8:10 How does cannabis use affect New Zealanders' health?

Richie Poulton

Richie Poulton. Photo: supplied

As the general election draws closer, so too does a referendum on legalising cannabis.

The issue has long been debated, often on moral or political grounds rather than scientific.

Professor Richie Poulton is the director of the Dunedin Study which follows the lives of 1037 people born between April 1972 and March 1973. 

Based on data from this study, and also the similar Christchurch study, he has co-written a report on the health impacts of recreational cannabis use here in New Zealand. He hopes it will help inform voters, whichever way they vote. 

cannabis in hand

Photo: Unsplash / Sharon McCutcheon

8:30 Chris Smith: Covid-19 Q and A

Cambridge University consultant clinical virologist Dr Chris Smith returns to answer questions about the emerging science around the novel coronavirus pandemic.

This week: Sweden's state epidemiologist admits they got it wrong, the dodgy data company behind a big hydroxycholorquine study, a former head of MI6 believes the virus accidentally escaped from a Chinese lab, and the perplexing question of why Germans are less likely to get, and die from Covid-19.

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9:05 Dr. Kari Nadeau: fighting to end food allergies

Prof Kari Nadeau

Prof Kari Nadeau Photo: supplied

Thousands of New Zealanders live in fear that a peanut could kill them or their child.

Food allergies result in huge personal and societal costs and they are on the rise, with the rate of milk and peanut allergies doubling every decade.

Dr. Kari Nadeau is Director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University.

Her groundbreaking work focuses on developing methods to retrain allergy sufferers immune systems.

A young boy demonstrates how to use an EpiPen to treat anaphylaxis.

A young boy demonstrates how to use an EpiPen to treat anaphylaxis. Photo: AFP

9:30 Ruth Shaw - Manapōuri's "Two Wee Bookshops"

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Ruth Shaw has lived life on the high seas, worked with sex-workers in Sydney's infamous King's Cross, and spent decades fighting for the environment.

She and her husband Lance spent 16 years operating the Breaksea Girl in Fiordland, helping raise awareness of the conservation happening on the country's first pest-free islands.

The pair has since retired, and live in Manapōuri, where Ruth has opened two tiny bookshops - one for adults, the smaller, for children.

10:05 Imagining decolonisation in Aotearoa

What does decolonisation actually mean? and how does the concept inspire Māori and Pākehā New Zealanders' vision for Aotearoa?

We'll ask Mike Ross (Ngāti Hauā) and Amanda Thomas (Pākehā) both academics at Victoria University, who have contributed to a new book Imagining Decolonisation.

Mike Ross and Amanda Thomas

Mike Ross and Amanda Thomas Photo: supplied / BWB

10:30 former Vogue UK editor Alexandra Shulman on why clothes matter

Alexandra Shulman was editor of British Vogue for 25 years before resigning in 2017.

It not surprising then that clothes are at the centre of her new memoir.

Clothes... And Other Things That Matter, explores the personal and cultural meaning of what we wear.

From the little black dress to the bikini, Shulman takes pieces of clothing and examines their role in her own life and the lives of women.

Alexandra Shulman

Alexandra Shulman Photo: supplied

11:00 Playing Favourites with Tamatha Paul

Growing up in Tokoroa, Tamatha Paul's eyes were opened to what was going on elsewhere in the world when she started listening to hip-hop.

She went on to become her school's Dux, the first person in her family to go to university - the first Māori woman to be president of Victoria University's student association, and last year became a Wellington City Councillor - at the age of 22.

While she was part of the 'youthquake' that swept the local elections last year, Ms Paul wants to focus on Māori issues - working towards imbedding Te Tiriti into council processes, as well as working towards a carbon neutral capital.

She joins Kim to share songs that have helped shape her view of the world, or remind her of home.

Tamatha Paul, 22, is standing as an independent candidate for Wellington City Council.

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Books mentioned in this show

Imagining Decolonisation
Contributors:Rebecca Kiddle, Bianca Elkington, Moana Jackson, Ocean Ripeka Mercier, Mike Ross, Jennie Smeaton and Amanda Thomas.
ISBN: 9781988545783
Bridget Williams Books

Clothes... and other things that matter:
Alexandra Shulman
ISBN: 9781788401982


Music played in this show

Artist:Naz featuring AZ
Song: Life's a Bitch
Played at 11:11

Song: Frisk me Down
Played at 11:25

Artist: @peace
Song: Home
Played at 11:42

Artist: Nina Simone
Song: Strange Fruit
Played at 11:55