09:05 Outgoing chief social worker Paul Nixon

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Photo: Oranga Tamariki

Just over six thousand children and young people are in the care of the state under the Ministry for Children or Oranga Tamariki. It's the latest name for the government agency with legal powers to intervene to protect and help children who are being abused or neglected. Some 1300 social workers are at the frontline of Oranga Tamariki - yesterday a historic pay equity settlement was announced which will see them receive an average pay rise of 30-percent over two years. Chief Social worker at Oranga Tamariki and before that Child Youth and Family Paul Nixon is leaving the job after eight years. He talks to Kathryn about what - if anything - has changed for the most vulnerable.

09.25 When relationships go sour - pre-nups & loans

Auckland lawyer Jeremy Sutton with some cautionary advice to parents helping their adult children onto the property market. Is that house deposit from the bank of Mum and Dad a gift, or a loan?

And Sydney divorce lawyer Fidan Shevket wrote her own pre-nup, she warns that you can't always trust your partner to do the right thing, or to be fair in a breakup. 

money and wedding rings


09:45 ABC's MD sacking and is the new PM settling in?

Australia correspondent Bernard Keane on the continuing saga of Michelle Guthrie's sacking as the ABC's managing director. Plus how is Scott Morrison settling into his new job? Has he managed to move on from the mess of the leadership change?

Michelle Guthrie

Photo: ABC News: Nick Haggarty

10:05 Opioid crisis devastating small town America

The opioid crisis is having a devastating effect on small town America, with drug addiction way above the national average. Overprescribing of painkillers by doctors in depressed towns, wooed by big pharma is seen as sparking two decades of drug dependency, taking lives and causing heartache to families. As a journalist for the Roanoke Times in Virginia, Beth Macy was able to tell many stories of grieving families, speaking to addicts, their parents, the police and underworld figures. Her new book, Dopesick, catalogues a perfect storm of dealers, doctors and drug companies who have all had a role the opioid epidemic.

Beth Macy

Beth Macy Photo: credit - Josh Meltzer

10:35 Book review - Queen Victoria by Lucy Worsley

Jessie Bray Sharpin reviews Queen Victoria by Lucy Worsley, which is published by Hachette.

10:45 The Reading

Landings by Jenny Pattrick read by Martyn Sanderson and Stuart Devenie Episode 13 of 15

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11:05 Classic collaboration: Bacharach, David and Warwick

Burt Bacharach & Dionne Warwick

Burt Bacharach & Dionne Warwick Photo: composite

Graeme Downes takes a timely look at the iconic sound of Burt Bacharach, Hall David and Dionne Warwick. He's been listening to Walk on By, Anyone who had a Heart, Do you know the Way to San Jose and Promise, Promises. Burt Bacharach turned 90 earlier in the year and Dionne Warwick is performing in Christchurch in November.

Graeme Downes is a musicologist and senior lecturer in the Department of Music at the University of Otago.

11:20  Why businesses fail

Women's clothing retailer Andrea Moore - which has stores in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch - went into liquidation in January 2018.

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Why do over two thousand small businesses go into liquidation every year and what is the impact of this on the people involved? Former corporate executive-turned-business advisor Bob Weir has researched the common factors involved in business collapses, by reviewing Companies Office documents relating to over 1000 liquidations from 2014-2016. He's written a book "Why Businesses Fail: And the journey through our irrational minds"

11:45 Art archives and back catalogues - how do we care for them?

Art Dealer Peter McLeavey

Art Dealer Peter McLeavey Photo: Marti Friedlander

Arts commentator Courtney Johnson looks at the announcement last week that the Alexander Turnbull Library is acquiring the archives for the renowned Peter McLeavey Gallery. How do we look after an artist's or art figure's life's work after their death?