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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 13 November 2018

Short Story Club

This week's NZ short story The Whale Baby by Sarah Ell. The writer of the best email about the story wins a copy of her book; Ocean: Tales of Discovery and Encounter that Defined New Zealand

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1:10 First song - Suzy Cato!

We have a true Kiwi superstar in our studio today.

You'll likely know Suzy Cato from the tele, either from her kids show Suzy's World or her recent turn on Dancing With The Stars, but she's here to tell us about her new album, The Totally Awesome Kiwi Kids Album, and perform one of the songs on it. 

1:15 Remembering Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee

The legendary comic book writer and creator Stan Lee has died aged 95.

Lee was one of the most significant pop culture figures of the 20th century, having created such comics as X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and the Avengers series.

Stein Dando is an Auckland-based comic book enthusiast and joins us to chat about Stan Lee's life and times.

 Marvel legend Stan Lee, who revolutionized pop culture as the co-creator of iconic superheroes like Spider-Man and The Hulk who now dominate the world's movie screens, has died aged 95.

Marvel legend Stan Lee, who revolutionized pop culture as the co-creator of iconic superheroes like Spider-Man and The Hulk who now dominate the world's movie screens, has died aged 95. Photo: AFP

1:25 Finding good staff in the hospitality industry

Skilled and knowledgeable restaurant staff can make or break a dining experience, but with low profit margins and tight immigration restrictions, some restaurants are finding it tough going finding them.

Gus Obeid is the owner of the Gusstop Cafe in Auckland and he's been having this exact problem - he joins us in the studio to explain a bit more.

Kitchen staff in Cassia Restaurant on Fort Lane, Auckland City.

Some restaurant owners are worried that they will loose experienced staff if new immigration rules come into effect. Photo: RNZ/ Brad White

1:35 Transgender Awareness Week and 50 Years Before the Frock

It's Transgender Awareness Week!

To mark the occasion we've got New Zealand's first male-to-female stand-up comedian Julia Clement in to talk about how it feels to spend decades questioning your identity, and the one-woman biographical show she's kicking off later this week, 50 Years Before the Frock.

Transgender comedian and storyteller Julia Clement

Transgender comedian and storyteller Julia Clement Photo: Supplied

1:40 Great album

2:10 The best TV themes!

We asked people to tell us their favourite tv themes, and were inundated with suggestions. We made a long-list, then a short-list and will spend the hour playing some of the best tv theme tunes and telling you the stories behind them! 

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3:10 Killing for conservation "unnecessary" 

Sometimes conservationists kill animals in order to protect another species. In New Zealand millions of dollars are spent to control rats, possum and other non native species that are a huge threat to our native birds. In Australia, one of the issues they contend with are feral donkeys who are blamed for destroying ecosystems so they are shot by helicopter or rounded up and killed.  

But Dr Arian Wallach from the University of Technology Sydney says conservation killing is not necessary. Her voice is part of a growing chorus calling for "compassionate conservation." She shares her research into alternatives to save native species without killing another. 

A hunter loads a rifle with ammunition.

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3:30 Spoken Feature

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

4:05 The Panel with Chris Clarke and Niki Bezzant