This Way Up Part 1

Bellyful, Ritalin and smart painkillers.


There's no such thing as a free lunch, but for hundreds of families there is such thing as a free dinner, and that's thanks to a network of volunteers delivering meals.

Every month in 18 locations around New Zealand, hundreds of mums get together to cook and then deliver tasty food to families with newborn babies and families with young children.

Bellyful volunteers raise the money for the ingredients, then prepare and cook the meals for delivery into the community. 

Drugs: Ritalin


ADHD Photo: CC 2.0

John Ashton

John Ashton Photo: Alan Dove Photography

How Ritalin works, its uses, mis-uses and the dangers. With John Ashton, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology at the Otago School of Medical Sciences.

Light-activated pain relief

Dr Chris Smith of The Naked Scientists

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Dr Chris Smith of The Naked Scientists on 'smart' targeted painkillers that can be activated using light.

Patient-controlled anesthesia can target just the place that pain hurts without affecting the whole body, including tissues that don’t need to be affected.

“What you’ve got here is basically a way of packaging up a drug into tiny bubbles which sequester it so it can’t go anywhere else in the body apart from where you want it to be active, and placing the control of when it is active, potentially, into the hands of the patient."

Dr Chris Smith talks with Simon Morton.

This Way Up Part 2

Tech news, menopause questions, marijuana delivery service and a professional mum.

Tech: Instant Articles and cybercrime

Peter Griffin

Peter Griffin Photo: Supplied

Technology correspondent Peter Griffin on Facebook's Instant Articles' arrival in New Zealand. Also government plans to crack down on the cybercriminals who cost New Zealanders an estimated $250 million a year.

Menopause 7 - your questions

Dr Bev Lawton answers your questions about peri-menopause, insomnia and how drinking caffeine and alcohol affects hot flushes.

Uber for marijuana

Zoë Corbyn's marijuana delivery

Zoë Corbyn's marijuana delivery Photo: Supplied

Zoë Corbyn

Zoë Corbyn Photo: Supplied

Zoë Corbyn is based in San Francisco and she's been looking at some of the business opportunities created by the legalisation of medical marijuana.

Professional mum

Professional mum Nina Keneally

Professional mum Nina Keneally Photo: Supplied

Nina Keneally is offering young professionals in New York City her services as a mother. For a fee she will listen to you moaning about your friends, your career and your life in a non-judgemental manner.