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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 19 March 2018

Simon Morton presents Afternoons today - Jesse will be back tomorrow

Short Story Club

This week we discuss Devotions by Kate De Goldi
And our give away to the writer of the best email about this is Kate's three YA novels, being reissued this month: Sanctuary; Love, Charley Mike; Closed, Stranger.

1:10 First song

1:15 Contraceptive pill for men closer

Contraceptive pill

Contraceptive pill Photo: Youtube

U.S researchers are closer than ever to developing an effective daily contraceptive pill for men. Clinical trials at the University of Washington Medical centre were successful in suppressing three hormones which are all needed for developing sperm.

Chief executive of Family Planning Jackie Edmond discusses why it has taken more than 70 years since a pill was available for women for one to be devised for men to take.

1:25 A warning for electric car owners

A warning for car electric owners, after it was revealed by a group of citizen scientists here in NZ that the Nissan Leaf, the most popular electric globally -  has a dodgy battery, which is bit of a worry as a new one will cost you around $6k.

Science and technology journalist Peter Griffin broke the story late last week, and explains what it means.

Electric Car Charging (Pixabay CC0 Creative Commons)

Electric Car Charging (Pixabay CC0 Creative Commons) Photo: Pixabay CC0 Creative Commons

1:35 Solar energy hack

Can mirrors boost solar panel output - and help overcome Trump's tariffs? In the US a new 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels, imposed by the Trump administration in January, is focussing attention back on a decidedly analogue way to do more with less.

The good old mirror- or 'booster reflector' to give it its technical name!- could be poised for a bit of a renaissance, according to engineering professor Joshua Pearce.

Now that panel costs in U.S. will go up, will reflectors make a comeback?

Now that panel costs in U.S. will go up, will reflectors make a comeback? Photo: Joshua M. Pearce, CC BY-SA

1:40 Great album Lotta Sea Lice

Lotta Sea Lice is a collaborative studio album between Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile

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Photo: wikipedia

2:10 Television Critic Briar Wyatt

2:20 Dutch elm disease strikes again

Around 18 elm trees will be removed on Mt Hobson in Auckland because they are infected with Dutch Elm disease.

The move by Auckland council and the Tūpuna Maunga Authority is essential, as the disease can spread quickly. Just last month another group of infected elms near Auckland Art Gallery had to be cut down.

Nick Turoa, Manager of Operations at Tūpuna Maunga, tells us more. 

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Photo: Flickr

2:30 Expert feature: the science of sourdough

Sam Forbes' sour Dough bread

Sam Forbes' sour Dough bread Photo: RNZ/Caitlin Cherry

Sam Forbes from Shelly Bay Bakery joins Simon Morton in the studio to talk about sourdough bread, from the bug to the finished loaf. He's happy to take your questions - email 

3:10 The women who made the internet

Broad Band book cover

From the very beginning of the computer age, women have been right there as pioneers helping to shape the internet. But their contributions have often been ignored or under valued.

Claire Evans tells the stories of women who became coders, engineers and dot com entrepreneurs  at pivotal  moments in Internet history.  Her book is called Broad Band;The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet

Claire Evans is also the lead singer of the pop duo, Yacht. 

Claire Evans

Claire Evans Photo: Stuart Sevastos - Yacht @ Wellington Square (1/3/2009), CC BY 2.0

3:35 Voices

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

4:05 The Panel with Stephen Franks and Lynda Hallinan