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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 29 May 2017

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Next Thursday we will discuss Welcome to Paradise by Mandy Hager

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1:15 Rural Lives At Risk

A rural health leader says the lives of rural New Zealanders are at risk, and has called on government to help remove barriers to improve health services. The Rural Health Alliance of Aotearoa New Zealand says rural people’s health needs to be considered just as important as those who live in cities. But poor connectivity and inequitable health services aren't helping. Dr Martin London is the chair of the alliance.

A rural health leader says the lives of rural New Zealanders are at risk.

A rural health leader says the lives of rural New Zealanders are at risk. Photo: PHOTO NZ

1:20 Westies, Heavy Metal and Opera

Opera singer Natasha Wilson.

Opera singer Natasha Wilson. Photo: Supplied

Last year, Auckland Soprano singer Natasha Wilson, was picked to be part of the new Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation's singer development programme, known as The Kiri Programme.

But she hasn't come through the usual ladder of school singing, aria competitions, NZ Opera School and internships.

Her first love was pop music and she even admits to loving heavy metal.

Opera singer Natasha Wilson's first love was pop music.

Opera singer Natasha Wilson's first love was pop music. Photo: Supplied

1:30 Smelly Maps and Happy Maps

Our guest is a founder of a global network of scientists, with the goal of giving a good life to city dwellers. And they do this, by creating smelly maps or, urban smellscapes. Luca Maria Aiello started, a global group of researchers who think about urban problems that have received little attention and put forward ideas to make cities smarter. Luca has previously worked at Yahoo, with production teams from Flickr and Tumblr. He is currently a social media and computational social science researcher at Nokia Bell Labs.

Luca Maria Aiello creates smelly maps or urban smellscapes.

Luca Maria Aiello creates smelly maps or urban smellscapes. Photo:

1:40 Hidden Figures: Home-schooling

How many people are home schooled in New Zealand? Lillian Grace from Figure NZ has the stats

1:45 Favourite Album: Hejira by Joni Mitchell

Hejira is the eighth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, released in 1976.

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2:10 Television Critic: Linda Burgess

Linda is a short story writer, novelist and former television writer and today takes a look at the phenomenon that is the UK reality show Goggle Box, and revisits Anne of Green Gables

2:20 The Future of our Regions: Queenstown 

We continue our series looking at the future of our regions and today it's Queenstown Lakes, an area predicted to grow even faster than Auckland in the next decade.

Jesse talks to Queenstown lakes mayor, Jim Boult about the many challenges facing the region as it struggles with rapid growth and skyrocketing house and rental prices.


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2:30 Expert feature: Psychopaths

Psychopathy is a widely misunderstood form of personality disorder, according to Professor Devon Polaschek, who says this is mainly due to how psychopaths are protrayed on screen - as sadists or criminal masterminds.

Professor Polaschek from the Psychology Department at Waikato University says the Norman Bates and Hannibal Lecters bear very little resemblance to most people diagnosed as psychopathic.

She tells us what a psychopath is, and whether it is necessarily a bad thing.

Hannibal Lecter, Silence of the Lambs

Hannibal Lecter, Silence of the Lambs Photo: Wikipedia

3:10 The Lawyers for Planet Earth

Meet the lawyers for Planet Earth, James Thornton and Martin Goodman.

Instead of protesting, they founded a legal charity called Client Earth to take on environmental issues. They've taken on everything from whaling to European Fisheries policy to Air Quality issues. Thornton and Goodman explain how their army of lawyers are taking on governments and winning.   

James Thornton and Martin Goodman

James Thornton and Martin Goodman Photo: supplied

3:35 Voices

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

4:05 The Panel with Tess Nichol and David Cormack