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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 9 May 2018

Short Story Club

This week we feature two poems

To the trees of summer by Marty Smith

Into the first cold by Albert Wendt

We'll have a giveaway book for the writer of the best email -

1:10 Sophie Morris performs live

Sophie Morris is a singer and performer who specialises in musical theatre and contemporary classical music and on Saturday kicks off her month-long tour with the Australian ensemble, The Ten Tenors.

Sophie Morris

Sophie Morris Photo: supplied

1:15 Cyber security in the quantum computing age 

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Photo: Supplied / The Royal Society

For National Privacy Week this week, a scientist is speaking to parliament to warn them of the dangers of the coming quantum age, and to offer some solutions.

Professor Artur Ekert, from Oxford University, is a leader in the field of quantum cryptography, a system that protects data security against espionage and crime, when quantum computers become the norm. 

He's in New Zealand working with the Dodd Walls Centre's international science advisory board.

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

1:25 The history of Christian peace activism in NZ

New Zealand has a long tradition of peace activism and much of it has been Christian led. A new book, Pursuing Peace in Godzone has looked back on that activism since World War 2.

We speak to one of its authors, Geoffrey Troughton, a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Victoria University.

Waihopai spy base

The Waihopai spy base in Marlborough. Photo: Photo NZ

1:35 Sound Archives: NZ's international music successes

It’s New Zealand Music Month and in our visit to the sound archives today with Sarah Johnston of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision we’ll hear from some of Kiwi artists reflecting on their first international success.

1:40 Great album

2:20 Screen producer and Te Reo advocate Nicole Hoey on Bookmarks

As well as being a talented small screen producer Nicole Hoey is passionate about Maori language and culture.

She speaks to Jesse on today's bookmarks about her latest project for pre-schoolers, Tākaro Tribe, and her favourite books, films and music.  

Here are Nicole's favourite picks for today's Bookmarks.


Pounamu Pounamu - by Witi Ihimaera
Te Whānau Moana - by McCully Matiu and Margaret Mutu
A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry


Hineraukatauri by Hinewehi Mohi & NZSO
Ghetto Gospel by Tupac and Elton John

Television and Movies

La Dolce Vita  -  Fellini
Desperate Remedies - Stewart Main and Peter Wells
Once were Warriors - Lee Tamahouri
And of course Tākaro Tribe and Pūkana

3:10  A trans woman on losing male privilege

Paula Stone Williams

Paula Stone Williams Photo: Pestridge Photography

When Paula Stone Williams transitioned from male to female, she knew she would be treated differently. She wanted to be treated like a woman.  But what she didn't expect was the loss of privilege as a well educated, affluent white man.

She says the change was dramatic and immediate. 

She noticed that what she said when she was a man was treated with more credibility than when she said it as a woman. 

She offers her observations of gender from both sides and how culture is tilted in favor of white men.

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 with Jo McCarroll and Scott Campbell