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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 11 December 2018

Short Story Club

On Thursday we discuss a story by Shonagh Koea  called A Novel in a Room.

The writer of the best email wins a copy of her novel, Landscape with Solitary Figure by Shonagh Koea

1:10 First song

1:15 Name suppression in the social media age

The man accused of murdering backpacker Grace Millane has interim name suppression.

His name will be kept secret for 20 days while his lawyers works on an appeal. Victims groups have slammed the move, saying name suppression laws are archaic.

Meanwhile some overseas media, and people on the internet have named the man. Which begs the question - can name suppression really be enforced in the digital age?

Otago Law Professor Mark Henaghan explains the intricacies of the rules.

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Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

1:25 The decision-making process unpacked

We make decision everyday...but how do we do it? We update our preferences in real-time.

That's the finding of a new research which looked at how we make tough decisions, like whether to get chips or chocolate at the dairy. 

It seems instead of being paralysed by indecision when face with two equally appealing option, we construct new values for the options. And that could change the way we think about in the future. 

To unpack this, we speak to author Dr Stefan Bode from the University of Melbourne.

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1:35 A living Advent Calendar in Paekakariki

We're two weeks out from Christmas and many kids, and adults, are well into their advent calendars.

Some may say the countdown calendars are just a commercialised gimmick, but Tash Nilsson's one can't be accused of that.

She's got together with people in her Paekakariki community to create a live advent calendar. 

1:40 Great album: Nina Simone sings the Blues

2:10 Songs about leaving and saying goodbye

We asked our listeners to tell us what they reckon are the best songs about leaving. We got hundreds of suggestions and have culled the list down to 20!

Get your tissues ready!

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Photo: Pixabay

3:10 Food myths and the five second rule

There are two kinds of people; those who follow the 5 second rule when food drops to the floor and those who don't.  Which one is more likely to get sick?  Professors of food science at Clemson University Paul Dawson and Brian Sheldon  separate fact from fiction when it comes to food safety.  

They set the record straight on what they have found in their labs about sharing a bucket of popcorn in a movie theater to the germs spread by blowing out birthday candles. 

Their new books is called Did You Just Eat That?: Two Scientists Explore Double-Dipping, the Five-Second Rule, and other Food Myths in the Lab

We speak with Dr Paul Dawson

the 5 second rule

the 5 second rule Photo: wikipedia

3:30 BBC Sporting Witness

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

4:05 The Panel with Stephen Franks and Paula Penfold