Sunday Morning for Sunday 9 February 2020
7:10 China correspondent: "The world's most populous country is on hold"
The outbreak of the coronavirus in China has impacted the world's most populous country in almost every way imaginable, with the City of Beijing announcing on Friday that only 13% of the capital's 30,000 restaurants were open. Canada's Globe and Mail Beijing correspondent Nathan VanderKlippe joins the show with all the latest.
7:18 Donald Trump's 'bonkers' week in US politics
It's been yet another big week in US politics, with Donald Trump capping things off with a rambling, vitriolic speech in the wake of his impeachment acquittal. Karen Kasler covers off the impeachment trial, the theatre of the State of the Union speech, and how much damage Iowa has done -- if any -- to the Democrats.
7.30 GP warns another flu pandemic is a certainty
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak out of Wuhan, Edinburgh-based GP and writer Dr. Gavin Francis insists we are getting better and better at controlling these things, but he is adamant there will be another flu pandemic in the future.
7:45 Calling Home: Victoria Hoult in Porto Alegre, Brazil
Victoria Hoult has been living and teaching in Porto Alegre, Brazil, for the past two and a half years. She and partner Ben have immersed themselves in the local community and culture and both are thoroughly impressed with the type of lifestyle that comes with being an educator in Brazil.
8:10 Insight: How NZ would fare during a world catastrophe
Experts say threats like a catastrophic pandemic or nuclear or biological terrorism are small, but real, and this country should be thinking about how it would cope if international trade was disrupted by a major event. John Gerritsen has been investigating how self-sufficient New Zealand could be in the event of a global disaster.
Produced by Philippa Tolley.
8:37 How gardening creates a time warp
Gardening is more than a relaxing hobby. It's good for your health, whatever age you are. Dr Harriet Gross is a psychology professor and head of the College of Arts at Lincoln University in the UK. Her book is The Psychology of Gardening. She explains why gardening is so good for you.
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Hayden Donnell
This week Mediawatch talks to the broadcasting minister after he lifted the lid a little on his plan for public broadcasting. Also: a controversial shake-up of RNZ’s music - and mixed messages in the media about the dangers of coronavirus.
9:37 The high-flying Kiwi behind the US adult study hall startup
Would you pay someone US$40 to keep you focused on work? It turns out that plenty of people are willing to do so. New Zealander Nodira Khoussainova is the co-founder and CEO of Focused, a Silicon Valley startup that helps people accomplish undistracted work for a couple of hours in a study hall-type setting.
10:04 William Gibson: Why our 'now' is getting shorter and shorter
William Gibson, arguably the world's most influential living science-fiction writer, has imagined the near future more convincingly than anyone else for four decades now. He was also the first person to coin the term 'cyberspace' in a novel. Gibson is back with his latest thriller, Agency, a book with both feet placed firmly in the future that will leave readers with plenty to chew over.
10:25 How melodic alarms could reduce morning grogginess
The sounds you wake up to could be affecting how groggy and clumsy you are in the morning, according to new research. RMIT University doctoral researcher Stuart McFarlane was lead author of the study, which found that melodic alarms could improve alertness levels.
10:40 My Current Song: Blind Boy Paxton, Trying to Make One Hundred
American blues extraordinaire Jerron 'Blind Boy' Paxton is currently in the country for an eight-date visit, making his triumphant return to New Zealand after a string of sold-out shows here two years ago. The Watts-born musician joins the show to discuss his tour -- which included a gig in Wellington last night -- and the inspiration behind the closing track from his album, Recorded Music For Your Entertainment -- Trying to Make One Hundred.
10:50 Beer can helps reunite woman with her dog after three years
When Monica Mathis' dog Hazel disappeared from her yard in 2017 she tried everything to find her beloved pet again, but to no avail. Three years later, thanks to the surprising intervention of a beer can, she was reunited with her terrier mix, who had somehow managed to travel more than 1,000 miles from home.
11:05 Kate Murphy: You're Not Listening
Self-improvement guru Dale Carnegie always said listening was the key to getting ahead in life. But it seems we're actually listening to each other less than ever. Journalist Kate Murphy takes a closer look at the art of listening in her new book, You're Not Listening: What You're Missing and Why It Matters.
11:30 World's longest race stretches 3,100 miles around single NYC block
The Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race spans across 52 days around one New York City block. The race is almost 5000 kilometres in total and competitors can expect to go through 20 pairs of shoes while only sleeping an average of five hours a night. Sanjay Rawal is the director of the new film that examines the race, 3100: Run and Become.