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Why dangerous falls are on the rise around the world

25 Oct 2020

Globally, falls are the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional deaths worldwide after traffic accidents. And modern lifestyles are making our balance worse, leaving us more vulnerable to trips and falls.  Audio

Sunday 1 November 2020

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7:10 Only 10% of Kiwis want to change our country's name 

The latest poll from Research New Zealand set out to gauge support for New Zealand changing its name to 'Aotearoa' or 'Aotearoa New Zealand', but only 10% of people agreed New Zealand should change its name, while a fifth of Kiwi respondents (20%) agreed New Zealand should become a republic. Research NZ Managing Partner Emanuel Kalafatelis explains. 

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7:18 Is running actually good for your knees?

Contrary to popular belief, a new study from the University of Maryland has found that running could actually be good for your knees. While the study confirms that running pummels the knees more than walking, the process can also help fortify and bulk up cartilage, potentially helping stave off arthritis. Dr Kelly Sheerin, who is the Sports Performance Clinics Manager and a Senior Lecturer at AUT, joins the show to discuss.

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7:32 Obscure 12th amendment could sway US election result 

Joe Biden holds a lead in the polls over incumbent President Donald Trump for the upcoming US election, but political columnist and cartoonist Ted Rall is refusing to write Trump off, warning that under the obscure 12th amendment, he could be re-elected president even if Biden wins an overwhelming majority of the popular vote. 

Democratic Presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden (L) and US President Donald Trump speaking during the first presidential debate at the Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio

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7:39 Calling Home: Lukas Beech in Seoul, South Korea

Lukas Beech lives in Seoul Forest, a lively area in the middle of Seoul which has been compared with the "meat packing district" in New York. Lukas lives in Seoul with his wife, who is a professional flutist, and is involved with the NZ Tech Roadshow, which invites Kiwi technology companies to explore the opportunities for business in South Korea.

New Zealander Lukas Beech is involved with the  is the NZ Tech Roadshow in South Korea.

New Zealander Lukas Beech is involved with the is the NZ Tech Roadshow in South Korea. Photo: Supplied

8:11 Cats costing billions each year by spreading diseases 

Diseases transmitted by cats cost the Australian economy more than A$6 billion annually through their impact on human health and livestock production, according research conducted by Sarah Legge and her colleagues at Australia National University in Canberra. This news must be bad for New Zealand, too, with 45% of Kiwi households having at least one cat. Professor Legge joins the show to look at the impact cats are having on things like medical care, insurance, social support and lost productivity. 

Cats. (File pic)

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8:32 Silver Ferns v England Roses third test preview with Bridget Tunnicliffe 

The Silver Ferns will wrap up their three-test series against the touring England Roses this evening in Hamilton, with the battle for the Taini Jamison Trophy having ushered in a new era for the world champions after an absence of nine months. Radio New Zealand sports reporter Bridget Tunnicliffe joins the show to preview tonight's match.   

Silver Fern Maia Wilson.

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8:41 Weekend Panel with Bernard Hickey and Josie Pagani 

Panellists Bernard Hickey and Josie Pagani join the show to look at some big stories of the past week, including the lay of the land in post-election New Zealand and pre-election US, New Zealand's euthanasia and cannabis referenda, a possible NZ Covid inquiry, the housing market and lots more. 

9:06 Mediawatch 

Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Hayden Donnell

9:37 The Sleep-Deprived Masculinity Stereotype 

Sleep deprivation is the norm for many adults in this country and throughout the world. And it's more common among men than women. Researchers at the University of Oregon believe this is due to "The Sleep-Deprived Masculinity Stereotype", which is also the name of their paper published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research. Study co-author Nathan Warren is with us to discuss the study's findings. 

Nathan Warren from the University of Oregon.

Nathan Warren from the University of Oregon. Photo: All Rights Reserved 2016

10:04 Why William and Harry went their separate ways 

In the new book about the rift between Prince William and Prince Harry, Battle of Brothers, historian and royal expert Robert Lacey examines the breakdown and explains why the relationship between the brothers may never recover. He joins the show to discuss the new book and how Prince Harry changed when Meghan Markle hit the scene. 

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in July to watch a military fly-past to mark the centenary of the RAF.

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10:43 New Zealand's little-told Far North wild horses story 

People tend to instantly think of the Kaimanawa ferals when the subject of wild horses in New Zealand comes up, but there is a significantly larger number of wild horses in Northland  -- as many as 2000, in fact. Kelly Wilson's new book, Wild Horses of the World is a study of the diverse beauty of the world's wild horses and the harsh, yet picturesque landscapes they call home.

Dust flies as two stallions fight at sunrise.

Dust flies as two stallions fight at sunrise. Photo: Supplied

11:05 Correspondent Karen Kasler on the US election 

It's crunch time in the lead-up to the US election, with voters set to decide on Wednesday (New Zealand time) whether Donald Trump remains in the White House for another four years or challenger Joe Biden, who is leading national presidential polls, takes up the mantle. US correspondent Karen Kasler is with us to preview the battle of the septuagenarians.  

US President Donald Trump addresses thousands of supporters during a campaign rally at Phoenix Goodyear Airport October 28, 2020.

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11:17 Ngaire Fuata: 30 years since 'To Sir With Love'

It's been 30 years since former cover band singer Ngaire Fuata's remake of the 1967 Lulu hit 'To Sir With Love' stormed the New Zealand music charts, spending five weeks in the No 1 spot. Ngaire, who was born the year the original track was released, had recently started out in television when her one-hit wonder topped the charts, and has gone on to craft a successful career in the industry.   

Musician Ngaire Fuata and Sunday Morning host Jim Mora.

Musician Ngaire Fuata and Sunday Morning host Jim Mora. Photo: Supplied

11:30 Struggling with pandemic uncertainty? Try these scientific tips 

Many people have had trouble handling pandemic uncertainty throughout the trying Covid-19 experience. However, psychology research can offer tips on how to deal with these unprecedented times. Psychologist Bethany Teachman from the University of Virginia offers up a few research-based coping strategies for pandemic uncertainty. 

Psychologist Bethany Teachman from the University of Virginia

Psychologist Bethany Teachman from the University of Virginia Photo: Supplied

11:46 Raniere sentence brings closure for former NXIVM follower 

This week, NXIVM head Keith Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison for turning some female followers into sex slaves. One of those ex-followers, Sarah Edmondson, featured on Sunday Morning just over a year ago, when she explained how she escaped the cult. She offers her reaction to the sentence.

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