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The Podcast from Australia for Science and Reason. Join Richard Saunders and his team of reporters for your weekly dose of skeptical news and interviews, reports and comments. Past guests have included, James Randi, Stephen Fry, Tim Minchin, Eugenie Scott, Dr Phil Plait, Michael Marshall, Dr Steve Novella, Dr Pamela Gay, Jon Ronson, Dr Ben Goldacre, Simon Singh, Prof. Richard Wiseman, Dick Smith, Banachek, Prof. Chris French, George Hrab, Tim Ferguson, Dr Paul Willis and many, many more. Fea ...
 
Explore some of the most heinous, controversial, heartbreaking and thought-provoking true crime cases in Canadian history with Kristi Lee, an Australian who has been living in Canada for 12 years. Utilizing facts curated from court documents, trial reporting and news archives, you'll also hear about relevant social and historical factors that impact crime. New episodes on the 1st and 15th of each month. Learn more at www.canadiantruecrime.ca.
 
Open your mind to the world with New Zealand’s number one breakfast radio show. Without question, as New Zealand’s number one talk host, Mike Hosking sets the day’s agenda. The sharpest voice and mind in the business, Mike drives strong opinion, delivers the best talent, and always leaves you wanting more. The Mike Hosking Breakfast always cuts through and delivers the best daily on Newstalk ZB.
 
Positively UK Gay Men's Project Coordinator Chris O'Hanlon hosts a series of HIV-related podcasts for LGBT+ communities where he talks to those at the forefront of HIV services. The episodes cover the topics of living with HIV in relation to Covid-19, Chemsex, ageing, accessing HIV services, welfare and finance, and managing isolation and wellbeing. You can find the transcripts to each episode and a list of support resources on our website. We would like to thank the LGBT Consortiums for sup ...
 
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The Covid lockdowns have created another surge in interest in gardening. This follows a trend of people turning to gardening after major global events. New Zealand Gardener Magazine Editor Jo McCarroll told Mike Hosking when the world feels chaotic, people turn to simple things like gardening and cooking. “Having a few plants to focus on, it’s a re…
 
An Amtrak train traveling from Chicago to the Pacific Northwest derailed in a remote part of Montana on Saturday afternoon, killing three people and hospitalizing five others, authorities said. Eight cars from Amtrak's Empire Builder train 7/27 headed westbound to Seattle/Portland derailed at about 4 p.m. near Joplin, Montana, a town around 30 mile…
 
Queensland’s deputy premier has hit back at the prime minister over his comments about borders, labelling him a “master of distraction” who was trying to shift the conversation away from his own failings. Steven Miles said Scott Morrison should be focused on Covid-19 outbreaks in other states and fixing diplomatic issues with France and China, inst…
 
Forming a German coalition government could take months. Angela Merkel, the woman who's steered Germany for the past 16 years, is standing down. Exit polls have her Christian Democratic Union party and the Social Democratic Party neck and neck. New Zealand Initiative Executive Director and German economist Oliver Hartwich told Mike Hosking the part…
 
From the torrent of top-spinning spiral bombs raining down on him to sweetly striking the historic match-winner, Jordie Barrett stood tall as a decisive figure for the All Blacks in their nervy victory over the Springboks. Barrett, with adrenaline pulsing through his veins, struggled to sleep on Saturday night after slotting the 43-metre penalty to…
 
The film industry wants to see managed isolation expanded. Newstalk ZB can reveal the Government rejected Amazon's efforts to sidestep MIQ for Lord of the Rings in August last year. They offered to secure entire hotels, rental properties and holiday homes for a private MIQ but were turned down. Screen Industry Guild President Brendon Durey told Mik…
 
The Government remains confident of Auckland's chances of stamping out its current outbreak of Covid-19. Auckland recorded another 18 new community cases yesterday and five cases from the past fortnight are yet to be epidemiologically linked to existing cases. Experts are concerned about the number of cases that have been infectious in the communit…
 
Sir John Key isn't standing down on his claim that New Zealand has a "smug hermit kingdom" mentality it needs to break out of. The former Prime Minister claims Labour is ruling with fear, likening its leadership to that of North Korea. Some experts say Key's suggestions like offering small incentives for getting jabbed and introducing home isolatio…
 
0:00:00 Introduction Richard Saunders 0:04:10 All Shook Up! What happens when a team of skeptics meet to analyse earthquake predictions? An earthquake! Skeptic Zone reporter Michelle Bijkersma (a friend of the Skeptical Fairy Godmother Angel from the Internet) tells us about the 'moving' experience. 0:09:33 TikTok Tarot A look at the hundreds of Ti…
 
At the end of each week, Mike Hosking takes you through the big-ticket items and lets you know what he makes of it all. Level 3 for Auckland: 8/10 "No, not because you can queue for a burger. But because it's an admission that elimination doesn’t work." Ashley Bloomfield Admission over Elimination: 6/10 "Although not being overt about it, in his ow…
 
Despite two losses against the Australians in the last two weeks, it's hoped the history of the occasion will help the Springboks live up to their best against the All Blacks tomorrow. Tomorrow's game marks the 100th time these two teams have played each other, while also being the 100th anniversary of what is described as rugby's greatest rivalry.…
 
