09:05 Contingencies for cash-strapped universities

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Hard financial decisions are facing universities trying to balance the books and deliver full student services next year - this after each 2020 semester has been affected with Covid disruptions, lockdowns and online learning. Polytechnics and universities have warned an expected leap in domestic enrolments next year will not make up for the loss of foreign students. Voluntary redundancies are likely at the Auckland, Waikato and Victoria Universities and science staff at Massey University have been warned of job losses and that some specialist courses face the chop. Victoria University Vice Chancellor Professor Grant Guilford, and the University of Otago's outgoing Vice Chancellor, Professor Harlene Hayne  reflect on what has been an educational rollercoaster this year and to look ahead to 2021. Also joining the discussion, President of the Tertiary Education Union, Michael Gilchrist.

09:30 Pharmac responds to concerns about medication shortages

An employee of vaccine manufacturer CSL, works on the production for the swine flu vaccine in Australia.

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Pharmac director of operations Lisa Williams talks to Kathryn about the Covid 19 disrupted manufacturing and supply chain which means some commonly prescribed medications are scarce. This is affecting tens of thousands of patients and pharmacists and doctors have raised concern. Some of the drugs affected include : four commonly used contraceptive pills, hormone replacement therapy, an inhaler for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease sufferers,  and some blood pressure , anti- depressants pills.

09:45 USA correspondent Ron Elving - who will be President?

It's a week out from the US election, Trump versus Biden.

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on October 22, 2020 shows US President Donald Trump (L) and Democratic Presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden during the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 22, 2020.

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Ron Elving is Senior Editor and Correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News.

10:05 Ego and good relationships: Professor of Psychotherapy Keith Tudor

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New Zealand's only Professor of Psychotherapy Keith Tudor has recently received the prestigious international Eric Berne Memorial Award for his work in the field of Transactional Analysis.  It's a theory which examines the three ego states we adopt in relating to each other: parent, adult or child, to better understand ourselves by analyzing our transactions with the people closest to us.  Keith is based at the Auckland University of Technology, where, he tells Kathryn Ryan, he's been developing the idea of 'co-creative' Transactional Analysis, which includes an examination of how we might strengthen and even repair personal and working relationships, especially during current times of stress and uncertainty.


10:35 Book review - To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

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Quentin Johnson reviews To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini, published by Macmillan.

10:45 The Reading

Tina Cook reading the first of a three part story series  'Skeleton In The Closet'  by Susy Pointon.

11:05 Political commentators Mills & Morten

A discussion on what the shape of the Labour Government may look like, will there be Green involvement ?.

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Stephen Mills is the executive director of UMR Research, which is the polling firm used by Labour.  He is former political adviser to two Labour governments.

Brigitte Morten is a senior consultant with public and commercial law firm Franks & Ogilvie and a former senior ministerial advisor for the previous National-led government. 

11:30 Two Raw Sisters on going plant-first in the kitchen

Christchurch-based Margo and Rosa Flanagan, better known as Two Raw Sisters, build their delicious recipes starting with vegetables, unprocessed and whole food pantry staples. The meat, dairy, fish or poultry - if needed - can be added on the side. The pair aren't vegetarian or vegan themselves, but simply want to encourage others into a more plant-based diet. In addition to writing cookbooks - the latest of which is called All Eaters Welcome, the sisters also run workshops around the country. Here are recipes for Cumin Kumara Rice Salad with garlic mint yoghurt, and Peanut Butter Banana Bake,


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11:45 Media commentator Andrew Holden

Andrew talks to Kathryn about Newshub's political editor Tova O'Brien becoming even more well known, with an  opinion piece for The Guardian on her Jami-Lee Ross interview. And he has an update on the petition in Australia for a Royal Commission into Rupert Murdoch's media company and influence.

Talk to the hand - Newshub's political editor  Tova O'Brien accuses Advance NZ leader Jami-Lee Ross of "peddling misinformation" during the election campaign.

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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. 

Music played in this show

Artist: Noya Rao
Song: Talk
Time played: 9.35

Artist: Old graffiti
Song: Bibio
Time played: 11.36