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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 16 August 2016

1:10 The 'Acoustic Ninja'

His fans dub him as the 'acoustic ninja', for his finger tapping and legato skills. Trace Bundy is an instrumental acoustic guitar player, based in Boulder, Colorado. He's here in Auckland for his debut New Zealand tour.

'The Acoustic Ninja' Trace Bundy

'The Acoustic Ninja' Trace Bundy Photo: Supplied

1:20 US Election Analyst, Henry Olsen

Back in January we spoke with US election analyst, Henry Olsen, ahead of the Iowa Caucuses. Since then, we've seen the rise of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and it's been like no other Presidential election we've seen before. But what will America's future look like with either Trump or Clinton at the helm? And what will this mean for New Zealand?
Henry Olsen is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and he's in the country at the moment, speaking at the Public policy think tank hosted by The New Zealand Initiative.


Trump/Clinton Photo: rnz

1:25 The Shark that lives to over 300 years old

They're almost blind, live in freezing arctic waters, grow to more 6 metres in length and live to 300 years old...

The Greenland shark has been identified as the world longest living vertebrate.

Marine physiologist, Peter Bushnell from  Indiana University conducted studies of the sharks to try and identify just how old they were, and says it is now clear they live much longer than any other vertebrate animal.

He's just co-authored a study in the journal science, and talks to Jesse from Indiana.

Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson Photo: Wikipedia

1:35 Dan Slevin: An Appreciation of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

1:40 Favourite album

Never a Dull Moment (Book Cover)

2:10 Was 1971 the greatest year in rock history?

Was 1971 the greatest year in rock history? Music journalist David Hepworth believes it was, and he's written an entire book to argue his case.

In 1971, Never A Dull Moment, Hepworth admits it could look like its just his personal opinion, given he turned 21 that year, but he says the difference in this case, is that he is right.

3:10 Walking again after 25 years in a wheelchair

How Far Can You Go

John MacLean was a promising young rugby league player and triathlete when he was hit  by an 8 tonne truck while cycling on Sydney’s M4. The 22 year old was left with a broken back, pelvis and punctured lungs. He was paralysed,  with no use in his right leg and just 25 percent in his left. That was 28 years ago. Since then he has become one of the most accomplished disabled athletes in the world, becoming the first wheelchair athlete to complete the Ironman World Champs.

But perhaps his biggest achievement was teaching himself to walk again. He describes his journey in his new book,  “How far can you go?: My 25-year quest to walk again.” John Maclean talks with Jesse about how he managed to achieve this despite his spinal injuries.

3:30 Science and environment stories

Stories from Our Changing World.

3:45 The Panel Pre-Show