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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 8 August 2017

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Short Story Club

This week's story is Fiona Farrell's Paradise Ducks

Let us know what you think. Email and the writer of the best email wins a copy of Fiona Farrell's new novel Decline & Fall on Savage Street

1:10 First song

1:15 Greens Crisis Caucus

The Green Party is holding a crisis meeting, to decide what to do with two dissenting MP's. The debate is whether to suspend Kennedy Graham and David Clendon from the party's caucus. After the pair threatened to resign, saying Metiria Turei's position as co-leader was untenable.

University of Canterbury associate professor, Bronwyn Hayward, tells us what she thinks of the situation.

Kennedy Graham, left, and David Clendon

Kennedy Graham, left, and David Clendon Photo: Supplied / RNZ

1:25 Are we safe from sea lice?

A Melbourne teenager is recovering after his legs were left bleeding, after a suspected attack by sea lice. But are they killer flesh eating species... waiting to munch on unsuspecting humans? And are they a problem in New Zealand Waters? We ask Dr Racheal Peart, a crustacean biologist at NIWA.

Cirolana (sea louse) found at Island Bay

Cirolana (sea louse) found at Island Bay Photo: NIWA/Credit: Niel Bruce

1:35 Where to watch old movies

With so many video stores closing donw, how do film fans get to see old movies? Dan Slevin has been checking out the offerings on TCM (Channel 38 on Sky).

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1:40 Great album: Please Please Me

We're playing first albums today, and cannot go past The Beatles!

Parlophone rush-released the album on March 22, 1963 after the success of two singles, Please Please Me and Love Love Me Do.

2:10 Book critic Steph Soper

Steph Soper talks about the Book Council's new reading research which finds that almost 400,000 Kiwis are not reading.

2:20 Composer, Martin Lodge

Martin Lodge is a composer, a scholar and a commentator on music and is associate professor of music and head of composition at the University of Waikato.

He has composed music for orchestras and musicians  in New Zealand, Australia, America and all across Europe and Asia. In April he was in Shanghai with a String Quartet and less than a month ago was in Strasbourg.

Martin-Lodge with the Polaris Quartet in 2017

The Polaris Quartet of Shanghai with composer Martin Lodge after the recording of his new work ‘Stream’ in Shanghai, April 2017. Photo: Waikato University

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3:10 Welcome to the Punderdome

Welcome to the Punderdome. They're spoken word fight clubs for word nerds who will admit a passion for the most maligned form of humor; the pun.

When writer Joe Berkowitz first discovered this competition he knew he had to give it a try. He takes us on a journey into the world of Pundemonium in his book, Away with Words

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3:30 Science and environment stories

Stories from Our Changing World.

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

4:05 The Panel with Scott Campbell and Andrew Clay