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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 9 October 2018

Short Story Club 

On Thursday we discuss Anne Kennedy's An Angel Entertains Theatricals It was included in the anthology Some Other Country: New Zealand's Best Short Stories and was originally published in Landfall 172 (1989).

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The winner of the best email will get a copy if Anne Kennedy's new novel The Ice Shelf

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New Critter of the Week T-shirts! 

We have a new selection of limited edition Critter of the Week T-shirts, including children's sizes plus a tea towel! 

To order one click here, you only have until 31st October to get your orders in. 

1:10 First song

1:15 A one-stop shop for Christchurch quake claims

The government has announced a new "hub" offering a bunch of separate services to Christchurch locals with ongoing earthquake-related problems.

It'll include mental health support, engineering expertise, and advisors from EQC and Southern Response.

But is there a danger the hub could turn into a confused bureaucratic hodgepodge?

PR consultant and Christchurch resident Ali Jones joins us to discuss

Minister of Government Digital Services Megan Woods announced that hundreds of pages of documents regarding Derek Handley have just been released.

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

1:25 Death in popular culture

Death is one of the most ubiquitous settings and plot devices in the TV, films and theatre we consumer, and has been since antiquity.

What does our portrayal of death in media tell us about how we view and relate to it?

Erin Harrington is a lecturer in English and Cultural Studies at the University of Canterbury and also authored "The Casketeers and prime-time tangihanga" - a chapter in the book Death and Dying in New Zealand.

Erin Harrington

Erin Harrington Photo: supplied

1:35 Why you should eat less meat ... from a man who owns a meat company

Jason Ross is the co-founder of First Light - a wagyu beef and venison company headquartered in Hawkes Bay - so you'd expect him to be spreading the Gospel According to Carnivores.

But not so - Jason actually wants you to eat less meat.

He joins us to explain why his meat is unique among New Zealand producers, and why quality is more important than quantity.

A closeup of fresh chicken meat on a wooden board.

90 percent of fresh chicken meat is contaminated with the bacteria. Photo: c 2106 Mark Stout

1:40 Great album

2:10 Book critic: Catherine Robertson

Catherine discusses three upcoming writers events - Hawke's Bay Readers and Writers Festival, Women's Bookshop Ladies Litera-tea, and LitCrawl. 

2:20 Music Feature: Urban Myths

Sometimes songs take on a life of their own and all sorts of interpretations develop around them. And sometime those interpretations reach mythical heights.  

Jared Mackely-Crump has selected some of the most persistent music-related urban legends to fact-bust today...or maybe some DO have elements of truth.

Phil Collins

Phil Collins Photo: Phil Collins

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Photo: Supplied

3:10 What goes on in a private prison

New Zealand has an on again off again relationship with the idea of private companies running prisons. Right now, we have  the 4th largest population of inmates in private prisons in the world, more than the United States.

Investigative journalist Shane Bauer took a job as a guard at a private prison in Louisiana in order to peel back the barbed wire and see first hand what goes on inside at least one American private prison.

He explains how profit and prison collide in his new book American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment. 

3:30 Spoken Feature

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

4:05 The Panel with Janet Wilson and Peter Dunne