09:05 Regulation vs the War on Drugs

Illicit drugs found in Tonga

Illicit drugs found in Tonga Photo: supplied

Ruth Dreifuss, the chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, talks with Kathryn about why the war on drugs is a failure, and why effective regulation of drugs is not admitting defeat. The Commission was established in 2011 by several former heads of state and other global leaders with the aim of promoting effective ways to reduce the harm caused by drugs. She speaks this evening at Auckland University.

09:20 Importance of culturally proficient teachers 

How important is it to pronounce a student's name properly?. Dr Punita Rice is an education researcher and academic adviser with John Hopkins University in the US. She has very firm views on teachers being culturally proficient in increasingly diverse schools.

Clendon Park School in Manurewa has experienced rapid growth over the past four years, gaining 150 new pupils in the last two years alone.

Photo: RNZ / Anusha Bradley

09:45 NZ Students on mission to sort space junk

A group of students from the University of Auckland are solving the problem of space junk to make it easier to get small satellites in low earth orbit without costing the earth. The team of three students, Will Haringa, Max Arshavsky and Sebastian Wieczorek formed ZENNO Astronautics last year. They have just won a $25,000 grant from the university's entrepreneurial fund, Velocity, to give their research and products a boost. Managing Director of the company, Max Archavsky joins Kathryn to talk through the plans and what needs to happen to make space accessible, safe and sustainable for companies, not just countries and huge corporations.

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09:45 Choppy Chinese economy

Asia correspondent Ed White says it's been a tense few weeks for the Chinese economy with the government stepping in amid signs of slower growth and very choppy markets.

Tiananmen square in Beijing, China.

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10:05 Not all black and white. Re-thinking identity

Gender. Sexuality. Religion. Race. Nationality. Class. Culture. These are just some of the key facets of identity that help us define who we are, which often involve labels, stereotypes and ideas about how you should behave. In his new book , "The Lies That Bind'' the celebrated philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah challenges our assumptions about how identity works, and also recognises that if we get it right it can help expand our horizons.

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10:35 Unity Books review -The Ice Shelf  by Anne Kennedy

Melanie O'Loughlin from Unity Books reviews The Ice Shelf  by Anne Kennedy, which is published by Victoria University Press.

"Janice has hit the writer’s jackpot - an arts fellowship in Antartica. But couch-surfing on the back of a messy break-up, Janice has one night to find a home for her beloved fridge before she flies out to the ice. An eco-comedy set in Wellington, The Ice Shelf is a funny and tender look at what it is to be human."

10:45 The Reading

The New Ships by Kate Duignan read by Nick Blake, part 4 of 12.

11:05 The Kinks, Cher & Richard Swift

Jeremy Taylor from Slow Boat Records brings us an expanded look at the Kinks most iconic album on its 50th birthday, Cher gets stuck into the ABBA catalogue, and the late great Richard Swift's posthumous collection.

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11:30 Cash injection for Black Sticks

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer on businessman Owen Glenn putting millions directly into the pockets of the Black Sticks, both men and women. And the Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli passes one of Sachin Tendulkar's batting records.

The Black Sticks celebrate their Commonwealth Games win over England

The Black Sticks celebrate their Commonwealth Games win over England Photo: Photosport

11:45 Aussie tows boat with mobility scooter!

The week that was with Te Radar and Pinky Agnew,  including the Australian with a suspended driver's licence, who found that a mobility scooter was just the ticket for towing his boat.

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