Sunday Morning for Sunday 7 June 2020
7:10 Covid-19: Survey shows one third of Kiwis are not contact tracing
The 11th weekly report from Research New Zealand on the impact the Covid-19 virus is having on Kiwis' lives shows that significantly fewer respondents believe we are adhering to social distancing rules, while one third of people are not doing any contact tracing at all. Emanuel Kalafatelis joins the show with the latest results.
7:18 Covid-19: 'We have to assume the virus has attenuated'
Top Italian doctor Alberto Zangrillo says the new coronavirus is losing its potency and has become much less lethal, as new infections and fatalities continue to fall steadily in the country with the third highest death total in the world from Covid-19. New Zealander Gary McLean is a professor in molecular immunology for the School of Human Sciences. He offers his take on the Italian claim.
7.32 The House
A weekly digest of the events in Parliament with Daniela Maoate-Cox and Phil Smith.
7:45 Calling Home: Michael Hemmingsen in Guam
Professor Michael Hemmingsen is one half of the two person team in the Philosophy programme at the University of Guam. He, wife Mariko and son Aki have lived on the tropical island for two and a half years and have adjusted well, even if Michael does find the constant searing daily temperature tough at times.
8:10 US correspondent on George Floyd death and civil unrest
It's a weekend of protests from New York to Seattle in the wake of George Floyd's death, with protesters and police continuing to clash and the tension showing no sign of abating. Meanwhile, a new survey has shown that 52% of likely voters approve of Donald Trump's handling of "the protests and riots across the country". Our U.S. correspondent is Karen Kasler, the Ohio statehouse bureau chief for public radio and television in Ohio.
8:22 The Panel: Linda Clark & Richard Harman
MPs being unable to manage their staff and the unrest in the U.S. are on the agenda for this week's panel discussion, with guests Linda Clark and Richard Harman. Linda is a former broadcaster and is a partner with Dentons Kensington Swan law firm, and Richard runs the Politik website, and was formerly in charge of TV shows like Agenda and The Nation as well as being chair of the parliamentary press gallery.
8:41 Chairman Xi driven in quest to 'make China great again'
As other countries continue to struggle with the Covid-19 pandemic, China's leader Xi Jinping has accelerated his ambition to put the virus behind them and rejuvenate the great Chinese nation. Macquarie University Professor of Asia-Pacific Security Studies Bates Gill says Chairman Xi is one of the most dynamic leaders seen in China in recent decades and he fully intends to realise the 'China dream' by making his country great again.
This week Mediawatch looks at how reporters have been targeted by police at protests across the US. Also: a prestigious paper's staff in revolt over a controversial column - and is the art of documentary photography in danger with too few publications left print?
9:37 3MM: Mark Knoff-Thomas on celebrating NZ's small business heroes
Three Minutes Max, succinct opinions from New Zealanders on topics of their choice. Here's Newmarket Business Association chief executive Mark Knoff-Thomas on the importance of small business -- and supporting our local businesses -- as New Zealand’s economy looks to recover post-Covid-19.
9:44 Prince Harry's Los Angeles plans 'in tatters'
Having provoked a crisis in the monarchy and furor in the media when he and wife Meghan Markle asked the Queen to step down as senior royals in January, Prince Harry's Los Angeles dream is turning into something of a nightmare due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Daily Mirror Royal Editor Russell Myers joins the show with all the latest.
10:04 Amos Nachoum: 'Rather than aim a gun, I aimed a camera.'
"If your picture is not good enough, it's because you're not close enough." That's the mantra of Israeli solider-turned-wildlife-photographer Amos Nachoum. His film, Picture of His Life shares his photographic dream of becoming the first person to photograph a polar bear underwater while swimming alongside it. He joins the show to discuss his incredible career and why humans, not animals, are the real danger. Picture of His Life is screening online at the DocEdge Film Festival this month.
10:33 Coffee linked to lower body fat in women
Coffee has become the world's most valuable trading commodity after oil. Like oil it's also responsible for a lot of environmental degradation. Dr Katherine Black is a senior lecturer with Otago University's Department of Human Nutrition. She's on the line to discuss the latest in coffee research, including the finding that women who get a caffeine fix two or three times a day have less body fat than those who drink none.
10:38 Dame Lois Muir: Why success is more important than winning
It will came as no surprise to anyone who followed the career of Dame Lois Muir to learn that she was studying NBA and NFL coaches to pick up their secrets long before it became a regular habit for pro Kiwi coaches. The former Silver Ferns player and coach features in a new book called Will to Win, New Zealand netball greats on team culture and leadership. She discusses her life in netball, retiring at 84, and how she became addicted to coaching.
11:05 Mammoth novel offers cautionary tales from the past
Author Chris Flynn grew up in Northern Ireland during the height of The Troubles but now lives on Phillip Island, next to a penguin sanctuary. His latest novel, Mammoth, is an unsurprisingly left-field offering, which includes actors Nicholas Cage and Leonardo DiCaprio, and is narrated by a 13,000-year-old extinct mammoth. It's unquestionably a book the likes of which you are unlikely to have read before. He discusses his third novel and how mammoths could end up saving us.
11:30 How to deal with troubling thoughts
Unwanted thoughts that become stuck in the mind are a common symptom of anxiety, with studies suggesting that 90 per cent of people experience them at some point. And trying to get rid of those intrusive thoughts often makes them worse. But there are pragmatic cognitive behavioural habits that can help create change. Dr. Nick Wignall is a clinical psychologist at the Cognitive Behavioral Institute of Albuquerque. He looks at the issue of dealing with these troubling thoughts and how we can grow to like ourselves more.
11:44 US law enforcement veteran: 'We must take on structural racism'
Lieutenant Diane Goldstein (Ret.) is a 21-year veteran of the Redondo Beach Police Department in California. Now, she is the board chair of the Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). She says the recent deaths of black men Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, among others, highlight the structural racism that is rife in both the US policing and criminal justice systems.