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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 14 September 2016

1:10 First song: The Narcs perform live

Eighties rockers, The Narcs, are bringing their iconic sound back to the suburbs. The band is getting together with Peter Warren of DD Smash and Rikki Morris of The Crocodiles, to play four dates from Friday.

Eighties rockers, The Narcs, are bringing their iconic sound back to the suburbs.

Eighties rockers, The Narcs, are bringing their iconic sound back to the suburbs. Photo: RNZ National

1:20  Gaslighting

Have you ever been in a relationship where your partner did little things to make you think you're going crazy? Well, it could be that you've fallen victim to gaslighting.

And it can be quite serious. Gaslighting can be a severe form of psychological abuse, in which a person is manipulated into doubting their own memory, perception and sanity. It's a sophisticated manipulation tactic, which certain types of personalities, use to create doubt in the minds of others.

Professor Robin Stern is the associate director for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She's also the author of the book, The Gaslight Effect: How to Spot and Survive the Hidden Manipulations Other People Use to Control Your Life.

Gaslight (1944)

Gaslight (1944) Photo: Wiki commons

1:35 Ella Edward on The Rehearsal

The feature film version of Eleanor Catton's book The Rehearsal is released in theatres tomorrow. We meet one of the film's young stars, Ella Edward who plays Isolde - whose sister has been caught in a sex scandal at a girls' tennis club.

1:40 Favourite album: New Christy Minstrels Greatest Hits

Simon Henderson

Simon Henderson Photo: supplied

2:10 Why we should be watching the Iran-Saudi situation

A lot of the Western World is focused on the conflict in Syria, but our next guest says we should also be looking at the Iran-Saudi tension, in the Middle East. Simon Henderson is the Baker fellow and director of the Gulf and Energy Policy Program at The Washington Institute, specialising in energy matters and the conservative Arab states of the Persian Gulf.

He's a former Financial Times and BBC journalist, and is in New Zealand speaking with MPs, academics and policy makers.

2:20 Music Critic: Dianne Swann

Dianne revisits the Band's "Last Waltz" 40 years on, and ahead of a New Zealand tour headlined by former Band member Garth Hudson

2:30 Bookmarks: Anastasia Bakogianni

Anastasia Bakogianni

Anastasia Bakogianni Photo: Supplied

A bit of history lesson is associated with this week's bookmarks, and by that we mean Ancient History.  We are talking Classical studies; the stories, myths, and characters of Ancient Greece and Rome.  Apparently these are still alive and well, reinvigorated by Hollywood blockbusters, television shows, computer games and novels appealing to Generation Z.

Recently, Massey University organised a Classics Day attended by high school students from across Auckland who were immersed in learning how ancient ideas have shaped modern society and culture. 

The lecturer who helped organise and host that event is our studio guest today.

Tom Vanderbilt

Tom Vanderbilt Photo:

3:10 Taste in an Age of Endless Choice

Remember the days when there were only two TV channels? Now we have access to multiple channels on TV, streaming video on demand and music libraries that seem endless. We have an unprecedented amount of choice in so many areas of life. So what drives the dynamics of our preferences?  Best selling author Tom Vanderbilt’s “You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice,” reveals the science behind the choices we make.

3:35 Spoken Feature

3:45 The Panel Pre-Show

Music played in this show

1pm - 5pm
Wednesday 14th September 2016

ARTIST:    The Narcs
TITLE:      Heart And Soul
COMP:     Liam Ryan, Andy Dickson
ALBUM:   Great Divide
LIVE:       RNZ Auckland

ARTIST:    The New Christie Minstrels
TITLE:      Green, Green
COMP:     Randy Sparks, Barry McGuire
ALBUM:   Ramblin    
LABEL:    Columbia

ARTIST:    The New Christie Minstrels
TITLE:      Cottonfields
COMP:     Huddie Ledbetter,
ALBUM:   Quiet Sides of the New Christy Minstrels
LABEL:    Columbia

ARTIST:    The New Christie Minstrels        
TITLE:      Everybody Loves Saturday Night
COMP:     Arthur Podell
ALBUM:   The Wandering Minstrels
LABEL:    Columbia

ARTIST:    The New Christie Minstrels        
TITLE:       Follow the Drinking Gourd
COMP:     Trad / John Woodum
ALBUM:    Ramblin
LABEL:     Columbia

MUSIC CRITIC: Dianne Swann
ARTIST:    The Band (Feat: Ronnie Hawkins)
TITLE:       Who Do You Love?
COMP:     Bo Diddley
ALBUM:    The Last Waltz
LABEL:    United Artist

ARTIST:    The Band  (Vocals Rick Danko)
TITLE:       It Makes No Difference
COMP:     Robbie Robertson
ALBUM:   The Last Waltz
LABEL:    United Artist

BOOKMARKS:  Anastasia Bakogianni
ARTIST:    Plan B
TITLE:      Stay Too Long       
COMP:     Paul Epworth     
ALBUM:   The Defamation of Strickland Banks
LABEL:    Asylum

ARTIST:    Muse
TITLE:      Exo Politics - Muse
COMP:     Matthew Bellamy
ALBUM:    Black Holes and Revelations
LABEL:     Warner