09:05 Early childhood teachers' pay talks paused

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Early childhood teachers' pay talks have been put on hold because both the employer and the teachers' union say current government funding makes reaching a fair deal impossible. Part way through collective ECE employment negotiations, both ECE employers and the NZEI union want to jointly meet with the Education Minister to ask for more money.They say at the heart of the problem is an average pay gap of 23 % behind kindergarten and primary teachers with the same skills, qualifications and responsibilities. Next year that pay gap will go to 49 per cent. Kathryn talks to Wendy Logan who is an employer representative on the negotiations, and management adviser for a number of community ECEs; and Virginia Oakly who is the early childhood sector representative on the NZEI Te Riu Roa National Executive.

Find out more about the ECE campaign

09:20 Will & Able: cleaning products with a social upside

Kathryn meets Martin Wylie from a new social enterprise, selling environmentally friendly cleaning products produced by people with disabilities. Will & Able is part of Altus Enterprises which currently employs more than 200 people with mental and physical disabilities. Martin Wylie says demand for Will & Able products has been growing sharply and he hopes to create up to 100 new jobs in the next two years.

09:45 US correspondent David Smith

Washington is digesting the impeachment inquiry hearings, in which the star witnesses were women and immigrants. But did Democrats land a knockout punch against Donald Trump? Opinion polls suggest maybe not.

10:05 Climate pioneer Dave Lowe "we only have one atmosphere"

Dave Lowe's reputation in the world of atmospheric science is legendary, having measured the effects of climate change before the term was even coined!  In 1972 he set up the Baring Head Clean Air Monitoring Station, an internationally recognised site for measuring our impact on the Earth's atmosphere and contributed to the IPPC efforts that won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Overnight it was announced that levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached a new global peak of 407.8 parts per million (ppm) in 2018, up from 405.5 ppm in 2017, according to the World Meteorological Organisation.

Dave Lowe talks to Kathryn Ryan about his frustrations at the world's inaction on our  "climate emergency" and his hopes for the future.

NIWA's Gordon Brailsford and  Katja Riedel explain how greenhouse gases are measured at the Baring Head monitoring station.

10:35 Book review - Murmur by Will Eaves 

Murmur by Will Eaves. Original cover design: CB Editions

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Kiran Dass of Time Out Bookstore reviews Murmur by Will Eaves, which is published by Canongate.

10:45 The Reading

Scum of the Scum a short story by Catherine Delahunty read by the late Nancy Brunning.

11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram  - Australia Westpac CEO's resignation 

Business commentator Rod Oram joins Kathryn to talk about breaking news out of Australia, the resignation of Westpac Bank chief executive Brian Hartzer. Also, Lion's decision to buy into the crowded US beer market. 

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11:30 Losing the F.A.T: What is Female Athlete Triad?

We think of those in the world of fitness as exceptionally healthy people, but my next guest is helping to shine a light on an unhealthier aspect of the industry. Nats Levi was working as a fitness trainer when she experienced F.A.T - which is an acronym for Female Athlete Triad. It's a condition where women exercise their body to such an extent that they lose their menstrual cycle, bone density and energy. Nats says she succumbed to the pressure those working in the industry often feel to look their best, but was finally forced to confront what she was doing to her body. She's written a book her experience called 'From F.A.T to Fierce - Solving the Health Puzzle When Your Body is Not Responding'.

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11:45 Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Name suppression of the man convicted of murdering Grace Millane flouted by some UK publications. Gavin also looks at a call from Stuff's political editor for changes to media regulation in NZ, and at the disparity between circulation and readership figures after new sets were released last week.

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: Neko Case 
Track: Calling Cards 
Time played: 9.35