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Ginger Campbell, MD host of the highly rated Brain Science Podcast, uses this podcast to explore her love of reading and ideas, including science, philosophy, history, and what ever else she is reading. This podcast comes out about once a month and often contains interviews of authors and scientists. Check http://booksandideas.com for details.
 
Savor digs into how people live and how they eat – and why. Hosts Anney Reese and Lauren Vogelbaum interview the culinary creators and consumers of the world, exploring the science, history, and culture of food and drink, all with a key question in mind: Why do we like what we like, and how can we find more of those things?
 
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This month's episode of Brain Science is an interview with neuroscientists E. Bruce Goldstein, author of "The Mind: Consciousness, Prediction, and the Brain." We review some key ideas about how the brain creates the Mind, the important role of unconscious processes and prediction. It is a great starter episode for new listeners and a concise review…
 
This week Dr. Drew is joined by brain expert Dr. Ginger Campbell for an in depth conversation about neuroscience and how discoveries within that field can be relevant in our daily lives. Learn more about Dr. Campbell at her website VirginiaCampbellMD.com or check out her podcast 'Brain Science with Ginger Campbell, MD' available anywhere you get po…
 
New Zealanders are being reminded the Cook Islands is part of our realm. The island nation has run up a bill of more than NZ$50 million paying businesses a wage subsidy. Cook Island Prime Minister Mark Brown revealed they may need New Zealand to fork out some funding, if a travel bubble doesn't happen in March. About 70 per cent of the Cook Island'…
 
A short lived shelf life for Six60 scratchie cards. Lotto New Zealand has removed the cards from sale this afternoon after widespread criticism for normalising gambling. In a statement this afternoon. Lotto NZ says after the feedback, the parties mutually agreed to remove the SIX60 Scratchie from sale Spokesperson Kirsten Robinson says Lotto NZ is …
 
The self-declared Te Tai Tokerau Border Control will set up checkpoints in Northland tomorrow. Former local MP Hone Harawira told Heather du Plessis-Allan it's to inform the public of the threat the virus poses on their community. Police respect the intentions of a Northland group which wants to resurrect Covid-19 checkpoints on the region's key ro…
 
Answering growing frustration over vaccine shortages, President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that the U.S. is ramping up deliveries to hard-pressed states over the next three weeks and expects to provide enough doses to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of the summer or early fall. Biden, calling the push a “wartime effort,” said the admini…
 
New Zealand might end up forking out the cash to keep Cook Islands businesses open. Rarotonga has extended its wage subsidy until March for 4,000 people and 400 businesses. It's so far cost more than NZ$50 million to finance the scheme. Prime Minister Mark Brown told Heather du Plessis-Allan they're preparing a new budget for July. "It's inevitable…
 
What’s going on with the vaccine in Europe right now tells me we need to abandon this idea that New Zealand should wait our turn for the vaccine so other countries with outbreaks can get it first. Other countries and blocs are not being this naïve. They are chasing the vaccine and they are paying through the nose to make sure their populations get …
 
A Six60 mega-fan is appalled the band - which has a huge, young fanbase - has lent its image to a scratchie ticket, saying it promotes gambling to vulnerable groups. But the band says it feels the support that certain charity groups get from Lotto makes appearing on the scratchie worth it. A photograph of the five members of the band Six60 adorns L…
 
A Kiwi peanut butter company plans to trial growing its own nuts in Northland. Pic's Peanut Butter says it'll try bolstering import Australian nuts with three plantations in the north. The $91,000 project is partially funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries through its Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures Fund. Owner and CEO Pic Picot told Heat…
 
The European Union lashed out at pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, accusing it of failing to guarantee delivery of coronavirus vaccines without valid explanation, and threatened to impose tight export controls within days on COVID-19 vaccines made in the bloc. Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said the EU, already facing heavy criticism for a…
 
National Party leader Judith Collins has revealed how she spent her summer - getting cracking on her first novel. After breaking the news to Heather du Plessis-Allan last year that she would be working on a book, Collins confirmed today she spent her summer working out the characters and the plot. However, it might not come to bookshelves for some …
 
The New Zealand and Chinese governments have signed an upgrade to the free trade agreement between the two countries. Minister for trade and export growth Damien O'Connor just signed the upgrade in a virtual ceremony with China's minister of commerce, Wang Wentao. In a statement, O'Connor said the upgrade brings the agreement up to date for at leas…
 
Australia has put a 72-hour ban on quarantine free travel from New Zealand because of the Northland community case. Some suggest that's over the top and Jacinda Ardern has called it disappointing. Sky News chief political reporter Kieran Gilbert told Heather du Plessis-Allan his Government is taking a careful approach. "It's very much in line with …
 
