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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 17 December 2018

1:10 Silika Isaia performs a christmas song live

You may remember the incredible Silika isaia from Papatoetoe High School who was one of the winners of the Stand Up Stand Out school singing competition a few months back

She performed her own song Mad Men in our studio, and the video of that is the most popular we've ever done - 309 thousand views on Facebook alone

So we are very happy to welcome Silika back, along with her fellow student Russell on keyboards to perform a christmas song

Silika Isaia and Russell on keyboards

Silika Isaia and Russell on keyboards Photo: RNZ

1:15 Kapiti traffic chaos just in time for Christmas

The NZTA has changed the road layout at McKay's crossing, and motorists aren't at all happy at the resulting long queues and traffic jams, especially coming just before Christmas.

Dylan Thompson, a spokesperson for the AA, is one of those motorists, and joins us with more.

The video above was taken this morning from the 9am train from Waikanae to Wellington

1:25 Crayfish population plummeting in Hauraki Gulf

Crayfish stocks in the Hauraki Gulf and Bay of Plenty are getting to crisis levels and some environmentalists are calling for a three-year ban until the population's back to normal levels.

Dr Nick Shears from AUT joins us to explain what's going on.

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Photo: 123rf

1:35 Turning wine barrels into pieces of art

Paper Rain is a Picton- based social enterprise which takes old wine barrels from nearby Marlborough vineyards and turns them into ornamental skateboards, laser-etched with local artists' designs.

A portion of their profits also goes to their affiliated charities.

Founder and co-owner Indigo Greenlaw joins us to explain a bit more about what they do.

And you can find out more on the Paper Rain Project's website here.

1:40 Great album

2:10 Television Critic

2:20 Expert feature: The history of NZ Comedy

We live in an age when New Zealand comedy is cool: not just in New Zealand, but in Edinburgh, New York and Hollywood. But how did we get here? And how far back does it go?

A long way, it turns out. Our guest expert this week is Paul Horan, who is working on a major five-part history of New Zealand to screen next year -- and an accompanying book on the subject.

John Clarke as Fred Dagg

John Clarke as Fred Dagg Photo: David Roberts

Paul is on the lookout for any pre-1980 NZ comedy on tape. If you have any, email

3:10 The Life and Music of Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton is considered a rock God,  blessed with talent that puts him up there as one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.  But his life was full of challenges, raised by his Grandmother when his mother abandoned him, years of addiction to drugs and alcohol and the loss of his beloved son.  Best selling rock biographer Philip Norman reveals the backstory to the legend in his new book, Slowhand: The Life and Music of Eric Clapton.

Eric Clapton playing live at the Hard Rock Calling concert on June 28, 2008 in Hyde Park, London

Eric Clapton playing live at the Hard Rock Calling concert on June 28, 2008 in Hyde Park, London Photo:

3:35 Voices

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

4:05 The Panel with Heather Roy and Scott Campbell