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7.11 Act Party campaign launch

Act Party leader David Seymour talks about his party's launch and its education policy. 

7.20 Van Jackson: North Korea 

In the past few days Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned the standoff between North Korea and the United States is close to spilling into a large-scale conflict. Van Jackson, senior lecturer in international relations at Victoria University of Wellington, talks about the threat. 

7.31 Bangladesh floods: Corinne Ambler

Around half of Bangladesh is under water. 144 have been killed and 8.3 million affected. Add in Nepal and India and the death toll is 1200 - with 41 million people affected by the devastating monsoon rains. New Zealander Corinne Ambler is the IFRC spokesperson in Bangladesh.
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7:44 Ecodesigning our cities

Sand hardened by bacteria can have a useful application on coastal properties.

Sand hardened by bacteria can have a useful application on coastal properties. Photo: Atelier Aitken

New Zealand's inaugural Festival of Architecture kicks off around the country next week, with events in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Tauranga. Architect Joanna Aitken is presenting an exhibition called "How Biotechnology and Artificial Intelligence can Change the Way we Live". As well as applying new technologies to build sustainable homes and cities at the high end, the principles should be used in creating social housing. 

7:52 Netball: Suzanne McFadden

Newsroom sports reporter Suzanne McFadden previews Sunday's test between the Silver Ferns and Australia and reflects on the causes of this week's shock loss to England. 

8:10 Insight: Fighting the Waste Mountain

Landfill, Timaru

Photo: Samuel Mann / CC BY 2.0

New Zealanders have been recycling for years now, but how much difference is it really making? Despite our best efforts to be 'Tidy Kiwis' the amount of rubbish we're chucking in the landfill just keeps growing. Insight reporter Teresa Cowie takes a closer look at why we're failing so badly to curb the waste mountain and asks, are there bigger waste issues going undetected?

8:38 A professional model of surrogacy

Loving pregnancy

Loving pregnancy Photo: Supplied

The practice of surrogacy is controversial. On the one hand altruistic surrogacy is about the most selfless gift a woman can give but critics say it can be inherently exploitative of women and turn them and babies into commodities. Dr Ruth Walker and Dr Liezl van Zyl from the University of Waikato have written a book, Towards a Professional Model of Surrogate Motherhood in which they outline a model for surrogacy they say is much fairer and offers more protection for all parties than altruistic or commercial contracts. 

9:06 Mediawatch: Silicon Valley a saviour?

Around the world the news media has a problem. The online explosion has given them a huge new audience - but not much income. Meanwhile, the spectacular profits of technology companies such as Apple, Google and Facebook are hitting new highs every year, partly because they are now the main means by which news travels. However, not all of that is real news - and so-called fake news has harmed the trust in news. Silicon Valley is clearly part of the news media's problem - will it also be part of the solution? Produced and presented by Colin Peacock.

9:37 Angela Nagle: putting the 'alt' into alt-right

Angela Nagle book: Kill All Normies

Angela Nagle book: Kill All Normies Photo: Supplied

The white supremacists and far-right protesters who congregated in Charlottesville recently railed against "commies", Islam, Jews - and even feminism. Just what is going on inside their heads? Angela Nagle has some idea. Long before the alt-right was talked about as a movement, she was following the exchange of far-right ideas online. She summed it up the "online culture of shared hatred" that the 'alt' into the 'alt-right' in a book called Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right. She explains what her deep dive into the murky world of internet subcultures reveals.

10:06 How to get passionate about work

Max Harre

Max Harre Photo: Supplied

Frances Harre

Frances Harre Photo: Supplied

Frances and Max Harre work with people wanting a career change or career development - helping them find what they really want to do and getting those jobs. They've been watching the trends and issues affecting people's careers and have a new book called Work, Passion, Power: Strategies for a Working Life You Will Love. They say you're never too old for a career change or to study, but you also shouldn't bet on retiring any time soon … or ever.

10:33 Harita Davies, 52 days of heaven and hell

Ultramarathoner Harita Davies ran 5000 km over 52 days.

Ultramarathoner Harita Davies ran 5000 km over 52 days. Photo: Rus Ultramarathon

Imagine running more than two marathons a day - every day - for 52 days. That's the same as running the length of New Zealand - 1600 kilometres - more than three times. Christchurch ultramarathoner Harita Davies has done just that - becoming the first Kiwi woman to complete the gruelling multi-day event known as the 3100 mile Sri Chinmoy Ultra Race. Running takes place around an 800-metre block in the New York borough of Queens, and athletes need to average almost 96 kilometres a day. 42-year-old Harita Davies started the race in early June and finished on August 9. Next month she will also be taking part in the three-day Peace Run event that kicks off in Kawerau

11:10 James Montague: The Billionaires Club

James Montague has investigated where the money is coming from in football.

James Montague has investigated where the money is coming from in football. Photo: Supplied

Brazilian football superstar Neymay made headlines when French club Paris St Germain paid a staggering 222 million euros to secure his services. Then PSG topped that by spending another 155 million euros on a 19-year-old player. But PSG isn't one of Europe's top 10 most valuable clubs, so where is the money coming from? Money talks in the world's most popular game and writer James Montague has travelled far and wide to find out. From Serbia, he explains why some of the mega-rich men around the world are pouring their money into the biggest names in football.

11:30 Barcelona: En Comu

Eulalia Corbella, left, and Oriol Corbella

Eulalia Corbella, left, and Oriol Corbella Photo: RNZ

A street-level political movement in Barcelona called En Comu rose from almost nothing to become the people's choice for the city's governance in just a few years. Other cities in Spain have followed suit and political movements around the world are now trying to copy the blueprint. En Comu representative Eulalia Corbella and activist Oriol Corbella are in New Zealand to spread the word. They say the humble principle of "municipalism" has pushed back against tourism overtaking housing supply and even helped the Catalan capital recover from the trauma of terrorism.

11:45 Sonia Sly: what's hot at NZ Fashion Week

Sonia Sly, presenter and producer for RNZ's fashion podcast My Heels Are Killing Me, was at NZ Fashion Week and shares her thoughts on the week-long event. She talks about the highs and lows, who stole the show and spots the upcoming trends for Autumn Winter 2018.