Leaked designs for future iPhones have shown they are looking to implement tech that would be able to diagnose depression from typos and recommend that you seek a specialist. "They may also measure the speed of their typing, frequency of their typos and content of what they type, among other data points, according to the people familiar with the re…
 
A Sydney intensive care specialist says Delta is like a wave, and you want to decrease the size of it. Mark Nicholls told Mike Hosking the way to reduce the number of people in the wave is to vaccinate, and to get people to follow public health rules. "By decreasing the wave, decreasing the size of it. You don't have a system where you have too man…
 
Many of us have had a passing interest in politics, but been turned away from a document or review because of jargon and mumbo jumbo. A new bill is intending to change that. The Plain Language bill will require government departments to do what the name suggests, use plain and simple language on their documents and websites with limited acronyms. T…
 
The gratitude and thanks are flowing from us to you this morning. The ratings are out. Our third survey result for the year and the third time this year we have increased the number of people listening to us. Yes, these are unusual times, but what is interesting, and a theme that’s developed over the year, is that although huge swathes of the count…
 
The debate over Covid modelling continues. New modelling, backed by the Government, suggests at 80 per cent vaccination, there would be seven-thousand deaths and 60-thousand-hospitalisations in a year without restrictions. Covid-19 modeller Rodney Jones says the modelling isn't in line with what's happened in other countries. But Auckland Universit…
 
Closed borders are making it difficult for our hospitals to bring on internationally sought-after nurses to increase ICU capacity. Some critical care nurses who are already in New Zealand on visas, are also leaving for much higher paid jobs in Australia. The Government has increased funding and purchased more equipment, but a shortage of highly-tra…
 
Alex Baer has a passion for the outdoors, wildlife, and his lifelong search for new ways to accomplish meaningful work has led him to a new position as COO with IHEA-USA. Alex is directly contributing to the growth and development of hunter education while continuing to further R3 initiatives for the industry. Before joining the IHEA-USA, Alex cons…
 
Toni Street's easy on-air style, warm personality and smiles might make one think she has a perfect life, but behind the bubbly persona is a story of heartbreak and resilience. It's a story Toni has decided to write about in her book, Lost and Found: My story of heartbreak and hope. Toni joined Mike Hosking. LISTEN ABOVE…
 
After feverish speculation a deal was close, Netflix has confirmed it bought the Roald Dahl Story Company. The acquisition gives the streaming company exclusive rights to the stories and characters of the beloved children's author, who died in 1990. Dahl was the author of classics including Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocol…
 
Well, are we getting there at last? Dare I suggest, one of the more useful one o'clock sessions came yesterday from the pulpit of whatever you think the pulpit represents these days? There seems a concerted message from the Government that a 90 percent jab rate is where we are headed, or need to be, to get a whole bunch of stuff. Firstly, Auckland …
 
Melbourne was rocked by an earthquake yesterday, with residents reporting strong shudders, offices being evacuated and tremors being felt as far away as Sydney, Canberra and Tasmania. Geoscience Australia initially said a magnitude 6.0 quake was recorded at 9.15am near the town of Mansfield, Victoria, but later downgraded its rating to magnitude 5.…
 
An immunologist is confident New Zealand can get 90 percent of people vaccinated by Christmas, even if other countries can't. Malaghan Institute Director Graham Le Gros told Mike Hosking we have an advantage. "Some of the other countries actually have some big problems, they have a significant minority that won't get vaccinated, they can't get arou…
 
School's back, but the students aren't. Level 3 in Auckland means schools are open for students whose parents need to work, but student numbers have been low. Lockdowns have got education experts looking at alternative methods and whether the days of the standard classroom are obsolete. One of those other methods is Flipped Learning, becoming more …
 
Team New Zealand has put paid to a last-ditch bid by Kiwi rich-lister Mark Dunphy to keep the next America's Cup on home waters. In a strongly worded statement on Wednesday, TNZ boss Grant Dalton confirmed he had ceased all correspondence with Dunphy. Dalton claimed Dunphy refused to answer questions the syndicate put to him regarding his campaign …
 
Ever since the first instance of lockdown, we have been fascinated with working from home and flexible working. In the UK, ministers are set to confirm laws that would allow employees to request the right to work from home from day dot. Currently they have to wait at least six months. But is there an argument to be made that, while convenient, the …
 
It's been a crushing week for the so-called commentators and Covid experts. These are the voices of the Government that really weren't supposed to be the voices of the Government, but ended up by in large being Government parrots. The modellers, the predictors, the science and medical brains that have become household names, and the go to voices a …
 
On the surface level 3 doesn't seem to change much for Aucklanders. Few more people back at work, takeaways back on the menu but plenty of limitations still. But it does provide huge relief for the construction sector. Chair of the NZ Construction Industry Council Graham Burke joined Mike Hosking. LISTEN ABOVE…
 
We know the medical side of the equation, why the Government is still pursuing elimination. But what about from a business perspective? How much business advice is being taken on board? Is business advice part of the equation when it comes to figuring out a vaccine rate? Former Air New Zealand boss and Government Covid-19 business advisor Rob Fyfe …
 
