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Tick. Tick.

Stuff journalists Eugene Bingham and Adam Dudding bring you the news, views – and quirk – from New Zealand's 2020 election. (Formerly Coronavirus NZ)

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Special Episode: Helen Clark extended interview

Former NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark was head of the United Nations Development Programme until 2017, so she knows international institutions from the inside. She believes there has been a failure of global leadership, and she’s not afraid to call it out, or to criticise those she holds responsible, including US President Donald Trump. Clark joins hosts Adam Dudding and Eugene Bingham for an extended interview about how the world needs to act fast to prevent coronavirus sweeping back with a vengeance.Links: Click here for every episode of Coronavirus NZ. Full Stuff coronavirus coverageEugene on Twitter; Adam on TwitterPlague playlist: The KiffnessOur email: viruspod@stuff.co.nz.

30mins

17 Apr 2020

Rank #1

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Still stuck inside: how to help your family cope

We now know more about what happens after Level 4, but we still need to get our heads around what this will mean for families. Clinical psychologist and parenting expert Natalie Flynn picks over some of the trickier issues – like if your teenager’s just fallen in love and wants to sneak outside of the bubble. Stuff journalist Katarina Williams has been on the line with those who work at the Covid-19 hotline. And Adam finally joins Eugene in song.Links: Click here for every episode of Coronavirus NZ. Full Stuff coronavirus coverageEugene on Twitter; Adam on TwitterPlague playlist: My Corona, by Chris MannOur email: viruspod@stuff.co.nz.

27mins

20 Apr 2020

Rank #2

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Australia v New Zealand: who's doing it best?

Comparing NZ to Australia is our national sport, says Finance Minister Grant Robertson. He ain’t wrong. So naturally, people have been comparing the two countries’ coronavirus responses. Luke Malpass, stranded in Sydney, describes the view from the other side of the ditch. Steve Kilgallon talks about schools in Level 3. And Eugene is kinda over it all.Links: Click here for every episode of Coronavirus NZ. Full Stuff coronavirus coverageEugene on Twitter; Adam on TwitterPlague playlist: Quarantina, by The StarletsOur email: viruspod@stuff.co.nz.

23mins

23 Apr 2020

Rank #3

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Chemical romance: Coronavirus's fatal attraction

Sure – you know you’re meant to wash your hands with soap, but precisely what’s going on at the molecular level? And what’s so great about cardboard? Chemistry prof Allan Blackman explains all to hosts Adam Dudding and Eugene Bingham. Health reporter Hannah Martin on why we should care about clusters. And Adam has an excuse for not doing his homework.Links: Full Stuff coronavirus coverageEugene on TwitterAdam on TwitterOur new email: viruspod@stuff.co.nz

22mins

1 Apr 2020

Rank #4

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I Am Patient Thirty-Seven: Extended interview with Jenene Crossan, NZ's Instagram-famous Covid-19 patient

Entrepreneur Jenene Crossan raced home as Covid-19 swept the planet, but once in New Zealand, she found she’d already caught the virus. In an extended interview, she describes her hellish month. Meanwhile, hosts Eugene Bingham and Adam Dudding discuss virtual hugs with Carmen Parahi, and launch the coronavirus swear jar.Links: Click here for every episode of Coronavirus NZ. Full Stuff coronavirus coverageEugene on Twitter; Adam on TwitterPlague playlist: Chris Mann’s ‘Daycare Closed’Our email: viruspod@stuff.co.nz.

32mins

22 Apr 2020

Rank #5

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Tiger King economy: what we're watching during lockdown

What do you do when the cinemas and music venues and bars are all shut? Stuff’s entertainment director Nicky Park phones in from a toddler’s teepee, and surveys the options still available to NZ’s culture vultures. Stuff reporter George Block finds out what lockdown looks like if you’re homeless. And Eugene makes a brave foray to the supermarket.Links: Full Stuff coronavirus coverageEugene on TwitterAdam on TwitterOur new email: viruspod@stuff.co.nz.

