09:05 Free Meds? Counting the cost of prescriptions

Doctor prescribing pills

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A new study into prescription charges will ascertain the extent to which $5 prescription charges are stopping New Zealanders from undergoing treatment. University of Otago Professor Pauline Norris is leading the study. Also joining Lynn to discuss any potential barriers to healthcare are Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Auckland, and health spokesperson for the Child Action Poverty Group Innes Asher, and GP of thirty-four years and Head of the Department of General Practice at the University of Otago, Professor Les Toop

Free Meds study participants are needed from Oamaru, Timaru, most of Horowhenua, Wairoa, Hastings, Napier, Gisborne and rural Tairāwhiti, Opotiki, Te Kaha, and Whakatane.  The free phone number to find out if you are eligible to enrol in the study is 0800 531 400.

09:20 Wanaka cafes lead brewing revolution

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Photo: AgainAgain/SUC Free Wanaka

Cafe owners in Wanaka want to ditch all single use coffee cups by 2022, with three of the town's cafes already refusing to sell any disposable cups. They're part of a coffee culture revolution in this country that started with boutique and neighbourhood cafes, but that's now seeing bigger industry players and universities signing up. The growing trend is in part being made possible by takeaway cup lending schemes like 'Again Again'. Since it first launched in Wellington back in November 2018,  it has now spread to Auckland, Christchurch and Wanaka. Again Again's Founder and Director, ​Nada Piatek, and SUC Free Wanaka's spokesperson Brona Parsons join Lynn Freeman.

09:45 Can European leaders save the Iran nuclear deal?

Europe Correspondent Seamus Kearney joins Lynn to discuss hopes by EU leaders that they can find a way to keep the Iran deal alive, despite officially launching a dispute mechanism against Tehran. He'll also look at the surprising move by Russian president Vladimir Putin which resulted in the resignation of the entire Russian government. And remember Brexit? It's finally set to happen in 11 days...so what's the government got planned?

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borell speaks during a debate at the European Parliament on January 14, 2020 in Strasbourg, eastern France.

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borell urged all parties to the Iran nuclear accord to save it, saying escalating tensions made the deal "more important than ever." Photo: AFP

10:05 Amanda Palmer - There Will Be No Intermission 

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Feminist, mother, songwriter, artist - and cult hero. Amanda Palmer is coming to  New Zealand to perform her one-woman show, There Will be No Intermission at The Auckland Arts Festival in March. She's one half of the self-described "Brechtian punk cabaret" duo The Dresden Dolls - and in 2012 released her solo studio album that was paid for by a crowd-sourcing campaign. Reviews say the show is heartfelt, shocking, and hilarious. It lasts three or four hours, as Amanda Palmer openly describes her songs, and the sometimes tragic events that inspired them. 

10:35 Book review - Best of 2019

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Photo: Kiran Dass

Kiran Dass of Time Out Bookstore shares her picks for the best books of 2019: Make it Scream, Make It Burn by Leslie Jamison (Allen & Unwin) and The Years by Annie Ernaux (Fitzcarraldo).

10:45 The Reading

Language of Recovery by Susy Pointon. Part 1 read by Jack Sergent.
RNZ Production Adapted from the collection, Turn of the Tide - more stories of the Hokianga.

11:05 Political commentators Hooton & Mills

A look ahead at some of the political issues this election year: Can Labour pivot to focus on infrastructure, is National going populist right and how can the Greens and New Zealand First mark out their territory?

Political commentators Matthew Hooton & Stephen Mills

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Matthew Hooton is an Auckland based consultant and lobbyist.  Stephen Mills is the executive director of UMR Research and former political adviser to two Labour governments. .

11:30 Otago's cherry on top

Wanaka-based couple Sharon and Ross Kirk are going for the cherry on the top of the cake as far as New Zealand's production is concerned.  They're hoping to equal the country's entire cherry output in a multi-million dollar venture. They've planted almost 40 thousand trees over three sites, with more than 90 thousand more to go.  Sharon Kirk shares a recipe for a Central Otago Cherry salad with Lynn Freeman.

11:45 Kennedy Warne: Sixty hours on a burning island

Kennedy discusses his recent story for National Geographic on Kangaroo Island in South Australia, which has suffered catastrophic loss to wildlife, livestock and property during the recent bushfires. 

Music played in this show

Artist: Michael Kiwanuka
Track: Living in denial
Time played: 9.30

Artist: Nadia Reid
Track:  Best thing
Time played: 11.44