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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 12 June 2017


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1:10 First song

1:15 Housing Taskforce report released

Auckland mayor Phil Goff's released a taskforce report on the city's housing a short time ago.

It follows months of discussions between industry, private and public sector looking to address Auckland's housing challenges.

The report has recommendations and solutions for accelerating building, unlocking land, funding mechanisms, streamlining consenting and requests assistance from central government.

View from above of residential streets and houses housing in Auckland.

View from above of residential streets and houses housing in Auckland. Photo:

1:25 Expert calls for NZ specific BMI scale

Associate professor Scott Duncan is the head of research of AUT's school of sport and recreation. He has just completed a study of 1676 adolescent girls and is concerned at the findings based on using a universal BMI calculation.

He believes some people are being unfairly called obese when their weight is due to muscle mass and others who have high levels of body fat are not being classified as at risk because of their overall weight, and is calling for new BMI scales measuring weight, customised to each ethnic group.

Associate professor Scott Duncan wants Kiwi-specific BMI scales.

Associate professor Scott Duncan wants Kiwi-specific BMI scales. Photo: 123RF

1:35 Expelled students visit Nepal

Students from the YMCA's Project Hope programme, in Nepal

Students from the YMCA's Project Hope programme, in Nepal Photo: Project Hope

25 expelled students from Christchurch were taken to Nepal last year on an initiative from the YMCA to help turn their lives around, called Project Hope.

The journey was also filmed and has been made into a documentary.

The idea to go to Nepal was to get the troubled teens who had experienced the Christchurch earthquakes to help young people in Nepal in the aftermath of their devastating earthquake.

Josie Ogden Schroeder is the chief executive of the YMCA and a passionate advocate for giving these challenging teens a second chance.

1:40 Hidden Figures: Winter Weather

Lillian Grace of Figure NZ shares some winter weather statistics with us, including our rainiest and sunniest cities.

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Photo: Pixabay

1:40 Favourite album: The Forrest Gump Soundtrack

The soundtrack to the 1994 Oscar winning film peaked at number 2 on the US Billboard charts that year.

2:10 Television Critic: Melenie Parkes

Freelance writer, Blogger and TV Critic, Melenie Parkes has a viewing tip for travelers on long haul flights in today's TV Critique. 

She also casts her gaze at "American Gods" as an Interim measure while we wait for the new (delayed) season of Game Of Thrones, and Boss which stars Kelsey Grammer as the mayor of Chicago. 

Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer is the Boss of Chicago in the NBC political Drama "Boss" Photo: NBC

2:20 The Future of Our Regions

This afternoon we look at the Westland District, population 8,760 and one of the most sparsely populated parts of the country.

Lake Matheson, Westland

Lake Matheson, Westland Photo: wikipedia

2:30 Expert feature: The Totara

Our expert today has dedicated an entire book to one tree - the Totara. It's being officially launched here in Auckland tomorrow.

Titled, Totara: A Natural and Cultural History, its the third book ethnobotanist Philip Simpson has dedicated to a tree type.

He tells us about the historical role the Totara has played in the lives of the first people to arrive in New Zealand as well as the early European settlers.

3:10 The Dunning Kruger Effect

Dr David Dunning

Dr David Dunning Photo: Alchetron

There is a theory that explains why some supporters of President Donald Trump accept the 'alternative facts" he presented on the campaign trail and  the ones he's given since taking office.

The theory is called the Dunning Kruger Effect and it suggests that people have very little insight into their own gaps in knowledge and expertise, so are they are less inclined to challenge information presented by Trump and others.

As comedian Stephen Fry put it, "the greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge".

We talk to the man behind the theory, Dr David Dunning.

3:35 Voices

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

4:05 The Panel with Catherine Robertson and Simon Pound


Music played in this show

1:00pm - 4:00pm
Monday 12th June 2017

ARTIST:    Radiohead
TITLE:      I Promise
COMP:     Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Colin Greenwood, Philip Selway
ALBUM:   OK Computer (reissue)
LABEL:    iTunes

1:45pm - GREAT ALBUM:
ARTIST:    The Mamas & The Papas
TITLE:      California Dreamin'
COMP:     John Phillips, Michelle Phillips
ALBUM:   Forrest Gump: The Soundtrack
LABEL:    Columbia

ARTIST:    Jefferson Airplane
TITLE:      Volunteers
COMP:     Paul Kantner, Marty Balin
ALBUM:   Forrest Gump: The Soundtrack
LABEL:    Columbia

ARTIST:    The Supremes
TITLE:      Stoned Love
COMP:     Kenny Thomas, Frank Wilson
ALBUM:   Forrest Gump: The Soundtrack
LABEL:    Columbia

ARTIST:    The Byrds
TITLE:      Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)"
COMP:     Pete Seeger (words from the Book of Ecclesiastes)
ALBUM:   Forrest Gump: The Soundtrack
LABEL:    Columbia

ARTIST:    Phoenix
TITLE:      Lisztomania
COMP:     Thomas Mars, Deck d'Arcy, Christian Mazzalai, Laurent Brancowitz
ALBUM:   Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
LABEL:    V2

4:30pm - THE PANEL: Half Time Song
TITLE:      It's The End of The World As We Know It (And I feel Fine)
COMP:     Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
ALBUM:   Document
LABEL:    Epic