Sunday Morning for Sunday 26 September 2021
8:12 Poll: 70% of Kiwis continue to support lockdowns
The results were overwhelming when Research New Zealand asked Kiwis about what we should be doing to manage Covid-19, with nearly three-quarters of people (70%) saying they support lockdowns to eliminate Covid-19. For many people, however, that willingness only extends to when the vaccination target has been reached.
Half the respondents of Research NZ's latest survey said they supported the idea of restaurants and bars only serving vaccinated people, while only 7% want to return to life as it was before Covid-19, with no rules around mask wearing, testing and quarantine.
Research NZ Managing Director Emanuel Kalafatelis is with us to discuss.
8:21 Why too much free time could be a bad thing
Lockdown has certainly had its disadvantages, but one of the few advantages has been the increase in free time many people have had.
We know about what an increase in free time can do for our well-being. However, that only works to a point. New research published by the American Psychological Association shows that too much free time can also be a bad thing.
Study co-author Hal Hershfield from the UCLA Anderson School of Management joins the show to look at the research, which was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
8:39 The Weekend Panel with Penny Ashton and Chris Wikaira
Among other topics this morning, our Weekend panellists will be discussing the first morning of daylight saving, vaccine resistance and tolerance of the unvaccinated, controversy over James Shaw's overseas travel and ageism on social media.
Mediawatch looks at why the big hitters of commercial radio are urging MPs to rein in RNZ - and how breaches of Auckland's Covid-19 border fired up the media. Also: Mediawatch looks at headline-making claims undetected cancer is costing lots of lives.
9:37 Covid-19 update with Professor Michael Baker
University of Otago epidemiologist and regular Sunday Morning guest Professor Michael Baker returns to the show to answer your Covid-19 questions and ours.
10:04 Calling Home: Jessica Hobbs in London
It's been a big week for New Zealand TV director Jessica Hobbs following her breakthrough Emmy win for her work on The Crown.
The London-based filmmaker was born into the industry, having joined her mum, director Aileen O'Sullivan, on set for a role in local mini-series The Governor as a child. After becoming an assistant director on films like Dame Jane Campion's An Angel at My Table, Hobbs went on to Australia, where she directed shows like Heartbreak High and The Slap, which got her invited to the UK to work on Broadchurch. The rest, as they say, is history.
Jessica's Calling Home this morning.
10:30 Prof. Richard Wiseman: Why magic should be taught in schools
Professor Richard Wiseman is a magician and a psychologist who has been described by Scientific American as "one of the most interesting and innovative experimental psychologists in the world today."
He's sold over 3 million copies of his books and he's recently been working on a new one with iconic magician David Copperfield looking at the history of magic.
Wiseman says magic helps kids build key skills, such as confidence, creativity, preparation and social skills, and thinks it should be taught in schools. He joins the show to explain how magic can change the lives of young people and how the notion of luck has survived over time in pretty much every culture.
11:05 Kiwi cryptocurrency thriller keeps readers guessing
In her former life, Martinborough-based author Rosy Fenwicke was a doctor who wrote books on the side. She's been a fulltime writer for a year now and won't be going back anytime soon.
Her latest book, Cold Wallet: Locked. Loaded. Gone., tells the story of Jess, a lonely young woman who marries the man of her dreams, Andrew, only to have him die tragically on their honeymoon at a resort in Fiji. And that's where things start getting interesting. Andrew, a cyber genius, leaves his former business partner, Henry, out of his will and leaves Jess his cryptocurrency exchange. However, when the passwords to his cold wallets holding millions in cryptocurrency can't be found, Jess falls under suspicion.
Rosy joins the show to discuss Cold Wallet and how her life has changed since she became a fulltime writer.
11:30 How to prevent kids from developing addictions
New York Times bestselling author Jessica Lahey is a mother, a teacher in a drug and alcohol centre for adolescents, and a recovering alcoholic with a strong family history of addiction.
Jessica wanted to develop a better understanding of why she had become an alcoholic and yet her sister could drink without having a problem. And she wanted to know what she could do to ensure her own children didn't follow in her own footsteps.
Her latest book, The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Kids in a Culture of Dependence, is part memoir, part parent manual -- offering parents evidence-based advice for keeping children away from addiction.