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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 26 October 2017

SHORT STORY CLUB

Today, instead of a short story, we will discuss two poems

Instructions for How to Get Ahead of Yourself While the Light Still Shines by Jenny Bornholdt

and This is a photo of my house ' by Tusiata Avia

1:10 First song

1:15 The government's planting plan

The Government's one billion a year regional spending plan aims to get more jobs in the regions with roles in planting and nurseries to plant 100 million trees a year - with the goal of planting a billion over 10 years.

It's an ambitious goal that could be hard to achieve.

So what will it look like and where will they go? Forest Owners chief executive David Rhodes has some insight.

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Photo: 123rf

1:25 The politics of love

There's been a lot of political turmoil recently here and overseas, calls for a change to MMP, protests in the streets of Catalonia - a lot of tension but not a lot of love.

That's what two kiwis have proposed the world needs, a values-based system they dubbed "the Politics of Love".

Having spread the word about this idea for the last two years, Philip McKibbin is now expanding it further with his new abstract "Loving Justice and Non-human animals". 

Philip McKibbin and Max Harris

Philip McKibbin and Max Harris Photo: Supplied

1:35 Saving the Kororā

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Can penguins and humans co-exist? Specifically the world's smallest penguin... 

Wellington Councillor Peter Gilberd is leading the charge to protect the habitat of little blue penguins so it's not destroyed by urban development.

He's the city's scientist and has just helped set up an initiative between developers and researchers, like Te Papa, to enhance the lives of Kororā in the capital. 

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Photo: Chris Coad

1:40 Great album

2:10 Theatre Critic Pinky Agnew

Pinky talks about a new play at Wellington's Circa Theatre, Lobsters

2:20 Economics with Shamubeel Eaqub

The impact of increasing the minimum wage, and the new focus on the regional economies.

2:35 The history of Catholicism in NZ

Victoria University's Grant Morris uses history to explain why Catholicism is the only traditional Christian denomination which is not in major decline.

St Patrick's School, South Dunedin, 1959

St Patrick's School, South Dunedin, 1959 Photo: Te Ara / Public Domain

3:10 Short Story Club

Today, instead of a short story, we will discuss two poems

Instructions for How to Get Ahead of Yourself While the Light Still Shines by Jenny Bornholdt

and This is a photo of my house ' by Tusiata Avia

We'll discuss these with poet Louise Wallace, and have a copy of her new book of poetry to give away to the writer of the best email - jesse@radionz.co.nz

and NEXT week we will discuss Manawatu by Craig Cliff and we will be giving away a copy of Craig's novel The Mannequin Makers

3:25 Tell me about your thesis

Patrick Houlahan tells us about his thesis looking at "The Mother of All Budgets" delivered by Ruth Richardson in 1991, titled Arguing about Welfare: Changes to the Welfare state 1990-1992

Prime Minister Jim Bolger and Finance Minister Ruth Richardson make their way to the House of Representatives for the presentation of the 1991 budget

Prime Minister Jim Bolger and Finance Minister Ruth Richardson make their way to the House of Representatives for the presentation of the 1991 budget Photo: Te Ara / Public Domain

3:30 BBC Witness

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

4:05 The Panel with Michael Moynihan and Lisa Scott