It's the whole show in one go! Today The Country is brought to you by 1971. Why?
In that year the Lions came to New Zealand and beat the All Blacks 2-1. Um...why are we commemorating this? Jamie has a couple of platinum tickets to give away for the Lions v All Blacks test on Saturday night!
On with the show:
Dr William Rolleston: We head live to the Federated Farmers annual conference in Wellington to bid farewell to president who is stepping down after three years in the top job.
Bill English: The PM defends his stance over the Todd Barclay controversy and explains why he's not going to be at the first Lions test at Eden Park on Saturday night.
Chris Russell: Our Australian correspondent reluctantly sings the praises of Jonathon Thurston and despairs that 16 million Americans think chocolate milk comes from brown cows!
The Green Party co-leader says recent visits to the Fieldays and Federated Farmers' annual conference are not necessarily about winning rural votes but more about improving the lines of communications.
Joe Wheeler and Damian McKenzie:
We ask two men who battled against the Lions' shadow test side for the Maori side to assess the tourists' chances in the first test.