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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 4 October 2017


This Thursday we discuss The Parting by Thom Conroy

Email us your thoughts and the writer of the best email wins a copy of Thom's novel The Salted Air

1:10 First song - Vishten LIVE

Today we start today with live music from visiting French-Canadian trio Vishten. Twin sisters Pastelle and Emmanuelle LeBlanc along with Pascal Miousse, are leading exponents of Acadian music, which is centered around French-Canadian regions, Magdelen and Prince Edward Islands.


Vishten Photo: Supplied

1:15 Extra servings for Rotorua School Kids.

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A new school meals project in Rotorua is doing so well it's about to double its output.  Ka Pai Kai started at the beginning of last term providing meals to four schools in the area and they're about to take on another four.

Pare Richards, who's one of the board members for the project joins Jesse to tell us more.

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1:25 Sputnik's anniversary

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Today marks the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1. 

It was the world's first artificial satellite and though it only operated for 92 days and didn't carry any scientific equipment, it's launch triggered the 'Sputnik crisis' which in turn sparked the Space Race between the Soviet Union and America.

We speak to Auckland University's resident space man Professor Jim Hefkey. 

1:35 Creating a bike network

Last week we talked to you about Biketober - today we're looking at how communities can be designed to support cycling, improve transport and the health of those communities.

A talk was held last night focussing on the Canadian city of Edmonton - a similar size to Auckland, its creating a network of cycleways, all in one go, virtually overnight. 

Tyler Golly lead that project and he's here in New Zealand sharing what they learned and how it can be applied to our traffic-choked city. 

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1:45 Great album 

Today's great album is a kiwi classic, Polysaturated by Nesian Mystik.

2:10 Music Critic - Colin Morris

On Line music retailer Colin Morris has two more albums worth listening to.   Richard made his recording début as a member of Fairport Convention in 1967 and continues to write and record new material regularly and frequently performs live at venues throughout the world,  He has recorded with artist such as R.E.M., Bonnie Raitt, Christy Moore, David Gilmour, Elvis Costello, The Corrs, Jefferson Starship and The Pointer Sisters to name a few.

Acoustic Rarities is Richard Thompson 26th album under his own name.

Colin also introduces us to Quercus featuring June Tabor, former lead singer of Steeleye Span, singing Stephen Sondheim.

Richard Thompson

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2:20 Bookmarks with CK Stead

This week's bookmarks guest is somewhat of a literary legend. 

He's just shy of his 85th birthday and his first novel in five years has also just been released this week. 

CK Stead, who's previous novels have won numerous awards is with me today in the studio to talk about his latest book, The Necessary Angel, and what he enjoys doing in his downtime. 

CK Stead (Christian Karlson Stead) photograph

CK Stead Photo: Credit Francesco Guidicini

3:10 Ann Hornaday: How to watch movies

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With the price of a ticket to the cinema pushing 20 bucks, we all want to get the most out of going to the movies. Enter  Ann Hornaday.  She's the Chief film critic for the Washington Post. She wants people to not only love movies, that fill such a big place in pop culture, but understand them too. Hornaday says watching like a critic, paying attention to  all the elements that go into film like the editing, cinematography and production design, enhances the movie going experience.  She shares what she's learned on the job in her new book, Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies.

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3:35 BBC Witness

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

4:05 The Panel with Chris Clarke and Brodie Kane

Music played in this show


1:10pm - FIRST SONG:
ARTIST:    Visten
TITLE:      Four Forty Four
COMP:     Pastelle LeBlanc, Pascal Miousse - Trad
ALBUM:   Terre Rouge
LIVE:       RNZ Auckland        

1:45pm - GREAT ALBUM:
ARTIST:    Nesian Mystik
TITLE:      It's On
COMP:     Te Awanui Reeder, Feleti Strickson-Pua, Donald McNulty, Junior Rikiau, David Atai, Heath Manukau
ALBUM:   Polysaturated
LABEL:    Bounce

ARTIST:    Nesian Mystik
TITLE:      Brothaz
COMP:     Te Awanui Reeder, Feleti Strickson-Pua, Donald McNulty, Junior Rikiau, David Atai, Heath Manukau
ALBUM:   Polysaturated
LABEL:    Bounce

ARTIST:    Nesian Mystik
TITLE:      For The People
COMP:     Te Awanui Reeder, Feleti Strickson-Pua, Donald McNulty, Junior Rikiau, David Atai, Heath Manukau
ALBUM:   Polysaturated
LABEL:    Bounce

2:10pm - MUSIC CRITIC:
ARTIST:    Richard Thompson
TITLE:      They Tore The Hippodrome Down (TK 2)
COMP:     Richard Thomson
ALBUM:   Acoustic Rarities
LABEL:    Proper Music

ARTIST:    Querus [Feat: June Tabor (voice), Iain Ballamy(Tenor and Soprono sax) and Huw Warren (Piano)
TITLE:      Somewhere
COMP:    Stephen Sondheim
ALBUM:   Nightfall
LABEL:    Ode

2:30pm - BOOKMARKS:
ARTIST:    Frank Sinatra
TITLE:      Autumn Leaves (Stepember Song)
COMP:     Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson
ALBUM:   The Voice of Frank Sinatra
LABEL:    Columbia

ARTIST:    The Brunettes
TITLE:      B-A-B-Y    
COMP:    Jonathan Bree, Heather Mansfield
ALBUM:   Structure & Cosmetics
LABEL:    Li'l Chief