09:05 Pharmac funding of MS drugs "restrictive & cruel"


Photo: Tysabri

Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand says Pharmac is denying hundreds of patients essential medication by applying overly restrictive criteria, and even withdrawing funding for drugs if a person's condition deteriorates.  Auckland man, Brendan Rochford has MS and says the publicly funded drug Tysabri is vital to keep him well enough to continue working. Australian Neurologist, Helmut Butzkueven specialises in MS, and has appealed to Pharmac to review their eligibility criteria.

09:25  Simon Bridges talks law and order

National Party Leader Simon Bridges. 22 Mach 2018

National Party Leader Simon Bridges. Photo: VNP / Phil Smith

The National leader Simon Bridges talks law and order and where his party sits on the question of criminal law reform.The government is planning the biggest changes to the criminal justice system in 30 years - hinting at law changes even before the next election.Justice Minister Andrew Little says the record-high prison population represents a crisis which must be addressed. What does the National leader, and former Crown Prosecutor think?

09:45  US White Supremacists, Obamacare & Omarosa 

US correspondent Susan Milligan looks at the messy departure of former White House advisor, Omarosa Manigault Newman, a white supremacist rally in Washington DC, and how some states are despairing at the Federal Government's slow movement on Obamacare.


Omarosa Manigault Newman Photo: credit, Gage Skidmore

10:05 Robert Wright: Why is Buddhism True?

US author Robert Wright delves into the science and philosophy of meditation, mindfulness and Buddhism in his latest book, Why Buddhism is True. Wright argues that through meditation and mindfulness, humans can overcome the constraints imposed by natural selection. Those constraints are things like anxiety, regret and hatred which cloud the way humans perceive the world and their place in it. Robert has been writing about science, history and religion for thirty years and is the author of several books including The Evolution of God, Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, The Moral Animal  and Three Scientists and Their Gods: Looking for Meaning in an Age of Information. He joins Kathryn to talk about how humans can live kinder, happier lives.

US author, Robert Wright and his book, Why is Buddhism True?

US author, Robert Wright and his book, Why is Buddhism True? Photo: composite

10:35 Book review - Mayhem: A Memoir by Sigrid Rausing

Kiran Dass from Timeout bookstore reviews Mayhem: A Memoir by Sigrid Rausing, which is published by Penguin,  

10:45 The Reading

Resistance by Rebecca Barnes, episode 12 of 15.  

11:05 Downward NZ$ & Fonterra cuts payouts

Business Commentator Rod Oram has been watching the Kiwi dollar slide, and Fonterra cuts its milk payout and dividend.


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11:30 Ongoing mystery of NZ's missing people

True crime author Scott Bainbridge has spent years investigating and writing about some of the country's unsolved missing persons cases. Some of the names in his latest book, The Missing Files, may be familiar, some little known. Among the missing, Mona Blades, Heidi Charles, Jean Martin, toddler Jefferie Hill, and Mike Zhou-Beckenridge.

11:45 Offensive speech, tune in, or tune out

Gavin Ellis discusses a newspaper letter writer's point about 'The right to listen…or not' as a defence against offensive speech. Is the right not to look or listen the best antidote? Or should media listen to calls for them to stop providing platforms for what some consider hate speech? Also, Lisa Owen replaces John Campbell as presenter of RNZ's Checkpoint.

Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald.  He can be contacted on gavin.ellis@xtra.co.nz