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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 29 November 2017

SHORT STORY CLUB

Tomorrow 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 Sneaky male animals trick their mates

There are countless dating rules for attracting those you desire but in the animal world, deception and even disguise is used to lure in mating partners.

New research out of the University of Otago has found that some sneaky males actually pretend to be females, to avoid aggression from big rivals, and to move in on the object of their affection. 

Lead author Erica Todd has likened the cunning movements of her subject species, the bluehead wrasse, to a soap opera. 

Can you spot the sneaker male? Distinctive territorial males (top left) defend courtship territories visited by groups of females, which may also include cryptic “sneaker” males.

Can you spot the sneaker male? Distinctive territorial males (top left) defend courtship territories visited by groups of females, which may also include cryptic “sneaker” males. Photo: Kevin Bryant

1:20 The perils of having an identical twin

Every now and then, RNZ's head of digital has to send out a rather odd group email
 
Explaining that if he ignores us and seems to be acting strange, it's because it's not him, it's his identical twin brother visiting RNZ Wellington from Christchurch
 
Now Glen Scanlon's brother Sean has actually moved to Wellington. Glen tells us about some of the perils of being (and having) an identical twin.

Identical twins Glen (left) and Sean Scanlon.

Identical twins Glen (left) and Sean Scanlon. Photo: Supplied

1:25 A new kind advent calendar

We're now starting the holiday season, with Christmas just weeks away and every year there's a cry that the holiday has become too commercialised. 

One church combating that with an advent calendar to bring the focus back to what they think Christmas should be about - kindness. 

The 'daily-act-of-kindness' calendar was launched last week and will run right through til December 25 and we ask Veeshayne Patuwai how people can get involved. 

1:35 Sound Archives: "The most famous Westerner in China" 

In Canterbury this weekend a variety of events will be taking place to mark this year as the 120th anniversary of the birth of Rewi Alley, the New Zealander who spent over 60 years working to improve the lives of Chinese peasants and workers. Sarah Johnston from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is here to play some recordings from the sound archives about the man who at one time was called “the most famous Westerner in China.”

Rewi Alley with Chinese friends and family, 1983 [Alexander Turnbull Library]

Rewi Alley with Chinese friends and family, 1983 [Alexander Turnbull Library] Photo: New Zealand-China Friendship Society

1:40 Great album - The Jazz Singer by Neil Diamond

2:10 Music Critic Colin Morris

Colin plays tracks from two albums, Gregory Porter: Nat King Cole and Me. Plus Allred and Broderick: Find The Ways

2:15 Ora Lefebvre remembers being supporting act to Roy Orbison

Ora Lefebvre

Ora Lefebvre Photo: Supplied

Yesterday in our music feature we talked with Alex Orbison about his father, Roy Orbison's music and a new album out commemorating the man who sang 'Oh, Pretty Lady' and 'Crying'.

Ora Lefebvre got in touch. She says yesterday's segment brought back fond memories and one in particular.

She remembers performing as a supporting act for Roy Orbison in the late 70s in England.

2:20 Bookmarks with Michele Leggott, one of NZ's great poets

Michele Leggott with her guide dog

Michele Leggott with her guide dog Photo: supplied

Michele Leggott is our guest for Bookmarks today.

She is one of New Zealand's leading poets and is only the second of her craft after Bill Manhire to be named as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Michele is a national treasure: she has won the Prime Minister's Award for Poetry and the Order of Merit and she made it into a Harvard book of one hundred world poets from before Shakespeare to now.

Michele talks to Jesse about her love of audiobooks, which she has come to rely on since becoming blind. We also hear a reading of one of her poems and what she loves so much about a certain Joni Mitchell cover.

3:10 Frankenstein's monster in history

200 years ago, Mary Shelley sat with some literary friends telling ghost stories as you do late at night along the shores of Lake Geneva. Lord Byron and Percy Shelley were entranced by her story of a Dr who brought cobbled together a monster from bones and body parts and brought it to life. 

Frankenstein  has maintained a prominent place in pop culture ever since. 

Gothic scholar and pop culture historian Sr Christopher Frayling traces the history of the world famous monster in his book, Frankenstein: the First Two Hundred Years

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Photo: Flickr

3:35 RNZ Eyewitness

Dave Greenberg spent 25 years of his life dangling in mid-air, but all for a good cause. 

The Wellington man had a storied career as a crewman with Life Flight, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, often being winched down into dangerous situations - a role he refers to as being the 'dope on a rope".

But it's the people he saved that Dave remembers and one rescue in particular stands out. It happened on ANZAC 2010 when an RNZAF Iroquois went missing on the Kapiti Coast.

Justin Gregory presents this story for Eyewitness.

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

4:05 The Panel with Irene Gardiner and Andrew Clay

Music played in this show

Wednesday


1:10pm - FIRST SONG:
ARTIST: US Girls     
TITLE: Velvet for Sale
COMP: meg Remy ?
 

1:45pm - GREAT ALBUM:
ARTIST: Neil Diamond    
TITLE:  America
COMP: Neil Diamond
ALBUM: The Jazz Singer     
LABEL:  Capitol (original and 2014 reissue)
Columbia (reissue)    
 
ARTIST: Neil Diamond    
TITLE:  Love on the Rocks"
COMP: Neil Diamond, Gilbert Bécaud     
ALBUM: The Jazz Singer     
LABEL:  Capitol (original and 2014 reissue)
Columbia (reissue)

ARTIST: Neil Diamond    
TITLE:  Hello Again
COMP:  Neil Diamond, Alan Lindgren    
ALBUM: The Jazz Singer     
LABEL:  Capitol (original and 2014 reissue)
Columbia (reissue)

ARTIST: Neil Diamond    
TITLE:  Amazed and Confused
COMP: Neil Diamond, Richard Bennett    
ALBUM: The Jazz Singer     
LABEL:  Capitol (original and 2014 reissue)
Columbia (reissue)    

music critic Colin Morris


ARTIST: GREGORY PORTER
ALBUM:  NAT KING COLE & ME
TRACK: PICK YOURSELF UP
COMPOSERS: JEROME KERN AND DORTHY FIELDS
ALBUM DETAILS: VERVE  5791481 (VIA UNIVERSAL NZ)

ARTIST: ALLRED & BRODERICK
ALBUM: FIND THE WAYS
TRACK: THE WAYS
COMPOSERS: ALLRED AND BRODERICK
ALBUM DETAILS: ERASED TAPES (VIA SOUNTHBOUND NZ)