09:05  Are we prescribing the right drugs to alcoholics ?

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Are alcoholics getting the best drugs they need to help fight their addiction? New research suggests that our medical response to alcohol use disorder is poorly targeted. A study from the University of Otago has found that anti-alcohol drugs disulfiram and naltrexone are rarely prescribed  by medical professionals, who tend to favour anti-depressants. The authors of the study say this means that anti-depressants are being over used. Ben Beaglehole a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychological Medicine of the University of Otago is one of the authors of the study.

09:15 Netflix's 'The Perfection' reignites classification storm

Another controversial Netflix production with graphic content has sneaked through New Zealand classification, before being changed, as the government considers rule changes. Following viewer concerns, the Netflix horror film, The Perfection, has been reclassified in New Zealand  from 16 plus, to 18 plus noting  'rape, sexual violence, suicide references, and graphic violence'. The issue has re-ignited questions, first raised with the release of Netflix's teen drama '13 Reasons Why', around flaws with the classification system and of encouraging copycat behaviour. Chief Censor David Shanks says the fact that this latest film wasn't viewed by any authority until after it had launched on Netflix, shows something needs to change.

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09:45 Russia's arrest of journalist and the shocking euthanasia case that wasn't

Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney reports on the political crisis erupting in Moldova after the arrest of the country's president, Russia receives condemnation after it arrests an investigative journalist and the death of a Dutch teenager at one of the country's euthanasia clinics was widely reported - wrongly.

Russian investigative journalist for Meduza website Ivan Golunov waits in a court room, in Moscow's Nikulinsky Court, Russia.

Russian investigative journalist for Meduza website Ivan Golunov waits in a court room, in Moscow's Nikulinsky Court, Russia. Photo: AFP

10:05  Two Bit Circus: Putting Big Top fun into science

Brent Bushnell runs a circus - but not the kind you might remember from your childhood. It's a Micro-Amusement Park, combining Virtual Reality, escape rooms and carnival games  - with liberal amounts of acrobats and flames of fire. Son of Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Brent helped co-found Two Bit Circus. He joins Kathryn to talk about how to get more kids into STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths - with the all important creative addition of Art.

Brent about to try the flaming dunk tank.

Brent about to try the flaming dunk tank. Photo: Two Bit Circus

10:35 Book review - Meat Market by Juno Dawson

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Louise Ward reviews young adult novel Meat Market by Juno Dawson, which is published by Hachette Children's Books.

10:45 The Reading

The Ice Shelf written and adapted by Anne Kennedy told by Amy Tarleton (Part 1 of 10, RNZ)

11:05 Political commentators Hooton and Mills

Matthew Hooton & Stephen Mills discuss the potential for a government reshuffle and what to expect, progress on the teachers' dispute and whether there's more to come after Treasury's 'hacking' debacle.

Matthew Hooton is the managing director of the PR and lobbying firm, Exceltium.  Stephen Mills is the executive director of UMR Research and former political adviser to two Labour governments.

11:30 Kavita's Kitchen: the tastes of Malaysia and India

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Kathryn meets Kavita Anand, who makes and sells fresh curry pastes under her brand Kavita's Kitchen.
The pastes are all plant based, handmade and can be used as marinades, in stir fries, or as traditional bases for curries. She shares a recipe for lentil risotto

11:45 Yes one housing sector is booming! Retirement villages

Bill McKay reports on the record number of retirement villages and how we can leverage this for the rest of New Zealand. Bill is Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland.

Colletts Corner, Lyttelton.

Colletts Corner, Lyttelton. Photo: OHU (Office for Holistic Urbanism)/in:flux/ Warren and Mahoney

Music played in this show

Artist: Lips, featuring Kimbra
Track: Silent Treatment
Time: 9.26

Artist: Big Thief
Track: U.F.O.F.
Time: 10.37

Artist: Crowded House
Track: Four Seasons in One Day
Time: 11.35