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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 4 October 2018

Short Story Club

Today we discuss After Birth by Sarah Laing. Email your thoughts about it to jesse@rnz.co.nz

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

1:10 First song - Troy Kingi

It's Silver Scrolls day and we're lucky enough to have one of the finalists in studio with us.

You'll know the name, Troy Kingi is a musician and actor, he's been nominated for excellence in song writing for his psychedelic jam Aztechknowledgy. We talk to him about the honour. 

RNZ will have special coverage on the awards show tonight from 7pm, you can check that out here.

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1.15 How do we fund innovation? 

How can we make New Zealand a more innovative place? The Government is trying to boost research and development with an increased tax credit for businesses. It's also broadening the credits to include smaller businesses. 

Dr Benjamin Fath from Auckland University's Graduate School of Management thinks we need to keep a weather eye on the international scene, and he joins me on the line now. 

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1:25 New Zealand's longest-running charity

There are many services for people in New Zealand for who need someone to talk to but they can be out of reach for those struggling to afford professional counselling.

Home and Family Counselling is a community-based service filling that gap. This year it's celebrating 125 years, making it the country's longest-running charity.

Executive Director Shelley Anderson is here to tell us about more about what it does and how it's changed over the years. 

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1:35 Classic car show hitting NZ screens

A new show is revving onto our screens at the moment. Start Me Up is an automobile show with a focus on fixing up clapped out classic cars and getting them back on the road. 

It's co-hosted by Mike O'Donnell and Martin Lafferty and Martin joins me now.

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1:40 Great album - General Electric by Shihad

2:10 Theatre Critic - Terry MacTavish

Terry MacTavish from Theatreview looks at Eloise in the Middle and give us a wrap of the Dunedin Arts Festival. You can read her full review of the show here

2:20 Your Money with Mary Holm: KiwiSaver worries

Mary answers listeners’ worries about KiwiSaver. 

They include: how to learn about the basics of the scheme; whether the government can be trusted not to take the money; whether fees are ripping off children in KiwiSaver; whether parents commit their kids to KiwiSaver; and comparing KiwiSaver with non-KiwiSaver investments.

Most retirees will eventually rely on superannuation.

Most retirees will eventually rely on superannuation. Photo: 123RF

2:45 The Reading

Episode #7 in the Nuhaka Dreaming series. You can listen to it here. 

3:10 Short Story Club

Today we discuss After Birth by Sarah Laing. Email your thoughts about it to jesse@rnz.co.nz

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

3:30 Are We There Yet?

Today we begin a new season of our parenting podcast Are We There Yet? And this week: why do they lie?

Along with their times tables and tying their shoe laces, our children quickly learn how to fib and it drives parents crazy. Katy Gosset looks at why kids lie and how we can (hopefully) make them stop.   

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

4:05 The Panel with Ganesh Nana and Michele A'Court