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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 22 September 2016

1:10 First song

1:15 Stopping Stink Bugs!

The Ministry for Primary Industries is on high alert, to try and stop the invasive brown marmorated stink bug, from getting to our shores. It's been bolstering New Zealand's border defences, as the horticultural pest has spread to the United States, Canada and parts of Europe. MPI response adviser, Catherine Duthie, explains.

1:25 Could Paralympians become the new super-athletes?

Professor Mark Orams - the head of AUT's school of sport & recreation believes paralympic athletes will soon become faster and higher performing than able-bodied athletes - thanks largely to improvements in technology.

Liam Malone winning gold at the 2016 Paralympics

Liam Malone winning gold at the 2016 Paralympics Photo: PHOTOSPORT

1:30 The People Walker

Chuck McCarthy is the 'People Walker'.

Chuck McCarthy is the 'People Walker'. Photo: Supplied

It can be a lonely world for many, and it can become even more lonely, as we spend more and more time interacting online. One man that knows just how lonely people can be, is Chuck McCarthy. So much so, he's started a new business, he is The People Walker. Chuck charges by the mile to walk and talk with people, and it's part of a growing industry, trading in companionship.

1.40 The Young and Lonely

Just how lonely are young people in New Zealand? The Ministry of Social Development's Social Report for 2016, says those aged 15-24 years had the highest levels of loneliness. And it says, in general, loneliness decreases as we get older. New Zealand Samaritans provides 24 hour, confidential emotional support, to those experiencing loneliness, depression, despair, distress or suicidal feelings. Bernadine Reid is the chair of operations committee for Samaritans.

Recently, loneliness is the most common emotion expressed by callers to helpline Samaritans.

Recently, loneliness is the most common emotion expressed by callers to helpline Samaritans. Photo: RNZ/Rebekah Parsons-King

1:45 Favourite album

Flaming lips - Yoshimi battles the pink robot

2:10 Population X

Massey University computational biologist, Professor Murray Cox

Massey University computational biologist, Professor Murray Cox Photo: Massey University

We've just come a little closer, to the mystery of how and when ancient humans migrated from Africa. New research has identified a group of humans or, Population X, that made the move much earlier than thought. Massey University computational biologist, Professor Murray Cox, explains.

2.20 Theatre Critic: Michael Hooper

Sweeney Todd cast

New Zealand Opera Company's cast of Sweeney Todd Photo: supplied

Michael reviews the New Zealand Opera co-production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, currently playing in Auckland with short seasons next month in Wellington and Christchurch

Geoff Simmons

Geoff Simmons Photo: Supplied

2:25 Geoffonomics: Whatever happened to Think Big and Rogernomics?

Jesse's given economist Geoff Simmons the unenviable task of looking at the big name economic experiments of the past, such as Think Big, Rogernomics and The Mother of All Budgets. What kind of legacy have they left, and how have they changed our nation?

Closer Economic Relations

Closer Economic Relations Photo: NZhistory.net

2:35 History: Closer Economic Relations

New Zealand has very strong historical connections with Australia.

Today our history commentator, Dr Grant Morris of Victoria University is looking at how this all came about.

3:10 Masterpieces: Barbara Brinsley

Our masterpieces guest today is a fashion model, among other things.

She was scouted by World on the Dunedin waterfront in 2003 and modelled for them at ID Dunedin Fashion Week and then at New Zealand fashion week. She's a style leader in the city and there's only one thing that separates her from other catwalk models.

She's 78 year old Barbara Brinsley.

Images courtesy of Life & Leisure magazine

3:25 The Expats: UK based author Stella Duffy

Stella Duffy grew up in Tokoroa, but has called London home for 3 decades now  - where she's doing pretty well for herself as an author and theatre director.

And she also runs an organisation called Fun Palaces - which is all about using arts and science events for community engagement.

3:30 This Way Up: GPS for rubbish bins

If you've used your eftpos card, caught a bus or taxi, taken a photo on your smartphone or mapped a run or walk then you've probably used GPS - the global positioning system developed by the US military.

Christchurch city council is using location technology to keep tabs on the city's rubbish bins. With nearly half a million wheelie bins in circulation, it's hoping to track down 16.000 wheelie bins that are missing following the February 2011 earthquake.

Tim Joyce of Christchurch City Council shows This Way Up's Simon Morton how the bin tracking system works.

3:45 The Panel Pre-Show

Music played in this show

JESSE MULLIGAN AFTERNOONS:
1pm - 4pm
Thursday 22nd September 2016

JESSE'S SONG:
ARTIST:    Sampa The Great
TITLE:      Blessings
COMP:     Sampa
ALBUM:   Blessings
LABEL:    iTunes

FAVOURITE ALBUM:
ARTIST:    Flaming Lips
TITLE:      Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
COMP:     Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd, Michael Ivins
ALBUM:   Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots     
LABEL:    Warner

ARTIST:    Flaming Lips
TITLE:      It's Summertime
COMP:     Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd, Michael Ivins
ALBUM:   Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots     
LABEL:    Warner

ARTIST:    Flaming Lips
TITLE:      Do You Realise
COMP:     Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd, Michael Ivins
ALBUM:   Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots     
LABEL:    Warner

ADDITIONAL MUSIC:  
ARTIST:    Mel Parsons
TITLE:      Far Away
COMP:     Mel parsons
ALBUM:   Drylands
LABEL:    NZOA

THE PANEL:
ARTIST:    Donovan    
TITLE:      Lay of The Last Tinker
COMP:     Donovan Leitch    
ALBUM:   A Gift From A Flower To A Garden
LABEL:    Epic