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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 6 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: Elvis Perkins

1:15 The Italian election

You might have heard some news about the recent election in Italy and we thought we better get a round up of what has happened and what the consequences could be.

Giovanni Tiso is our Italian politics correspondent for today and he's going to give us his take on what's happened.

League chief Matteo Salvini and Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio both want to lead Italy

League chief Matteo Salvini and Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio both want to lead Italy Photo: AFP

1:25 Is good posture a myth?

"Sit up straight" is probably something we heard many times during our childhood. And "good" posture has long been thought to be synonymous with a pain-free back.

But this conventional wisdom is now being questioned by Kieran O'Sullivan a senior lecturer at the University of Limerick and lead physiotherapist at the sports spine centre in Aspetar hospital in Qatar.

Justin Fernandez is Associate Professor of Bioengineering at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and a member of the Musculoskeletal Modelling Group tells us what he makes of Dr O'Sullivan's ideas.

Good posture now being questioned

Good posture now being questioned Photo: creative commons - flickr - Charles Hutchins

1:35 Assertiveness works for men, not women

A study in Australia has found that while having a confident personality helps men rise in the work place, there is no sizeable benefit to women showing assertiveness.

Dr Leonora Risse is an economic researcher at RMIT University in Melbourne and led the study which used Government data alongside a psychological framework to assess the career prospects of men and women.

She joins Jesse to discuss her findings.

Research out of Australia has found companies prefer to promote confident men more than women who show assertiveness

Research out of Australia has found companies prefer to promote confident men more than women who show assertiveness Photo: Science Media Centre

1:40 Great album

2:10 Book critic Tracy Farr

Tracey Farr looks at the finalists in this years Ockham NZ Book Awards.

2:20 Neil Finn on Neil Finn

Neil Finn

Neil Finn Photo: Supplied

Neil Finn has just released a new album Out of Silence, and will be performing a live version of it at the Auckland Arts Festival.

The album was recorded over one session in his Auckland studio last year, with some high profile guest musicians.

Neil Finn plays us some songs from the album as well as some of his favourite songs from his long musical career, from Split Enz to Crowded House.

3:10 How to fix a broken heart

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Hearts are broken every day and for some, moving on is painfully difficult.  Psychologist Guy Winch is known as the "broken heart Guy". He believes we need to pay as much attention to our emotional well being as we do our physical health.

Dr Winch  explains how to heal from heartbreak  and help the people in our lives who are suffering too. 

His book is called How to Fix A Broken Heart. 

3:25 Why no scooter question in the census?

On any weekday morning or afternoon there are hordes of children riding scooters to school.

This year's census wants to know how kids are travelling to and from school, but while it asks if pupils ride the bus, or a bike, it does not list scooters as a travel option, despite their huge popularity.

We speak to the principal of Island Bay School in Wellington, Deborah Fenton, who says a quarter of her students ride scooters to school, and she believes it is important that this is identified in our official statistics.

3:35 Ours: Treasures from Te Papa

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

4:05 The Panel with Kate Wright and Peter Elliott


Music played in this show

1:10pm - FIRST SONG:
ARTIST: Elvis Perkins
TITLE:  While you were sleeping    
COMP: Elvis Perkins     
ALBUM: Ash Wednesday    
LABEL:  XL Recordings    

1:45pm - GREAT ALBUM:

ARTIST: The Killers     
TITLE: Mr. Brightside    
COMP:  Flowers Dave Keuning
ALBUM: Hot Fuss    
LABEL: Island    

ARTIST: The Killers     
TITLE:  All These Things That I've Done    
COMP: flowers     
ALBUM: Hot Fuss    
LABEL: Island    

ARTIST: The Killers     
TITLE: Smile Like You Mean It    
COMP:  Flowers Stoermer
ALBUM: Hot Fuss    
LABEL: Island