Employment specialist Max Whitehead has been talking with small businesses about mandating vaccines. He says told Mike Hosking for some it would mean extra legal hurdles and the potential loss of crucial highly-skilled staff. "I think it's going to be even tougher on employers, because they've got a real, real difficult decision to make here. It's …
 
Prince Andrew's been served legal papers in a civil sexual assault case but he may not end up in a witness box. They've been delivered to the duke's lawyer in Los Angeles and to the Royal Courts of Justice in London Virginia Roberts Giuffre is suing the prince over assaults she alleges began when she was a minor, and took place in London, New York …
 
Incentives could play a part, in getting at least 90-percent of the country vaccinated by Christmas. Westpac has become one of the first major corporates to offer incentives in offering staff leave to get themselves and their family members vaccinated. Human Resources Manager Marc Figgins told Mike Hosking it's about giving people every reason to g…
 
So not a great time in the old lobby for my daughter yesterday. Needless to say, the predictions on the new MIQ system were right. Call it anything you want, tinker with it, paint it, spin it, it remains what it always was. It's a mess that never really got set up, properly bogged down, and a classic supply-demand issue She started out 17,815th in …
 
Hopeful kiwis both here and abroad logged on early in the morning to register to go in the lottery only to see their number put somewhere in the 20 thousand range for only 3200 available MIQ spots. And only another 7000 rooms will be released before the end of the year. The queue got as high as 31,800, a pretty quick way to demoralise anyone who ha…
 
Auckland University's Des Gorman believes there has been a change in thinking. He says told Mike Hosking there's been a change in public opinion, and the Government has followed suit. "I think what we're seeing is a shift from a zero tolerance for cases to a shift zero tolerance for deaths, and I think that's going to shift even further still." Nor…
 
The case of a basketball star who's lost his job after refusing to get a Covid-19 jab could have wider implications. Tai Webster's been released by mutual consent from his Breakers contract, after refusing the vaccination due to personal reasons. Jackson Russell Lawyers associate, Jeremy Ansell, told Mike Hosking if an employer can show a genuine r…
 
Dr Ashley Bloomfield is confident Auckland is getting on top of stamping out its Delta outbreak. Auckland moves down to Alert Level Three tonight. Daily case numbers in the region remain in the double digits. But the Director-General of Health told Mike Hosking almost all of those cases are household contacts of existing cases. "Those are actually,…
 
1st BIRTHDAY LIVE SHOW! We love Green Guide Letters about Derryn Hinch (as written by Derryn Hinch!), free to air smut, Tom Waterhouse, week 6 of #StampleGate & THE RETURN OF ARTHUR COMER! Plus Derryn’s Green Guide Letter Groupies, ankle bracelets, the Moon landing, hung over on Hey Hey and the origins of SHAME SHAME SHAME! "Taped in front of a liv…
 
Sufferers of chronic pain often experience long waits to see a specialist and can become reliant on heavy, sometimes addictive, drugs - but what if there is another way? Researchers at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and Waitematā District Health Board (DHB) are testing just that. New Zealand-based health tech company Exsurgo has created a …
 
The Springboks need to turn things around – and fast. The reigning world champions have suffered back-to-back losses to Australia in the past fortnight, but it was their performance in a 30-17 loss on Saturday night that was cause for concern. The pace of the game and the pressure applied by the Australians caused plenty of problems for the Springb…
 
A Fiordland tourist town's decision to move into daylight saving forever is gaining support. When the country moves into daylight saving this weekend, Te Anau will be there for good. Russell Alexander is the boss of Matamata-based tourist attraction Hobbiton. He told Mike Hosking Te Anau's move is a good one. "Other people would adjust to it. Yeah …
 
Former Liberal frontbencher Christian Porter has revealed he was spat at in the street after what he describes as a trial by media over “false” rape allegations, but he won’t be paying back the money secured through a blind trust that triggered his resignation. After offering his resignation to the Prime Minister on Sunday after he was unable to di…
 
Opposition player of the weekend goes to Dr Shane Reti, who has exposed the Mongrel Nob meth $2.75 million for what it is. It's a soft Labour Party sop surrounded by no checks, balances, and certainly no rigour around expenditure of other people's money. This is the programme personally signed off by the Prime Minister because among other things, a…
 
A voting app created by allies of prominent Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny was removed from Google and Apple's online stores in Russia just as polls opened for parliamentary elections, according to a series of tweets from Navalny's team on Friday. Ivan Zhdanov, a key ally of the jailed dissident, tweeted an image of an email he said was from Apple c…
 
Canada might not find out its snap election results for a few days. Current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the election in the hope his Liberal party would have a majority win. The last polls are expected to close tomorrow afternoon New Zealand time. But political commentator Amanda Alvaro told Mike Hosking results might be delayed. “Because …
 
Confirmation from New Zealand Cricket that the threat against the Black Caps was a specific threat against New Zealand. The Black Caps tour of Pakistan was abruptly cancelled on Friday night, just minutes before the first ball was due to be bowled, due to intelligence about a credible threat. The players and support staff are now in Dubai, with mos…
 
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