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It's the festive season and people are looking forward to indulging, so that means lots of wine and cheese. And It turns out that this might not be all bad, with research showing that consumption of wine and cheese can boost your brain. 
It's nothing new to see Christmas songs entering the music charts at this time of the year, but a UK company recently recorded a world first with the release of 'Raise the Woof' - a Christmas song scientifically designed for dogs. 
In his new book, The Socrates Express, Eric Weiner goes in search of life lessons from dead philosophers. He joins the show to discuss the book -- which highlights philosophers and the specific lessons we can draw from their teachings.
As the Covid year got longer, we heard about Long Covid, and the people who get through the illness phase okay, but for whom health issues still linger. Entrepreneur Jenene Crossan was one of those unfortunate cases. 
Washington DC-based Kiwi artist Emma G has remained busy as always in 2020, despite everything that has been going on around her. Emma's new song, 'You Can Count On Me This Christmas' is her 10th release of the year.
Tree Beings is an adventure through the secret world of trees and a reminder of how essential they are to our world. Author Raymond Huber joins the show from his base in Dunedin.
Dr. Anna Dare was at Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital when we caught up with her earlier this year. Now, she is at New York, working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, having travelled from the Covid-19 frying pan into the fire.  
What a year it has been in America. Joining us to assess it is our US correspondent Karen Kasler, who looks back on 2020 and warns that many of the problems the US has faced this year aren't going to go away anytime soon.
It's the last Weekend Panel for 2020, and we're joined by Linda Clark and Bernard Hickey. Today, they'll be looking closely at housing in New Zealand.
New research suggests that climbing four flights of stairs in less than a minute indicates good heart health. Dr. Gerry Devlin is a cardiologist and the Heart Foundation's Medical Director. He offers his thoughts on the stair climb findings.
Despite the great weather, many Kiwis still like to celebrate Xmas like they do in the northern hemisphere, In Helsinki though, it's the real thing. Reindeer, snow and mulled wine... and that's where Melanie Dower is Calling Home from.
Brother Peter Bray is the Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University, the first university established in Palestine and the only Catholic University in the Holy Land. They're preparing for the biggest day of the year in the little town of Bethlehem.
It's Christmas and everyone is feeling suitably festive after what has been the most trying of years, but now is not the time to let our guard down against the omnipresent threat of Covid-19, says Professor Michael Baker. 
Contrary to popular belief, new research shows that the amount of time we spend on smartphones is not related to poor mental health. In fact, general smartphone usage is a poor predictor of anxiety, depression and stress.
The Tasty Twins, Wellington's Emily and Sophie Martin have a big social media following with their keenness for healthy minds and healthy bodies. And they have a new book, The Healthy Kiwi Student: A Food, Fitness & Lifestyle Guide. 
Nat (of 'Nat's What I Reckon' fame) was one of the few people who was able to truly benefit from the restrictions that lockdown brought, with his hugely popular cooking tutorials providing light relief and top food tips in equal measures.  
We've all been told about the myriad benefits of mindfulness, but a recent study out of the University of Buffalo has found that mindfulness actually provides little or no benefit when individuals are coping with active stressors. 
'The Mystery of Mrs. Christie' tackles the historical puzzle of Agatha Christie's mysterious 11-day disappearance. Marie Benedict joins the show to discuss the book and what drives her to tell the untold stories of prominent women in history.
The latest Restaurant Association Hospitality Report shows that nationwide sales for the hospitality industry hit $12.1 billion in the year ending March 2020, before unsurprisingly plummeting when Covid-19 reared its ugly head.
Mediawatch looks at how our media companies have weathered the storm of Covid-19 in 2020 - and how we've ended up with more independent and locally-owned outlets than we've had for years. The chief executive of Stuff Sinead Boucher bought the company for one dollar earlier this year. What will she do with the company in 2021?
Our weekend panelists  Dame Diane Robertson and Michael Barnett discuss the Royal Commission into the Christchurch mosque shootings, fireworks, housing, Auckland's roads and the lingering effects of concussion in sport. 
Megan Rae lives a life many people on the planet can only dream of. She has a PhD in linguistics and runs a school at one of just two Italian universities specialising in languages, Ca'foscari University of Venice. She's Calling Home. 
Professor Miia Kivipelto had an audience with Jacinda Ardern this week when she was awarded the 2020 Ryman Prize for research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's Disease and dementia. 
There's one particularly cunning type of pricing strategy that marketers use to get you to switch your choice from one option to a more expensive or profitable one. It's called the decoy effect. Professor Gary Mortimer explains. 
A new survey from Research New Zealand has found that almost ninety percent of New Zealanders think we should take action against the big companies that appear to have profited from Covid-19 wage subsidies.
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Apr 1st, 2017
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Jun 25th, 2019
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