09:05 Auckland Harbour Bridge's long term viability

Engineers are warning that while fixing Auckland Harbour's 61-year old bridge may be relatively quick - it's time to start thinking about its long term viability. It's hoped a new strut will be in place in the next few days after a freak truck accident on Friday morning caused serious structural damage and severe headaches for commuters. Kathryn talks to Alessandro Palermo, Professor in Structural Engineering at the University of Canterbury about how the Auckland Harbour Bridge has faced an increased load as it surpassed its design life of 50 years, and transport blogger Matt Lowrie who believes the only way to bridge the city's travel woes is light rail on the shore and a dedicated tunnel for public transport.

Damage on Auckland Harbour Bridge, 9 September

Damage on Auckland Harbour Bridge, 9 September Photo: RNZ / Eli Orzessek

09:20 US 'Megafires': larger, faster, hotter, more destructive

A man looks for items in the remains of his mobile home after a wildfire swept through the R.V. park destroying multiple homes in Estacada, Oregon

A man looks for items in the remains of his mobile home after a wildfire swept through the R.V. park destroying multiple homes in Estacada, Oregon Photo: AFP

Michael Kodas, author of 'Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame', talks to Kathryn Ryan about "megafires" as unprecedented blazes  wreak havoc across the western United States.

09:45 USA correspondent Susan Davis

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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The death of Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Susan talks to Kathryn about what her legacy is to women’s rights in the US, the fight to replace her, how it’s affecting the presidential election, and how it could reshape the Supreme Court. 

Susan Davis is a congressional correspondent for NPR and a co-host of the NPR Politics Podcast.

10:05 A memoir of teenage years in a 70s hippy commune

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Sydney based writer and film-maker Miro Bilborough has written a memoir about her time as a teenager living in a tiny hippie community in the outer reaches of the Marlborough Sounds in the 1970s. She speaks with Kathryn Ryan about her unconventional childhood - banished aged seven to live with her communist grandmother, before joining her father at Manaroa in Pelorus Sound as part of a small commune. In The Time Of The Manaroans is published by Victoria University Press.

10:35 Book review -  Just Like You by Nick Hornby

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Louise O'Brien reviews Just Like You by Nick Hornby, published by Penguin Random House.

10:45 The Reading

Butler’s Ringlet by Laurence Fearnley, read by Matthew Chamberlain. Episode 2 of 10.  No webrights.

11:05 Fonterra and Tourism Holdings' results, Milton Friedman's famous essay turns 50

Business commentator Rod Oram joins Kathryn to talk about Fonterra's good year-end results and Tourism Holding's surprisingly good year-end results. He'll also look at how it's the 50th anniversary of Milton Friedman's famous essay in the New York Times' Sunday magazine which declared business has only one responsibility - to make profit for their owners.

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11:30 Wahine Toa Hunting: Women with more than deer in their sights

Pania Te Paiho Marsh started out with a simple mission: teach women how to hunt, so they could fill their fridges for their families. Instead, they walk away with much more - confidence and sisterhood. Pania's Wahine Toa Hunting is the subject of a new Loading Docs short documentary called Wahine Warrior, which follows Pania as she teaches two women how to handle a gun and use it to hunt deer. She talks to Kathryn about how demand for her services have shot through the roof - and how she has a backlog of more than 3000 wanting to learn to hunt.


11:45 Media commentator Andrew Holden

Online figures for readership of the NZ Herald and Stuff, and it's the first election debate tonight.

Andrew Holden is a journalist for more than 30 years including five as Editor of The Press (in Christchurch) and four as Editor-in-Chief of The Age in Melbourne. 

Stuff and NZME are seeking leave to appeal the High Court decision blocking their merger.

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Music played in this show


Track: The Buzz

Artist: Pretenders

Time: 11.25


Track: Nature

Artist: Modern Nature

Time: 11.45