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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 5 September 2016

1:10 First song:  'Joe's Dream' - Bat for Lashes

1:15 Immigration and Jobs

There have long been concerns that workers are being brought in from overseas to fill jobs while thousands of New Zealanders are unemployed.

The Prime Minister says employers are forced to use overseas labour for roles like fruitpicking, because the local work force is either living in the wrong place, or cannot muster what is required to work. This morning on Morning Report he said: "Go and ask the employers, and they will say some of these people won't pass a drug test, some of these people won't turn up for work, some of these people will claim they have health issues later on."

So we thought we'd check in with Hawkes Bay fruit growers, who are always looking for workers to pick fruit. Leon Stallard is a grower, a director at Horticulture New Zealand, former president of the Hawke's Bay Fruitgrowers' Association

Fruit picking

Fruit picking Photo: PHOTO NZ

1:25 Bringing heritage fruit trees back to the Capital

The Wellington region has a smattering of very old fruit trees, with rare varities of plums, apples and pears. Under a new heritage fruit tree programme, cuttings taken from these trees have been grafted and made available to churches around the city, and the fruit will eventually be available to anyone who wants it

Wellington City Council's Urban Agriculturalist, Sarah Adams explains what is involved.

grafts of heritage apple trees

grafts of heritage apple trees Photo: Wellington City Council

Kane Chong and Jordan Luck

Kane Chong and Jordan Luck Photo: supplied

1:35 Teen's Song for Autism

Auckland teenager Kane Chong decided to write a song about the importance of accepting people with Autism. He wrote it for his childhood friend, and sent a demo off to the Play It Strange Trust.

It's CEO Mike Chunn was very impressed and arranged for it to be professionally recorded, with Jordan Luck singing lead vocals.

Kane Chong talks to Jesse in our Auckland studio.

1:40 Favourite album: Gene Clark’s  White Light

2:10 Television Critic:  Linda Burgess

Wellington based short story writer, novelist and reviewer Linda Burgess asks are you appalled or impressed by reality TV?

RNZ Studio operator Brian Mahoney undergoing tinnitus tests

RNZ Studio operator Brian Mahoney undergoing tinnitus tests Photo: supplied

2:20 Tinnitus, its causes and impact

Most of us have heard that ringing in our ears after being exposed to loud music or other noise. In most cases it goes away.  

But for about 10 percent of the population, that high pitched squeal is there all the time, and for some them it is so loud it affects every aspect of their life.

In our weekly exploration of science issues we're looking at tinnitus, what causes it, how it can impact on people's lives and work, and what can be done about it.

We speak to one of the country's leading researchers in the field, Dr Grant Searchfield - the Director of the Hearing and Tinnitus Clinic at the University of Auckland, and also, RNZ audio engineer Brian Mahoney, whose tinnitus is so severe he has had to medically retire from his studio role.

3:10 Corey Fields: Black Elephants in the Room

Corey Fields

Corey Fields Photo: supplied

The party of Abraham Lincoln, who fought for the freedom of black slaves in America, has struggled for generations to appeal to black voters.  Part of the problem is that the only blacks allowed in the inclusive "big tent" the party promotes are Black Republicans who embrace the idea that issues are neither black nor white but color blind says Assistant Professor Corey Fields from Stanford University.

His new book, Black Elephants in the Room: The Unexpected Politics of African American Republicans, explores the issues of race in America and why he thinks some black voices in the Republican party are silenced.

3:35 Voices

3:45 The Panel Pre-Show

Music played in this show

1pm - 4pm
Monday 5th September 2016

ARTIST      Joe's Dream
TITLE:        Bat for Lashes
COMP:      Natasha Khan
ALBUM:    The Bride
LABEL:     Parlophone

ARTIST:      Gene Clark
TITLE:        The Virgin
COMP:       Gene Clark
ALBUM:     White Light
LABEL:      A & M

ARTIST:     Gene Clark
TITLE:       White Light
COMP:      Gene Clark         
ALBUM:    White Light
LABEL:     A & M

ARTIST:    Gene Clark
TITLE:      Tears of Rage
COMP:     Bob Dylan, Richard Manuel
ALBUM:    White Light
LABEL:     A & M

ARTIST:    Jordan Luck
TITLE:       We Are One
COMP:     Kane Chong
ALBUM:    Unreleased
LABEL:     iTunes

ARTIST:    John Farnham
TITLE:      You're The Voice
COMP:     Andy Qunta, Keith Reid, Maggie Ryder, Chris Thompson
ALBUM:   Whispering Jack
LABEL:    Wheatley Records