09:05  Assisted Dying bill "undermines disabled people"

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero.

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero. Photo: Supplied.

Kathryn talks with the Disabilities Commissioner Paula Tesoriero, about her strong opposition to the End of Life Choice bill, being considered by parliament. The Justice Select committee is part way through a nationwide tour, hearing 3500 submissions on the bill in person, out of a total of 35,000 written submissions.

09:20 Kiwis using more antipsychotic drugs, possibly for sleep

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The prescription of drugs designed to treat conditions such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions has increased in New Zealand by almost 50% in less than ten years, according to the first local study of its kind.  But instead of indicating an increase in diagnosable psychiatric disorders, it's possible people are using the prescription drug 'off-label' to calm, relax, control or aid their sleep.   Kathryn Ryan speaks to report author, psychiatrist and Professor at the University of Otago, Christchurch, Roger Mulder.


09:45 UN concerned about China's Xinjiang province Muslims

Ed White reports from Asia on the plight of the Muslim population in China's Xinjiang province, and more free speech issues surface in Hong Kong.

10:05 Rupert Guiness: an epic bike race & terrible tragedy

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Photo: Troy Bailey

Australian sports journalist, author and athlete Rupert Guinness rode across Australia earlier this year in just over 27 days. It was his second attempt at the "Overlander", after the inaugural Indian Pacific Wheel Race he'd entered in 2017 was cancelled when another competitor was killed. He tells Kathryn what drives him to compete in ultra-endurance events.

10:35 Unity Books review - Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places by William Atkins

Tilly Lloyd from Unity Books reviews Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places by William Atkins, which is published by Faber.

10:45 The Reading

Resistance by Rebecca Barnes, final episode. 

11:05 New music with Jeremy Taylor

Whitney and Patti

Whitney and Patti Photo: composite

Jeremy Taylor from Slow Boat records with a  round up of recent reissues, featuring pop diva Whitney Houston, UK indie faves The House Of Love and the iconic Patti Smith, along with a gorgeous new song from the forthcoming third Tiny Ruins set.

11:30 New look Silver Ferns, new coach?

Sports Commentator Brendan Telfer looks at the naming of the Silver Ferns for the upcoming Quad Series, and then the deferring of the naming of the next Silver Ferns coach. Also, the ebb and flow of Tiger Woods' latest golf outing.

Laura Langman playing for the Silver Ferns in 2015

Laura Langman playing for the Silver Ferns in 2015 Photo: Photosport Ltd 2015 www.photosport.nz

11:45 Old love letters & pigging out on KFC

Radar and Irene Pink with The Week that Was, tell of the shock that awaited some British sisters who found their late parents' explicit old love letters, and KFC proved the secret weapon deployed by the police to calm and capture a pig on the loose in Waihi.

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Music played in this show

Artist:   Aretha Franklin
Song: Rock Steady
Composer: Franklin
Album: Young, Gifted and Black, 1972
Label: Rhino
Time: 9.30

Artist:   David Bowie
Song: Oh You Pretty Thing
Composer: Bowie
Album: Hunky Dory
Label: EMI
Time: 11:46