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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 6 December 2018

Short Story Club

This afternoon's short story is Two Baristas by Geoff Cochrane. It's a very short, short story!

Email us your thoughts on it before 3pm Thursday to be in to win a copy of SPORT 46.

1:10 First song: Ziggy Alberts

Australian singer songwriter Ziggy Alberts is in New Zealand for a tour to promote his new album, and he's in our Auckland studio for a live performance

1:15 Who's responsible for safeguarding against sea level rise?

The seas are rising, and the stark reality is people living in low-lying and coastal countries and cities are going to be the first- and worst-affected.

Protecting buildings likely to be flooded will be an expensive process, so whose responsibility is it? The property owners'? The government's?

Lisa Ellis is an associate professor at Otago University and joins us to talk this over.

Sea level rise Marsden Point

'Marslantis'—Marsden Point as it might look with a 10-metre sea-level rise Photo: Supplied

1:25 What's this United Nations migration pact and are we a part of it?

Signatories to the UN migration pact agree in principle to have a unified philosophical approach towards migration into the future.

Despite being non-binding, it's caused consternation around the globe - Australia and the USA have both said they won't sign the agreement, and countries like Italy and Belgium have also pulled out.

The government hasn't formally signed up, but the National Party says if it does, and National's then elected in 2020, it'll pull out.

Professor Paul Spoonley from Massey University joins us to explain a bit more about the background to this agreement, and why there's such controversy around it.

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, September 20, 2016 in New York City. According to the UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon, the most pressing matter to be discussed at the General Assembly is the world's refugee crisis.

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, September 20, 2016 in New York City. According to the UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon, the most pressing matter to be discussed at the General Assembly is the world's refugee crisis. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

1:35 A week of beef, water, salt, and bingeing Jordan Peterson

The controversial psychologist Jordan Peterson is coming to New Zealand in February, so the Spinoff's Madeleine Chapman decided to give his famous beef and salt diet a shot, while also binge-watching as many lectures as she could lay eyes on.

Madeleine documented her experiences in a piece for the Spinoff which you can read here, and joins us to talk about the experience.

Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, Jordan Peterson.

Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, Jordan Peterson. Photo: Supplied / Penguin Random House

1:40 Great album

2:10 Theatre Critic John Smythe

John reviews some Christmas productions in Wellington.

2:20 Solving the world's problems

Steve Wyn Harris, farmer and farming commentator is in our Napier studio, to assist with the mammoth task of solving the world's problems... but from a farming perspective.

He tells us about the Ballance Farm Environment Awards and the QE11 National Trust

Steve Wyn-Harris with his wife Jane and when at home, sons Jason, Hugh and Matt on their Hawkes Bay farm

Steve Wyn-Harris with his wife Jane and when at home, sons Jason, Hugh and Matt on their Hawkes Bay farm Photo: www.marlowcoopworths.co.nz

2:30 The history of property speculation in NZ

William Wentworth who claimed he had bought the South Island for a few hundred pounds in 1840

William Wentworth who claimed he had bought the South Island for a few hundred pounds in 1840 Photo: courtesy cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

New Zealand has experienced rampant property speculation during the first two decades of the twenty-first century.  This has helped to cause a housing crisis and possibly locked a generation out of home ownership. 

Why was this allowed to happen? 

Our regular historian, Grant Morris says the most important reason can be found by examining New Zealand's history.

2:50 John Bluck writes

3:10 Link 3

3:15 Short Story Club

Claire Mabey joins us to discuss Two Baristas by Geoff Cochrane 

Email us your thoughts on it before 3pm Thursday to be in to win a copy of SPORT 46.

3:25 Tell me about your thesis

Wendy Sweet completed her thesis this year, on healthy ageing, specifically women of the baby boomer generation, and their attitudes to exercise.

Wendy Sweet - healthy ageing researcher

Wendy Sweet - healthy ageing researcher Photo: copyright Amanda Aitken Photography

3:30 RNZ Eyewitness

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

4:05 The Panel with Sanjay kumarasingham and Ella Henry