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The Detail

The news, explained. Join Sharon Brettkelly & Emile Donovan every weekday as they make sense of the big stories with the country’s best journalists and experts. Made possible by RNZ & NZ On Air. Produced by Newsroom. Listen on RNZ National at 6.30pm Monday-Thursday.

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Questions over armed police patrols

Armed patrols in Auckland, Waikato and Canterbury are a fundamental change in policing - but is there any evidence they will help keep anyone safe?

19mins

10 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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Shooting the messenger - when journalists raise drugs in sport

When an Irish journalist raised the possibility of a drug culture in South African rugby he was attacked by fans for wrecking a good news story. But reporters who raise this subject are usually right.

20mins

24 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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Understanding autism

There's growing understanding of what it means to be autistic, with famous faces talking openly about it and supermarkets like Countdown having a quiet hour.

21mins

3 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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Believe the hype - Japan has adopted rugby

Should we believe the Rugby World Cup's claims that the sport has taken over Japan?

22mins

14 Oct 2019

Rank #4

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The confusing picture of television services in NZ

The TV landscape has changed beyond recognition - but there's a confusing picture over where your screen entertainment will be coming from in the future.

22mins

25 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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Erebus and the aftermath - the fallout continues

Two years ago Stuff journalist Michael Wright started thinking about marking the 40th anniversary of the Erebus tragedy. The result is the six-part podcast White Silence, exploring the extraordinary events after the crash.

21mins

26 Nov 2019

Rank #6

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Stats NZ mines your cellphone data - should you be worried?

Stats NZ has upped the ante when it comes to data collection - should we be worried?

20mins

13 Oct 2019

Rank #7

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How attempted censorship by Trump troops backfired

Author Rick Reilly has found himself the target of library activists who are hiding his book about how Donald Trump cheats at golf. But their censorship efforts have backfired.

24mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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The beauty and the menace of Whakaari

When news of Monday's explosion on Whakaari/White Island broke on Monday, The Detail's Sharon Brettkelly called home.

19mins

12 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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Salvaging the SkyCity convention centre

It's taken days to put the SkyCity International Convention Centre fire out - but the salvage and repair job will take much, much longer.

19mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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Forestry companies buying vast amounts of New Zealand's land

Journalist, Kate Newton breaks down her investigation into land ownership in Aotearoa.

22mins

6 Oct 2019

Rank #11

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How spitting into a tube can change your life

It's getting harder to keep secrets in our society - especially when a bit of saliva in a tube can reveal through DNA that your world is not what you thought it was.

22mins

12 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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Where in the world is our defence force?

Our Defence Force may be small but our troops are spread all over the world, sometimes in conflict zones that have left the headlines, and some places that are unexpected.

20mins

17 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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Our Top 10 of The Detail this year

For our last podcast of 2019, we've chosen our Top 10 episodes and talk about why they made an impact

21mins

19 Dec 2019

Rank #14

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How New Zealand is adjusting to its ageing population

Is New Zealand keeping up with its ageing population; as the population grows older, how will we provide for them?

22mins

3 Oct 2019

Rank #15

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The anger behind the OK Boomer viral meme

Chloe Swarbrick's 'OK Boomer' aside went viral, but there's a serious message to the older generation from millennials - we are sick of what you're doing to us, and to the planet.

21mins

14 Nov 2019

Rank #16

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How to argue with your climate denier relatives this Christmas

Food, festivity ... and arguments with Uncle Trevor the climate change denier. Here's how to argue back this Christmas.

20mins

15 Dec 2019

Rank #17

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Three years in, how realistic is our Predator-Free 2050 goal?

All over the country New Zealanders are making efforts towards the country's Predator-Free 2050 goal. We meet a couple bringing back kiwi through their trapping.

21mins

11 Nov 2019

Rank #18

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NZ's low unemployment rate is hiding huge inequity

New Zealand's low unemployment rate hides the fact that over half the people on a benefit are disabled or have health conditions, or are caring for someone in that situation.

19mins

22 Oct 2019

Rank #19

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What happened in Wuhan, the coronavirus ground zero?

How did an animal virus find such a deadly home in humans ... and what is life in coronavirus lockdown like?

22mins

6 Feb 2020

Rank #20