09:05 Special ed shakeup: robbing Peter to pay Paul?

Documents from the Ministry of Education show the government wants to greatly increase its spending on under-5s with special needs, at the expense of spending on school-aged children.  Nine to Noon speaks to Kim Hall, from Autism Action who says families are scared at what the changes could mean. Also Vanushi Walters and Kenton Starr from Youth Law, which has been reviewing the provision of special education.

09:20 Teen drinking

A study of Wanaka school students has found that just over a quarter of them are drinking alcohol regularly - with most of those binge drinking. Nine to Noon speaks to Rachel Brown - the Chair of the Wanaka Alcohol Group which commissioned the survey and Health Promotion Agency General Manager Policy, Research and Advice, Cath Edmondson.

A child holding his nose

09:30 The Science of Smell

Dr Leonardo Belluscio is a brain scientist with a particular interest in smell. The loss of smell can be an early symptom of neurodegenerative diseases like alzheimers and it's hoped that better understanding how smell operates in the brain could provide clues to how and why those illnesses happen.
 

09:45 US Correspondent

Steve Almond with the latest from US politics, with Donald Trump changing his campaign tone, and the fallout from American swimmer Ryan Lochte's behaviour at the Rio Olympics.

10:05 India's James Herriot: Naveen Pandey

Dr Naveen Pandey is the Head Veterinarian for The Corbett Foundation,  an NGO with branches in Central, North and North-East India where staff try to mitigate conflict between people and wildlife. His veterinarian work is often carried out in difficult situations, like floods and at night, with minimal resources. And with India being a biodiversity hotspot, the animals and birdlife he treats range from farm cows to endangered species.

10:35 Book review - I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This by Nadja Spiegelman
Reviewed by Laura Caygill ,published by Text Publishing

10:45 The Reading

Snapper in a Landscape written and told by Declan O'Neill (Part 5 of 6)

11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram

Rod Oram looking at some Kiwisaver providers having made some socially irresponsible investments, and a number of major NZ companies having irresponsibly bought fraudulent carbon credits.

11:20 David Eggleton on poetry for all

David Eggleton

David Eggleton Photo: supplied

Unleashing the power of poetry, David Eggleton is the editor of the country's leading literary magazine, Landfall and  he says poetry affects people of all ages. It's National Poetry Day on Friday, an annual celebration of the written and spoken word, with 100 events around the country engaging thousands of New Zealanders, young and old

11:45 Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Gavin Ellis

Gavin Ellis Photo: RNZ/Dru Faulkner

Gavin Ellis on the Commerce Commission adopting a more realistic timeframe and delaying its decision on the merger of Fairfax NZ and NZME. Also film critic Peter Calder has resigned after 30 years at tjhe New Zealand Herald.

Music played in this show

Artist:   Pretenders
Song: Don't Get Me Wrong
Composer: Hynde
Album: Get Close
Label: SIRE
Time: 11:29

Artist:   Dimmer
Song: Getting What You Give
Composer: Carter
Album: You've Got to hear the music
Label: FMR
Time: 11:40