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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 29 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 Miss June perform live

This Friday the Auckland music festival, The Others Way takes place at a range of venues on Karangahape Road, and among the acts performing is Auckland band, Miss June.

They join us for a live performance.

Miss June

Miss June Photo: supplied

1:15 Addiction - a public health crisis

This week we've touched on different forms of addiction, the synthetic drugs crisis in Maraenui and problem gambling

Today we're going to be talk about overdosing, ahead of International Overdose Awareness Day this Friday.

The problem, Sue Paton of the Addiction Practitioners' Association Aotearoa New Zealand says, is that we treat addiction as a moral or legal issue - not a health one.

She tells what we need to do as a country to help those affected. 

 Major Keelan begs on the streets of Napier to feed his addiction.

Major Keelan begs on the streets of Napier to feed his addiction. Photo: RNZ / Luke McPake

1:25 Diary of a second-hand bookseller

Sixteen years ago Shaun Bythell took over the The Bookshop in Wigtown in western Scotland. It's one of the largest second-hand book shops in Scotland and has over 100,000 books on its shelves.

His book, Diary of a Bookseller, tells the story of a year working in the bookshop and has captured the imaginations of readers all over the world. 

He's travelling around New Zealand talking about his bookshop and book in big cities and small towns.

Shaun Bythell

Shaun Bythell Photo: Profile Books

1:35 Sound Archives - The first Trans-Tasman flight.

 Logo of Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Photo: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

If you’re a frequent flyer, popping over to Australia and the 3-hour “hop over the ditch” is almost something of a commuter run  -  but 90 years ago, New Zealanders had never seen a plane arrive from another country, and the first-ever trans-Tasman flight was fraught with danger and excitement, as we will hear in recordings from today’s visit to the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.

1:40 Great album - Parade by Prince

2:20 Bookmarks: Giant snails and chandeliers with Anthony Grant

Anthony Grant is an Auckland barrister with a passion for art and making it accessible to people who steer clear of art galleries. His 25 acre Sculptureum at Matakana is filled with works from around the world. He talks to Jesse about His favourite books, music and art.

Sculptureum owner Anthony Grant with Pink Snails by the Cracking Art Group

Sculptureum owner Anthony Grant with Pink Snails by the Cracking Art Group Photo: supplied

3:10 Our relationship with trees

Every tree tells a story. From the mighty Kauri in New Zealand  to  the Japanese Lacquer tree, whose sap was used by a sect of monks to mummify themselves. Trees are important to almost every aspect of human life. We build our homes with them.

We explored the world in ships crafted from wood. Jonathan Drori is a longtime BBC producer and trustee of the Eden Project, a British eco-tourism site. He explores our relationship with trees in a new book called Around the World in 80 Trees.  

Jonathan Drori

Jonathan Drori Photo: supplied

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 Penny Ashton and Andrew Austin


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Photo: RNZ/Liminal/DoC


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