29mins

2 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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What a cluster: lessons from 1918

Stuff reporter Hamish McNeilly joins hosts Adam Dudding and Eugene Bingham to discuss his investigations into a Covid-19 cluster connected to a cattle conference in Queenstown. Stuff national correspondent Charlie Mitchell backgrounds the past health crisis that helped us prepare for this one – the 1918 influenza pandemic. And Adam goes on a bear hunt.

26mins

27 Mar 2020

Rank #7

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Bubble trouble part II: understanding the new-look Level 3

Covid-19 clearly isn’t anything like ‘a bad case of flu’, But the fact remains that influenza kills many thousands every year. So are we being too blase about the flu just because it’s so familiar? Vaccinologist Dr Helen Petousis-Harris explains all. Health journalist Hannah Martin reports on the coronavirus clusters afflicting New Zealand rest homes. And Eugene and Adam try to understand the new bubble rules that will arrive when we move to Level 3.Links: Click here for every episode of Coronavirus NZ. Full Stuff coronavirus coverageEugene on Twitter; Adam on TwitterOur email: viruspod@stuff.co.nz.

28mins

16 Apr 2020

Rank #8

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Is it time for spy apps?

Stuff national correspondent Steve Kilgallon reports on the smartphone apps that could help health officials with contact tracing. Could they also help avoid future lockdowns? Meanwhile, hosts Adam Dudding and Eugene Bingham go on an excellent adventure.Links: Click here for every episode of Coronavirus NZ. Full Stuff coronavirus coverageEugene on TwitterAdam on TwitterOur new email: viruspod@stuff.co.nz.

28mins

8 Apr 2020

Rank #9

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Know your enemy: Remind us, what exactly is the coronavirus?

Police are on the streets, people are off them … but what happens to those who refuse to stay home? Hosts Adam Dudding and Eugene Bingham are joined by Stuff press gallery reporter Thomas Manch to discuss the police’s new powers, and the approach being taken. Scientist Dr Heather Hendrickson joins the show with some Biology 101: what exactly is Covid-19, and why is it so dangerous? Meanwhile, Adam has a theory about social status signifiers in the time of the lockdown.

23mins

26 Mar 2020

Rank #10

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When can I get my vaccine?

The threat of coronavirus will lurk until there is a vaccine. So how long till there is one? And how are they made anyway? Scientist Helen Petousis-Harris joins hosts Adam Dudding and Eugene Bingham to explain all. Business journalist Susan Edmunds explains how companies and economists are coping with the lockdown. And Eugene breaks into song with regrettable results.Links: Click here for every episode of Coronavirus NZ. Full Stuff coronavirus coverageEugene on TwitterAdam on TwitterOur new email: viruspod@stuff.co.nz.

26mins

7 Apr 2020

Rank #11

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Going viral: a history of conspiracy theories and bad ideas

The wild theory that Covid-19 has something to do with 5G phone masts isn’t the first time humans have freaked out about a new technology. Dr Robert Bartholomew joins the show to give us a lesson on the history of such conspiracies, and why they spread. Stuff political reporter Thomas Manch breaks down the hard-hitting new report into NZ’s contact-tracing shortfalls. And hosts Eugene Bingham and Adam Dudding receive an interesting proposition from an online mask retailer.Links: Click here for every episode of Coronavirus NZ. Full Stuff coronavirus coverageEugene on Twitter; Adam on TwitterPlague playlist: Justin Trudeau sings Speaking MoistlyOur email: viruspod@stuff.co.nz.

27mins

21 Apr 2020

Rank #12

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The Great Kiwi BS-detector: sifting fact from fiction

Stuff’s Eloise Gibson compares Kiwis’ science savvy with countries abroad – and explains why America’s version of Ashley Bloomfield may have the worst job in the world. Tracy Watkins explains why politics seems to have vanished in this crisis - but it’s still ticking away in the background. And Adam discovers a terrible truth about hedgehogs.Links: Click here for every episode of Coronavirus NZ. Full Stuff coronavirus coverageEugene on TwitterAdam on TwitterPlague Playlist: Viral Counterpoint of the Coronavirus Spike ProteinOur email: viruspod@stuff.co.nz.

