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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 28 March 2018

Short Story Club

On Thursday we will discuss The Kitchen Pig Smokes the Mouseketeers by Amy Head

The writer of the best email about this story wins Amy's first collection of short fiction, Tough.

1:10 First song: The Nairobi Trio

The Waiheke Island Jazz Festival is on this Easter weekend, and among the acts is the Nairobi trio - who've been playing and touring here and around the world for nearly 30 years now. They join us to perform live.

Nairobi Trio

Nairobi Trio Photo: supplied

1:15 Sedentary preschoolers likely to be obese

In a world first, Otago University researchers have tracked physical activity and sedentary behaviour in preschoolers and then measured body fat once they were five.

They found that less active children had significantly higher excess body fat.Their findings have been published in the International Journal of Obesity.

Researcher Dr Kim Meredith Jones explains to Jesse why toddlers aren't as physically active as they should be and what it means for their health.

Toddler on a bike

Toddler on a bike Photo: RNZ/Alexander Robertson

1:25 RNZ's Megan Whelan returns from global media workshop

RNZ's acting digital editor, Megan Whelan, was chosen in a group of just 28 women leaders in media from around the world to attend a Poynter media leadership academy.

There were more than 600 applicants for a place at the academy and Megan was able to rub shoulders with editors from news organisations like the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, POLITICO and WIRED.

It was in Florida last week and she's back now to tell us what she learned.

RNZ's acting Digital Editor, Megan Whelan sitting next to a statue of Nelson Poynter.

RNZ's acting Digital Editor, Megan Whelan sitting next to a statue of Nelson Poynter. Photo: Supplied

1:35 Sound Archives - Pat McMinn and Rabbits in New Zealand

In today's visit to the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision with Sarah Johnston, we will pay tribute to Kiwi singing star of the 1950s Pat McMinn who passed away last week - and with Easter around the corner, we will hear about memories of the first arrival of rabbits in southern New Zealand.

1:40 Great album

2:10 Music critic - Marty Jones

Marty Jones reviews Mark Pritchard's Come Let Us and Not In Love We're Just High by Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

2:20 Bookmarks - James Roque

Our Bookmarks guest this week has been using comedy to get across the message of what it is like to be an immigrant in this country.

James Roque will be part of next month's Comedy Fest performing his solo show 'Legal Alien'. He's also part of a sketch group called Frickin Dangerous Bro and is the co-founder of Proudly Asian Theatre. 

James Roque

James Roque Photo: Supplied

3:10 Harpooning Space Junk

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Photo: BBC

Junk in space is a whale of a problem. There are more than 75 hundred tonnes of junk orbiting the earth. European aerospace company Airbus thinks it has a whale of a solution; a high tech harpoon.

The harpoon would round up defunct satellites and drag them into earth's atmosphere to burn up. The big concern is an 8 tonne earth observation satellite that died 6 years ago.

We'll talk to Airbus advanced projects engineer Alastair Wayman about how the harpoon may be just the thing to move the monster safely out of the way.  

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

3:35 Science and environment stories

Stories from Our Changing World.

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

4:05 The Panel hosted by Wallace Chapman with Peter Dunne and Dellwyn Stuart