The Sunday Session
THE SUNDAY SESSION WITH FRANCESCA RUDKIN
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Whitcoulls recommends Geraldine Brooks and Robbi Neal
Horse by Geraldine Brooks (the wonderful Geraldine Brooks!) A wonderful mix of history and fiction, art and science, based on the true story of the famous 19th century...
Megan Singleton: Blogger at Large LIVE FROM RARO!
Megan Singleton joined Francesca Rudkin to shine a light on what you need to complete before you can take that long-awaited holiday to Rarotonga. LISTEN ABOVE
The Sunday Panel with Brodie Kane and Katie Bradford
Hearing of long waiting times in our hospitals ED’s – sometimes with terrible consequences. GPs are also struggling. We don’t have enough GPs – people are waiting...
Matthew Bauer and James Bond: The Other Fellow; the real-life James Bonds
What's in a name? It turns out A LOT if your name is James Bond. Ian Fleming’s famous character turns 60 this year, and for all of those 60 years, James Bonds...
Erin O'Hara: Does Instagram have an effect on our food choice and habits?
Does Instagram have an effect on our food choice and habits? Erin O’Hara is the co-founder, director, naturopath and yoga teacher at Golden Yogi. She holds a bachelor...
Mike Van de Elzen: Lemon Stuffed Sunday Roast Chook
We harvested over 200kg of Lemons from our orchard on Monday and they are the most beautiful lemons we have ever had. So, we are super stoked. The image is them...
Dr Michelle Dickinson: Would you let a company pay you to release 100 cockroaches into your home?
Would you let a company pay you $2k to release 100 cockroaches into your home to live with you for 30 days all in the name of science? Last week a company in North...
Steve Newall: Dame Whina Cooper and TVNZ+
Local biopic Whina – about cherished Māori activist Dame Whina Cooper. TVNZ On Demand is now TVNZ+ – what does that mean for viewers? Steve Newall, editor at flicks.co.nz,...
Mel Parsons: Touring is my favourite thing
Carry On, the beautiful sound of Kiwi indie-folk artist Mel Parsons. This week Mel announced a new album is on the way, her fifth studio album, Slow Burn to be...
Frances Cook: It's everything coming together to hammer the economy at once
Well, the share market isn’t a pretty sight at the moment, is it? Are you checking on your Kiwisaver or your Sharesies a little more than you used to? Or just turning...
Claire Trevett: "The reshuffle was partly the bare necessities"
National’s Sam Uffindel has won the seat of Tauranga. What did you think about the PM reshuffle this week – and what could it be signalling for the PM next reshuffle?...
Francesca Rudkin: I didn’t just want the Blues to win because they’re my team; I wanted them to win because I like an underdog
I’m a Blues rugby supporter. It’s been a long and winding road supporting this team, and I haven’t always been the best supporter. Some years the Blues have failed...
Elliott Smith: Another remarkable night for the Crusaders
Six in a row for Crusaders … They’ve beaten the Blues 21-7 to claim their 13th Super Rugby title. Newstalk ZB sports commentator Elliott Smith joined Francesca...
Sam Uffindell: "I just want to get down there and learn as much as I can"
National has retained its hold in Tauranga. With 100 percent of the preliminary vote counted, National's Sam Uffindell has convincingly won the by-election. Tauranga’s...
Whitcoulls recommends John Grisham and Mohamed Hassan
Sparring Partners by John Grisham. It is, in fact, three novellas in one book, each of which is an intriguing read. One concerns Jake Brigance – a character familiar...
Megan Singleton talks Memphis
Megan Singleton joined Francesca Rudkin to chat all about Memphis, Tennessee and give us the hot tips for your next visit. LISTEN ABOVE
The Sunday Panel with Ben Thomas and Frances Cook
National’s gang plan – is this going to achieve anything? Is it enforceable? Should we return to allowing alcohol sales at dairies and convenience stores? US to...
Hazel Phillips: There is a certain satisfaction in going solo
I mentioned before the news, that my next guest almost inspired me to up and leave the family … to head off into the hills on an adventure. One day journalist...
Erin O'Hara: How to cope with and recover from the post-Covid low mood and energy
Covid seems to be doing the rounds again at the moment – and one thing I keep hearing from people, even if their symptoms where mild is how tired they still feel...
Mike Van de Elzen: Lentil, mushroom soup with smoked butter garlic ciabatta
Mushrooms! Who loves them? We all do! (well, I would have to say most people do apart from my two girls) But here's hoping that will change as they get older. The...
Dr Michelle Dickinson: We don't understand neurochemical pathways as well as we thought
Good news for autism and depression – not such good news for hamsters in our science chat this week. Dr Michelle Dickinson joined Francesca Rudkin. LISTEN ABOVE
Jackie Van Beek: We wanted to do something a little bit different
A bunch of New Zealanders fully naked, in the sub-zero temperatures of Makarora’s mountain ranges speaking complete gibberish. It sounds completely bonkers … and...
Lorna Subritzky: It's very important that we clear the backlog as soon as we can
Francesca talked on-air on Friday about the delays in Breast Cancer Screening – it has also been covered on this show with the launch of the Give Us Our Mammogram...
Jason Walls: If they get it right this could be something that works
Newstalk ZB chief political reporter Jason Walls joined Francesca Rudkin to share his thought on National’s gang plan and the PM’s Australia visit. LISTEN ABOVE
Christopher Luxon: Our objective here is to dismantle and disrupt gangs
National has announced a commitment to tough anti-gang laws if elected next year. Leader Christopher Luxon has unveiled a four-point policy, at the party's Northern...