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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 28 September 2018

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1:10 First song

1:15 Kavanaugh hearing roundup

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is president Donald Trump's preferred candidate to fill a vacant seat on the US Supreme Court.

However his nomination is in jeopardy, after several women stepped forward to accuse him of sexually harrassing and assaulting him while at high school.

Judge Kavanaugh is currently testifying at a hearing - ostensibly to gauge his suitability for the Supreme Court role - before the US Senate.

For the latest on the first day of the hearing we're joined from Los Angeles by Feature Story's Rachel Silverman.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee

Photo: AFP / Getty

1:25 Celebrating your 90th in style

What are your plans for your 90th, if you're lucky enough to make it that far?

Long-time RNZ listener Margaret Hawkins recently reached the milestone, and celebrated it in style - by launching herself out of an aeroplane, 13,000 feet up in the air.

Margaret joins us to talk about a lifetime of exhilaration, and why age really is just a number.

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1:35 Dominic Harvey, and the art of marathon running

Dominic Harvey is probably best-known as the host of The Edge's morning show from 6-10am weekdays, but he's also a running addict.

Last year he released a book about his passion - Running, A Love Story, and over the past year he's knocked some running-related goals off his bucket list.

So he's re-releasing a revised version of the book - and he joins us to talk a bit about the beauty of perennial movement.

1:40 Great album

2:10 Film Review with Richard Swainson 

Today Richard reviews Ladies in Black and Leave No Trace

2:20 NZ Live: Fables

Fables are an Auckland based band led by singer-songwriter Jessica Bailey. She's joined in each iteration of the band by a rotating cast of instrumentalists and singers, creating a different sound each time.

Fables are in the middle of their first nationwide tour and have taken a pit stop to join NZ Live in the Wellington studio. 

Fables

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3:10 Kira Ghidoni's mushrooms with egg and asparagus 

Kira Ghidoni, the new head chef at The Grove restaurant, tells us about the new role and shares her spring recipe - Mushrooms with poached egg and asparagus

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3:20 Talk the Walk: Waiheke's Te Ara Hura

Vicki Angland from I Walk Waiheke tells us about about the island's five day walk, Te Ara Hura - the path of discovery.

The track covers everything from coastal walkways, trails through native bush and forest, farm tracks and gravel roads, and short tramping tracks that dart in and out of the quirky little villages, behind schools and along beaches.

And if you like wine you can finish each day at a vineyard! 

3:25 Critter of the Week Micro land snails

In rich, healthy ‘litter-layers’ on forest floors all over New Zealand, our critter this week is busy doing its thing.  But you’d hardly know – our micro land snails are exactly that – really really tiny and a microscope is needed to see most of the species.  

 DOC’s Threatened Species Ambassador, Nicola Toki, shines a light on our developing knowledge of these snails.

A selection of New Zealand land snails, showing a variety of patterns and shapes. From left to right, Phenacohelix lucetta, Tubuaia novoseelandica and Wainuia urnula, which is one of our largest land snails. It can be 2-3 cm across, and hunts amphipods.

A selection of New Zealand land snails, showing a variety of patterns and shapes. From left to right, Phenacohelix lucetta, Tubuaia novoseelandica and Wainuia urnula, which is one of our largest land snails. It can be 2-3 cm across, and hunts amphipods. Photo: David Roscoe / Department of Conservation

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

4:05 The Panel with Beck Eleven and Ian Telfer