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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 15 March 2018

Short Story Club.

Today we will discuss the poem, Us by Fardowsa Mohamed - you can read it here

1:10 First song

1:15 Marching on McVeagh

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Photo: Flickr

Law students from Victoria University have descended on the office of law firm Russell McVeagh.

They're protesting against the sexual harassment cases that have surfaced at the firm in recent weeks. 

We go to our reporter at the scene to tell us more about what the rally organisers are calling for. 

1:20 The new Pacific mission - what does it really mean?

Earlier this month the government promised a 're-set' in the Pacific, offering more money and more focus on improving the conditions, economically and socially. 

Foreign Minister Winston Peters called for collaboration, so New Zealand might move away from just being a financier to creating partnerships in the region. 

But how can that be done? Josie Pagani, the Director of the Council for International Development, the umbrella organisation of the country's international NGOs, discusses the issues. 

Winston Peters (centre) and Jacinda Ardern (right) in Niue.

Winston Peters (centre) and Jacinda Ardern (right) in Niue. Photo: Twitter/ Winston Peters

1:25 Solitude: a play about Annie Chaffey

Takaka-based writer and actress Martine Baanvinger's one-woman show "Solitude" is opening in Wellington next week. It's set in the bush in the Nelson/Tasman region and tells the real life story of Annie Chaffey who went bush with her boyfriend in 1913 and lived in a hut with no electricity for 40 years. Martine tells Jesse about the discovery of this fascinating character.

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Photo: supplied - Fringe Festival NZ

1:35 Parris Goebel: Young Queen

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Photo: Supplied

Music videos for Justin Bieber, world tours with JLo, her own album...and now a book.

Parris Goebel hardly needs an introduction. It's not an understament to say the 26-year-old from Manurewa has had a meteoric rise in the entertainment world. 

She details how she became one of the most sought-after choreographers in hip hop in her novel Young Queen, which is out today. 

Jennifer Lopez and Parris Goebel

Jennifer Lopez and Parris Goebel Photo: Supplied

1:40 Great album

2:10 Theatre Critic Mark Amery

Mark Amery talks about the final week of the NZ Festival of the Arts.

2:20 Solving the problems of the world

Economist Geoff Simmons predicts the economic impacts of autonomous vehicles

2:30 The history of popular baby names in NZ

Every year we hear about the most popular baby names in NZ.  But how have those names changed over time?  What do these changes say about our historical development? 

Historian, Grant Morris of Victoria University looks back on some of the old fashioned names that used to be very popular.

Baby

Baby Photo: RNZ

3:10 Short Story Club

Today we will discuss the poem, Us by Fardowsa Mohamed - you can read it here

3:25 Tell me about your thesis

Merja Myllylahti tells us about her thesis investigating paywall, digital subscriptions and news companies' digital transformation in New Zealand.

3:30 RNZ Eyewitness

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

4:05 The Panel with Nevil Gibson and Ella Henry