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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 24 October 2018

This week's Short Story Club story:

Blue Horse Overdrive by Anthony Lapwood. The story is in the latest issue of Sport, and the writer of the best email to us about it, wins a copy of Sport 46.

1:10 First song

1:15 NZ wool on trial for space travel

Wool is still big business, but how is it being used? Woollen air filters have been designed for space travel by a New Zealand company and are being tested by NASA for their new spacecraft Orion. 

Nick Davenport is the CEO of Lanaco and he joins Jesse to explain what wool can do in space. 

Lanaco Helix Filter

Lanaco Helix Filter Photo: Lanaco

Poems in the Waiting Room

Photo: Ruth Arnison

1:25 Poems in waiting rooms

It's a pretty familiar scene, a waiting room filled with 3 year old magazines, and to add insult to injury someone has already filled out half the crossword. 

Dunedin poet Ruth Arnison established Poems in the Waiting Room in 2008 to inject some life into waiting rooms.

She's running an exhibition at the moment titled A Palette of Poetry, at the Resene Colourshop in Dunedin, which matches kiwi artists with poems for inspiration. 

1:35 Sound Archives: The re-capture of Solomon Islands

On a remote island in the Solomon Islands this Saturday, local people will commemorate “New Zealand Day” - remembering 75 years ago when New Zealand soldiers landed on their island to recapture it from Japan during World War II.  As well as New Zealand soldiers,  radio broadcasters also went to the Solomons during the war, and today Sarah Johnston from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is going to play us some of their recordings from 75 years ago.

1:40 Great album

2:20 Bookmarks with Chris Bourke

Chris Bourke is a musician, historian, editor, writer and producer whose work covers the first recordings to arrive in NZ to new beats being made now. He's an avid listener to music from here and around the world and ferrets out the stories of how it's made.

He's currently the content director at Audioculture: The Noisy Library of New Zealand Music. He joins Jesse for Bookmarks! 

You Never Give Me Your Money - the Beatles 
Sweet Thing - Van Morrison 
Rebel - Toy Love 

Lost Highway: Journals and Arrivals in American Music - Peter Guralnick
Nowhere to Run: the Story of Soul Music - Gerri Hirshey
Paradise Reforged - James Belich

The General (dir Buster Keaton, 1926)
Lost in the Garden of the World (dir Tony Williams, 1975) 
Don't Let it Get You - (John O'Shea, 1966) 

Chris Bourke

Chris Bourke Photo: Supplied

3:10 Dr Temple Grandin: kids need to tinker

Kids today spend too much time on smartphones and not enough time simply making things.  This is the observation of Dr Temple Grandin,  a university professor and one of the most successful professionals on the autism spectrum. She says kids just don't tinker anymore, and tinkering helps  develops curiosity and problem solving ability.  

She makes the case for putting down the phones and picking up stuff around the house to make things. 

Her latest book is Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create like an Inventor. 

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Photo: supplied

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 Victoria Stewart and Martin Cocker


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.