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Thursday 30 March 2017
On today’s show
09:05 NZ universities 'not relaxing standards'
Kathryn Ryan talks to Professor Stuart McCutcheon the Chair of Universities New Zealand, who is strongly denying that universities are lowering standards for entering university or passing courses. It follows our story yesterday about lecturers saying they are being forced to pass incompetent students or face losing funding.
09:20 Attracting High School Students to Agribusiness Careers
Nuffield Scholar, Jason Rolfe has done a research project about stoking secondary students' interest in primary industry studies, and Peter Hampton is the deputy headmaster, and the director of the Agribusiness programme at St Pauls Collegiate in Hamilton. He has been instrumental in the development of an Agribusiness subject which will be available next year in some schools for NCEA level two and level three students.
9:30 Where does post natal depression start?
Clare Ladyman is a PhD candidate at Massey University's Sleep/Wake Research Centre. She tells Kathryn Ryan about a study she's undertaking of 30 pregnant women to determine the impact of their sleep patterns on mental health, and the effect of poor sleep on depression during and after pregnancy.
09:45 UK correspondent
UK correspondent Matthew Dathan on Brexit and triggering Article 50.
10:05 Change is gonna come
How does political and social change happen? Kathryn Ryan talks with Duncan Green, Professor of International Development at the London School of Economics and senior strategic advisor for Oxfam UK. His new book, How Change Happens has been called a "splendid treatise on how to change the actual world - in reality, not just in our dreams".
10:35 Book review
Jenna Todd reviews All Our Wrongs Today by Elan Mastai
10:45 The Reading
11:05 New technology with Paul Matthews
Wikileaks have done it again, this time exposing the secret hacking tools of the CIA and by extension other US spy agencies, why your TV could be spying on you, and while Uber continues to stumble, EATS is awesome.
11:25 Writing for children about children who are different
Kathryn Ryan talks about inclusive books for children with the author of We're All Wonders. RJ Palacio is a New York based mother of two. After the award winning success of her first novel Wonder, she left her graphic design career to write full-time. Her latest book introduces younger readers to Auggie Pullman, a boy who was born with a facial deformity.
11:45 TV Review
TV and Film writer Paul Casserly reviews Believer, I am Innocent, and Soho's dramatization of the rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, Feud.