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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 3 August 2016

1:10 First song

1:20 Otago to announce cuts to arts departments

There is alarm among the Deans of humanities departments around the country over looming cuts across arts subjects at Otago University.

Otago's pro vice chancellor of Humanities, Professor Tony Ballantyne has told staff there will be job losses across several subjects, believed to include English, linguistics, music, anthroplogy and languages.

The numbers of students undetaking BA's has been dropping at all universities, and early last year the deans of humanities departments held a strategy meeting to try save the arts degree

They say arts degrees are being devalued as universities come under pressure to focus on vocational degrees such as engineering, science, mathematics and technology.

Professor Paul Spoonley is the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Massey University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences and has been learding the charge to save the BA.

Doping in sport. (file photo)

Photo: 123RF

1:25 What is a natural athlete anyway?

The battle against doping in sport is a never ending one as anti doping authorities struggle to keep up with advances in technology and masking agents. But where does that leave athletes who have had some kind of surgery or use a prosthesis that aids performance, such as the blades used by Oscar Pistorius? 

Dr Alan J. Levinovitz from James Madison University's Department of Philosophy and Religion  argues that the line is getting increasingly blurry and raises questions about what the word natural actually means when it comes to athletes. And he says as biotechnology continues to advance it will become increasingly difficult to define "natural".

1:35 Sound Archives: Ads for coughs and colds from days gone by

Winter weather is dominating the forecasts at the moment, so today we are turning to the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision to have a listen to what radio from days gone by had to say about this time of year and the inevitable coughs and colds. 

Sarah Johnston from Ngā Taonga will play us some of those old radio ads.

1:40 Favourite album

2:10 Music Critic - Russell Baillie

2:20 Bookmarks: Murray Cammick

Today's bookmarks guest this week is a man of many talents. He's Murray Cammick. His latest project is a photography exhibition called Flash Cars being held in Auckland at the Black Asterisk gallery in Ponsonby.

He has also been a teacher, a music journalist, started a few magazines, founded record labels and of course is a photographer of high standing. He joins Jesse in the Auckland studio.

3:10 The Show about Nothing that changed Everything


Seinfeld Photo: wikipedia

For a sitcom about nothing, Seinfeld is something of a cultural sensation. It dominated the ratings during a 9 year run in the 1990's 20 years after the finale, the show is still popular in syndication. On paper, no one could have predicted the success of a sitcom about the folly of four friends living in New York City. 

Author and TV critic Jennifer Kesihin Armstrong looks back at how Seinfeld got to air, the impact it had and its continuing appeal  in her new book, Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything

3:35 New Zealand Society

Tales of life in Aotearoa.

3:45 The Panel Pre-Show

Music played in this show

Wednesday 3rd August 2016

ARTIST:    Leonard Cohen
TITLE:        So Long, Marianne
COMP:    Leonard Cohen
ALBUM:    Songs of Leonard Cohen
LABEL:    Columbia

ARTIST:    Little Feat
TITLE:        Long Distance Love
COMP:    Lowell George
ALBUM:    The Last Record Album
LABEL:    Warner Bros

ARTIST:    Little Feat
TITLE:        One Love Stand
COMP:    Paul Barrère, Kenny Gradney, Bill Payne
ALBUM:    The Last Record Album
LABEL:    Warner Bros

ARTIST:    Little Feat
TITLE:        Down Below The Borderline
COMP:    Lowell George
ALBUM:    The Last Record Album
LABEL:    Warner Bros

MUSIC CRITIC: Russell Baillie
ARTIST:    Andrew Keoghan
TITLE:        Queues At Dani Keys
COMP:    Andreww Keoghan
ALBUM:    Every Orchid Offering
LABEL:    Fuschia Kick

ARTIST:    Peter Garrett
TITLE:        Tall Trees
COMP:    Peter Garrett
ALBUM:    A Version of Now
LABEL:    Sony

ARTIST:    Steve Abel
TITLE:        Best Thing
COMP:    Steve Abel
ALBUM:    Luck/Hope
LABEL:    iTunes

BOOKMARKS: Murray Cammick
ARTIST:    Impressions
TITLE:        We're A Winner
COMP:    Curtis Mayfield
ALBUM:    We're A Winner
LABEL:    ABC Paramount

ARTIST:    Peggy Lee
TITLE:        Fever
COMP:    Peggy Lee, Eddie Cooley, John Davenport
ALBUM:    Things are Swinging
LABEL:    Capitol

ARTIST:    Of Monsters And Men
TITLE:        Crystals
COMP:    Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar Þórhallsson, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson
ALBUM:    Beneath The Skin
LABEL:    Universal

ARTIST:    Marc Cohn
TITLE:        Walking in Memphis
COMP:    Marc Cohn
ALBUM:    Marc Cohn
LABEL:    Atlantic