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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 28 August 2018

Short Story Club

On Thursday we discuss another story from the newly digitised Landfall archive. The Letter, by Ruth Dallas

Email us about the story and the writer of the best email wins the latest edition of Landfall - Landfall 235.

1:10 Courtney Barnett live in studio!

We are stoked to have the amazing Courtney Barnett live in studio B ahead of her gigs in Auckland and Wellington

She's a Grammy and Brit Award nominated singer songwriter - she's won five Aria's in her home country of Australia and she's performed on Jimmy Fallon and some big festivals including Glastonbury and Laneway

She joins for a chat and performs a song.

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett Photo: Eventfinda

1.15 Eliminating mainland predators

Ridding our native forests of predators is constantly on the minds of conservationists, but it can be hard to do on a massive scale. Zero Invasive Predators, or ZIP, is a research and development project looking at ways to eliminate pests, and then keep them out. 

It is currently hard at work removing possums from the Perth River Valley in South Westland and it's Chief Executive Al Bramley updates us on how it's going. 

A possum caught on a DoC motion sensor camera.

A possum caught on a DoC motion sensor camera. Photo: DoC

1:25 Pause the pokies

Next week pubs and clubs around the country will "pause" their pokies for an hour in honour of Gambling Harm Awareness Week. 

The theme for the week is "take time out". Gamblers are encouraged to take a break and spend some time with whanau. 

Andree Froude from the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand tells about the impact pokies have on communities.


Pokies Photo: 123rf

1.35 Fashion collection inspired by Edmund Hillary

The rumpled shirt Edmund Hillary wears on the $5 note doesn't suggest the catwalk, but his family is getting ready to debut a range of clothing at New Zealand fashion week. The collection is inspired by the 1953 Mt Everest expedition and Edmund's grandsons George and Alexander Hillary will be modeling the collection. 

Their father Peter Hillary is the co-founder of Edmund Hillary Brands, who created this range. He talks to us about how the collection came together and what features of the original expedition inspired the new collection. 

George and Alexander Hillary modelling the Edmund Hillary Collection

George and Alexander Hillary modelling the Edmund Hillary Collection Photo: Supplied

1:40 Great album: Cream -  Wheels of Fire

2:10 Book critic Laura Caygill

Laura Caygill is the Community Library Manager for the Northcote Library and tells us about a book group with a difference that she set up in Auckland, called Reading Between the Wines

2:20 What is progressive rock?

Progressive Rock is a term that's been used widely for over 40 years. But it can be difficult to pin down what it actually is, and if it's still going. 

These questions drove Associate Professor Rob Burns from the University of Otago to investigate the genre and the musicians who make it. He's written a book called Experiencing Progressive Rock which investigates where the term came from, the music made and its enduring legacy. 

Steve Hackett playing with Genesis

Steve Hackett playing with Genesis Photo: Wikipedia

3:10 Anti-social media: Facebook and surveillance capitalism

There are two things wrong with Facebook; How it works and how people use it. 

This is the view of  Professor Siva  Vaidhyanathan, director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. He says a business model that relies on what he calls surveillance capitalism, monetizing your every click, is a recipe  for disaster.  He says social media is accelerating the deterioration of democractic and intellectual culture around the world. 

His new book is called Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy

Siva Vaidhyanathan

Siva Vaidhyanathan Photo: wikipedia

3:30 BBC Witness

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

4:05 The Panel with Janet Wilson and Gary McCormick


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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.