09:05 Warnings over NZ's kerbside recycling as China's waste ban starts to bite

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Councils across the country, and the world, are scrambling to find alternatives to sending their waste to China. So with increased costs & stockpiles of waste building up, what to do with our recycling? Kathryn Ryan talks to Grahame Christian from Smart Environmental, one of New Zealand's largest waste and recycling companies, Paul Evans the CEO of WasteMINZ, the largest representative body of NZ's waste and resource recovery sectors, and Wellington City Councillor Iona Pannett who is in charge of infrastructure at the council, which includes waste.

09:20 Millennials using green fingers and social media to farm

Toby Dixon and Ryan Gut didn't set out to be farmers. But in the last two years since meeting, these two millennials have created a successful organic farm supplying restaurants and supermarkets in the Taranaki area. They've combined local knowledge, new technology and their passion for organic food to create Kaitake Farm. They join Kathryn to talk about their story, the farm and how social media has helped their business.

09:45 Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney

People shout slogans during a protest in Pamplona on April 28, 2018

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Europeans debate significance of Macron & Merkel's visits to see President Trump; big protests in Spain over sentences handed down to men accused of gang rape; and environmental groups welcome EU backing of insecticides ban to save bees.

10:05 Karen Joy Fowler: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

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From writing about contemporary manners to science fiction and historical mystery, Karen Joy Fowler is one of those authors who is hard to pin down by genre. She talks to Kathryn Ryan about understanding sibling relationships, having an animal psychologist father and why she's chosen to champion the teaching of sci-fi and fantasy writing and increase the understanding of gender in writing. She will be at the Auckland Writers Festival which runs between May 15th- 20th.

10:35 Book review

Niki Ward reviews Isle of Dogs by Wes Anderson, publisher Faber & Faber.

10:45 The Reading

The River by David Hill, read by Peter Vere Jones (Part 1 of 5).

11:05 Political commentators Matthew Hooton & Stephen Mills

Shane Jones wants public service to move faster; the first KiwiBuild homes promised by the government are now under construction; and Labour left out of Greens' Northcote decision.

Matthew Hooton is the managing director of the PR and lobbying firm, Exceltium. Stephen Mills is the executive director of UMR Research and former political adviser to two Labour governments.

11:30 Big Fig on flavour

Wanaka's Big Fig has a reputation for its hearty salad offerings and serving slow-food... fast! Kathryn Ryan talks to one of the owners, Chrissie Lahood, about creating the perfect autumnal salad and using her Middle Eastern heritage to be bold with flavour. She has recipes for winter fattoush (crunchy Middle Eastern salad) and a freekeh roasted beetroot, walnut and feta salad.

11:45 Urban issues with Bill McKay

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Groups of people around the country are aiming to sort out the housing crisis on their own through cooperative housing, but running into bureaucracy.

Bill McKay is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland.