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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 5 March 2018

Short Story Club

Our story for discussion on Thursday 8th March is  A Good Dry-Cleaner is Worth a Story by Rajorshi Chakraborti    .

The writer of the best email wins a copy of his novel, The Man Who Would Not See

1:10 First song

1:15 How are NZ's DIY skills?

The AA is extending its call-out service from cars to now include emergency maintenance jobs around your home. Like fixing a burst water pipe or getting you back in your house when you've locked yourself out.

These are pretty major tasks  and it got us thinking about just what is the the state of the nation's DIY skills?

Mitre 10's tutor Stan Scott gives us his view

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Photo: creative commons - pixabay - WikimediaImages

1:25 The power of the mind

Mindfulness is not an uncommon word nowadays but back in the 70s the movement was pretty much unheard of, until John Kehoe wrote his hugely popular book Mind Power. 

Since then he's expanded the idea, selling millions of books and sharing his ideas with hundreds of thousands in workshops around the world.

He's in the country as part of his last ever tour.

John Kehoe

John Kehoe Photo: Supplied

1:35 Homage to the landline phone

Here at RNZ, we love landlines.

They're solid. We get a clear line usually and there's no faffing about with speakerphones, bluetooth, reception problems and more.

And so when we saw Barbara Keys' story on The Conversation website saluting the social and historical benefits of the landline phone we thought we'd call her up.

Barbara Keys is an associate professor of US and International History at the University of Melbourne.

NZ Rotary telephone

NZ Rotary telephone Photo: wikipedia

1:40 Sweet beaks

Sparrows at the University of Waikato have a sweet tooth -  or should that be sweet beak.

Mike Davy is in his second year of doing a Masters in Biology on animal behaviour and he's researching the sparrows around campus after noticing that the birds were taking packets of sugar from the tables at the campus cafe.

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Photo: creative commons - pixabay - RonPorter

1:45 Great album

2:10 Television Critic: Graeme Tuckett

2:20 When NZ almost legalised eugenic sterilisation

In 1928, New Zealand came very close to legalising eugenic sterilisation.

Hamish Spencer is a University of Otago geneticist contributed a chapter to the book Eugenics at the Edges of Empire, in which he reveals that NZ came close to giving a small committee the power to compulsarily sterilise what were then called the feeble-minded, unfit, degenerates and imbeciles.

Logo of the Second International Congress of Eugenics, 1921

Logo from the Second International Eugenics Conference, 1921, depicting eugenics as a tree which unites a variety of different fields. Photo: Public Domain

2:30 Expert feature: Paul Scoones on Dr Who

The ultimate authority on Dr Who in New Zealand is Paul Scoones.  He ran the NZ Doctor Who Fan Club for about 20 years and has edited more than 50 issues of an award-winning Doctor Who fanzine.

He even found and returned to the BBC a missing episode of the programme!

So we thought who better to have on our expert segment to talk us through the BBC show, it's various actors and stories and why it is had such a profound effect on popular culture.

3:10 How to handle humiliation

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Photo: supplied

It's hard to avoid those excruciating moments in life when we cringe at something we've said or done in a painfully awkward moment. It's more than just embarrassment.  It's a human experience that can have big impacts on how we interact with other people.

Melissa Dahl is a senior editor at New York Magazine. She dives into the serious side of this social phenomenon and offers tips on how to handle humiliation in her new book, Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness.

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Photo: BBC

3:35 Voices

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

4:05 The Panel with Andrew Hoggard and Catherine Robertson

Music played in this show

1:10pm - FIRST SONG:
Title: No Fixed Abode
Artist: Mitch James
Album: Single
Label: Sony
RNZ live recording  

1:45pm - GREAT ALBUM:

ARTIST: Joni Mitchell    
TITLE: Help Me    
COMP: Joni Mitchell    
ALBUM: Court and Spark    
LABEL: Asylum    

ARTIST: Joni Mitchell    
TITLE: Court and Spark    
COMP: Joni Mitchell    
ALBUM: Court and Spark    
LABEL: Asylum    

ARTIST: Joni Mitchell    
TITLE: Down to You    
COMP: Joni Mitchell    
ALBUM: Court and Spark    
LABEL: Asylum