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7.11 Kate Lyons: Uncovering the Pacific drug highway

Guardian journalist Kate Lyons has written a series on the drug-running route from South America to Australia and New Zealand through the Pacific Islands. She joins Jim to discuss 'High Seas' and the impact the drug trade is having in the islands.

Drugs on a black surface.

Drugs on a black surface. Photo: 123RF

7.32 The House

A weekly digest of the events in Parliament with Daniela Maoate-Cox and Phil Smith.

7.45 Calling Home: Graeme Wood in Champagne, France

Expat Graeme Wood and his English partner Claire are living their dream as owners of Serenity Barge in the Champagne region of France, taking guests up and down the canals in the region on their converted cargo barge. Graeme talks about life in the wine-making mecca and why the couple decided to move there. 

8:10 Insight Imprisoned by Meth - Best Documentary at the 2019 NZ Radio Awards

A prisoner's hand against a security fence at Paremoremo.

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Inside New Zealand's prisons, methamphetamine permeates everything: the reason people are there, increasing violence behind bars, mental health problems - and now the need for meth-specific drug treatment programmes. Insight's reporter Teresa Cowie investigates.


8:37 Simon Cambers: The high price of Wimbledon tickets

Wimbledon debenture tickets went on sale for the 2021-25 tournaments earlier this year at a price of NZ $150,000. For that sum, fans can sit next to the royals and see 65 days of tennis over the five years. It works out to be £1,230 a day. Tennis journalist Simon Cambers explains the high price people are willing to pay for Wimbledon.

All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London.

All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

8.40 Dennis Marsh: Matariki Award Winner 

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Photo: Supplied

Talented country musician Dennis Marsh has been given the Te Mata o te Ariki Award or special recognition at the Matariki Awards ceremony held at Eden Park last night. His award was to acknowledge his outstanding contribution to music. He speaks to Jim about collecting yet another gong for his country music writing. 

9:06 Mediawatch

Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9:37 Elizabeth Winkler: Was Shakespeare a woman?  

Elizabeth Winkler

Elizabeth Winkler Photo: supplied

Journalist Elizabeth Winkler has questioned whether Shakespeare was actually a man. She explains the reasons why some scholars hear a woman’s voice behind the most famous words in the English language.

10.04 Alan Duff: Back straight-talking with a new book

More feathers are expected to be ruffled with Alan Duff's new book, A Conversation with My Country. The straight-talking author is courting controversy again after being inspired to write his latest work after living in France and seeing New Zealand in a different light when he returned. He explains it all to Jim.

Alan Duff

Alan Duff Photo: supplied

10:40 Ellen Jovin: Taking grammar to the streets

Self-confessed language nerd, Ellen Jovin, loves talking to people about the complexities of the English language. Last year she set up The Grammar Table outside her Upper West Side apartment in New York and answered the questions of passers by about grammar. She explains her passion to Jim and taking the table on the road to tour America.

Ellen Jovin and The Grammar Table

Ellen Jovin and The Grammar Table Photo: supplied

11.04 Oscar Garden: The aviation legend you've never heard of 

Mary Garden feels history has overlooked her pioneering pilot father, Oscar Garden. She's written a book about his aviation achievements, Sundowner of the Skies, which she hopes will help him to have his rightful place in flying history. She explains to Jim what he did and why he was seemingly overlooked by so many.

Mary Garden (R)

Mary Garden (R) Photo: supplied

11.30 Simon O'Neill: Musical Chair

Tenor Simon O'Neill plays to sold out audiences all over the world on some of the biggest opera stages. He spends most of his time performing alongside some of the world's most famous orchestras and singers. He's in the Musical Chair this week talking about his upcoming tour here in New Zealand and the stellar career he's carved out for himself.

Simon O'Neill with Heidi Melton

Simon O'Neill with Heidi Melton Photo: supplied