Episodes
It's been a big week for New Zealand TV director Jessica Hobbs following her breakthrough Emmy win for her work on The Crown. The London-based filmmaker was born into the industry, having joined her mum, director Aileen O'Sullivan, on set for a role in local mini-series The Governor as a child. After becoming an assistant director on films like Dame Jane Campion's An Angel at My Table, Hobbs went on to Australia, where she directed shows like Heartbreak High and The Slap, which got her...
Published 09/26/21
New York Times bestselling author Jessica Lahey is a mother, a teacher in a drug and alcohol centre for adolescents, and a recovering alcoholic with a strong family history of addiction. Jessica wanted to develop a better understanding of why she had become an alcoholic and yet her sister could drink without having a problem. And she wanted to know what she could do to ensure her own children didn't follow in her own footsteps. Her latest book, The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Kids in a...
Published 09/25/21
In her former life, Martinborough-based author Rosy Fenwicke was a doctor who wrote books on the side. She's been a fulltime writer for a year now and won't be going back anytime soon. Her latest book, Cold Wallet: Locked. Loaded. Gone., tells the story of Jess, a lonely young woman who marries the man of her dreams, Andrew, only to have him die tragically on their honeymoon at a resort in Fiji. And that's where things start getting interesting. Andrew, a cyber genius, leaves his former...
Published 09/25/21
Magic, luck, schools, Twitter, creativity, social skills, illusions, magician, David Copperfield, Houdini, chance, casino, gambling, addiction, lottery, anxiety, Internet, social media, Professor Richard Wiseman, intuition, emotion, confirmation bias, weather
Published 09/25/21
University of Otago epidemiologist and regular Sunday Morning guest Professor Michael Baker returns to the show to answer your Covid-19 questions and ours.
Published 09/25/21
Covid complications confuse the media; Collins' snubs startles media - but it cuts both ways; confused claims of Covid-compromised cancer care; Collins' snubs startles media - but it cuts both ways.
Published 09/25/21
Among other topics this morning, our Weekend panellists will be discussing the first morning of daylight saving, vaccine resistance and tolerance of the unvaccinated, controversy over James Shaw's overseas travel and ageism on social media.
Published 09/25/21
Lockdown has certainly had its disadvantages, but one of the few advantages has been the increase in free time many people have had. We know about what an increase in free time can do for our well-being. However, that only works to a point. New research published by the American Psychological Association shows that too much free time can also be a bad thing. Study co-author Hal Hershfield from the UCLA Anderson School of Management joins the show to look at the research, which was published...
Published 09/25/21
The results were overwhelming when Research New Zealand asked Kiwis about what we should be doing to manage Covid-19, with nearly three-quarters of people (70%) saying they support lockdowns to eliminate Covid-19. For many people, however, that willingness only extends to when the vaccination target has been reached. Half the respondents of Research NZ's latest survey said they supported the idea of restaurants and bars only serving vaccinated people, while only 7% want to return to life as...
Published 09/25/21
Wellington actor Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie has been described as "dazzlingly talented" in Vogue, and has worked alongside such movie stars as Benedict Cumberpatch, Scarlett Johansson and Kirsten Dunst, to name a few. She was predicted to dominate the screen in 2021, and with four major movies out this year -- including Edgar Wright's Last Night in Soho, which has just premiered at the Venice Film Festival -- those predictions have been on the mark. Indeed, IndieWire film critic Nicholas...
Published 09/19/21
It's been hard for kids to feel motivated during the pandemic, and it's been hard on families as well, especially with people trying to do so many different things in shared spaces. But there are also ways to build better family relationships during Covid-19. Dr. Sarah Watson is the Clinic Director and a registered Child & Adolescent Clinical Psychologist at Totally Psyched. She joins the show to answer your questions and share some tips on parenting in the pandemic. Text 2101 or email...
Published 09/18/21
For many people, jobs have become little more than a completely relentless, unsatisfying toil. Especially since Covid-19 came along. So why then does work ethic still hold so much sway? Jamie McCallum is a professor of sociology at Middlebury College in Vermont. His area of interest in work, labour and social movements, and his latest book is Worked Over: How Round-the-Clock Work Is Killing the American Dream. He joins the show to discuss the book and how the current pandemic has created a...
