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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 15 October 2018

Short Story Club 

On Thursday we discuss Judith White's The Dog in the Room

The winner of the best email will get a copy of Good Dog! Edited by Stephanie Johnson. 

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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 - Dylan Joel

Today for first song we have Melbourne singer songwriter and rapper, Dylan Joel in the studio.

He's been described to as a mix between Ed Sheeran and Chance the Rapper, two pretty big names in very different genres. After hitting the scene in 2015, he's back with new music. 

He's here to talk about the new singles and his just finished tour. 

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Photo: Supplied

1:15 Cycling New Zealand in the firing line

Cycling New Zealand's high performance programme has been eviscerated in a new report, which describes a culture with a total lack of accountability, issues with inappropriate sexual behaviour, and a familiar thread of alcohol running through it.

RNZ sports report Clay Wilson joins us to explain more

Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins give it everything.

Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins give it everything. Photo: Dianne Manson

1:25 Korero Pono - stories from New Zealand's criminal justice system

What are the long-term effects spending time in prison has on a person?

Korero Pono is an upcoming art exhibition telling the stories of people who've gone through the criminal justice system, and the impact it's had on their lives - both at the time, and as they've re-integrated back into society.

One of the contributors, Jess, joins us to talk about her story, and the long-term aim of the exhibition.

Jess, a contributor to the Korero Pono art exhibition

Jess, a contributor to the Korero Pono art exhibition Photo: Supplied

1:35 World Food Day

Tomorrow is the UN's World Food Day, with events all over the world highlighting food insecurity around the globe.

Clarissa Mackay is the founder of advocacy group Eat Right Be Bright, which provides free lunches for two Auckland schools tomorrow.

She joins us to talk about how to achieve the UN's goal of Zero World Hunger by 2030, and why school lunches should be funded for all Kiwi students

Lunch box from decile 10 school

Photo: RNZ / Brad White

1:40 Great album

2:10 Television Critic Linda Burgess

Linda reviews HBO's Succession and Salt Fat Acid Heat, the cooking show based on a book of the same name, on Netflix. 

2:20 Expert feature: Ants!

We're descending into a forest of blades of grass to find out more about ants. There are 11 native species in New Zealand, but thousands throughout the world. 

Margaret Stanley is a biologist at Auckland University, she tells us all about the tiny critters.

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Photo: Faris Algosaibi / CC BY 2.0

3:10 Why do humans take their own lives? 

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We have an appalling, and ever growing suicide rate in New Zealand. Developmental psychologist and science writer Jesse Bering tries  to make sense of the epidemic and why humans do this to themselves when no other living creature does. His book is called A Very Human Ending: How Suicide Haunts Our Species.

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3:35 Voices

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

4:05 The Panel with Jennie Moreton and Michael Moynahan