09:05 Risks of anti-epileptic drugs during pregnancy

Taking anti-epileptic medicine during pregnancy can cause serious lifelong consequences for children. Auckland mother, Denise Astill's twins were affected in utero and have foetal anti-convulsant syndrome. This impacts their health and education. Anti convulsant medication is not prescribed to treat epilepsy. ACC's Senior Injury Prevention Specialist, Dee Young says it is imperative that the medical fraternity informs women of child-bearing age of the potential risks.

Denise Astill with Natasha and Jazmyn

Denise Astill with Natasha and Jazmyn Photo: supplied

09:20 Red herrings, plot twists & murder most horrid: Rotorua Noir

The country's first crime writing festival, Rotorua Noir is on this weekend. Participants will hear from international and local crime writers and gain more clues along the way about the elements of good crime fiction. Dunedin author, Vanda Symon is running some masterclasses. The festival coincides the tenth year of the prestigious Ngaio Marsh Award for crime writing.  

Ngaio Marsh house

Ngaio Marsh house Photo: Sally Murphy

09:30 From Canada to the Catlins

Deborah Frandsen and husband Grant Gabolinscy have jumped off the hamster wheel to live life's dream.  This is their second summer running Newhaven holiday park, an idyllic little spot near Owaka in the Catlins.  They made the move, packing up big careers in Vancouver. to run the campsite without seeing more than a couple of photographs.

09:45 Backlash over China's rising technological power

A tumultuous period for China's biggest telecommunications company, Huawei, which is at the centre of an  international backlash over China's rising technological power. 

Ed White reports from Taiwan, where he is a correspondent for the Financial Times.

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Photo: AFP / NurPhoto

10:05 How to write a blockbuster

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Fiona McIntosh writes unashamedly commercial fiction, plenty of it, and her books are flying off the shelves. Fiona McIntosh is one of Australia's best-selling fiction writers - selling as many books as Marian Keyes and known for her well-researched and vivid historical fiction. But this is all relatively new in Fiona's life - she wrote her first book at 40.  Fifteen years ago, Fiona was working in the travel industry and raising twin boys.  To date, she has written 36 books. She hosts sell-out writers' workshops which go hand in hand with her non-fiction book How To Write Your Blockbuster - All I've learned about writing commercial fiction

10:35 Book review - Best of 2018

Charlotte Graham-McLay shares her picks for the best books of 2018: Less by Andrew Sean Greer, He's So MASC by Chris Tse, and Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata.

10:45 The Reading

'TipFace Bunyan' written by Suzie Pointon read by Judith Gibson.  (Part 5 of 5)

11:05 Music of Idles, Kate Bush & Michael James Keane

Music reviewer Jeremy Taylor​ has some remastered LP reissues from Kate Bush's back catalogue, a soul searching solo debut from Michael James Keane and tracks from the second album of Bristol band, Idles.

Idles, Kate Bush, Keane

Idles, Kate Bush, Keane Photo: composite

11:30 Twin cricket hidings & school rugby review

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer looks at the hidings handed out by India to the Black Caps and White Ferns, the NZRU's review of secondary school rugby designed hopefully to end blatant recruitment inducements to secure top players. 

White Ferns captain Amy Satterthwaite.

Photo: Photosport

11:45 Moose statue stoush & naked visibility

The week that was, Te Radar and Pinky Agnew with tales of the sublime and the ridiculous, including the international moose statue stoush, where Canada and Norway battle it out for the tallest, and concern from some Takapuna residents about a naked apartment dweller.

Moose statue stoush

Moose statue stoush Photo: composite

Music played in this show

Artist: Tyra Hammond
Song: So Good at being in Trouble
Time: 09:45

Artist: Echo Arms
Song: Mr Twin Sister
Time: 10:35

Artist: Marlon Wiliams
Song: What's Chasing You
Time: 11:46