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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 19 April 2018

Short Story Club

After 3 we discuss Fear of Cake by Barbara Else

The writer of the best email wins a copy of her new book Go Girl: A storybook of epic NZ Women

1:10 First song

1:15 Susan Tipuna: community leader

When Wairoa early childhood teacher Susan Tipuna realised children with special needs in her community lacked support she decided to do something about it.

She started Kura Precious Ones Special Needs Support Group to help the whānau, parents, and other carers who look after children with autism and special needs.

Susan Tipuna

Susan Tipuna Photo: Supplied

1:25 Eli Matthewson "An inconvenient poof"

The comedy festival starts next week. Jesse is joined in the studio by comedian and writer Eli Matthewson who's going to be performing his new show, An Inconvenient poof in Auckland and Wellington

Eli Matthewson

Eli Matthewson Photo: supplied

1:35 What lurks in the southern fiords?

What lurks in our seldom explored Fiordland waters? A Victoria University research team is on a mission to find out. They have spent ten days exploring the waters of  Doubtful, Dusky and Breaksea Sounds and made some suprising discoveries.  

Video courtesy Dr Joe Marlow

1:40 Great album: Pink Floyd - Meddle

2:05 Champion chilli eater

The heats for the New Zealand chilli eating champs are on at the moment. We speak to last years winner, Stewart Gauld who is hoping to defend his crown. He tells us what it takes to eat the world's hottest chillis.

2:20 Your Money with Mary Holm - Why timing the markets doesn’t work

People are always asking whether now is the time to buy or sell shares or property – often after watching the share or property market rise or fall fast. The trouble is that by the time they’ve got the idea, it’s too late. The price has already moved, and it’s quite likely, in fact, that its next move will be in the opposite direction.

Lots of research shows that people who try to cash in on market moves do much worse than those who get their investments right in the first place and then just sit on them – regardless of what the markets are doing.

That doesn’t mean you should never change your investments – in KiwiSaver or otherwise. But the changes should be based on what’s happening for you, not in the markets. And even then, it’s usually better to make your changes gradually.

Mary will respond to two listeners’ letters about their efforts to time markets. 

3:10 Short Story Club

Today we discuss Fear of Cake by Barbara Else

The writer of the best email wins a copy of her new book Go Girl: A storybook of epic NZ Women

3:25 Tell me about your thesis

Luke Krieg tells us about his thesis on applied laser physics, which can be used to help make smaller, cheaper computers.

3:30 Are We There Yet?

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

4:05 The Panel Hosted by Wallace Chapman with panellists Mike Rehu and Alexia Russell