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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 8 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

1:10 First song

1:15 New group launched to tackle NZ's health problems

Alcohol, unhealthy food, and tobacco have been pinpointed as major causes of New Zealanders health problems. But a group of professionals believe not enough has been done, or is being done, is reduce the harm caused by these issues.

So a new expert group has been created, The Health Coalition Aotearoa. It's aim is to formulate a plan to tackle this health gap. 

Dr David Galler is an Intensive Care Specialist at Middlemore Hospital and part of the group, he is here to explain its goals. 

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1:25 Christchurch's craft festival

This weekend crafters will gather in Christchurch for the inaugural Necessary Traditions festival, a celebration of vital and resourceful crafts. 

One of the demonstrators will be Alex Yerks from New York. He's a professional wood carver, who works with axes and knifes to create his pieces - his specialty? Spoons. 

He tells us how he got into the scene. 

Michael Jay Garner - Clown

Photo: supplied/Cirque de Soleil

1:35 From Clown doctor to Cirque de Soleil

Cirque de Soliel is returning to New Zealand next year, the new show is called Kooza, and its a bit of a throw back to the days of the old circus big top tent

One of the performers in the show is Michael Jay Garner who plays The Handyman Clown, he also works as a clown doctor in hospitals.

Clowns from Kooza - Michael is in the centre

Clowns from Kooza - Michael is in the centre Photo: supplied

1:40 Great album: Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits

2:10 Katy Atkin's Podcast review

Katy reviews El Chapo from Vice News and Gladiator: The Aaron Hernandez story by the Boston Globe's Spotlight team.

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Photo: Vice

2:20 Simon Wilson on the Auckland waterfront

Simon talks about controversial plans to develop Bledisloe Wharf - with a massive carpark as well as a stadium

2:30 Grant Morris: the 150th anniversary of the Matawhero Tragedy

In November 1868 Te Kooti was unjustly imprisoned on the Chatham Islands.  He escaped and the attack on Matawhero has been described as his utu for his treatment at the hands of the colonial forces.

Victoria University historian looks back on this complex event

Matawhero Presbyterian Church where the commemoration will be held on Saturday.

Matawhero Presbyterian Church where the commemoration will be held on Saturday. Photo: https://nzhistory.govt.nz

3:10 Short Story Club

Short Story Club

Poet and literary historian John Newton joins us to 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 jesse@rnz.co.nz to be in to win a copy of Hudson and Halls https://www.otago.ac.nz/press/books/otago697763.html

3:25 Tell me about your thesis

For her PhD thesis, Kate Meyer developed a framework called Planetary Accounting which allows people, businesses, and governments to quantify how to stay within a "fair share" of environmental limits

3:30 Are We There Yet?

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

4:05 The Panel with Bernard Hickey and Penny Ashton