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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 23 February 2017

1:10 First song

1.15 Seven Earth-sized Planets Discovered

NASA has just announced the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets that orbit a star other than our sun. Three of them are in what is described as the "habitable zone" where scientists say liquid water, and therefore life, could possibly exist. Planet hunter, Associate Professor Michael Albrow, is a Senior Lecturer in Astronomy at the University of Canterbury.

1:25 How the Salvinia Effect can make boats go faster

A group of Nanoscientists have discovered the Salvinia effect and say it could reduce the energy consumption of ships and make them go much faster.

Under water, salvinia, a tropical floating fern, can retain air in its hairs and remain completely dry.

Professor Thomas Schimmel from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology has been working on emulating this, using forests of nano pillars applied to ships. He explains the work to Jesse.

1.35 Frog Invasion

The Carpenter family of Papamoa has been invaded by frogs. Leading their two-year-old daughter, Sophie, on a great frog hunt. Her Dad, Deon Carpenter, explains what happened. And frog expert, Professor Phil Bishop, talks all things frogs.

1:40 Favourite album

2:10 Theatre Critic ; Alistair Browning

Alistair reviews the Carl Bland play "Spirit House - A Ghost Story" now on at Auckland's Herald Threatre until March 5th

2:20 Shamubeel Eaqub: What if we had no dairy industry?

Imagine a New Zealand that didn’t do dairy? If we want pristine water ways, then the dairy industry would have to be severely curtailed.

So could NZ survive?

2:30 The History of bushfires in NZ

We are currently experiencing a devastating forest fire in NZ, in the Port Hills of Christchurch.

While NZ is used to natural disasters, we don't necessarily include forest fires on that list.  Some of our most well-known historical events have involved urban fires, for example, the disastrous Ballantynes fire of 1947.  We tend to associate forest fires with Australia.  Yet, NZ has had its share of forest fires, and many much larger than the current one. 

Victoria University Historian Grant Morris ponders why our forest fires don't get the historical attention they deserve?

Bush fire: Pen and ink drawing by Julius Geissler

Bush fire: Pen and ink drawing by Julius Geissler Photo: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

3:10 Masterpieces with Warren Maxwell

Musician, composer and teacher Warren Maxwell chooses his favourite New Zealand Song.

Warren Maxwell

Warren Maxwell Photo: Pat Shepherd

3:25 The Expats: Alicia de la Cour Venning in Myanmar

Alicia de la Cour Venning is a New Zealand lawyer who has been working in Myanmar

3:30 This Way Up: Making Knives

Bryan Baker of Svord Knives in Waiuku has been making knives for more than 30 years, turning his teenage hobby into an international business making 30,000 knives a year.
Now his selection of handmade knives, for hunting, chefs, fish filleting, or just for your pocket, get shipped all over the world. And the limited edition models he makes can sell to collectors for tens of thousands of dollars.
This Way Up's Simon Morton went to meet him.

3:45 The Panel Pre-Show

4:05 The Panel with Amanda Millar and Ella Henry


Music played in this show

1:00pm - 4:00pm

1:10pm - FIRST SONG:
ARTIST:    The Stooges
TITLE:      No Fun
COMP:     Dave Alexander, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, Iggy Pop
ALBUM:   The Stooges
LIVE:       Elektra

ARTIST:    Tame Impala
TITLE:      Apocalypse Dreams
COMP:     Kevin Parker, Jay Watson.
ALBUM:   Lonerism
LABEL:    Modular

ARTIST:    Tame Impala
TITLE:      Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
COMP:     Kevin Parker
ALBUM:   Lonerism
LABEL:    Modular


ARTIST:    Hirini Melbourne
TITLE:      Purea Nei
COMP:     Hirini Melbourne
ALBUM:   He Waiata Ma Te Katoa (Songs For Everyone)
LIVE:       Ministry of Education

TITLE:      I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
COMP:     Paul Hewson, David Evans, Larry Mullen Jr, Adam Clayton
ALBUM:   The Joshua Tree
LIVE:        Island