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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 15 November 2018

Short Story Club

After 3 we discuss 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

1:10 First song

1:15 Eva Hakansson - the fastest woman on two wheels

Eva Hakansson is an Auckland-based engineer and lecturer who last year became the world's fastest female motorcycle rider, hitting a top speed of 434 kilometres per hour.

And she hit that top speed in the electric motorcycle she built herself, Killajoule - a five-metre long motorcycle designed to show, in Eva's words, that eco-friendly can be fast and sexy.

She's with us in our Auckland studio.

1:25 Mindfulness for kids

Mindfulness is a therepeutic technique which involves focussing on the moment, while acknowledging and being aware of your own personal emotions.

Its proponents say it helps with anxiety, stress and depression - and the artist and author Jen Sievers wants children to benefit from it as well

She's written a new book on mindfulness for preschoolers - Just Breathe: a mindfulness adventure and joins us to explain a bit more

Mindfulness, mental health, resilience

Photo: Pexels / Creative Commons Zero licence

1:35 World Acupuncture Day

Whether you subscribe to it or not as a form of medicine, acupuncture has definitely captured a lot of people's imaginations.

John Black runs his own acupuncture clinic in Nelson and joins us to explain a bit about this ancient practice

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Photo: 123rf

1:40 Great album: the Beatles White Album

This is also our giveaway album on vinyl for the winner of Link 3 today.

2:10 Dierdre Tarrant reviews The Nutcracker

2:20 Your Money with Mary Holm - Reverse Mortgages

Mary discusses reverse mortgages, which can be a good way for retired people to make use of the huge amounts of money they have tied up in their homes.  With a reverse mortgage, you make no repayments until you leave your home or die.

The one big negative is that the loan will grow at a compounding rate.  So if you have the loan for, say, 20 years, it could grow to 6 times the amount you borrowed or more. After 30 years it might be 15 times what you borrowed.  On the other hand, the value of your house will have risen hugely over that long a period.

If you’re interested in getting a reverse mortgage, there are several aspects you should check up on. Mary spells them out. You should also consider whether to tell your family about the fact that their inheritance won’t be as big as they expect. In some cases, it may be better to remain silent! 

Mary concludes that reverse mortgages can work well if you borrow later in retirement, rather than in your sixties.

Elderly couple

Elderly couple Photo: 123.rf

3:10 Link 3

The songs were:

Wild World by Cat Stevens
Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers
and House of the Rising Sun by the Animals

Pat correctly guessed the link, that all are in the key of Am

3:15 Short Story Club

Today we discuss 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

Our guest is Lucinda Birch whose own short story, In a Bottle was chosen for our Short Story Club Live session at Litcrawl 2018. She'll tell us a bit about that, and give us her thoughts on The Whale Baby as well

3:25 Tell me about your thesis: Simulations for medical training

Raewyn Lesa did her PhD thesis at the University of Otago whether simulated situations can help with medical training. She explains what was involved.

A US Airforce simulation for trainign fo medical staff

A US Airforce simulation for trainign fo medical staff Photo: Public Domain

3:30 Are we there yet?

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

4:05 The Panel with Jo McCarroll and Mark Knoff-Thomas

 

Music played in this show

LINK 3 - the link was that all are in the key of A minor


Artist:  Cat Stevens
Song:  Wild World
Comp: Cat Stevens
Album: Tea for the Tillerman
Label: Island (UK/Europe)
A&M (US/Canada)

Artist: Bill Withers
Song:  Aint no Sunshine  
Comp: Bill Withers
Album:  Just as I Am
Label:     Sussex

Artist: The Animals
Song: House of the Rising Sun
Comp: Trad
Album: The Animals
Label:     Columbia Graphophone

1:45pm - GREAT ALBUM:

Artist: The Beatles
Song: Ob La De
Comp:  Lennon-McCartney
Album: The White Album
Label: Apple

Artist: The Beatles
Song:  Dear Prudence
Comp:  Lennon-McCartney
Album: The White Album
Label: Apple

Artist: The Beatles
Song:  While My guitar Gently Weeps
Comp: Harrison
Album: The White Album
Label: Apple

Artist: The Beatles
Song:  Hapiness is a warm gun
Comp:  Lennon-McCartney
Album: The White Album
Label: Apple

Artist: The Beatles
Song:  Blackbird
Comp:  Lennon-McCartney
Album: The White Album
Label: Apple