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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 28 January 2019

1:15 Nitrate in our water linked to bowel cancer

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world and a recent study has found there's a link between nitrate in water and the risk of developing this cancer. 

In some areas around the country, nitrate levels in the water are higher than what is recommended in the study. 
So the obvious question is, could drinking it be contributing to our high bowel cancer numbers? 

That's what Victoria University's Mike Joy and Otago University's Michael Baker have been looking into. Professor of Public Health Michael Baker explains what the concerns are. 

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1:25 Crowdfunding campaign frees Aboriginal women jailed for unpaid fines

In Western Australia there's a law that if you cannot pay your fines, you go to prison.

According to the group Sisters Inside - single aboriginal mothers make up the majority of those in prison for not being able to pay thier fines - so they've started a crowd funding campaign to pay the fines so the women can be released and reunited with their children

Debbie Kilroy is the Chief Executive of Sister's Inside.

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1:35 Sevens: Hamilton pulls it off, again 

The Sevens were this weekend - the second year it's been hosted in Hamilton - and by all accounts it was a success.

While the All Blacks Sevens didn't take out the title, that honour going to the incredible Fiji side, our Black Ferns won the women's tournament. 

At the end of the day though it's less about the games and more about the experience, something organisers discovered in Wellington. So will we see a repeat? We're joined by Hamilton Mayor Andrew King.

Fiji celebrate their second straight Hamilton 7s title.

Fiji celebrate their second straight Hamilton 7s title. Photo: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

1:20 Stories from around New Zealand and the World

1:40 Great album

2:10 Television Critic Graeme Tuckett

True Detective Season 3 - Sky Rialto

Killing Eve - TVNZ on Demand.

Fyre Festival: The Greatest Party That Never Happened - Netflix.

2:20 Should we stop moa bone sales online? 

There are calls for a law change to stop the growing number of people who are selling moa bones and eggshells online.

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage is keen to crack down on these sellers, as there's no real way of knowing where the remains come from online sites. 

New Zealand Wikipedian at Large Mike Dickison is on the line to tell us about the problem. 

2:30 Expert feature: New Zealand Wetlands

This Saturday 2 February is World Wetlands Day. This year's theme is "wetlands and climate change". Wetlands are a little-known preventative for climate change and they have been described as the Earth's "kidneys". Our Expert today is Melanie Dixon who is a consultant ecologist and a trustee for the National Wetlands Trust.

3:10 Jada Yuan - travelling the world alone

Jada Yuan reckons she won the journalism equivalent of the lottery,beating out over 13 thousand applicants to go 52 places around the world in 365 days for the New York Times.

120 thousand kilometers later, including a stop in New Zealand, she's reflecting on the ups and downs of travelling alone, learning to trust and why the ability to sleep anywhere is the most valuable superpower of all.

3:35 Voices

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

4:05 The Panel with Polly Filla and Andrew Clay