09:05 Auckland e-scooters get green light despite safety concerns

Lime scooter fatal crash: Rider flew over handlebars - witness

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Auckland council has given the go ahead for rental e-scooters to stay on Auckland's streets for another six months, and with an increased fleet size. The new fleet limit will be 3200. Meanwhile a recent study has found e-scooters have cost the health system over $1m treating accidents, and overnight an e-scooter rider has been taken to hospital with critical injuries after crashing into a wall in Parnell. Kathryn is joined by Auckland Council's director of regulatory services Craig Hobbs, James Le Fevre an Auckland emergency physician, and Lime Scooter's spokesperson Lauren Mentjox.

09:20 Volker Nock: drilling down into kauri dieback

What it looks like when the fungi starts growing lots of these drill bits (hyphae) on the chip.

What it looks like when the fungi starts growing lots of these drill bits (hyphae) on the chip. Photo: Supplied

University of Canterbury Engineer Dr Volker Nock has been awarded a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship to speed research into containing kauri dieback and myrtle rust. In both cases fungal pathogens infect the tree by growing long arms, known as hyphae -  which are a bit like pressurised drill bits.  Volker explains to Kathryn Ryan how he and associate Professor Dr Ashley Garril are learning to blunt the force of the infection with a lab on a chip approach.

09:45 Asia correspondent Ed White - swine fever outbreak

The African Swine Fever outbreak has been decimating pig populations across Asia this year and has really started to cause major headaches for the government in Beijing. Population control is making its way back on the agenda in the world's second most populous country after a state government in Assam, in India's north-east, legislated a new two-child policy this month

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Ed White is a correspondent for the Financial Times, based in Seoul. 

10:05 How do we hold the highest offices to account?

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press as he departs the White House in Washington, DC, for his annual visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, on October 4, 2019.

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We're entering week six of President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry and its yet to be seen whether he'll be removed from office - or whether he'll even come close. So if they do exist, how do you stop abuses of power in the highest of offices and what are the limits on leaders' power?  In "Where Power Stops" Professor of Politics at Cambridge University, David Runciman looks at the extent to which character has defined and limited the power of recent leaders in the UK and America.

David Runciman is the author of six previous books, including How Democracy Ends and hosts the widely acclaimed weekly podcast Talking Politics.

10:35 Book review - Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

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Tilly Lloyd from Unity Books reviews Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo, published by Penguin Books and Booker Prize joint winner 2019.

"Joyfully polyphonic and sparklingly contemporary, Girl, Woman, Other is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times - celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible".

10:45 The Reading

Under the Influence, an essay written and read by Bill Manhire. Final episode. 

11:05 Music reviewer Jeremy Taylor

Jeremy Taylor from SlowBoat Records has new hipster vibrations from Blood Orange and Cigarettes After Sex, plus landmark reissues from REM and The Kinks.

Cigarettes After Sex & Blood Orange

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11:30 Sports commentator Clay Wilson - RWC

From the Rugby World Cup RNZ sports reporter Clay Wilson looks ahead to tomorrow's final between England and South Africa, and tonight's play off for the bronze when the All Blacks meet Wales.

England's  and New Zealand's players take part in a maul during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final match between England and New Zealand at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on October 26, 2019.

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11:45 The week that was

Comedians Te Radar and Elisabeth Easther with a wry look at some of the lighter headlines.

Music played in this show

Artist: Goldenhorse 
Track: Wake Up Brother 
Time: 9.35