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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September 19, 2021 2 min
Tomorrow Cabinet faces probably the toughest decision they‘ve had to make since the country entered a lockdown in August. Does Auckland stay at Alert Level 4, or move to Level 3?
I’ve spoken to a lot of people over the week and for those in Auckland, this week - week 5, was the week people just gave up.
They’ve given up on home schooling (if they’re persevering they’ve at least given up pretending working from home is a breeze), they...
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Editor of NZ Gardener magazine Jo McCarroll tells you which vegetables you should plant today and why it's not yet time to plant the tomatoes.
Vegetables Jo recommends:- beetroot- carrots- rocket
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This week Megan Singleton talks about an online exhibit from the Louvre, which you can visit from the comfort of your home.
Historians and artists at the Louvre have x-rayed and scanned the Mona Lisa - painted on poplar wood, not canvas - and revealed Leonardo da Vinci's painting techniques. 
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In 2005 a small auction house in New Orleans sold a painting for just over a thousand dollars. On taking possession, the new owners were blown away. They began a process of establishing the painting’s provenance, which lead them to believe it was the Salvator Mundi, a long-lost masterpiece by Renaissance painter Leonardo da Vinci.  
In 2017, the same painting became the most expensive ever sold at auction. An anonymous buyer paying ...
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One of the thing many of us are guilty of is spending too much time looking at screens.
Digital eye strain can result in headaches, neck tension, dry eyes and blurry vision. 
Erin O'Hara talks about how you can help prevent it.
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Research published in the journal Nature this week has found that listening to Mozart can lead to a decrease in epileptiform discharges, the brain waves that can cause seizures. 
The research was carried out on 16 patients who were hospitalised with epilepsy as they did not respond to medication. 
The researchers played two classical pieces to volunteers while measuring their brainwaves to look at the effect of music on epilepsy and ...
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Uber Crispy Chicken burger with Fennel Slaw (makes 4 burgers)  
6 boneless skinless chicken thighs 1 cup yogurt 1 cup milk 100g cornflour 100g plain flour 2 tsp chilli flakes or powder 1 tsp dried thyme 2 tsp oregano  ½ tsp cracked pepper 2 tbsp sweet paprika  2 tbsp smoked paprika 1 tsp ground coriander 4 tsp salt 1 tbsp garlic powder (optional) Oil for frying  6 burger buns Cos leaves  Chilli sauce if you want a bit more spunk! 
Pl...
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Steve Newall talks about what to expect from the Emmy's this year and which shows are likely to pick up an award.
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When Jess Quinn was nine years old she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, cancer of the bone, in her right femur. 
Chemotherapy failed to stop the cancer and Jess’ leg had to be amputated. 
What followed was a physical journey of learning to walk again but also an emotional one of accepting her new body. 
20 years on, Jess is now a model, brand ambassador and social media influencer who is trying to normalise different. 
Jess has written...
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Community cases jumped to 20 yesterday, but only one of those is unlinked.
The Ministry of Health says fluctuations at this stage of the outbreak are perfectly normal.
Tomorrow Cabinet will decide if Auckland will shift to level 3.
One of the concerns if Auckland remains in level 4 is lockdown fatigue: the mental health and economic impacts as well as the likelihood that people will no longer follow the level 4 rules.
Epidemiologist Mi...
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Areto Labs is aiming to counteract social media trolls using AI technology.
Developed here in New Zealand, FairPlayBot is focused on analysing the abuse directed at athletes and countering it with positive posting. 
Chief Product Officer and co-founder of Areto Labs and co-creator of the FairPlayBot, Jacqueline Comer spoke to Francesca Rudkin about the new invention.
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Dahlias, Begonias and more. Jo McCarroll tells you which plants you should get in the soil today.
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Megan Singleton tells you which countries have or are going open their doors to vaccinated travellers.
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The Opioid addiction crisis in America has claimed the lives of more than 600,000 people. 
Yet last week the family at the centre of the epidemic were granted immunity. 
Journalist Patrick Radden Keefe spent years investigating the notorious Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma who make powerful painkiller OxyContin. 
Patrick also testified at the Sackler’s recent Congressional hearing. 
The result of Patrick's work is a book, E...
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September 12, 2021 3 min
Stress comes to us all in tiny little assaults throughout our day — these are known as “micro-stresses.”  
Micro-stresses can be things as small or seemingly insignificant as the alarm going off in the morning, getting stuck in traffic, a messy house, worrying about your email inbox, or hearing criticism about yourself. 
So, what is the difference between macro and micro stressors? How can you manage them? And what effect do micro-st...
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Ig Nobel Prizes, awarded since 1991, are intended to celebrate science that “first make people laugh, and then make them think.”
Dr Michelle Dickinson shares her favourites.
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Steve Newall has your ticket to some of the hottest movies coming up...including one by NZ director Jane Campion that could finally win Netflix the coveted Best Picture award.
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Have you ever said something, and then thought, I could have said that better, I could have chosen my words better?
I certainly have. And I can’t help think National Party Leader Judith Collins may be feeling the same way after her rather personal attack on Dr Siouxsie Wiles.
On Thursday, a story started circulating on right wing blogs accusing Dr Wiles of breaking Level 4 lockdown rules. She has ridden her bike 5km to the beach, whe...
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September 11, 2021 5 min
Whilst the rest of the country outside Auckland are finding a bit of new found freedom unfortunately we are still in lockdown mode. 
And for the Van de Elzen family, that involves cooking at home each night, trying to keep things including our food as interesting as possible. 
I've noticed that the subject of food waste has been in the headlines a couple of times this week. Feeling this is largely due to the fact that we have bee...
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September 11, 2021 14 min
Before 2015, Paula Hawkins was a hard-working freelance financial journalist and struggling chick-lit author, writing under the pen name Amy Silver. 
Then she wrote Girl on the Train. 
It was a global smash hit. 
The psychological thriller sold 20 million copies and was turned into a Hollywood movie starting Emily Blunt. 
Paula’s new book A Slow Fire Burning, her third thriller, is out now.   
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