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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 21 June 2017

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The story for Thursday 22 June is Bad to Worse by William Brandt

Email your thoughts to and we will discuss the story with Tracey Farr tomorrow at 3.10pm.

1:10 First song:  Maria (From West Side Story)

The next big stage production to hit Auckland has it's gala premiere tomorrow night at The Civic.  West Side Story is not new, the original Broadway production opened in September 1957, but this is a new international touring show which has played to sold out audiences in Paris, London, Beijing, Tokyo, and others.

The lead male is Kevin Hack who is here for today's opening song.

1:15 Saving Penguins Through Kaitiakitanga

A leading penguin expert is changing the way we look at conservation. Professor John Cockrem, of Massey University, is making it his goal to help the world's smallest penguin flourish again around our coastline. Inspired by the Māori concept of kaitiakitanga or guardianship, his scientific approach to conservation has evolved into a programme for kororā that's firmly rooted in Māori concepts.

1:25 International Yoga Day

International Yoga day is today and in New Zealand, if it were considered a sport, would be the biggest one in terms of participation numbers. Exercise New Zealand chief executive Richard Beddie says that there are around half a million New Zealanders taking part in fitness centres and gyms and the growth of those is being attributed to the increased popularity of yoga. He says over the past ten years there's been a 500 percent recorded growth in yoga related studios and teachers.

Exercise NZ says yoga has grown more than 500 percent in the past 10 years.

Exercise NZ says yoga has grown more than 500 percent in the past 10 years. Photo: Pixabay

1:35 Sound Archives: the 1930 Lions tour

On June 21st 1930, the All Blacks met a touring British side for their first test at Carisbrook in Dunedin.  It was shocking weather with driving snow, but still a crowd of 28,000 people turned out. 

Sarah Johnston from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is here today to tell us about why this game has gone down in New Zealand media history.

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Photo: Wikipedia

1:40 Great album: Living in the USA by Linda Ronstadt

Living in the USA was the first album in history to ship double platinum, which means it has sold over 2 million advanced copies before leaving the factory.

The album cover also gave the sport of roller-skating a huge boost.

2:10 Call for Chemical Restriction

More than 200 scientists and medical professionals have called on the US Food and Drug Administration to ban certain chemicals in personal care products. Last year, the FDA banned 19 chemicals found in hand and body soap. And now the call is for the chemicals triclosan and triclocarban to be restricted. Saying they may be used in thousands of personal care and consumer products as well as in building materials. Environmental toxicologist, Louis Tremblay, of Nelson's Cawthron Institute explains.

Louis Tremblay - Ecotoxicologist

Louis Tremblay - Ecotoxicologist Photo: Cawthron Institute

2:20 Music Critic:  Dianne Swann

Steve Earle latest album

Steve Earle latest album Photo: Supplied

Dianne has a couple of tracks from the New Steve Earle Album.  It's the Nashville based country singers 16th studio album.  "So You Wanna Be An Outlaw"  was released last Friday and comes just a little over two years after the previous release, although a duets album with Shawn Colvin was released last year..

The 62 year old began his career as a songwriter in Nashville aged just 19, although he didn't released his first EP until 1982.  His big break came four years later with the album "Guitar Town."   Since then he has won three Grammy's and had his songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, Vince Gill, Shawn Colvin, Emmylou Harris and others.  He also has film and television credits and has written a novel, a play, and a book of short stories.

2:30 Bookmarks: Bernie McCahill

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Today's Bookmarks guest is former All Black Bernie McCahill.

He's also about to embark on the Ride of the Legends which involves sporting greats cycling from Wellington to Auckland. The ride is to raise money for Conductive Education of which former All Black coach, Wayne Smith is a patron.

Bernie McCahill shares his favourite movies, music and the places that are most special to him.

3:10 An ultra-marathoner and his dog

When ultra marathoner Dion Leonard set off on a 250km run across China's Gobi desert, he expected to do the grueling race by himself. But he had a companion.  A little stray dog refused to leave his side and ran more than 100 kilometres across rough terrain to stay by Dion's side. 

When the race was over, Dion Leonard named the dog Gobi and decided to find a a way to bring the dog back with him to Scotland. But what happened next made the race seem easy.  Dion Leonard tells their story in his book,  Finding Gobi: A Little Dog with a Very Big Heart.

3:35 RNZ Eyewitness

In Eyewitness today we look back to the arrival of the Pill in Godzone. Married women only need apply

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

4:05 The Panel with Leonie Freeman and Michael Deaker



Music played in this show

1:00pm - 4:00pm
Wednesday 21st June 2017

ARTIST:    Kevin Hack
TITLE:      Maria (From West Side Story)
COMP:     Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim
ALBUM:   Unreleased
LIVE:       RNZ Auckland     

1:45pm - GREAT ALBUM:
ARTIST:    Linda Ronstadt
TITLE:      Ooh Baby, Baby
COMP:     William "Smokey" Robinson, Warren Moore
ALBUM:   Living In The USA
LABEL:    Asylum

ARTIST:    Linda Ronstadt
TITLE:      Just One Look
COMP:     Gregory Caroll, Doris Payne
ALBUM:   Living In The USA
LABEL:    Asylum

ARTIST:    Linda Ronstadt
TITLE:      Alison
COMP:     Elvis Costello
ALBUM:   Living In The USA
LABEL:    Asylum

2:20pm - MUSIC CRITIC: Dianne Swann
ARTIST:    Steve Earle & The Dukes
TITLE:      Walking In LA
COMP:     Steve Earle
ALBUM:   So You Wanna Be An Outlaw
LABEL:    Warner

ARTIST:    Steve Earle & The Dukes
TITLE:      This Is How It Ends
COMP:     Steve Earle
ALBUM:   So You Wanna Be An Outlaw
LABEL:    Warner

2:30pm - BOOKMARKS:
ARTIST:    Phil Coulter
TITLE:      The Town I Loved So Well
COMP:     Phil Coulter
LABEL:    Digital

ARTIST:    The Commodores      
TITLE:      Easy
COMP:     Lionel Richie
ALBUM:   Commodores
LABEL:    Motown

ARTIST:    The Pretenders
TITLE:      Holy Commotion
COMP:     Chrissie Hynde
ALBUM:   Alone
LABEL:    Liberator  

4:30pm - THE PANEL: Half Time Song
ARTIST:    Van Morrison
TITLE:      Cleaning Windows
COMP:     Van Morrison
ALBUM:   Beautiful Vision
LABEL:    Mercury