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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 15 August 2018

On Short Story Club this Thursday we are going to discuss a brilliant short story by Janet Frame, called The Bath. 

The story can be found in the recently digitised Landfall Archive, run by Otago University Press. The Bath  was published in 1965 in Landfall 75. To read it you need to click on the landfall cover in the link here and scroll down 7 pages to the story, which is on pg 225.

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The writer of the best email wins a copy of To The Mountains: A Collection of New Zealand Apline Writing published by Otago University Press

1:10 First song: Kings and Associates perform live

Australian blues band, Kings and Associates join Jesse in studio B in Auckland - they're here for a tour of the North Island

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1:15 Morandi Bridge collapse in Genoa, Italy

Earlier this morning 23 people died and a further 15 injured when the Morandi Bridge collapsed. 

Professor Alessandro Palermo of the University of Canterbury joins us to talk a bit about this specific bridge, and what can cause such structures to collapse.

Rescuers inspect the rubble after a section of a motorway bridge collapsed earlier in Genoa.

Rescuers inspect the rubble after a section of a motorway bridge collapsed earlier in Genoa. Photo: AFP

1:25 Henry Hargreaves: Birthdays that will never come ...

Renowned New Zealand-born, New York-based photographer and food artist Henry Hargreaves has created a photographic exhibition of cakes and nostalgia for the 10th anniversary of the Wellington On A Plate food festival.

It celebrates the 'uncelebratable' birthdays of baby names submitted, but then declined in New Zealand.

He joins us in the studio to talk about the inspiration for the exhibition, and the universal power of Food as Art.

1:35 Sound archives: 1968 - the year the young took charge

Fifty years ago, the first wave of children born in the post-World War II baby boom were growing up  - and they weren’t happy about the world they had inherited.

There was widespread upheaval as protests and demonstrations, driven largely by young people, swept through cities from Paris and Prague to Chicago and Wellington. 

In today’s visit to the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Sarah Johnston takes us back to the unrest of 1968.

1:40 Great album

2:20 Bookmarks with Ursula Cheer

Christchurch born and bred University of Canterbury's Dean of Law Ursula Cheer is into her dogs, poetry, John Clark, musicals and she subscribes to UK satirical magazine Private Eye. She is also the first woman to hold the Dean's position at Canterbury's Law School. Today we'll find out more about her life and the books,music and other things that she loves.

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3:10 977 days held captive by pirates

Journalist Michael Scott Moore  never expected his research on the history of piracy in the Horn of Africa to include first hand experience.

He was in Somalia researching the book when pirates took him hostage and held him for two and a half years.

He describes his treatment, attempted escape and the mental gymnastics required to survive such an ordeal in his new book, The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast.

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 : Tim Watkin hosts the Panel and is joined by Victoria Stewart and Martin Cocker


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