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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 3 October 2018

Short Story Club

This Thursday we discuss After Birth by Sarah Laing. Email your thoughts about it to

The prize for the writer of the best email is Prize is The Fall of Light also by Sarah Laing. 

1:10 First song

1.15 Central Otago airport tension

Queenstown Airport has decided not to go ahead with expansion after the public had their say. Submissions were heavily against the extension and the airport says it's listening to the community. It's another example of the continuing tension over the need for more infrastructure to cater to the annual flood of tourists into Central Otago. The chair of the Wanaka Tourism Board Mark Morrison thinks the approach to building a system that works is to make sure everyone's on board.

Passengers board commercial jet at Queenstown Airport.

Photo: 123RF

1:25 Swedish lessons on well-being

How do you improve someone's well-being? Especially if they're a child. That's the question on the mind of the Government at the moment as they set out to halve child poverty in the next decade. 

In Sweden child poverty has been drastically reduced and two experts on the Swedish system are in Aotearoa to share their insights.

One of them is the director of the Swedish Level of living survey Jan Jonsson and he joins Jesse on the line. 

Lunch box from decile 10 school

Photo: RNZ / Brad White

1:35 Ngā Taonga Sound Archives: Māori in London

For homesick Māori in the UK,  they are whānau when you’re 12,000 kilometres from home. For Kiwis of all backgrounds,  they are the face of New Zealand in Britain, Europe and beyond. 

Ngāti Rānana, the London-based Māori cultural group is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. 

Sarah Johnston from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision has been into the sound archives to find out more about the history of the Māori presence in London. For more information click here

1:40 Great album

2:10 Music critic - Marty Jones 

Marty reviews Woman by Cat Power featuring Lana Del Ray and Prince's Mary Don't You Weep

2:20 Bookmarks - Leimomi Oakes

Leimomi Oakes is a Wellingtonian fashion and textile historian, sewing teacher, writer and part-time university lecturer. She hails from Hawaii, where she lived on the remote island of Molokai, making her own clothes because there were no stores.

She runs sewing classes 4 nights a week at the Dreamstress School of Vintage clothing, and says we're in the midst of a sewing revival. You can check out her blog here.

She shares her favourite books, movies, and songs with us. 

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Photo: The Dreamstress

3:10 Why coddling is hurting the next generation

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Photo: Supplied

Safe spaces and trigger warnings are becoming just as much a feature of University as late night cramming sessions and ramen noodles for dinner. In the US, controversial speakers have been barred from speaking on some campuses for fear of upsetting students.

First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt say the generation after millennials, iGen, is facing a mental health crisis because of helicopter parenting and smartphone addiction.

Their new book is The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure. Greg Lukianoff explains the problem. 

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 David Farrar and Verity Johnson