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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 17 May 2017

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On Thursday we'll be talking about a new short story, Alexander, Two, by Sarah Quigley.

Email us your thoughts on the story. The writer of the best email will receive a copy of Sarah Quigley's new novel, Suicide Club.

1:10 First song

1:15 Call for Urgent Action to save Yellow-eyed Penguins

New Zealand's mainland yellow-eyed penguins face extinction unless urgent action taken according to a new study. The paper, published in the international journal PeerJ, predicts the species could disappear from the Otago Peninsula by 2060. Lead study author Dr Thomas Mattern of the University of Otago explains.

yellow eyed penguins

yellow eyed penguins Photo: AFP

1:20 Moors Serial Killer Dead

Moors murderer Ian Brady, who killed five children with Myra Hindley, died yesterday in a high-security hospital aged 79. In north-west England, the couple violently kidnapped, molested and murdered the children between July 1963 and October 1965. The children were, Pauline Reade, John Kilbride, Keith Bennett, Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans, and were aged between 10 and 17. In 2001, Brady's book was published by American firm, Feral House. It was called The Gates of Janus: Serial Killing and Its Analysis, and was met with outcry in Britain. In the book Brady explores human violence and critiques other serial killers. The hospital where Brady was held, Ashworth Psychiatric Hospital, won an injunction to prevent the book being published in Britain, at the time. David Schmid is an English professor at the University of Buffalo in New York. He is the author of Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture and The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction. David is in Auckland to speak at the Auckland Writers Festival and to give a talk on Brady's book, at the University of Auckland.

Mug shots of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley  in October 1965.

Mug shots of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in October 1965. Photo: Wikipedia

Peter McKenzie

Peter McKenzie Photo: supplied/

1:30 Engaging youth in civics

Only about 62 percent of 18-24 bothered to vote in the 2014 General Election.

A group of teenagers wants to change that. They've set up the organisation Active Citizenship Aotearoa. The group is pushing for civics to be taught in schools so that young people have an understanding of the system and the role they can play.

One of the founders of the group is Peter McKenzie who is in his first year at Victoria University.

1:40 Sound Archives: Plunket turns 110

One of our most famous institutions, Plunket, turned 110 years old this week.  "The Society for the Promotion of the Health of Women and Children" was founded at a public meeting in Dunedin in May 1907 by Dr Truby King. It was re-named The Plunket Society after one of its early supporters, Lady Plunket, the wife of the governor-general at the time.

Sarah Johnston from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision has been listening to some sound recordings from the archives about the Plunket Society and has chosen a couple to share with us.

1:45 Favourite Album: Diesel and Dust by Midnight Oil

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Photo: Wikipedia

Diesel and Dust is the sixth studio album by Australian rock band Midnight Oil. It was released in August 1987.

The songs focus on the struggles of Indigenous Australians and environmental degradation. It was the number 1 album in the Australian charts for 6 weeks, and spent 8 weeks at the top of the New Zealand charts.

2:10 Music critic

Regular music critic and musician, Dianne Swann is back with a look at a new album from Canterbury based indie-rock band Clap Clap Riot.  "Dull Life" is the quartet's third album and they are currently touring to promote it.

2:20 Bookmarks with Gina Cole

Gina Cole was one of the winners at last night's Ockham NZ Book Awards. She won The Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction for Black Ice Matter, a collection of short stories that explores connections between extremes of heat and cold.

Gina Cole

Gina Cole Photo:

3:10 Sloppy Science

One study says red wine is good for you, another says it's not. The public is often bewildered about medical research. Scarce funding, competition and the pressure to publish are leading to sloppy research according to Science reporter Richard Harris. 

He says too often scientists are faced with terrible choices: doing what needs to be done to keep their labs running and doing what's right. 

He documents the the problem in his new book, Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions

Richard Harris

Richard Harris Photo: supplied

3:35 Spoken Feature: BBC Witness

3:45 The Pre-Panel Story of the Day and One Quick Question

4:05 The Panel with Peter Fa'afiu and Catherine Robertson



Music played in this show

1:00pm - 4:00pm
Wednesday 17th May 2017

1:10pm - FIRST SONG:
ARTIST:    The Veils
TITLE:      Swimming With Crocodiles
COMP:     Finn Andrews
ALBUM:   Total Depravity
LABEL:    Nettwerk Productions    

1:45pm - GREAT ALBUM:
ARTIST:    Midnight Oil
TITLE:      Beds Are Burning
COMP:     Peter Garrett, Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie    
ALBUM:   Diesel And Dust
LABEL:    Columbia

ARTIST:    Midnight Oil
TITLE:      The Dead Heart
COMP:     Peter Garrett, Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie    
ALBUM:   Diesel And Dust
LABEL:    Columbia

ARTIST:    Midnight Oil
TITLE:      Put Down That Weapon
COMP:     Peter Garrett, Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie    
ALBUM:   Diesel And Dust
LABEL:    Columbia

2:10pm - MUSIC CRITIC: Dianne Swann
ARTIST:    Clap Clap Riot
TITLE:      Help Me
COMP:     Stephen Heard, Dave Rowlands
ALBUM:   Dull Life
LABEL:    Digital

ARTIST:    Clap Clap Riot
TITLE:      Dull Life
COMP:     Stephen Heard, Dave Rowlands
ALBUM:   Dull Life
LABEL:    Digital

2:25pm - BOOKMARKS: Gina Cole
ARTIST:    Nina Simone
TITLE:      Mississippi Goddam (Live)
COMP:     Nina Simone
ALBUM:   Nina Simone in Concert  (c) 1964
LABEL:    Phillips

ARTIST:    Aretha Franklin
TITLE:      (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
COMP:     Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Jerry Wexler
ALBUM:   Lady Soul
LABEL:    Atlantic

ARTIST:    Chelsea Jade
TITLE:      Free Throw
COMP:     Chelsea Jade Metcalf, Justin Pilbrow
ALBUM:   Kiwi Hit Disc

4:30pm - THE PANEL: Half Time Song
ARTIST:    Aretha Franklin
TITLE:      R-E-S-P-E-C-T
COMP:     Otis Redding    
ALBUM:   I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
LABEL:    Atlantic