The Sunday Session with Francesca Rudkin

The Sunday Session with Francesca Rudkin

News, opinion, analysis, lifestyle and entertainment – we’ve got your Sunday morning listening covered with The Sunday Session with Francesca Rudkin on Newstalk ZB.

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December 19, 2021 4 min
Wish You were Here by Jodi Picoult. The story of two people in their 30s, living in NYC and planning a getaway trip to the Galapagos – where she’s sure he’s going to propose – when Covid arrives and spoils their plans. He’s a doctor and the hospital where he works cancels all leave, but he says she should go instead. The book is told in two parts – the first being that change to their plans and then her time on the island, and the ...
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I’m flying to Hawkes Bay on Sunday morning for my family Christmas lunch. I land at 11am and will work out to be somewhere with good cell coverage for my final segment of the year! 
I’m excited NZ is 90% double vaxxed. I think this will bode very well for NZ being a huge draw for overseas tourists when we finally open our borders. I got my booster shot and I think those of us who want to travel aren’t fazed about what we’re seeing o...
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Omicron – heading into summer are you worried about the new variant?  
The Lowlights/Highlights of the political year  
Christmas wish list for 2022 
1News senior reporter Katie Bradford and political commentator Ben Thomas joined Francesca Rudkin. 
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December 18, 2021 13 min
A HUGE Friday for kiwi band LAB. 
They dominated the Aotearoa Music Awards, picking up four Tui’s – winning best album, best group, best roots artist and single of the year for Why oh Why. 
It wouldn’t be summer without a new LAB album; on Friday they also released their fifth album in five years – LAB 5. 
LAB lead vocalist Joel Shadbolt joined Francesca Rudkin. 
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Erin O’Hara is the co-founder, director, naturopath and yoga teacher at Golden Yogi. She holds a bachelor of science (physiology) and a bachelor of natural medicine. 
Erin joined Francesca Rudkin to talk all things hayfever. 
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Mike’s website – www.goodfromscratch.co.nz 
 
Well, that's that! 2021 is almost over. 
For the final Christmas segment, I want to run you through a recipe that uses that left-over Christmas ham.  
But I've added a touch of greens too!! What! Kale on boxing day I hear you say!  
Yes, give them a go as they are delicious and they might just help you feel a bit better after your Xmas day celebrations. 
Merry Christmas to everyone an...
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Good news to end the year – you are just as smart as a rocket scientist! 
The phrases “it’s not rocket science” and “it’s not brain surgery” are often used to describe tasks that aren't very difficult or that don't require much thought. 
However, the phrase also implies that these jobs require high-level intelligence, so are rocket scientists and brain surgeons smarter than the average person? 
New research published in the jo...
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Georgia Pritchett is a five-time Emmy award winning scriptwriter, she also has a Golden Globe, a Bafta and according to her official bio, a Trampolining Proficiency Level 1 Certificate. 
You will absolutely be familiar with Georgia’s work, she’s written for some of the best TV shows in recent years, including smash hit show Succession, VEEP and Thick of It.  
Her memoir is out now, it’s a story her success but also of her crippling a...
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Well, we all love a bit of weather chat don’t we, and it’s been a bit of a crazy unsettled start to summer this year. 
What scenarios are we looking at for Christmas / NY period? Over Summer in general? 
Are extreme weather events becoming more common? 
MetService Head of Weather and Communications, Lisa Murray, joined Francesca Rudkin.  
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Changes to the Resource Management Act making it easier to build houses in the country's biggest cities has passed its final reading in Parliament with cross-party support. 
Does it address concerns raised at the select committee stage?  
Is this going to make a difference to the housing crisis, or for first home buyers.   
The Government has delayed the next stage of its controversial Three Waters reforms until next year. 
How is ...
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How to deal with Omicron? 
Yesterday four more cases of the new variant were found in MIQ, bringing New Zealand’s total to 8 cases at the border. 
It is spreading like lightening through cities around the globe. 
Melbourne University epidemiologist Professor Tony Blakely is about to publish his thoughts on how to react and deal with Omicron. 
Tony Blakely joined Francesca Rudkin. 
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So, this is our final show of the year, and I want to start by saying thank you to you, our listeners, for hanging with us on Sunday mornings. We’re very grateful for your support, and my producer Kerrie and I hope we’ve kept you informed, entertained, and hopefully inspired by the range of guests and contributors on the show. You have certainly informed and entertained me with your feedback and I appreciate that. I’m looking forwa...
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December 12, 2021 4 min
Lost and Found by Toni Street which I’m sure needs absolutely no introduction. It’s quite deservedly been one of our biggest bestsellers this season and I’m so thrilled for her. Extraordinary story.
Never by Ken Follett. He started his writing career with thrillers like The Key to Rebecca and The Eye of the Needle, and then went on to do big historical fiction – Pillars of the Earth etc. Now he’s back into thrillers and this one is ...
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Travel blogger Megan Singleton joined Francesca Rudkin to discuss how to add your My Vaccine Pass to your Air NZ app.
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With Covid cases dropping in Auckland, there is cause for optimism for the city to move to the Orange setting of the Traffic Light System.
Yesterday saw 63 new cases recorded, with 53 in Auckland. The Government will review the settings at Cabinet on Monday.
A new career path is being considered for the next generation.
A survey by Logitech NZ found that 75 per cent of 11 to 18-year-olds saw careers in online streaming as a viable car...
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It’s fair to say the last few months, or indeed the last 18 months, has tested the resilience of many of us. 
A global pandemic will do that right? 
Even the experts in the field were forced to reassess life during Covid and Hugh van Cuylenberg was one of those. 
Hugh is the founder of The Resilience Project.
He has worked alongside many elite sports teams, schools and workplaces teaching mental health strategies to build resilience an...
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This time of year can be stressful and overwhelming as you wind up for the year and prepare for the summer holidays.  
Your "to-do list" might be overwhelmingly long - shopping, work is manic, kids home from school, preparing family gatherings and food for Christmas, and the list goes on and on. 
Wellness expert Erin O'Hara joined Francesca Rudkin to discuss how to destress and stay calm during this busy period of the yea...
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It's the season to be merry, and with the new traffic light system even Aucklanders are back in the bars with Christmas parties to attend. 
However, if you are thinking about having 'one for the road' it's worth noting that new research in the Harm Reduction Journal found that half of drinkers cannot tell if they are too drunk to drive.
The experiment took place over 2 days took 90 volunteers and split them into two g...
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It’s a far cry from the job options on offer when we were growing up but it seems our children aspire for careers on YouTube and Twitch. 
A new survey commissioned by Logitech New Zealand has reported that 75 per cent of 11–18-year-olds see online streaming as a viable career. 
So how does it work and how lucrative can this market be? 
Kiwi Twitch star Granny joined Francesca Rudkin. 
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A few musical icons have been lost this week.
The Monkees star Michael Nesmith the singer-songwriter, author, actor-director and entrepreneur who will likely be best remembered as the wool-hatted, guitar-strumming member of the made-for-television rock band died at 78.
Another icon we lost was Robert Warren Dale Shakespeare, a Jamaican bass guitarist and record producer, best known as half of the reggae rhythm section and production ...
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