Canterbury residents are sweltering under scorching high temperatures today, with some parts of the region reportedly getting as high as 40C. There are unconfirmed reports of 40C in Temuka, according to WeatherWatch. A Metservice meteorologist said although the forecaster's thermometers are only registering temperatures in the late 30s, reports as …
 
The Covid-19 vaccine could get the green light in New Zealand in just over a week. Medsafe will seek advice and recommendations from the Medicines Assessment Advisory Committee next Tuesday, about the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine. After feedback on a benefit-risk assessment review, provisional approval could be granted as soon as the following day. Covi…
 
Peaceful protests calling for a change to the January 26 Australia Day holiday turned ugly as police clashed with protesters and, on one occasion, a protester was forcefully removed by bikies. Thousands gathered for Invasion Day protests in Australia’s capital cities and in regional centres. After hours of speeches at the Domain in the Sydney CBD, …
 
Australia has all stopped quarantine free travel from New Zealand after a community case of covid in Northland yesterday. The quarantine free travel ban will last for 72 hours. David Pickard was scheduled to fly to Brisbane but was stopped by airport staff before he got to customs. He told Heather Du Plessis Allan there was frustration at the airpo…
 
Let’s call that Australian government decision over the border for what it is: an overreaction. If few of us Kiwis outside of Northland are panicking, then you have to wonder why the Australian government is so panicked that it shut the border to New Zealand for 72 hours. There’s one case. She doesn’t appear – at the moment at least – to have passe…
 
Calls to Healthline's dedicated Covid-19 information line have more than quadrupled in recent days, leading to increased wait times for callers. A 56-year-old woman from Northland tested positive for Covid-19 after completing the required 14 days of managed isolation at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland. The woman twice tested negative while at the fac…
 
There are calls to close the border, after Northland's community case of covid was detected yesterday. The 56 year old woman has the more infectious South African strain of the virus, caught in managed isolation in Auckland's Pullman Hotel. My Food Bag founder Cecilia Robinson, told Heather Du Plessis-Allan New Zealand needs time to evaluate after …
 
Auckland homeowners are banding together and selling properties to developers in parcels. Townhouses and apartments are sprouting up on suburban streets, thanks to Auckland's Unitary Plan. Council created the scheme in 2010 to help the supercity cope with exponential growth. Property Developer and Investor David Whitburn told Heather Du Plessis-All…
 
Online legal options could be the solution to gaps in the New Zealand legal system. A large percentage of New Zealanders are too poor to afford lawyers, but make too much money to qualify for legal aid meaning they are left out in the cold when it comes to legal information. However online tools, such as websites, could help Kiwis better understand…
 
I think we have reason to feel fairly buoyed by the official response to the Northland Covid case. The contact tracing, the testing, the technology: all that stuff that we were all pushing the government to improve last year is clearly working well. Obviously they are still in the very early days of getting hold of everyone with whom the woman may …
 
Australia has approved the nation's first Covid-19 vaccine, allowing the first jabs to be rolled out within weeks, beginning with frontline hotel quarantine workers. News.com.au has confirmed that the independent Therapeutic Goods Administration has ticked off on the Pfizer jab, announcing the decision on Monday morning. With the approval, the Covi…
 
Sophie Poldermans is the author of the bestselling book “Seducing and Killing Nazis. Hannie, Truus and Freddie: Dutch Resistance Heroines of WWII” . She personally knew Truus and Freddie Oversteegen of the book for 20 years and worked closely with them for over a decade as a board member of the National Hannie Schaft Foundation. Poldermans is the f…
 
As Oranga Tamariki faces a future under new leadership, the Children's Minister says partnership with Maori is essential. CEO Grainne Moss has stood down. Sir Wira Gardiner will be acting chief executive from March. Minister Kelvin Davis told Healther Du Plessis-Allan power and resources need to be shifted to Maori. And he wants Oranga Tamariki to …
 
The Japanese government has privately decided to cancel the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, a new report claims. The report in The Times reveals Japan has given up on any hope of hosting the Games and will now look for hosting rights to the 2032 Games instead. In a day of high drama, the report was immediately denied by both New Zealand and Australian Olympic…
 
President Joe Biden took executive action Friday to speed a stopgap measure of financial relief to millions of Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic while Congress begins to consider his much larger $1.9 trillion package. The two executive orders that Biden signed would increase food aid, protect job seekers on unemployment and clear a pat…
 
Police are gearing up for another gun buyback, starting on February 1. The three-month programme - which will be based at police stations by appointment - aims to collect newly prohibited firearms, pistol carbine conversion kits and associated parts. The Government banned military-style semi-automatics and assault rifles in 2019 after the Christchu…
 
Oranga Tamariki boss Grainne Moss has resigned, a move that comes after scrutiny and criticism of the organisation and the refusal of new Minister for Children Kelvin Davis to express confidence in her. In a statement released by Public Service Commissioner Peter Hughes, Moss said it had been a privilege to lead the ministry for over four years thr…
 
