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All Points North Podcast #9: Janne Oivio on the NBA's star Finnish player, the high cost of kids' sports and the trials of learning Finnish

This week we look at the cost of children's sport, the difficulty of learning Finnish, and the greatest Finnish basketball player of all time, Lauri Markkanen.

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This week's guest is Ilta-Sanomat sports journalist Janne Oivio, a man with many opinions on the subject of sport. We dig right in by chatting about Finland's brightest star in the basketball firmament, 20-year-old prodigy Lauri Markkanen and review his rather handsome performance in the United States' NBA this season.

Roving reporter Ronan Browne catches up with a group of people learning Finnish at a community programme in Jyväskylä and Oivio joins our discussion on the finer points of learning a foreign language in a new country. With a sports journalist on hand, we take the opportunity to tackle a listener's question about the high cost of children's sport and what Finland could possibly do differently.

Other topics we touch on briefly include the first days of court hearings in the trial of a young Moroccan man accused of a deadly stabbing spree in Turku last summer, new government policies that aimed at encouraging small firms to hire by making it easier to fire employees and a tweak to the "activation model" in which voluntary training will count towards approved training options, but only for up to six months.

We also look at a calculation by WWF Finland that 11 April was Finland's Earth Overshoot Day, a 21 million-euro drop in development spending, an investigation into an MTV boss who filmed secret sex tapes, a joint safety campaign by the Eastern Finland police and the Finnish Road Safety council that found one in four kids are not securely buckled-up, and a weather story that predicts warm weather is on the way, but cautions against a dip in air quality due to street dust.

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This week's podcast was presented by Egan Richardson and Denise Wall with guest Janne Oivio. Show produced by Mark Odom and our sound technician was Laura Koso, with reporting from Jyväskylä by Ronan Browne.

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