09:05 Election 2020: Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern talks to media in Timaru

Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern joins Kathryn for an extended intervew on why she should lead the government for another three years.

09:45 Asia correspondent Elizabeth Beattie

Pro-democracy protesters walk towards Government House as people dressed in pro-monarchy yellow t-shirts look on, Bangkok, 14 October 2020.

Photo: AFP / Anadolu Agency

An escalation of pro-democracy protests in Thailand, Bangladesh's cabinet approved an amendment that allows the death penalty for convicted rapists and North Korea has revealed previously unseen intercontinental ballistic missiles at a military parade.

Elizabeth Beattie is a Journalist at Thomson Reuters, based in Hong Kong.

10:05 Birds of NZ, Oscar Thomas

Kathryn speaks with Oscar Thomas about his passion for birds which started with a primary school trip ten years ago and has earned him an international book deal.  A London Publisher has picked up this twenty year old's first book, A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of New Zealand. It's a beautiful little book, chock full of stunning photographs, the vast majority taken by Oscar, identifying  238 of New Zealand's birds; common, unique and those sacred to our shores.

10:35 Book review -  Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey

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Photo: Bloomsbury

Melanie O'Loughlin of Unity Books reviews Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey, published by Bloomsbury.   

Born to a black mother and a white father in a still-segregated Mississippi, Natasha’s childhood is irrevocably changed when her parents’ divorce and her mother remarries a man, who a decade later, will shoot her mother dead outside their home in Memorial Drive. From the Pulitzer Prize-wining Poet Laureate comes this intimate story of race, family, violence and heart-shattering insight. 

10:45 The Reading

Barbara Ewing with episode ten of her book The Mesmerist.

11:05 Music with Jeremy Taylor 

Jeremy takes a deep dive into the Prince vaults, plus new music from bluegrass whiz Molly Tuttle and local faves The Phoenix Foundation.

Award winning guitarist and songwriter Molly Tuttle

Molly Tuttle Photo: Alysse Gafkjen

11:30 Sport with Sam Ackerman 

Scott McLaughlin wins race e two of the OTR SuperSprint The Bend.


Sam says the annual petrolhead pilgrimage has been dented by COVID, but Bathurst is on this weekend and Scotty McLaughlin will be chasing back to back titles. The horses will be running the Caulfield Cup and it looks like the Phoenix will be spending Christmas in Australia.

11:45 The Week that was

Comedians Te Radar and Melanie Bracewell take us into the weekend with a few laughs including a business class flyer baulking at pot noodles.


Photo: 123RF

Music played in this show

Artist:           The Weatherstation
Song:         You and I 
Broadcast time:     09:43

Artist:           Sam Amidon
Song:         Bright Sunny South
Broadcast time:10: 35

Artist:           Niko Case
Song:         This Tornado Loves You
Broadcast time:11:45