May 14, 2020
Will coronavirus kill off birthday candles and choirs?
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When you start thinking about it, coronavirus is going to change so many things we previously took for granted.

Birthday cakes for example. It's probably not a great idea to be blowing out the candles.

And if overseas experiences are anything to go by, loud boisterous singing in choirs may also be problematic.

So what else might change?

On today's show:

* Is the risk of transmission high for those singing in choirs?

* How do I blow out candles on a cake?

* How do asymptomatic people transmit the virus if they're not coughing?

* I was tested a few weeks ago because I had a sore throat. It's back. Should I get tested again?

* Does coronavirus cause the common cold? There's no vaccine for that.

* Does everyone who gets coronavirus develop COVID-19?

* When you say 'kids', what do you mean?

* I haven't worn shoes for a while. Now my old shoes hurt. Can my feet get bigger?
Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny
Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny
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The opposition in residence
The elections in New Zealand and the Australian Capital Territory delivered strong results to incumbent governments. But with Jacinda Ardern poised to govern without needing to form a coalition, and with a rising Greens vote in Canberra, what challenges are ahead for the victors? Plus we look at accountability in government and why there is no federal version of ICAC.   New Zealand’s election delivered a resounding victory to Jacinda Ardern, while in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Labor returned, the Greens grew, and the Liberals slumped. But could those strong results create challenges from inside their parties and, in the ACT’s case, their coalition partners? Analysing the election results with Professor Mark Kenny, as well as looking at public accountability from politicians, are Professor Paul Pickering and regular podleague Dr Marija Taflaga. Professor Paul Pickering is the Director of the ANU Australian Studies Institute. Dr Marija Taflaga is Director of ANU Centre for the Study of Australian Politics and a lecturer in the ANU School of Politics and International Relations. Her major research is on political parties and particularly the Liberal Party of Australia. Professor Mark Kenny is a Professor in the ANU Australian Studies Institute. He came to the university after a high-profile journalistic career including six years as chief political correspondent and national affairs editor for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and The Canberra Times.   Democracy Sausage with Mark Kenny is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes to You can also Tweet us @APPSPolicyForum or join us on the Facebook group. This podcast is produced in partnership with The Australian National University.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
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