09:05 The price of opioid addiction - human cost & Big Pharma lawsuits

Tiltshift effect of prescription bottle for Oxycodone tablets and pills on wooden table for opioid epidemic illustration

Photo: 123RF/Steve Heap 2016

Complex legal manoeuvrings and bankruptcy proceedings are underway as some large US pharmaceutical companies attempt to settle huge lawsuits arising out of the opioid epidemic. Drug maker Johnson and Johnson has been fined US$572m for fueling the state of Oklahoma's opioid problem, and oxycontin maker, Purdue Pharma has filed for bankruptcy, while announcing a US$10b plan to settle lawsuits. 
US journalist and author of Dopesick, Beth Macy has closely followed the public health crisis which has claimed the lives of thousands of Americans, writing about the devastating effects on small town USA. She asks - How do you put a price on the misery bottled, packaged and sold by the pharmaceutical companies fueling America's opioid epidemic?.

09:30 Talented young artists - Ringa Toi Student Exhibition 

Celebrating student success -  Kathryn talks to two talented young artists, Odessa Strathern-Dunn and Robb Edmonds about their pieces which feature in the Ringa Toi exhibition. NZQA Deputy Chief Executive Māori, Alex Bidois also joins the conversation.

09:45 Australia dragged into Trump impeachment furore

Australia correspondent Karen Middleton reports on the fallout from the leaked revelation that Donald Trump asked Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison for help to investigate and discredit the Mueller inquiry. She'll also look at Australia's record low interest rate, the Tasmanian senator campaigning for deported Kiwis and ACT deciding to legalise marijuana.

Scott Morrison and Donald Trump shake hands in the Oval Office during Morrison's official visit to White House last month.

Scott Morrison and Donald Trump shake hands in the Oval Office during Morrison's official visit to White House last month. Photo: AFP

10:05 Should aging be treated like a disease?


ageing Photo: 123RF

Dr David Sinclair is a geneticist based at Harvard Medical School and is working to understand why we age - and how we can slow its effects. He's the co-founder of several biotech companies, co-founder and co-chief editor of the journal Aging and the recipient of numerous honours and awards. His new book is called Lifespan: Why We Age - And Why we Don't Have To, which looks at the scientific breakthroughs that are demonstrating how we can slow or even reverse the genetic clock.

10:35 Book review - Tūī Street Heroes by Anne Kayes

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Photo: Wildling Books

Louise Ward of Wardini Books reviews Tūī Street Heroes by Anne Kayes, which is published by Wildling Books.

10:45 The Reading

The Te Kuiti Express from the collection Can You Tolerate This, written and read by Ashleigh Young (Part 1 of 2). 

11:05 Silver Scrolls: A look back on some big winners

Music correspondent Charlotte Ryan looks at some of the previous winners of the APRA Silver Scroll Awards which will take place in Auckland tonight, including The Formyula, Dave Dobbyn and Marlon Williams.

11:20 Michael Allpress: Three decades in the coffee business

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Photo: supplied

Michael Allpress has spent three decades in the coffee business. He began in 1989 with a coffee cart at Victoria Park Market in Auckland, and now has a global coffee brand with roasteries in Dunedin, Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, Tokyo and London, supplying 1000 independent cafes around the world and employing nearly 300 people.

11:45 Arts with Courtney Johnston

Courtney joins Kathryn to talk about the Dutch museum that's revising how the nation sees itself and an 18-carat artworld joke that was stolen from a British stately home - is the artist in on it?

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Photo: Guggenheim


Music played in this show

Artist: Tiny Ruins
Track: Holograms
Time played: 9.31

Artist: Terrible Sons
Track: Ruffle
Time played: 11.47