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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 18 July 2018

Short Story Club

This week we will discuss Movie, by Geoff Cochrane

And the writer of the best email about this story wins a copy of his collection, Astonished Dice, from 2014.

1:10 First song

1:15 Trump baby blimp an international hit

The lasting image of the protests against the US President Donald Trump in the UK was the Trump Baby blimp.

Jesse talks to one the the blimp's "babysitters" Kevin Smith about the impact of the balloon and the activists future plans for it.

Activists inflate a giant balloon depicting US President Donald Trump as an orange baby during a demonstration against Trump's visit to the UK in Parliament Square in London.

Photo: AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN

1:25 Celebrating upcycled fashion  

The discussion of waste has recently turned to fashion. The industry is one of the biggest contributors to world pollution, but some are trying to make it more ethical and sustainable.

In New Zealand, more than 100 million kilos of textile waste is chucked into our rubbish dumps each year. 

To combat this, is the country's only upcycled fashion awards show. It's been running for six years now and will be held in Carterton this weekend. 

The Oversew Fashion Awards creative director, Kate Williams, tells us about the event and the movement. 

1:35 Sound archives - cheese and butter exports

 Logo of Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Photo: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

New Zealand exporters are scrambling to reach new trade agreements with both Britain and the European Union as Brexit looms on the horizon.  Britain once bought all the butter, cheese and meat we could produce but when the closer ties with Europe were developed in the 1960s, we had to fight for access to those markets. 

In today's visit to the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision we are going to hear about cheese and butter exports.

1:40 Great album

2:20 Bookmarks with David Long

Our guest on Bookmarks is a founding member of the NZ band the Mutton Birds, David Long. In addition to being a successful musician he is also a composer and producer and has worked on many Peter Jackson films. He shares his favourite movies, music, books and more.

David Long

David Long Photo: Grant Maiden

3:10 Jonny Sun: how social media stars influence culture

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Photo: Jonny Sun

Jonathan Sun is a Ph.D candidate at one of America's most prestigious universities, MIT. He's an engineer, a designer and a star on Twitter, at least a comedy subculture on Twitter that revels in his  clever, absurd jokes that are funny and profound at the same time. 

While his alter ego on Twitter, Jonny Sun, piles on the followers, he is studying how social media stars influence culture.

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 Damian Christie and Susan Hornsby Geluk



NZ is full of amazing native creatures, and many of them are not cute and pretty! We are celebrating those less loved critters with some limited edition t-shirts illustrated by the amazing @giselledraws.

She was assisted by science advisor Mike Dickison and DoC's Threatened Species Ambassador, Nicola Toki.

To order a t-shirt please click here.