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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 17 October 2018

Short Story Club 

On Thursday we discuss Judith White's The Dog in the Room Email your thoughts to

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 - Tiny Ruins

We're delighted to have Tiny Ruins back in our studio! 

Hollie Fullbrook has brought the whole band this time, ahead of their upcoming four date tour of New Zealand which starts tomorrow.  

They've been playing around the world, touring in the UK, Europe and Australia, and released a new single this year, which they will perform for us live. 

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Photo: Supplied

1:15 Canada legalises recreational cannabis

Canada is about to legalise the use and sale of recreational cannabis making it just the second country to do so after Uruguay. 

It was an election promise by Justin Trudeau and it is now going to be a reality. But a lot of the details don't seem to have been nailed down and there's a lot of uncertainty about what happens after the change.

New Zealand journalist Laura Mcquillan is in Toronto on the eve of legalisation.

A file photo of a woman waving a flag showing a marijuana leaf, as a group celebrates National Marijuana Day in Ottawa in 2016.

Photo: AFP

1:25 The natural home

The Natural Home by Wendyl Nissen

The Natural Home by Wendyl Nissen Photo: Allen & Unwin

How do we cook, eat, clean and parent without hurting our environment? Wendyl Nissen has been searching for answers for these questions for fifteen years and has compiled them into a new book, The Natural Home. 

It's packed with with recipes, ideas and tricks to make the home sustainable. She joins me now in the Auckland Studio.

1:35 Ngā Taonga: WW1 armistice centenary

Next month there will be celebrations worldwide to mark the centenary of the end of World War I on November 11, 1918.

The tragic irony was that simultaneously with the Armistice, millions of people were being infected by the global influenza pandemic, one of the deadliest disease outbreaks in human history, which killed at least 50 million people worldwide.

In the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision there are many recordings of memories of this momentous period. If you want to learn more, check out 198 radio documentary The Great Plague

1:40 Great album

2:10 Music: Kate Robertson

Kate Robertson joins Jesse to talk about new music from Meg Mac and Maggie Rogers.

2:20 Bookmarks: Anne Firth Murray

Anne Firth Murray is an activist, academic, author and philanthropist who has been pushing for social change for decades. She's also the founder of the Global Fund for Women. She was born in New Zealand, but has lived mainly in America, with a brief stint in Hong Kong. 

She's back in the country at the moment to meet Dellwyn Stuart and the Auckland Foundation, talking about their newly founded Women's Fund in Aotearoa. She joins Jesse to talk the books, films and music that has informed a life of activism and teaching. 

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3:10 Stories of living with anxiety  

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We hear time and again how we are living in the age of anxiety. One in five New Zealanders has asked for help for anxiety or other mood disorders.

Anxiety is more than just a racing heart and stress, it is a gut punch that can come out of no where for no apparent reason. It is fear. It is isolating. It is often hard to understand if you don't suffer from anxiety.

Naomi Arnold is a freelance journalist. She has collected essays from more than 30 people who know the often annoying and sometimes debilitating reality of living with anxiety in a new book Headlands: New Stories of Anxiety

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 Ella Henry and Peter Elliot