09:05 Eating disorder numbers soar post lockdown

Photo of a sad looking anorexic girl with a bottle of water beside her

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New figures show there's been a big jump in the number of eating disorders since lockdown, with an 18 per cent increase in referrals to the publicly-funded South Island Regional Eating Disorder Service. In the central region, 66 referrals were made in June and July, up from 51 for the same period last year. Kathryn talks to Kellie Lavender, director and founder of the New Zealand Eating Disorder Clinic and Nicki Wilson, chair of EDANZ.

09:20 Ambitious proposals for surplus electricity once Tiwai closes

Manapouri Power Station on the western arm of Lake Manapouri in New Zealand

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Kathryn Ryan speaks with two scientists about how electricity from the Manapouri power station could be used once the Tiwai Point aluminum smelter is shut down by Rio Tinto next August. The smelter currently uses 13 per cent of the country's power production. The McDiarmid Institute says there are many options including manufacturing silicon solar panels, turning electricity into hydrogen and developing energy storage. MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator and Otago University Professor Sally Brooker and MacDiarmid Institute Emeritus Investigator and University of Auckland Professor David Williams.

09:45 Middle East correspondent Sebastian Usher 

Sebastian talks to Kathryn about the state of emergency in Lebanon in the aftermath of the deadly port explosion which has devastated Beirut.

A view shows the aftermath of yesterday's blast at the port of Lebanon's capital Beirut, on August 5, 2020.

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Sebastian Usher is a BBC Middle East analyst, editor and reporter.


10:05 Teen risk taking. Forget what you thought you knew

Teenager playing video games online.

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We know adolescents take risks, but what might surprise you is that they DON'T think they are invincible. In fact they tend to over-estimate their risk. So why do they engage in risky behaviour and what can be done about it?  Dr. Jess Shatkin has been doing ground breaking research in this area for around 15 years. He is a physician and child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, also founder and director of one of the USA's largest training programmes in psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. He is also the author of "Born to be Wild: Why teens take risks and how we can keep them safe."

10:35 Book review - The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle

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Catriona Ferguson reviews The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle, published by Allen & Unwin.

Iris and Summer are beautiful identical twins, but their similarity is only skin deep. Iris is insecure, self-conscious and covets the perfect life that Summer has created for herself. However, when Summer is desperate for help, it's Iris that she turns to and suddenly their relationship is upended. The Girl in the Mirror is a suspenseful and addictive psychological thriller about family loyalty, greed and destruction.  

10:45 The Reading

Someone's Wife, episode 1, written and read by Linda Burgess.

11:05 Political commentators Jones and Sherson

With the election six weeks away, politicians hit the campaign trail.

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Neale Jones was Chief of Staff to Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern, and prior to that was Chief of Staff to Andrew Little. He is the director of Capital Government Relations.

Trish Sherson is from corporate affairs firm Sherson Willis, and a former ACT press secretary.

11:30 Lots of: Nanna's baking made easy

Whanganui-based Rachel Dawson's speciality is cookie, cake, brownie and dog biscuit mixes, which you can either bake in the oven, or in the case of her mug cake, whip up in the microwave. Rachel's business is Lots of - a throw-back to the good old-fashioned baking Nanna would have done.  Rachel shares some hacks to make your own home baking easier, including zesting-up biscuits, with Kathryn Ryan.

11:45 What makes good house design?

Urban issues correspondent Bill McKay joins Kathryn to talk about one of his favourite houses, which has just been up for sale. It belongs to Barton Myers, an American architect who used his experience as a former fighter jet pilot to influence his approach to designing his steel framed houses.

Bill McKay is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland.

Music played in this show

Artist: The Lemon Twigs 
Track: Live in Favour of Tomorrow 
Time: 10.35 

Artist: Benee 
Track: Litter 
Time: 11.45