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7.10 Keith Quinn on the All Blacks v South Africa RWC test  

Legendary New Zealand sports broadcaster Keith Quinn joins the show to offer his analysis of the All Blacks' opening Rugby World Cup clash against traditional rivals South Africa at the International Stadium in Yokohama. 

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 17:  Kieran Read of the All Blacks performs the Haka with team mates during The Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australian Wallabies at Eden Park on August 17, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo: POOL)

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7.20 'Storm Area 51' fails to live up to the hype 

Millions of people responded to a Facebook post earlier this year calling for people to raid the Area 51 facility in Rachel, Nevada this weekend to "see them aliens". Paul Boger is a Senior Reporter with KUNR and is on the ground in Rachel. He'll explain why they didn't all show up in the end. 

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7.32 The House

A weekly digest of the events in Parliament with Daniela Maoate-Cox and Phil Smith.

7.45 Calling Home: Catherine O'Connell in Tokyo, Japan

The Rugby World Cup kicked off in Tokyo on Friday night, so it is apt that Calling Home is heading there for the first time this weekend. We'll be joined by a groundbreaking Kiwi lawyer, Catherine O'Connell, who is fresh off MCing a lunch reception event for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. 

Catherine O'Connell and Steve Hansen

Catherine O'Connell and Steve Hansen Photo: Supplied

8:10 Insight

Produced by Philippa Tolley.

8:37 Student schoolbags cause excessive pressure on young spines 

New research by world-leading spinal surgeon Dr Ken Hansraj shows that heavy and overcrowded schoolbags are causing serious danger to children's growing spines, with 10 pounds in a backpack equalling 72 pounds of force to a student's spine. He joins the show to discuss the issues heavy schoolbags are causing and what can be done to alleviate that pressure on young spines.    

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8:52 Airlines turning a blind eye to carry-on luggage rule breakers 

How often do you get on a plane and see people clearly flouting the supposedly hard and fast rules regarding carry-on luggage? One piece per person, right? Not always. Aviation commentator Irene King joins the show to discuss carry-on baggage protocols and how the process of getting on and off planes can be sped up.  

A woman walks with a suitcase through an airport.

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9:06 Mediawatch

Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9:37 3MM: Tommy Kapai Wilson on why Spring is the time for change 

Three Minutes Max on Sunday mornings. Tommy Kapai Wilson, from Tauranga's Te Tuinga Whanau Trust kicks us off this morning. Tommy's celebrating Spring, which starts officially tomorrow...

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9:41 Rugby World Cup playing role in reviving tsunami-hit Japanese city

Kiwi rugby coach Scott Pierce is part of an incredible revival happening in the Japanese city of Kamaishi, which was devastated by the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit the area in 2011. The revival will culminate in Fiji taking on Uruguay in a Rugby World Cup game at the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium on Wednesday. 

Japan's Kotaro Matsushima scores as his side defeats Fiji 34-21 at Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium

Japan's Kotaro Matsushima scores as his side defeats Fiji 34-21 at Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium Photo: World Rugby / Toru Hanai


10:04 Professor Laurie Santos: The Science of Happiness 

Getting good grades and earning more money doesn't impact our happiness in the way most people think. But there are simple things - little things - that can be done each day to make us happier. Yale University psychology professor Laurie Santos teaches the university's renowned happiness class, which is the most popular course to ever be taught in the famous learning institution's 317-year history. 

Professor Laurie Santos

Professor Laurie Santos Photo: Yale Owns Rights (Mike Marsland)

10.40 Learning Mandarin not as intimidating as it might seem 

'Mandarin Superstar' Mike Insley began learning the language when he and his wife moved to China to work in a winery in the remote region of Ningxia in 2015. He's back in New Zealand now, but is brushing up on his Mandarin skills as part of the New Zealand Chinese Language Week, which commences today. He looks back on his time in the Chinese wine industry and offers a few tips to those who might be considering taking up the language. 

Mike Insley

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11:05 Sarah Edmondson: How I escaped the NXIVM sex cult 

Vancouver actor Sarah Edmondson spent 12 years in the NXIVM cult. She believed it was a positive personal development movement, but began to have doubts after being inducted into an exclusive women's group within NXIVM called DOS, which required her to become a slave to another member. She was then branded with imprisoned cult founder Keith Raniere's initials. She eventually blew the whistle and has become something of a poster child of cult escape. She has a new book out, Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, The Cult That Bound My Life.  

Sarah Edmondson.

Sarah Edmondson. Photo: Supplied

11.30 My Van My Castle: Life On The Road In New Zealand 

Freelance journalist Jackie Norman met her soulmate, sold her suburban home and swapped it for life on the road travelling around New Zealand in a campervan, despite never having any experience of the lifestyle before. She joins Jim in studio to discuss her fascinating tale of discovery in her new book, My Van My Castle

Jackine Norman is the author of My Van My Castle.

Jackine Norman is the author of My Van My Castle. Photo: Supplied