28mins

9 Apr 2020

Rank #13

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Houseparty-pooper: Social norms and contact tracing

How did coronavirus make it to Greymouth, where New Zealand’s first fatal case occurred? Stuff reporter Joanne Carroll joins hosts Adam Dudding and Eugene Bingham to tell them what she’s found out. Stuff national correspondent Steve Kilgallon gets into the nitty gritty of contact tracing. And Adam stumbles somewhere he wasn’t invited.

25mins

30 Mar 2020

Rank #14

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How does it feel to have the virus?

Stuff reporter Tom Kitchin was working on stories about the coronavirus outbreak – and then he tested positive for Covid-19 himself. He joins hosts Adam Dudding and Eugene Bingham to tell them what it’s actually like to have coronavirus, and how he’s coped. Gallery reporter Henry Cooke takes us behind the scenes of New Zealand’s most popular new show - the daily press conference. And Adam rescues a hedgehog.Links: Click here for every episode of Coronavirus NZ. Full Stuff coronavirus coverageEugene on TwitterAdam on TwitterOur new email: viruspod@stuff.co.nz.

31mins

6 Apr 2020

Rank #15

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Over-rated? Why councillors are meeting in secret

Everyone wants to have their say about Covid-19’s impact on the economy. And it’s true that the pain is being felt everywhere, including by councils. Will they pass that pain on to ratepayers? Stuff senior journalist Todd Niall joins the show to explain what’s happening to rates around the country. And what are the best books to read in lockdown – and how do you get your hands on them? A special interview from within Adam’s bubble.Links: Click here for every episode of Coronavirus NZ. Full Stuff coronavirus coverageEugene on TwitterAdam on TwitterPlague Playlist:Do Re Mi - a Covid 19 versionCoalition for Books “First Chapters”: www.coalitionforbooks.nz/first-chapters/Our email: viruspod@stuff.co.nz.

30mins

14 Apr 2020

Rank #16

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Emergency measures, and a Māori response

With a state of emergency declared and Parliament shutting down, hosts Adam Dudding and Eugene Bingham speak with Sunday Star-Times editor Tracy Watkins (assisted by her dog Murphy) about the constitutional implications. National correspondent Carmen Parahi joins the show to discuss how Māori communities are responding to the crisis – for Māori, by Māori. Meanwhile, Adam and Eugene listen to Italian mayors losing their … minds.

24mins

25 Mar 2020

Rank #17

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Bubble trouble: confusion over isolation

Senior Stuff journalist Andrea Vance reveals the confusion over NZ’s “bubble” guidelines. National correspondent Dana Johannsen joins hosts Adam Dudding and Eugene Bingham to discuss the state of sport, and how the pause in play will shake-up the competitions Kiwis love. And Eugene is reeling at new police guidelines about beards.Links: Click here for every episode of Coronavirus NZ. Full Stuff coronavirus coverageEugene on TwitterAdam on TwitterOur new email: viruspod@stuff.co.nz.

27mins

3 Apr 2020

Rank #18

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Special episode: Jacinda Ardern extended interview

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joins the show to speak with Adam Dudding and Eugene Bingham about the global and local shockwaves brought on by the coronavirus emergency. She talks about her conversations with world leaders, her friends who’ve come down with the virus, and life inside a bubble with a toddler.

26mins

9 Apr 2020

Rank #19

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Tinny house tales

What happens to the illegal drug market when the rest of the country’s economy has slowed to a trickle? Investigative reporter Blair Ensor has the answer for hosts Adam Dudding and Eugene Bingham. Stuff’s political editor Luke Malpass has been keeping an eye on how the Australian government is treating its Kiwi residents. And Eugene goes on a pangolin-hunt.Links: * Stuff's Covid-19 coverage: stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus * Jeff McTainsh's lockdown commentaries: twitter.com/jeff_mctainsh

24mins

31 Mar 2020

Rank #20