09:05 New rental app offers free tenant background checks

A new app called Proper aims to simplify the rental experience for both landlords and tenants, but the free background check has raised privacy concerns with renters advocates. The app's founder Aaron Yee joins Kathryn to discuss how it works, along with Robert Whitaker of Renters United.

House  with "For Rent" sign in front

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09:20 Security risk forces street festival indoors

The Christchurch terror attacks have forced changes to Wellington street festival CubaDupa. Wellington mayor Justin Lester joins Kathryn to detail how the popular street festival will work - off the street.

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Photo: Ezra Simons / The Wireless

09:45 The US President's reaction to the Mueller report

Susan Milligan reports from Washington DC on Donald Trump being cleared of conspiring with Russia over the US 2016 election. The President is accusing his enemies of doing evil and treasonous things, and has said that no other president should have to be investigated over a false narrative. The Mueller report has stopped short of exonerating President Trump of obstruction of justice.

Robert Mueller (L) and Donald Trump

Photo: AFP

10:05 Neuroscientist on how life experience shapes the brain

Gendered brains: a sexist myth, or a fact of life? Gina Rippon is an emeritus professor of cognitive neuroimaging from Birmingham's University of Aston - and she says we are merely in the foothills of what we can learn about the brain. She believes the differences in our brains come from what we are exposed to and the the lives we live, not our gender. Her book The Gendered Brain unpacks the stereotypes and looks at how such messages can mold our sense of self.. There has been much talk in recent times about raising children to be gender neutral, but Professor Rippon tells Kathryn that that is impossible.

Gina Rippon

Gina Rippon Photo: supplied

10:35 Book review

Quentin Johnson has been reading Sicily: An Island at the Crossroads of History by John Julius Norwich.

10:45 The Reading

The Madonna In The Suitcase written and read by Huberta Hellendoorn  (#2 of 5).

11:05 A dismal interim result for Fonterra

Business commentator Rod Oram talks to Kathryn about what has contributed to Fonterra's poor half-year results. Also, Yili, China’s largest dairy company, offers to buy Westland co-op.

Fonterra forecasts payout will drop by up to 50 cents a kg

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11:30 101 movies you may have missed

David Stratton

David Stratton Photo: supplied

David Stratton is an Australian based film critic, he has served as President of the International Critics Jury for the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals, and he's a former critic for international film industry magazine Variety. He has now written a book - 101 marvellous movies you may have missed. He speaks to Kathryn about how he chose which movies would make the cut, and why they fit into the category of overlooked gems.

Two cinema tickets

Photo: Pavel Bolotov

11:45 Media coverage of accused Christchurch shooter, naming or not?

Media commentator Gavin Ellis talks to Kathryn about the how the news media will refer to the Christchurch mosques murder accused, in light of the Prime Minister saying he will be nameless as far as she is concerned. Also, changes at the Whanganui Chronicle. The paper will still have an editor, but the person won't be called an editor and will have 'commercial responsibilities'.

People gather outside Al Noor Mosque

People gather outside Al Noor Mosque Photo: RNZ/ Dan Cook

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

Music played in this show


Artist: Christine and the Queens
Song:  The Walker
Time:  09:30

Artist: Neneh Cherry
Song:  Kong
Time: 11.20

Artist: Chaka Chan
Song: Hello Happiness
Time: 11:40