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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 30 August 2017

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This week's story is The Kiss by Pip Adam, and we have a copy of Pip's new novel The New Animals to give away to one of our emailers.

1:10 First song

The National final of the Smoke free rockquest is on this weekend.  The event has been a regular on the New Zealand music calendar since 1988 and has produced some of our best known musical talent;  Midnight Youth, Opshop, Evermore, Ladyhawke, Zed, Brooke Fraser, Anika Moa, Aaradhna, The Feelers, The Black Seeds, Nesian Mystik, Bic Runga, and Julia Deans among them.

Saturday's National Final will feature last years runners up, Auckland based 4 piece The Daffodils who play our first song today.

The Daffodils

The Daffodils Photo: Supplied

1:15 Major study links high carb diet to poor health

The study, published in The Lancet found that high fat diets were associated with a lower risk of mortality - and those diets with a high intake of carbohydrates were associated with a higher risk.

The study involved more than 135 thousand people from 18 countries, and found that high fat diets were associated with a lower risk of mortality. But those diets with a high intake of carbohydrates were associated with a higher risk.

It suggests that rather than focusing on reducing fat intake in diets, healthy food guidelines should instead focus on reducing carbohydrate intake.

We discuss what this means with Professor Grant Schofield the director of the Human Potential Centre at AUT.

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1:25 What causes sink holes?

Another sink hole in Waihi has left a 20 metre wide shaft on a council reserve.

The sink hole appeared yesterday and is on land adjacent to the Martha open pit mine. The collapse is into an old mine which was left partially filled.

Residents in Waihi have become used to sink holes, but they have cropped up around more urban areas in Auckland this year during heavy rain and flooding.

GNS Science Engineer Sally Dellow explains how sink holes form.

A large sink hole which opened up in Matatua Road, Raumati in 2015

A large sink hole which opened up in Matatua Road, Raumati in 2015 Photo: RNZ/Charlotte Gendall

1:35 Sound Archives: 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana

You probably remember where you were when you heard the news that Princess Diana had died in a car crash in Paris on 31st August 1997.

In today’s visit to the Sound Archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Sarah Johnston is going to take us back to that moment in history - 20 years ago.

The Funeral of Princess Diana

The Funeral of Princess Diana Photo: Wiki commons

1:40 Great album: Fleetwood Mac, Tusk

Tusk is Fleetwood Mac's twelfth album. It was released in 1979 and probably their most experimental album.

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2:10 Music critic: Trevor Reekie

Trevor plays us a track from Paul Kelly's new album and one from a a multi cultural group called IndiaLucia who fuse Spanish flamenco with indian Raga

2:20 Bookmarks with Lydia Wevers

Professor Lydia Wevers is a literary historian and critic awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to literature. She tells us about her new book and why she's so fascinated with New Zealand literature. 

Lydia Wevers

Lydia Wevers Photo: Victoria University

Here are the books, music, movies and television she spoke about today.


Love Maria Callas singing ebben! No andro lontana from La Wally
Bruce springsteen: Philadelphia, Dancing in the Dark, Hungry Heart
Gillian Welch Look at Miss Ohio
The Wellington International  Ukelele Orchestra-Hine e hine, Africa, Afternoon Delight
Magic Flute aria ‘ in diesen heil’gen hallen.


The Big Sick.
Mon Oncle
Mr Hulot's holiday
Moonrise Kingdom
The Day After Tomorrow
La Grande Vadrouille

Prime Suspect (new version)


Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny  
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
The Secret Lives by Andrew O'Hagan
Jorn Lier Horst's The Hunting Dogs and Closed for Winter.
Biography of John Cheever.


3:10 Are iGen kids unprepared for adulthood?

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Teenagers today are the first generation who have moved from childhood to adolescence with smartphones and they are paying the price according to Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University.  

She says her studies find teenagers get less sleep and experience more social isolation thanks to social media. She argues mental health issues are more acute with this generation.

Her new book is called iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy - and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood - and What That Means for the Rest of Us

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3:35 Spoken Feature

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

4:05 The Panel with Nicky Pellegrino and Stephen Franks



Music played in this show


1:10pm - FIRST SONG
ARTIST:    The Daffodils
TITLE:      Staring at The Sun
COMP:     Theo Salmon
ALBUM:   Unreleased
LIVE:        RNZ Auckland

ARTIST:    Elton John
TITLE:      Candle In The Wind (1997)
COMP:     Elton Jon, Bernie Taupin
ALBUM:   CD Single only
LABEL:     Rocket
1:45pm - FAVOURITE ALBUM     
ARTIST:    Fleetwood Mac
TITLE:      Tusk
COMP:     Lindsey Buckingham
ALBUM:   Tusk
LABEL:    Warner

ARTIST:    Fleetwood Mac
TITLE:      Sara
COMP:     Stevie Nicks
ALBUM:   Tusk
LABEL:    Warner

ARTIST:    Fleetwood Mac
TITLE:      Think About Me
COMP:     Christine McVie
ALBUM:   Tusk
LABEL:    Warner

ARTIST:    Paul Kelly
TITLE:      I Smell Trouble
COMP:     Paul Kelly
ALBUM:   Life Is Fine
LABEL:    Universal

ARTIST:    IndiaLucia
TITLE:      Gangaquivir (feat. Ambi Subramaniam)
COMP:     Michała Czachowskiego
ALBUM:   Acatao
LABEL:     Rasa

2:30pm - BOOKMARKS
ARTIST:    Maria Callas
TITLE:      Ebeen? Ne Andro Lotant
COMP:     Alfredo Catalani
ALBUM:   La Waally Opera
LABEL:     Hommage GmbH

ARTIST:    Bruce Springsteen
TITLE:      Streets of Philadelphia
COMP:     Bruce Springsteen
ALBUM:    Philadelphia: Music From the Motion Picture
LABEL:     Colombia