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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May 21, 2022 5 min
Trust by Hernan Diaz. Terrifically clever novel – it’s four interlinked books, the first of which tells the story of a hugely successful 1920’s NYC financier; the second the memoir of Andrew Bevel, a similarly successful man who claims the first book was a fiction based on his life, and who believes his wife was misrepresented and wants to set the record straight – which he attempts to do by hiring a young woman to write it for him...
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I’ve had a wonderful week in Welly and working on a post about things to do that you may not have thought of.   
I’ve found a place for a massage, rode an e scooter, had high tea at the QT, found a cafe for awesome plane spotting – and more!  
Megan Singleton, bloggeratlarge.com, joined Francesca Rudkin. 
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Is the Australian election result a warning to Jacinda Ardern? Do you think it will be hard for leaders of the last few years to hold their positions what with having to have put Covid protocols in place and now dealing with inflation? 
Budget – what was one thing that impressed you, and one thing that disappointed you? Did it feel like this budget was cobbled together? 
Business Desk Investments editor and host of Cooking the Books,...
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Joe Cole is most recognised for his role as John Shelby on the hit show Peaky Blinders. 
Interestingly, it’s a role Joe left, with the show at its peak, to avoid being typecast.  
Joe Cole’s latest role is spy Harry Palmer in Acorn TVs The Ipcress File. 
Joe joined Francesca Rudkin. 
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Anxiety Disorders are very common. Approximately 1 in 3 New Zealanders will be affected by an anxiety disorder at some stage in their lives. At any one time, 20% of the population will be affected. 
Erin 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.   
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This week Mike wants to talk about a tasty little naked Italian. 
Gnudi are an Italian favourite, consisting of Ricotta dough balls cooked simply with butter.  
Which is where they get their name from. The English word Nudi or Naked.  
Very similar to Gnocchi, however, they are a lot lighter as they are Ricotta based rather than a heavier potato or flour-based recipe. 
Some say they are featherlight clouds of fluffy fresh ricotta. I ju...
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This week it's moon dust! 
So, you may have heard of NASA's Artemis program which has a goal of returning humans to the moon within the next couple of years. 
The last time we did this was, astoundingly, in 1972 with Apollo 17. 
There are many goals with this new mission, one of them being to find out if we can live long-term on the moon, and eventually long-term on Mars! 
For the last few years, scientists have been looking at...
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Cannes Film Festival is underway – what’s been happening and what’s coming up? 
The first ever Rolling Stone Music Awards announced for NZ. 
Steve Newall, editor at flicks.co.nz, joined Francesca Rudkin. 
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Multi-Grammy Award winner and member of Maroon 5 PJ Morton has released a new single. 
The song is ‘Be Like Water’ featuring Stevie Wonder and Nas off his new solo album Watch the Sun.  
The album is out now and PJ Morton joined Francesca Rudkin from New Orleans. 
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Last week on the show we were talking to Lisette Reymer about former Defence Minister Ron Mark and his aid mission in Ukraine.  
Ron couldn’t join us last week due to safety issues but is now back in New Zealand. 
Ron joined Francesca Rudkin. 
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Jacinda Ardern has congratulated Australia's new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. 
He's become the 31st Prime Minister of Australia, after emerging as the frontrunner from yesterday's election. 
But the Labor leader is likely to need the support of smaller parties and independents to form a government. 
Newstalk ZB Political Reporter Aaron Dahmen told Francesca Rudkin Ardern called Albanese before he delivered his acceptan...
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Australia has a new Prime Minister.  
The country has voted for change, here is their new leader, Labor’s leader Anthony Albanese accepting victory last night.  
Coalition Leader Scott Morrison has conceded defeat and will stand down as Liberal Leader.  
Australian correspondent Murray Olds joined Francesca Rudkin. 
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Well, what a week for being in the live TV business.  
I’ve become a little addicted to Dancing with the Stars. I was first drawn to the show to support my colleague Kerre Woodham, who in a crazy turn of events has been recalled to the show and, in her own words, is going to crawl across the Covid corpses of her fellow competitors to try and get a hand on the Glitterball. But it didn’t take long for me to get hooked. It turned out D...
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Lorna Subritzky and Nick Mills joined Francesca Rudkin for the Sunday Panel. On the agenda was the Nurses' Union claim our health system is 4000 nurses short, what constitutes a sick day and how much personal responsibility we need to take to reduce our emissions.
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Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang. Fiction about a Chinese girl in the 19th century who is sent to the city by her grandmother when her parents disappear, and is subsequently kidnapped and sent to America – to a brothel in San Francisco. She eventually manages to make her way across the States, presenting herself as a young man as that’s safer, ending up in Idaho where she has a good job and things are settled. This ...
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Large.com travel blogger Megan Singleton joined Francesca Rudkin to chat about her upcoming trip to Martinborough.
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Dr Nikki Stamp is one of Australia’s leading heart surgeons, an author and TV presenter. 
Nikki always wanted to be a surgeon but never expected just how tough the job would be – the long hours, sexism, burnout and bullying. 

Her new book ‘Scrubbed’ details the issues faced by those in the public health and how she’s turning her attention to fixing it – and it's a story with so many similarities to what we are facing here in New ...
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Wellness expert Erin O'Hara joined Francesca Rudkin to discuss understanding the mind-body connection and how it affects your health.
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I’ve never made Coq au Vin and I thought it was a lot more complicated than it is!  
3 cups of red wine – is this a dish for family? Does the alcohol burn off?  
This week we had one of our very popular supper clubs at the school. It was super cold! and we had all the fires going.  
Because it was so cold, it was great as I could dig out a real winter warmer. Coq au Vin.  
While Coq au Vin might sound fancy, it is really just a simple ...
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Can we talk about the follow up of a story we had previously discussed? 
A couple of months ago we chatted about the first patient receiving a pig's heart and were super excited about it. 
Sadly that patient died two months later, hindering the study and creating conversations around whether or not pig's hearts can cope with the needs of a human recipient. 
This week it was discovered that the heart that was transplanted from ...
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