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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 27 November 2017


Next week we will talk about two poems, Mute Song by Kate Camp and Seven Unposted Postcards to my Brother by Geoff Cochran

1:10 First song

1:15 Buying sustainable - why we're being put-off.

Sustainable and environmentally-friendly products are becoming more and more prevalent...but how can we be certain that what we're buying is legitimately organic? 

According to new research that question is stopping many kiwis from purchasing products. The Otago study found that only three per cent of consumers are buying sustainable, but around 30 per cent say they want to. 

The problem, Marketing Associate Professor Robert Aitken says, is the lack of information about these products when people go to buy.

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1:25 Shedding light on the world's biggest brothel

Photographer Giora Dan

Photographer Giora Dan Photo: Supplied

Giora Dan is a photographer and videographer who recently spent two weeks in Daulatdia, the Bangladesh town often referred to as the world's biggest brothel.

Daulatdia is believed to have a workforce of about 1600 prostitutes and Giora says the overwhelming majority of the women are victims of human trafficking.

He hopes his photos will shed a light on Daulatdia and human trafficking while raising money for a school attended by the children of the women in the town.

Giora talks to Jesse about his work and why it is so important to get stories like Daultatdia out in the open.

1:35 The baby clothing library

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One of the things all parents know is that kids grow out of clothes fast. 

Not only does this mean extra costs to keep up with your growing little ones but it also means you're left with a pile of onesies that you either save for years or that you end up chucking out.

A Wellington enterprise has a developed a solution called Gurgl, a subscription service that allows people to recycle their children's clothes and borrow others.

Each month a box comes with half of what you need to clothe your baby for that month. Founder Beverley Walter tells us more about getting this project off the ground. 

1:40 Great album: The Tour of Duty Soundtrack

2:10 Television Critic Melenie Parkes

Melenie talks to us about 3 shows she's been watching:

Alias Grace, Netflix

Trust Me, Sunday 8.30pm on TVNZ 1 and TVNZ On Demand

Australian Ninja Warrior, Tuesday and Wednesday 7.30pm on Three

2:20 The impromptu crossings to Hauraki School

A North Shore mum is doing everything she can to help her kids and others walk to school safely, including breaking the law.

Jackie Gulik and a small group of other parents have started managing traffic at two intersections leading up to Hauraki School on the North Shore.

Jackie has been trying to get Auckland Transport to paint some zebra crossings at the intersections for two years with little change, and she tells Jesse with increasing traffic in the area, a safe way to school is desperately needed.

One of the crossings (Waitemata Rd, North Shore)

One of the crossings (Waitemata Rd, North Shore) Photo: Supplied

2:30 New Zealand in the 90's

New Zealand politics and society from the Jim Bolger years to the reign of Jenny Shipley -  that's what our expert Jim McAloon will be talking to us about today.

Jim is an Associate Professor at Victoria's School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations.

If you have any questions about NZ in the '90s to ask Jim text 2101 or email

Jim Anderton, Helen Clark and Michael Cullen at coalition talks, parliament, November 30 1999

Jim Anderton, Helen Clark and Michael Cullen at coalition talks, parliament, November 30 1999 Photo: Fairfax

3:10 How to Be Human

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Let's admit it. Humans are strange. Sure, we  have big brains, walk upright, use tools, but we're also obsessed with possessions, talking and have a propensity to find religion appealing. 

New Scientist magazine executive  editor Graham Lawton  applies science and evolution to some of the qualities that make us who we are in his new book, How to be Human: Consciousness, Language and 48 More Things that Make You You. 

It answers questions like, why do we laugh, blush and kiss and why does grow hair in some unusual places? 

3:35 Voices

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

4:05 The Panel with Michael Moynihan & Paula Penfold


Music played in this show

1:10pm - FIRST SONG:
ARTIST: Billy Raffoul     
TITLE: Difficult

1:45pm - GREAT ALBUM:
ARTIST: Rolling Stones
TITLE:  Paint it Black    
COMP:  Jagger/Richards
ALBUM: Tour of Duty soundtrack    

TITLE:  Here Comes The Night
COMP:   Bert Berns
ALBUM: Tour of Duty soundtrack    

ARTIST: The Animals
TITLE: We Gotta Get Out Of This Place    
COMP:      Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil
ALBUM: Tour of Duty soundtrack    

ARTIST: Jimi Hendrix
TITLE:  Along The Watchtower
COMP: Bob Dylan
ALBUM: Tour of Duty soundtrack    


ARTIST: Kraftwerk
TITLE:  The Robots
COMP: Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider, Karl Bartos