Published 09/18/21
Our love affair with the toasted sandwich seemingly knows no bounds. But not all toasted sadwiches are created equal. A revolution in the art of toasted sandwich making has seen many Kiwis up their games in recent years -- moving on from the classic cheese and pineapple or the bog-standard Wattie's Spaghetti toastie to more adventurous combinations. (The winning entry in this year's Great NZ Toastie Takeover competition was slow roasted pork belly, provolone, chimichurri, American mustard,...
Published 09/18/21
Mediawatch looks at how the media zeroed in on our social cohesion this week - as the current lockdown in Auckland became the longest we've had so far. Also: Mediawatch talks to the BBC's Peter Taylor, a reporter with 50 years of experience reporting terrorism and violence -- and how it can be overcome...
Published 09/18/21
The sudden decision to cancel the New Zealand cricket tour of Pakistan, just moments before the scheduled start of the first ODI in Rawalpindi is drawing a massive amount of criticism from commentators and fans around the world. The call was made by New Zealand Cricket after what they called a "credible security threat". Joining the show to analyse the situation are RNZ sports reporter Clay Wilson and veteran cricket commentator Bryan Waddle, who was on tour with the Kiwi cricketers when a...
Published 09/18/21
Among other topics this morning, our Weekend panellists will be discussing Te Wiki o te reo Maori, Janet Wilson versus Judith Collins and the safety of the latter's leadership, the controversial couple who flew to Wanaka and the backlash against them, how many steps a day we should be taking, and the continuing vaccination rollout in New Zealand.
Published 09/18/21
It has been more than 40 years since their last single, but ABBA are back in the charts with two new songs -- I Still Have Faith in You and Don't Shut Me Down. ABBA's diehard fans certainly still have faith in them, though as ABBA fan expert Shanika Ranasinghe wrote in a recent piece in The Conversation, some of those fans would have died waiting for the Swedish pop group to put out new material. Shanika is a post grad student at Royal Holloway, University of London and a card-carrying member...
Published 09/18/21
When it comes to walking, we're often told that 10,000 is the number of steps we need to be taking each day for health. However, new research shows that might not be the miracle number we should be striving (or -- as Chris Hipkins put it -- spreading our legs) for. The 10,000 steps a day for health theory has been around since the 1970s, although it hasn't been supported with scientific evidence. A team led by the University of Massachusetts' physical activity epidemiologist Amanda Paluch...
Published 09/18/21
Have you listened to more music during lockdown? A recent study in Australia asked participants to rank lockdown activities in terms of most to least effective at making them "feel better." 
Published 09/11/21
World-leading addiction expert Professor Anna Lembke says our smartphones are turning us into dopamine addicts. As chief of Stanford University's dual diagnosis addiction clinic, Lembke has treated patients addicted to everything from heroin to water (yes, you read right), and she refers to the smartphone as the "modern-day hypodermic needle". 
Published 09/11/21
Clinical psychologist and health anxiety expert Dr Steven Taylor's latest book, The Psychology of Pandemics, is a groundbreaking treatise on the subject, but it was a book that many thought would struggle to find a market when it was published a few months before Covid-19 arrived. 
Published 09/11/21
It's been 10 years since Kiwi musician Kimbra hit the top of the New Zealand music charts -- and those of myriad other countries around the world -- as vocalist on Australian singer/songwriter Gotye's smash hit Somebody That I Used To Know. 
Published 09/11/21
Titirangi native Colin Macrae used to make his living as a chief engineer on super yachts. You might have seen him before if you've seen the Below Deck Sailing Yacht television series. However, Colin gave it all away at the start of 2018 when he bought a Lagoon 450 catamaran in the British Virgin Islands that had been badly damaged during Hurricane Irma. 
Published 09/11/21
Reporting Afghanistan after abandonment; MediaWorks rings changes and fires up fans of outgoing veteran
Published 09/11/21
Among other topics this morning, our Weekend panellists will be discussing the 20-year anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, vaccine passports and what they'll mean socially, the Covid-19 risks in hospitals, and the questions of whether houses can be built more cheaply.
Published 09/11/21