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7:10 Unguarded X: Why women live longer than men

Popular theory has long suggested that women have a greater life expectancy than men due to behavioural differences - men have more dangerous jobs, drink and smoke more, and are slow to seek advice from doctors. However, researchers at the University of New South Wales have found that having two copies of the same sex chromosome is associated with having a longer lifespan, with the second copy offering a protective effect. PhD Candidate and research co-author Zoe Xirocostas explains the 'Unguarded X' hypothesis.

Zoe Xirocostas

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7:24 Lack of social connectedness with elderly a big issue for Kiwis

Nearly 80 percent of Kiwis are concerned about the lack of physical contact they are having with elderly and other relatives outside their bubbles and regions, according to the latest report by Research NZ. The findings are from the organisation's fifth weekly survey on the impact the Covid-19 virus is having on New Zealanders' lives. Research NZ managing partner Emanuel Kalafatelis is with us to explain more.

Close up medical doctor holding elderly female's trembling hands

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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: Chris Long in Tromso, Norway

A member of the 'most isolated family in New Zealand', Chris Long grew up at Gorge River on the West Coast. His family lived a two-day trek from the nearest road and were largely self-sufficient. Since leaving home as a teen, Chris has travelled the globe extensively, visiting more than 50 countries including a stint in Antarctica. He now resides in Norway, where he works at the Tromso Wilderness Centre taking visitors on husky sled rides. The park has been closed due to Covid-19, but he is still there taking care of the 300 huskies.

Christian Long in Norway

Christian Long in Norway Photo: Supplied

8:10 Professor Peter Doherty: No Covid-19 magic bullets yet

We're still hearing about patient trials of the Ebola drug Remdesivir and the malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine for treatment of Covid-19 patients, but Nobel Prize-winning professor Peter Doherty, from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne, says neither option is shaping as a potential remedy to the pandemic. There are more than 70 potential vaccines being developed at the moment, but he doesn't think a successful option will be in place anytime soon. 

Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty Photo: Casamento Photography

8:33 3MM: Theresa Gattung on reducing face-to-face meetings

Three Minutes Max, New Zealand commentators with succinct opinions. After leaning into using video calling services like Zoom for meetings during lockdown, leading businesswoman and author Theresa Gattung is calling for a reduction in face-to-face meetings moving forward.

Theresa Gattung

Theresa Gattung Photo: supplied

8:41 Linda Clark & Mai Chen on NZ's Covid-19 response

New Zealand will exit the Covid-19 Alert 4 lockdown period late on Monday night, and we will wake to a slightly different world on Tuesday under Alert Level 3 rules and restrictions. Panellists Linda Clark and Mai Chen look back on an intense month-long lockdown and ponder what the slightly looser restrictions will mean for this country.

Fish and chip shops are closed under the Covid-19 alert level four lockdown.

Fish and chip shops are closed under the Covid-19 alert level four lockdown. Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon

9:06 Mediawatch

Mediawatch looks at the government's short-term assistance for struggling commercial media companies announced this week. Also: how the media covered the much -anticipated news about moving off Alert Level 4, the return of pre-Covid problems for two political party leaders - and a Kiwi reporter covering the Covid-19 crisis in Hong Kong from lockdown in Wellington. Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Hayden Donnell.

9:37 3MM: Vicki Hyde on diving into the past while the future takes shape

Science writer Vicki Hyde and her husband Peter were getting ready to go on a trip to the Caribbean when Covid-19 started gripping the globe. After weighing up the pros and cons, the couple canned their trip and scrambled to get their son home from his OE. Now, nestled up at home, she's abandoned 2020 in favour of the late 1500s.

Drawing of a kraken attacking ship by Vicki Hyde.

Drawing of a kraken attacking ship by Vicki Hyde. Photo: Supplied

9:41 Professor Michael Baker answers your Covid-19 questions

Public health physician from the University of Otago Wellington, Professor Michael Baker has been a constant and reassuring presence on Sunday Morning throughout the Covid-19 lockdown period. He returns to answer your questions and ours about the pandemic. Email or text 2101 with your questions for Professor Baker.

Professor Michael Baker, a public health medicine specialist at the University of Otago

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10:04 Rhys Darby's Covid-19-inspired rural chat show

Kiwi comedian Rhys Darby has been doing his bit to keep people smiling during the Covid-19 lockdown period with his comedy web series The Alone Rangers. The beloved Flight of the Conchords star joins the show to discuss the show and living and working in a 10-strong rural bubble in Matakana.

Rhys Darby (c) and friends filming the ANZAC day special of new lockdown series The Alone Ranger

Rhys Darby (c) and friends filming the ANZAC day special of new lockdown series The Alone Ranger Photo: Supplied

10:30 Peter FitzSimons on Raelene Castle's resignation

New Zealander Raelene Castle resigned from her role as the CEO of Rugby Australia this week after it became clear she no longer had the support of the board. Former Wallabies lock and acclaimed author Peter FitzSimons believes part of the vitriol aimed at Castle is simply because she is a woman.

MC Peter FitzSimons. Westpac International Rugby Legends Gala Dinner, Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland 24 May 2011. Photo: Simon Watts/

Photo: Photosport NZ

10:40 Low-carb diet could stave off brain degeneration

A study out of New York's Stony Brook University has found cognitive aging starts earlier than expected - in your late 40s. That's the bad news. The good news is that it looks like this process can be prevented - or even reversed - with changes to your diet. Professor Lilianne Mujica-Parodi talks about the study's findings.

Lilianne R. Mujica-Parodi

Lilianne R. Mujica-Parodi Photo: Supplied

11:05 Annabelle Sheehan: My Covid-19 experience

New Zealand Film Commission chief executive Annabelle Sheehan was one of the first high profile people in New Zealand to get Covid-19. She joins the show to discuss her experience of testing positive for the respiratory illness and now having to manage the film sector, which like so many other industries is in complete disarray.

Annabelle Sheehan

Annabelle Sheehan Photo: Jennie Groom

11:34 The Kiwi champion of children in need    

When Sue van Schreven gets an idea in her head, there's no stopping her. Fifteen years ago she went on a mission to help orphans in Romania and that experience ultimately led her to starting Orphans Aid International. Last year, Sue decided to celebrate the charity's 15th anniversary by scaling Mt Kilimanjaro.

Sue van Schreven on Mt Kilimanjaro

Sue van Schreven on Mt Kilimanjaro Photo: Supplied