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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 1 May 2018

Short Story Club

'I Shall be her Witness' by Linda Olsson is this week's short story. Email us to be in to win her new novel, A Sister in My House

April Fish

April Fish Photo: RNZ

1:10 First song: April Fish perform live

It's the first day of NZ music month, so we're starting the show off with a live song by a local Wellington act, April Fish - aka Katie Morton.

She's a classically trained pianist who plays in the Klaus Vermillion Quartet, but also performs what she calls "space odyssey chamber music" as April Fish.

1:15 Curtains for Fortune Theatre

Another blow for Dunedin with the Fortune Theatre being shut down this morning and no plans to reopen it. The iconic theatre was struggling financially and the board of trustees told the 11 staff this morning it could not go on.

The Fortune Theatre was founded in 1974 and has put on over 400 productions.

Haley van Leeuwen is the chair of the Board of Trustees and she explains to Jesse  the financial problems which have led to the company being shut down.

Fortune Theatre in Dunedin

Fortune Theatre in Dunedin Photo: RNZ

1:25 Downtime Dice for emotional recovery from stress.

The All Blacks mental skills coach Gilbert Enoka talks to us about a new initiative to help Cantabrians manage their mental health. From today, multi-sided dice are being given out, printed with ways to relieve stress. Get outside,  listen to music, turn your phone off and practising gratitude are just few suggestions. Gilbert Enoka says taking time out to de-stress will recharge energy levels and shouldn't make you feel guilty.

Gilbert Enoka

Gilbert Enoka Photo: All Right?.com

1:37 Vitamin C for a cold - fact or old wives' tale?

What do you do when you get a cold? Take lots of vitamin C? Biochemist and research scientist Dr Frances-Rose Schumacher is science correspondent for The Wireless. She looks into the science of whether those feijoas are actually helping stop your cold in its tracks. She's written an article on her findings.


Feijoas Photo: Public Domain

1:40 Great album: White Ladder: David Gray

2:10 Book critic Paula Morris

Paula Morris talks political books

2:20 Music Feature: Jazz arrives in New Zealand

Dr Aleisha Ward is going to take our hand and waltz us through a particular time when jazz was first gaining popularity in New Zealand and around the world.


Aleisha’s an award-winning writer, freelance editor, and lecturer in music history. She writes about jazz in New Zealand for a number of publications and we’re lucky enough to have her in the studio today.

Ace-High Dance Band, ca 1926, probably in Wellington.

Ace-High Dance Band, ca 1926, probably in Wellington. Photo: Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington.

3:10 Helen Brown on special cats

Bono, Helen Brown's cat

Bono, Helen Brown's cat Photo: Helen Brown

When best selling author Helen Brown packed her bags and headed to New York to promote a book about a cat that changed her life, she never expected to meet another cat who changed her life. 

Cats played a big part in helping her heal with tragedy struck her family and then she was diagnosed with cancer.  Just when life was getting back on track, a wild Persian named Bono entered her life. He had been  rescued from Hurricane Sandy. Brown and  needed a foster family while waiting for a permanent home.  She explains how this crazy cat helped her embrace life and the unexpected.  

Her new book is called Bono: the rescue cat who helped me find my way home

3:30 Ours: Treasures from Te Papa

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

4:05 The Panel with Lavina Good and Simon Pound


Music played in this show

1:10pm - FIRST SONG:


ARTIST: April Fish
TITLE: Silver or Sulfur     
COMP: Katie Morton    
ALBUM: An Alien Invaded the Circus    
RNZ Live recording  

1:45pm - GREAT ALBUM:

ARTIST: David Gray     
TITLE:     Babylon
COMP: Gray
ALBUM: White Ladder
LABEL:  iht, ATO/RCA, East West    

ARTIST: David Gray     
TITLE:     This Year's Love
COMP: Gray     
ALBUM: White Ladder
LABEL:  iht, ATO/RCA, East West    

ARTIST: David Gray     
TITLE:     Please Forgive Me
COMP:    Gray
ALBUM: White Ladder
LABEL:  iht, ATO/RCA, East West        

ARTIST: David Gray     
TITLE: Sail Away    
COMP: Gray
ALBUM: White Ladder
LABEL:  iht, ATO/RCA, East West

TITLE: Livery Stable Blues
ARTIST: Original Dixieland Jass Band
COMP: Ray Lopez
LABEL: Victor
ALBUM: Dixie Jass Band One-Step

TITLE: Maori-Hula Medley
ARTIST: Bert Ralton's Savoy Havana Band
COMP: Bert Ralton
LABEL: Columbia
ALBUM: Single
TITLE: Charlestonette
ARTIST: Paul Whiteman
COMP: Paul Whiteman
LABEL: Leo Feist
ALBUM: Single

TITLE: Freshie
ARTIST: Sydney Simpson And His Wentworth Cafe Orchestra
COMP: Sydney Simpson
ALBUM: Single

TITLE: Royal Garden Blues
ARTIST: Mary Stafford and Her Jazz Band
COMP: Clarence Williams and Spencer Williams
LABEL: Columbia
ALBUM: Single

TITLE: My Heart
ARTIST: Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five
COMP: Lil Hardin-Armstrong)
LABEL: Okeh 8320-B