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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 14 April 2016

1:15 No candidates for the Christchurch mayoralty? 

It's just six months until the local government elections, but in Christchurch, nobody has put their hand up to run for mayor.  Yesterday, the incumbent Lianne Dalziel told local media she was feeling the strain of the job and was torn about whether she would stand for a second term.  In a radio interview, Lianne Dalziel said she had lost the fun of life and was weighing up whether she still had the energy to run again.  Former Christchurch mayor Garry Moore says he'll be counseling Lianne Dalziel to stand again.

1:25 Inky's escape shows how smart octopus' are  

The story of Inky the Octopus's daring escape from the Napier Aquarium has hit the headlines around the world.
Inky took advantage of his tank's lid being left slightly ajar and fled to the Pacific Ocean via a drain hole used for taking water back to the sea. But his exploits have not suprised marine biologists, who say the Cephalopod molluscs are among the most intelligent creatures in the world. Octopus expert, Dr Jean McKinnon of Otago University has been studying them for many years, and says they are as smart as dogs and toddlers and she has many stories of similar wily behaviour from Octopodes.

1:35 Bed Bugs are winning the war against Humans

The parasites that feast on human blood are growing increasingly resistant to the pesticides we use to try and exterminate them. David Lilly, a Phd student from the University of Sydney has discovered that bed bugs, or cimex lectularius have adapted to the chemical arsenal we throw at them by developing a thicker outer shell, making it much harder for the insecticide to penetrate.

David Lilly tested hundreds of bugs at a Parramatta home and found nearly a fifth were very resistant to the standard pyrethroid-based chemical that used to kill them, and this same group  ad an outer layer that was 15.3 per cent thicker than the susceptible bugs.

1:40 Favourite Album

The Essential Leonard Cohen - Leonard Cohen.

2:10 Money - Mary Holm

Financial author, columnist and educator Mary Holm answers your questions about personal finance.

2:30 Burnt Barley - Peta Mathias

Today, Part 13 of Peta Mathias' book, 'Burnt Barley,  or  How to Eat, Dance and Sing your way around Ireland'.  The breakfast at Maddybenny near Portrush in Northern Ireland is famous, but a power cut lasting an hour put it in jeopardy. 

2:40 Russian jets buzz US destroyer 

Multiple times this week, Russian planes have flown aggressively close to a US warship in the Baltic Sea, the USS Donald Cook.  Where might this behaviour lead?  

3:10 The Expats - Luke Robertson

Luke Robertson grew up in Westport but has gone on to become a professional beer writer in Melborne. He was recently named Australian beer writer of the Year for 2015 for his blog Ale of a Time

3:25 Masterpieces - Photography

Simon Woolf is the owner of Woolf Photography, his photographic masterpiece is Moon Over Half Dome by Ansel Adams

A black and white image of Ansel Adams with his camera

Ansel Adams portrait Photo: Creative Commons

3:30 Our Changing World - Ode to a Mangrove

Mangroves have a rather mixed reputation. Some people regard them as weeds, whose expansion needs to be controlled, while others value their role as coastal nurseries and natural breakwaters. Writer Kennedy Warne says it's time to give them some love.

3:45 The Panel Pre-Show

What the world is talking about with Paul Brennan, Jim Mora and Julie Moffett.

Music played in this show




ARTIST:         Stevie Wonder

TITLE:             As

COMP:           Stevie Wonder

ALBUM:         Songs In The Key Of Life

LABEL:          Tamla Motown




ARTIST:         Leonard Cohen

TITLE:             Halleljah

COMP:           Leonard Cohen

ALBUM:         The Essential Leonard Cohen

LABEL:          Columbia


ARTIST:         Leonard Cohen

TITLE:             Chelsea Hotel

COMP:           Leonard Cohen

ALBUM:         The Essential Leonard Cohen

LABEL:          Columbia


ARTIST:         Leonard Cohen

TITLE:             Tower of Song

COMP:           Leonard Cohen

ALBUM:         The Essential Leonard Cohen

LABEL:          Columbia




ARTIST:         Fred Astaire

TITLE:             Puttin' On The Ritz

COMP:           Irving Berlin

ALBUM:         Blue Skies (Movie sound track)

LABEL:          Decca Records