One of the stories I was following with interest over the summer break was the social media giants shutting down Donald Trump’s accounts. They made the call after Trump incited his supporters to storm the US Capitol. There’s been a development today, Facebook has referred the decision to what it calls its Oversight Board. This is a recently establi…
 
World leaders welcomed into their ranks the new U.S. President Joe Biden, noting their most pressing problems, including the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, require multilateral cooperation, an approach his predecessor Donald Trump ridiculed. Many expressed hope Biden would right U.S. democracy two weeks after rioters stormed the Capitol, sha…
 
Jack Ma just made his first public appearance in months as his tech empire continues to face scrutiny from Chinese regulators. The billionaire co-founder of Alibaba resurfaced Wednesday, in a video published by Chinese state media. He was shown speaking to teachers in rural China as part of a philanthropic event. The video was published online by T…
 
The extra credits given to high school students may have helped a lot of them over the line. NCEA marks for 14,000 students have been published this morning. Education Minister Chris Hipkins says the provisional results are similar to - or slightly better than - previous years. He says he had concerns for school leavers, but is really encouraged NC…
 
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced this year will be the year of the vaccine. Speaking at Labour’s first caucus meeting in Nelson, Ardern says getting people vaccinated will take time, and won’t happen all at once. She also warned that we won't just see Covid-19 disappear and our goal would have to be that we manage Covid-19 much like we m…
 
A New Zealand politician is offering top level intervention for Australian kiddy supergroup The Wiggles whose upcoming tour is in jeopardy after failing to secure quarantine slots. More than 40,000 tickets have been sold to their We're All Fruit Salad Tour!, which is due to kick off on March 19 in Invercargill. The 14-day tour, which spans the coun…
 
Scott Morrison has slammed Cricket Australia’s (CA) decision to omit references to Australia Day from the Big Bash League as “pretty ordinary”, saying he hoped it took note of a public backlash. The public holiday matches will now be spruiked as “January 26” games after consultation with Indigenous leaders. The change aims to make the three games m…
 
President Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday looked a bit different from past ceremonies ushering in a new administration. There is, after all, immensely heightened security in Washington, DC, and a swirling pandemic, not to mention the absence of the outgoing president, the first time that's happened in more than a century and a half. It's been…
 
The new US President won't be rushing into trade agreements for the sake of it. However, New Zealand's former Ambassador to America says after Joe Biden's inauguration is a "relief" for New Zealand. The Democrat threw around the slogan "Buy America" on the campaign trail, promoting the idea of protectionism. It would mean the US focuses more on uti…
 
Here we are: Day One of Joe Biden’s presidency. Arguably the most important question for us is ‘what does this mean for New Zealand’. There’s no doubt the outlook is better for us under Biden than under Trump. For a start, relationships matter a lot in politics and it was as clear as mud that there wasn’t much warmth between Jacinda Ardern and Dona…
 
Donald Trump will walk out of the White House and board Marine One for the last time as president Wednesday morning, leaving behind a legacy of chaos and tumult and a nation bitterly divided. Four years after standing on stage at his own inauguration and painting a dire picture of "American carnage," Trump departs the office twice impeached, with m…
 
Stocks have gained about 13% since Election Day as of Tuesday, a day before Joe Biden's inauguration — marking the the best post-election market performance for a new president in modern history, according to CFRA Research. The second-biggest surge was from late 1960 to early 1961, when John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon, and the S&P 500 rose 8…
 
New world's impending shortage of SMEG knife blocks may soon land them in trouble with the commerce commission. A customer has complained that the supermarket chain has breached the Fair Trading Act by failing to have enough blocks available to meet the demand. New World owner Foodstuffs says the blocks were always advertised as being in limited su…
 
Lawyers for the Duchess of Sussex asked a British judge on Tuesday local time to settle her lawsuit against a newspaper before it goes to trial by ruling that its publication of a "deeply personal" letter to her estranged father was "a plain and a serious breach of her rights of privacy." Meghan's latest attempt to protect her privacy laid bare mor…
 
A surge of retired New Zealanders are leveraging their homes to free up cash. Heartland Bank has reported a 20 per cent uptick in reverse mortgage approvals over the past six months. It allows homeowners to take out a mortgage on their house which isn't paid back until the property is sold. Enable Me Managing Director Hannah McQueen told Heather du…
 
The bottling company for a small ginger beer producer accidentally added too much lemon juice to their drink. and ruined the batch of 15,000 bottles. The drink is perfectly fine to drink, but it’s not the ginger beer that was ordered. But for the insurance company to pay for the mishap, the company would have to destroy the batch - but they don't w…
 
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