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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 24 July 2018

Short Story Club

On Thursday 26 July we will discuss  Sia Figiel's 'Freelove', which was extracted to work as a short story in the 2017 anthology Black Marks on the White Page, but is actually a part of her new novel Freelove, published last month by Little Island Press, NZ, which is a New Zealand-based community publisher and social enterprise focused on Pasifika works.

A copy of Freelove goes to the writer of the best email about the short story -

1:10 First song

1:15 Meating of the minds

Global meat consumption is rocketing - particularly in developing countries - but the health and environmental effects of meat-heavy diets and intensified farming can be stark.

Professor Ralph Sims from Massey University joins us to discuss how much meat is too much, and how harnessing technology could be the way of the future.

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Photo: wikipedia

1:25 New Zealand's only space lawyer

Who owns the moon? What happens if two astronauts have a fist-fight? How do you get a permit to send a rocket ship into the atmosphere?

Maria Pozza is this country's only lawyer specialising in outer space and joins the programme to answer all these questions and more

Crab Nebula

Crab Nebula Photo: Supplied

1:35 Gin and Beer it in Parliament

Jamie Tahana from RNZ International jumps into the studio to give us a brief history of nearly everything to do with New Zealand parliament's boozy past

Alfred Domett's 1856 sketch of a parliamentarian, flanked by two police officers, staggering home from parliament worse for wear.

Alfred Domett's 1856 sketch of a parliamentarian, flanked by two police officers, staggering home from parliament worse for wear. Photo: Parliament website

1:40 Great album

2:10 Treasures from the library

Laura Caygill from Auckland libraries takes us through some of the out of print gems you can still find at your local library, from old cookbooks to classic New Zealand novels of the past and even a collection of obscure Virginia Woolf essays

2:20 NZs hip hop heritage with Gareth Shute

Gareth Shute is a musician and author who's written five books on New Zealand music, including Hip Hop Music in AotearoaMaking Music In New Zealand, Insights: New Zealand Artists Talk About Creativity, NZ Rock: 1987-2007, and Concept Albums. He also writes for the music history website Audioculture and today he talks to Jesse about the pivotal points in the evolution of hip hop in Aotearoa.

3:10 Office agony aunt, Alison Green

Alison Green is agony aunt of the workplace. She has an advice column called Ask a Manager for workplace and management issues in New York Magazine, and on her website and podcast.

She hands out advice about everything from working with your best friend to how to alert a co-worker that deodorant is a good thing. 

Her years of workplace wisdom includes how to write a decent cover letter and CV as well as advice on performing well in a job interview.

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Photo: supplied

3:30 Spoken Feature

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

4:05 The Panel with Lavina Good and Simon Pound


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Photo: RNZ/Liminal/DoC


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.


We have set aside 5 dollars from every t-shirt sale and plan to donate it to a community volunteer group that is working on local habitat protection or critter conservation. To apply please email us details of what your group does and what you would do with the money.

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