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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 9 April 2018

Short Story Club

Something a little different this Thursday. Instead of talking about a short story, we are doing a poetic analysis of two songs -Chris Knox's 'Not given Lightly' and Lou Reed's 'Perfect Day'. You can read them both here

1:10 First song

1:15 A check-in on conservation

Last year we talked to the new Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage, just a few days after she took up the role. 

At the time we discussed her plans and hopes for the role, and we thought it's time to get her back in for a catch up and see whether her vision has changed since then and what issues she's facing. 

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Photo: RNZ / Laura Tupou

1:25 The social history of buildings

Historian Elizabeth Cox specialises in the history of buildings, but she doesn't just look at the buildings themselves, she looks at their social histories as well.

She tells us some of the fascinating stories behind two Wellington buildings; Old St Paul's and the main building at Wellington East Girls College

Interior of Old St Pauls

Interior of Old St Pauls Photo: supplied

1:35 Providing clothes for kids in need

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Photo: Supplied

Kids go through clothes as fast as you can buy them, and if they don't have siblings for hand-me-downs, it can be a waste.

A clothing programme has been created in Wellington to take those clothes and footwear and give them to children in need, from decile one schools in the region.

Sarah Bacon started Forward Gear and tells us how it works. If you want to get involved email

1:40 Great album

2:10 Television Critic Linda Burgess

Linda reviews Ricky Gervais Humanity, and Fallet, which is sort of a spoof on Nordic Noir - both on Netflix.

2:40 Expert feature: Sci-fi and technology

Neil Dodgson is a professor of computer graphics at Victoria University. He was the head of the Graphics and Interaction Research Group at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory for 20 years.

He's with us today to talk about how science fiction can show us the possible pitfalls, and benefits, of technology.

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3:10 Why the rich fancy New Zealand

It's no secret that many millionaires with money to burn love the idea of owning a little piece of New Zealand. Some buy for the investment, others for the scenery and others still like the idea of a refuge in the South Pacific in the event of a global meltdown.

Perhaps the most famous billionaire preparing for the worst is Pay Pal co founder and venture capitalist Peter Thiel who famously became a New Zealand citizen in 2011 and bought a former sheep station on the shores of Lake Wanaka and a house in Queenstown.

Irish writer Mark O'Connell travelled to New Zealand recently in an effort to understand why New Zealand is the destination of choice for the Silicon Valley elite who believe Godzone is the place to wait out the apocalypse

Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel Photo: AFP

3:35 Voices

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

4:05 The Panel with Catherine Robertson and Kevin Milne


Music played in this show

1:10pm - FIRST SONG:
ARTIST: Florence and The Machine
TITLE:  Tiny Dancer
COMP: Elton John with lyrics by Bernie Taupin    
ALBUM: Elton John Revamp

1:45pm - GREAT ALBUM:

ARTIST: Sarah McLachlan    
TITLE: Possession    
COMP: Sarah McLachlan
ALBUM: Fumbling Toward Ecstasy    
LABEL: Arista (Australia/US)    

ARTIST: Sarah McLachlan    
TITLE: Hold On    
COMP: Sarah McLachlan
ALBUM: Fumbling Toward Ecstasy    
LABEL: Arista (Australia/US)    

ARTIST: Sarah McLachlan    
TITLE: Wait    
COMP:     Sarah McLachlan
ALBUM: Fumbling Toward Ecstasy    
LABEL: Arista (Australia/US)

ARTIST: Sarah McLachlan    
TITLE: Ice Cream
COMP:    Sarah McLachlan
ALBUM: Fumbling Toward Ecstasy    
LABEL: Arista (Australia/US)