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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 17 August 2016

1:10 First song: Pink Floyd, Great Gig in the Sky

1:15 Liability in the Havelock North Campylobacter outbreak

The outbreak is s one of the biggest single instances of waterborne disease in New Zealand history. At least two thousand people are ill after the bug contaminated the drinking water supply.

Campylobacter jejuni bacteria

Campylobacter jejuni bacteria Photo: 123rf

Hawke's Bay DHB still has a 'boil water' notice in place and the Hastings Council is still trying to identify the source of the contamination.

But what liability, if any, could the council face?

Martin Williams is the former president of the Resource Management Law Association and barrister specialising in local government and environmental law

1:20 Debunking the chemtrails conspiracy theory

Contrails near Schiphol Airport, The Netherlands

Contrails near Schiphol Airport, The Netherlands Photo: Wikipedia

A group of US environmental and atmospheric scientists has joined together to bust a persistent conspiracy theory about chemtrails.

There are multiple websites devoted to the theory that the government or big business has been using jet aircrafts to spray chemicals from the sky to somehow control us..

A recent international survey showed Nearly 17% of people believed the existence of a secret large-scale atmospheric program (SLAP) to be true or partly true

So a team of scientists from different universities across the US conducted a peer reviewed study on chemtrails to debunk the myth and make this information available for anyone to see.

One of the authors was Steven J Davis of the University of California.

1:35 Sound Archives: the Vietnam War

1969 Vietnam War Protest

1969 Vietnam War Protest Photo: Alexander Turnbull Library

Tomorrow the government is holding official commemorations in Wellington to mark the 50th anniversary of New Zealand's involvement in the Vietnam War. More than 3800 New Zealanders served in Vietnam between 1963 and 1975, but tomorrow has been chosen as the date for commemoration as it is the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, in which New Zealand artillery units were involved with Australian forces.

37 New Zealanders died in the conflict, which was the focus of many anti-war protests here at home.  Today Sarah Johnston from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is going to talk to us about recordings in the sound archives about the war.

1:40 Favourite album: The Dandy Warhols: 'Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia'

2:00 Music Critic: Kate Robertson

New music from Jack White and electronic alternative-pop trio Glades

2:20 Bookmarks with Nicola Strawbridge

Nicola Strawbridge

Nicola Strawbridge Photo: Supplied

This afternoon we meet a real bookworm.  A woman who has worked in publishing as an editor and as an on-line publisher.  Her global travels have taken her to London, New York and places in-between, but her love of books is what makes her tick.  She is now the Co-director of the "Going West" Books and Writers Festival, the annual literary event held in West Auckland,  which is about to celebrate it's 21st in a couple of weeks time.

3:10 Rabble: coder, activist and a little bit of an anarchist

Technology creates possibility and it should be doing more than making people rich says Evan Henshaw Plath, also known as Rabble.  

He doesn't just talk the talk about internet activism, he walks the walk.  

He was the lead developer at the company that eventually became twitter, but left when it veered off its original vision of creating a platform to help to organise activists.

Rabble is in New Zealand this week to talk about using technology to encourage activism and openness at the open source, open society conference.

Evan Henshaw Plath

Evan Henshaw Plath Photo: Supplied

3:45 The Panel Pre-Show