon for Thursday 26 April 2018
09:05 Teachers relying too much on Reading Recovery programme
A new report looking at what works in primary school classrooms and what doesn't is warning teachers not to rely on the $40 million a year Reading Recovery programme for struggling young readers. The Education Review Office's Evaluation at a Glance: A Decade of Assessment in New Zealand Primary Schools - Practice and trends report, says the intensive reading programme is less successful for Maori and Pacific students, and those from low decile schools, and that the gains seen during Reading Recovery may not be sustained. Kathryn Ryan talks to Stephanie Greaney who is the associate to the chief review officer for ERO.
09:20 Record levels of microplastics found in Arctic sea ice
German researchers studying sea ice floating in the Arctic have found record levels of microplastics trapped inside the ice. Ice samples gathered across the Arctic Ocean contained tiny particles of plastic at concentrations two to three times higher than previous recorded. Kathryn talks with study leader, Dr Ilke Peeken, from the Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany.
09:30 NZ scientists revolutionising x-ray scanning technology
New Zealand researchers say they've developed the next big medical imaging innovation, that will revolutionise the way x-rays detect, diagnose and monitor many diseases, including cancer. It's a spectral molecular scanner that provides 3D colour images of objects inside the body, such as bone, soft tissue and artificial joints. Kathryn Ryan speaks with one of the lead researchers, University of Canterbury Professor Anthony Butler.
09:45 UK correspondent Kate Adie
British Prime Minister Theresa May suffers sixth defeat in a week in House of Lords; speculation over what Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will name the new prince; and the first ever statue of woman has been unveiled in Parliament Square, joining 11 men.
10:05 Barbara K. Lipska: The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind
Barbara Lipska shares her extraordinary memoir of madness and recovery. She is a neuroscientist and director of the Human Brain Collection at the National Institute of Mental Health in Maryland. Three years ago she was diagnosed with metastatic brain tumours and embarked on surgery and treatment. The swelling in her brain triggered huge behavioral changes, including paranoia, intolerance and a lack of empathy, which she describes as a "descent into madness". She's written a memoir, called The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind.
10:35 Book review
Gina Rogers reviews Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes, published by Penguin Random House.
10:45 The Reading
Jack’s Place by Janna Bell, read by Scott Wills.
11:05 New technology with Mark Pesce
Facebook has shut down access to many of its APIs (the means through which third parties access data on its platforms) - but it's now affecting researchers who have been doing work on social media. Also, the new device from Amazon - Echo Look - that will tell you whether your dress is on trend - or not. Mark Pesce is a futurist, writer, educator and broadcaster.
11:25 Teaching teens about money
Teenagers are falling into the trap of easy credit and unmanageable debt, says the Commission for Financial Capability's Kelly Gay. He talks with Kathryn Ryan about the key things young people need to know about money, and about the new programme on financial literacy for secondary schools the Commission is developing.
11:45 Film review with Paul Casserly
TV and film writer Paul Casserly has been watching Cunk on Britain - a Charlie Brooker produced satirical history presented by Philomena Cunk (YouTube) and the Aussie thriller Wake in Fright, which is based on the original 1971 movie (TVNZ On Demand).
Music played in this show
Artist: Rican Beach
Song: Hurray For The Riff Raff
Album: The Navigator
Broadcast time: 09:35
Artist: First Aid Kit
Song: It’s a Shame
Composer: K Soderberg/J Soderberg
Broadcast time: 10:35
Song: St Etienne
Album: Home Counties