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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 7 November 2018

Short Story Club

On Thursday we discuss The Undertaker’s Story (1954) by Frank Sargeson from the Landfall Archive http://www.landfallarchive.org/omeka/items/show/22192 (the story starts on p13 of PDF / p83 of pagination)

Just email your thoughts about the story before 3pm Thursday jesse@rnz.co.nz to be in to win a copy of Hudson and Halls https://www.otago.ac.nz/press/books/otago697763.html

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1:10 First song: Wreckless Eric

Back in 1977 British musician Wreckless Eric recorded the song Whole Wide World, which was later listed by Mojo magazine as one of the best punk rock singles of all time.

He's continued making music and is here for a short tour, starting in Wellington. Details here

1:15 US Midterms - update

The polls have closed in the United States mid-terms, with early results trickling in. 

Before today at least 36 million people had cast an early vote in the election, in which both the Senate and the House of Representatives are up for grabs.

Many see the election as a referendum on Donald Trump's Presidency. 

To give us the latest we're joined by our Washington Correspondent Simon Marks.

Americans have started voting in critical midterm elections that mark the first major voter test of Donald Trump's presidency, with control of Congress at stake.

Americans have started voting in critical midterm elections that mark the first major voter test of Donald Trump's presidency, with control of Congress at stake. Photo: AFP

1:25 Getting more kids playing outside in nature

This weekend educators, conservationists and parents are gathering for the 9th annual Outdoor in Nature Conference - to discuss ways to get kids more connected with nature, particularly through the education system.

One of they keynote speakers is Associate Professor Scott Duncan from AU's School of Sport & Recreation - and has for many years been promoting more physical activity and risky play for children.

48658696 - A photo of children arriving to the finish line at race at a birthday party

Photo: stylephotographs/123RF

1:35 Sound Archives: Hostilities will cease…the end of World War I

 Logo of Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Photo: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

At 11am this Sunday people around the world will mark 100 years since the end of World War I, with a two-minute silence to acknowledge the immense loss and hardship endured throughout the war.  That is to be followed by a “Roaring Chorus” in which people are invited to toot car horns, ring bells, sirens and generally make a lot of noise, echoing what happened 100 years ago.  Sarah Johnston from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision has some more memories from the sound archives of what it was like.

1:40 Great album

2:20 Bookmarks: Sarah Farrar on preserving and presenting art and some of her favourite things

Sarah Farrar has put together some of Te Papa's biggest exhibitions in the past few years as senior art curator.After eight years she is joining the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki as it's new Head of Curatorial and Exhibitions. She shares her favourite art, books and music today.

Sarah Farrar, Te Papa Senior Curator Art. Photography by Kate Whitley. Te Papa.

Sarah Farrar, Te Papa Senior Curator Art. Photography by Kate Whitley. Te Papa. Photo: Kate Whitley. Te Papa.

3:10 David Graeber - Soul sucking jobs

If you did not go to work tomorrow, would it really matter? Can the world get along without whatever it is you do for a living? London School of Economics professor David Graeber says most of us spend our working lives doing jobs we secretly believe don't really need to be done. He says we shouldn't fear automation, we should fear what meaningless work is doing to our souls.

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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 Paula Penfold and Anton Matthews