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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 19 July 2018

Short Story Club

After 3 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 Stopping burnout in sporty kids

Earlier this week on the programme we spoke to Black Fern Selica Winiata about the pressure on children in sport causing problems and leading to them dropping out from playing. 

In response to that we were contacted by AUT's  Head of Department Coaching, Health & PE at the School of Sport and Recreation, Simon Walters who's researched the very topic we were discussing. 

He and his colleagues have looked the concerns worldwide about the changing nature of both childhoods and the increasing serious nature of adult-controlled sport for young people.

He joins us to talk about what they've found and possibly what needs to change. 

A photo of smiling children on bending knees ready to run a race

Photo: serrnovik/123RF

1:30 Alternative Mental Health Centre

Marcelle Lunam

Marcelle Lunam Photo: supplied

A Christchurch woman's frustrations with the mental health system have led her to proposing a new centre for the city with a different approach.

Marcelle Lunam's working to get the Tūmanako Wellness Centre built to provide an alternative option for mental health patients and their families.

Her difficulties in dealing with the current system began when her brother went missing from a mental health facility and was lost for days.

She speaks about where the project is at and what her vision is for the centre.

1:40 Great album - Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water

2:10 Theatre Critic Lin Clark

Lin Clark reviews the new production of Elisabeth Easther's play, Seed.

2:20 Solving the World's Problems

This is our fortnightly attempt to solve the world's problems one small thing at a time.

NZ Herald senior writer Simon Wilson debates the pros and cons of building a statue of Papatūānuku at Bastion Point. Simon looks back on the public reaction around iconic statues such as the Eiffel Tower and the Sydney Opera House when they were proposed. 

An Auckland hapu is considering building a statue on Bastion Point.

An Auckland hapu is considering building a statue on Bastion Point. Photo: Google Maps

2:30 The history of cathedrals in NZ

Cathedrals are prominent landmarks in many NZ cities.  They have played an important role in NZ’s history, both symbolically and practically. 

Today historian Grant Morris from Victoria University looks at the history of cathedrals in NZ and helps us understand the ‘why?’ and ‘how?’ behind these huge buildings.

St Mary's Catholic Cathedral and Parliament Buildings, Hill Street, Thorndon, [ca 1880]

St Mary's Catholic Cathedral and Parliament Buildings, Hill Street, Thorndon, [ca 1880] Photo: National Library of NZ

3:10 Short Story Club

Author Tracy Farr discusses Movie, by Geoff Cochrane.

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

3:25 Tell me about your thesis: distracted driving

Have you ever been driving somewhere new but found yourself driving your usual route home instead?

Bridget Burdett has just completed her PHD thesis on Mind wandering during every day driving - and whether it is a cause of crashes. Bridget is now a transport engineer at Stantec.

Bridget Burdett - Distracted Driving

Bridget Burdett - Distracted Driving Photo: supplied

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

4:05 The Panel with Ganesh Nana and Janet Wilson

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Photo: RNZ/Liminal/DoC

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