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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 2 August 2017

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1:10 First song

1:15 The Changing Face of our workforce

Michael Barnett

Michael Barnett Photo: supplied

The number of people out of work has fallen slightly to bring the rate of unemployment to its lowest level in more than eight years, which is largely due to a fall in the number of unemployed women. We explore why that is with the chair of  Diversity Works New Zealand, Michael Barnett.

1:25 Teen's Sex Education Petition

A Wellington teenager is going to Parliament next week to demand the Government make sex education a priority, saying consent should be taught in every New Zealand high school. Lauren Jack started the petition, saying she doesn't want to live in a world where rape culture is normal anymore. Lauren is with us from Wellington High School.

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Photo: RNZ / Caitlin Cherry

1:35 Who are you wearing Clark Gayford?

If Jacinda Adern becomes Prime Minister - quite a bit of attention will fall on her partner, tv presenter and producer, Clarke Gayford.

So we thought we'd prepare him for this by asking him some of the questions that have been asked of female celebritites and first ladies

Clarke Gayford

Clarke Gayford Photo: Twitter

Cook Island women dancing, Wellington 1958, from Evening Post Newspaper.

Cook Island women dancing, Wellington 1958, from Evening Post Newspaper. Photo: Alexander Turnbull Library

1:35 Sound Archives: Cook Islands Language Week

It’s Cook Islands Language Week this week, and in today’s visit to the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Sarah Johnston is looking at the role radio played in communicating with the Cook Islands in the years before independence in 1965.

Before the arrival of TV and jet air travel in the 1960s,  radio was the main tool for communicating with remote parts of the world  - such as the Cook Islands. This was especially true when the islands were a dependency of New Zealand prior to 1965, and New Zealand officials were based there running the colonial administration.

Rarotongan politicians, chiefs and their wives visiting New Zealand in 1934

Rarotongan politicians, chiefs and their wives visiting New Zealand in 1934 Photo:

1:40 Great NZ Album

2:20 Bookmarks: Robyn Paterson

Robyn Paterson

Robyn Paterson Photo: supplied

Actress Robyn Paterson joins Jesse for Bookmarks today. The South African born, New Zealand raised thespian is touring her solo theatre work, South Afreakins. She talks to Jesse about her love of Disney movies and her impressive acting career which began when she was just 14 years old.

South Afreakins

South Afreakins Photo: supplied

3:10 Dirt is Good

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When Professor Rob Knight was growing up in Dunedin in the 1970's and 80's,  parents didn't typically worry about kids getting dirty and didn't  lather them in anti-bacterial gel either. Now we are learning more about more about the upsides of good bacteria thanks to work by Dr Knight who is and the co-founder of the American Gut Project and The Earth Microbiome Project.

How clean is too clean can be confusing for parents and Knight and his co author try to answer questions about health and hygiene  in their new book,  Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child's Developing Immune System.

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Photo: Wikipedia commons

3:35 Are We There Yet?

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

4:05 The Panel with Gary McCormick and Paula Penfold