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.


November 26, 2023 4 mins

Resurrection Walk by Michael Connelly: this is another of his books with two of his big characters both starring – Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch (who are half brothers). Haller has agreed to represent a woman who’s in prison for killing her husband who was a sheriff’s deputy, and he hires Harry Bosch to investigate it. The sheriff’s department closes ranks as he starts digging and it’s soon apparent there are a l...

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Thanksgiving Day has come and gone in America, and another Macy's parade has swept through the streets of New York City.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a yearly fixture, having only been cancelled three times in its 95 year history.

BloggerAtLarge's Megan Singleton explained the significance of the event, and recounted some memorable balloon mishaps.

Read more about Megan's take on the parade here.


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How is it that so much of what’s happening across the world remains both physically and mentally aloof from you and I, on an ongoing basis? 

Sure, we talk about the war in Ukraine, we mutter comments of condemnation about the atrocities unfolding in The Gaza Strip; but what is it that any of us do that actually makes a difference?  

Our new Government along with Australia and Canada’s – are also ve...

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This week on the Sunday Panel, broadcaster Brodie Kane joined Roman Travers to discuss the following issues of the week- and more!

Is the New Zealand Government doing enough to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza? Should we expect the newly-formed coalition to do more about the issues?

Controversial book 'Welcome to Sex' has been given unrestricted classification in New Zealand- inspiring backlash from some groups. Is this a ...

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Rosemary and olive focaccia:

500 gm flour

455 ml tepid water

1 tsp salt

1 tsp yeast

2 x sticks rosemary, leaves removed and chopped

1 cup olives

In a bowl mix together flour, salt and the rosemary.

Add water and yeast and combine until you have a dough, and all flour is mixed in.

Place into an oiled container with the lid on and place in a warm spot.

Every 20 min over 1 1/2 hours, fold the dough four times on to itself wi...

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The ability to get around any city through an online map service is only possible thanks to satellites in space helping to guide us to our destination.

Satellites are also crucial for world-wide communication and connection as well as monitoring weather and climate change.

While all of this sounds amazing, our increased desire for more means that the number of satellites in orbit is expected to increase dramatically over the ne...

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The contradictory messages surrounding nutrition can create a lot of extra health-related confusion.

Every week, new research reveals something new about the food we eat, leaving several scratching their heads over the healthiest choice to make.

Naturopath and wellness expert Erin O'Hara explains how to get around the confusion and maintain a balanced diet.



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'47 Ronin' director Carl Rinsch was given millions to develop a sci-fi series for Netflix- a series that will never see the light of day.

It was revealed that Rinsch allegedly spent some of the $55 million provided by Netflix on stocks and Dogecoin, before spending more money on sports cars and luxury goods.

Netflix has since cancelled the planned 13-episode series. editor Steve Newall says Rinsch had been described...

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Comedian and self-proclaimed 'people's princess of Aotearoa' Chris Parker is set to tour the country in the new year.

Parker's had a busy few months- he's managed to win the inaugural Topp Prize and make NZ Listener Magazine’s Top 100 most intriguing people.

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Chris Luxon says the three parties have figured out their mechanisms for working together in Government.

National, ACT and New Zealand First recently signed a coalition deal, and Luxon will officially become the Prime Minister on Monday.

The trio are expected to hold individual meetings and have set up a relationship where they can easily pick up the phone to one another.

NZ Herald political editor Claire Trevett says the three ...

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UK Television fans will be familiar with Richard Osman's output- he's built up a recognisable presence on  shows such as Would I Lie to You? and Pointless.

He's also the author of the hugely popular Thursday Murder Club series, and the newest book in the series, The Last Devil to Die is out now.

He says his real-world visits to his mother's retirement home inspired the perfect setting ...

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Families of Israeli hostages are among the tens of thousands of people who've gathered at a public plaza in Tel Aviv - waiting for their release.

The second scheduled transfer of hostages was delayed while Hamas waited for Israel to allow aid trucks into Gaza.

Save the Children advocacy director Jacqui Southey says humanitarian organisations are working to ensure supplies are sent to Gaza to mitigate the damage. 

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Earlier this year, Te Whatu Ora estimated that the health system was 4800 nurses short, despite a 23 percent jump in employment.

Nurses have been voting for strike action all year- amid frustration with the agency for not addressing concerns around safer staffing practices, nurse-to-patient ratios and health and safety. 


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Year of the Locust by Terry Hayes – author of I Am Pilgrim which has been HUGE, and deservedly so. Fans have been waiting almost ten years for this one, which we all knew was coming but the release date kept changing year after year – but it’s finally here. It isn’t a sequel to Pilgrim – it’s a standalone in its own right but very much inhabits that same world –...

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ZB's resident travel expert Megan Singleton says there's a lot of misunderstandings as to what a luggage warranty covers.

Travellers have plenty of misconceptions as to what a warranty can take care of- and what types of wear and tear call for a replacement. 

She says checking for damage while you're at the airport is essential, as the airline is only expected to cover damage incurr...

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This week on the Sunday Panel, ZB host Roman Travers and commentator Irene Gardiner joined in on a discussion about the following issues of the week- and more!

Coalition negotiations- are we overreacting to how long this is taking? Was this process ever going to be straightforward or easy? Does it have any reflection on the kind of Government Luxon will lead?

The World Health Organisation has declared lo...

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The lead-up to the end of the year is a busy time, between endless holiday commitments and wrapping up work projects before the break.

It's easy to get overwhelmed and neglect your existing health and nutrition goals- but there are workarounds.

Naturopath and wellness expert recommends meal-prepping, consuming herbs, staying hydrated and avoiding extra stress where you can.


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November 18, 2023 5 mins

Citrus-brined turkey:

Cook time: 2.5 hours.

Prep time: 24 hours.

Serves: 6-8 people.

1 x 2.5-3kg turkey

4 lemons, crushed

4 oranges, crushed

10 peppercorns

2 bay leaves

2 dried chili, crushed

5 ltr water

500gm uniodised salt

4 tbsp chicken seasoning or meat rub

2 tbsp Dijon mustard

Firstly, clear some room in your fridge to fit a large pot or container. Make up the brine by combining 1/2 the water to the salt into a p...

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If you have a cat, you know that the food it will be obsessed with more than any other is tuna fish.

Now scientists know why.

Research published in the journal Chemical Senses involved the dissection of the tongue of a 6 year old male cat that had been euthanised for other reasons. They found that cats possess special taste receptors and the same two genes that humans do to detect the taste umami.

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A Taylor Swift fan has died in Rio De Janeiro after falling ill at a concert.

The 23 year old became unwell at the show and later died in hospital.

Her cause of death is unknown, but fans had complained they weren't allowed to take water into the venue amid a sweltering heat wave. editor Steve Newall says Brazil's justice minister has made demands to ensure free and accessible water is available at future concerts.


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