09:05 Could rapid antigen tests help open up our borders ?

Man doctor or scientist waring protective suit, and face mask

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A look at innovations in Covid-19 testing, including rapid antigen (protein) tests. Could they play a part in opening up borders? What of the concerns they may miss some infectious people? Rapid antigen tests are the same tests that The World Health Organization says it will provide 120 million of, to people in low and middle-income countries over the next six months. Another test in development is the use of salvia instead of nasal swabs. Kathryn talks to Paul Simmonds from Border Integrity Solutions, University of Otago Clinical Microbiologist David Murdoch, and Chris Roberts from Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

09:25 An update on President Trump's hospitalisation with Covid-19 

US correspondent Susan Davis talks to Kathryn about the series of contradictory messages from the White House causing confusion about Donald Trump's condition.  Also a look at political contingency plans if his health deteriorates.

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

09:35 Encouraging youth minorities to use their voices

Community service is at the core of  Melissa Lama's work and student life. After becoming a teenage mother, Melissa Lama has just completed a BA in politics and has begun an MBA. She fits in her University of Otago studies with her day job as community advocate in Dunedin. The 27 year old Tongan Muslim is also active in the students' association and she is part of the Muslim Community Reference Group which advised the Royal Commission of Inquiry into last year's Christchurch Mosque's attacks. Melissa Lama's achievements are featured in a new series, - The Outliers, which looks at inspiration young people from minority communities that are standing out from their peers.

Melissa Lama, Community Leader, Dunedin

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09:45 German reunification at 30, embracing fresh air during Covid

Germany correspondent Thomas Sparrow joins Kathryn to talk about the historic moment 30 years ago marked on Saturday when East and West Germany reunified. He'll also talk about Germany's three-point formula for fighting coronavirus being expanded to include ventilation and use of the tracing app. 

 A black-red-golden heart is in the centre of black, red and yellow fabric panels in the exhibition "Path to Unity" at the Unity EXPO. Potsdam, as the capital of Brandenburg, is this year's host of the central celebrations of German Unity Day.

A black, red and gold heart is seen at the "Path to Unity" exhibition in Potsdam. Photo: AFP

10:05 How learning music can help all learning

A photo of a little boy playing the guitar at home

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Dr Anita Collins is an award-winning Australian educator, researcher and writer in the field of brain development and music learning. Since 2016 she has travelled the world interviewing over 100 neuroscientists and psychologists about music learning and brain development, known as neuromusical research.  She says the brains of musically trained people look, operate and learn quite differently to non-musically trained people, and learning an instrument can help children of all ages dramatically improve their ability to focus on school work, enhance their memory and improve behaviour.  Her book is called The Music Advantage.

10:35 Book review - The Animals in That Country by Laura Jean McKay

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Stella Chrysostomou of VOLUME Books reviews The Animals in That Country by Laura Jean McKay, published by Scribe.

It’s the flu, but nothing like you have seen before. The Zooflu has hit Australia and everyone is getting pinkeye and talking to the animals. Enter our heroine — if you could possibly call her that — Jean, and her animal companion, a dingo called Sue. This is a crazy, yet deeply philosophical, novel about our relationship with animals, what we see and fail to see, and our role as only one of the species in our ecosystem.  

10:45 The Reading

The Mesmerist, episode one. Written and read by Barbara Ewing.

11:05 Political commentators Jones & Sherson

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern and National leader Judith Collins during the Newshub leaders debate. 30 September 2020.

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Early voting is underway, Trish and Neale talk to Kathryn about how they think the campaign is going and whether the second debate shifted any ground. Also, Judith Collins' moment of prayer has raised some eyebrows, and what's the likely impact of the SFO decision on the New Zealand First Foundation on the party?.

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 Celebrating 180 years of Wellington's Thistle Inn

The Thistle Inn

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Established in 1840, not only is the capital's Thistle Inn New Zealand's oldest pub still operating from its original site, but also it was the country's second ever pub to be issued with a  liquor license, which has never ceased!  Kathryn Ryan talks to The Thistle's general manager Richard Walshe about how they are celebrating their 180 year milestone for Wellington on a Plate, shares stories about famous customers and shares a recipe for Paua Fritters.  

The Thistle Inn, Wellington

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11:45 Covid, community and co-housing

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 Bill McKay talks about the problem of isolation and various options to deal with it in the built environment.

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

Music played in this show

Track: Hello Sun

Artist: Joey Pecoraro

Time: 10:35


Track: Lillie Mae

Artist: Bobby Womack

Time: 10:45


Track: I've Got a Feeling

Artist: The Beatles

Time: 11:30


Track: Lonely Nights

Artist: Leasure

Time: 11:46