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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 20 February 2019

1:10 Australian blues man C.W. Stoneking 

Australian blues musician C.W. Stoneking is currently touring around New Zealand. He plays a mixture of spoken word ambient music and traditional blues that has led him to work recently with Nick Cave and Josh Homme. 

Known for his thematic dress and distinctive voice, C.W. Stoneking is in our Auckland studio. 

A full length interview with C.W. Stoneking can be found here

C.W. Stoneking

C.W. Stoneking Photo: Supplied

Remaining shows:

Tuning Fork
Auckland, New Zealand

Sitting Room Sessions
Te Awanga, New Zealand

Paraparaumu, New Zealand

1:15 Gut bacteria: move away from high-fat diets

Eating a high-fat diet may affect the type and amount of healthy gut bacteria you have, according to new international research.

Researchers say those on a high-fat diet lost key bacteria and had higher inflammatory triggers, which could over time develop into metabolic disorders like heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

One of the report's authors, Jim Mann from Otago University, joins us to talk over the implications.

Prof Jim Mann

Prof Jim Mann Photo: Billy Wong/University of Auckland

1:25 Can the media use my FB comments without permission?

Several cases have cropped up recently of people posting comments in both open and closed Facebook groups, and those comments then appearing in print media without the permission of the posters.

Canterbury University law dean and media law expert Ursula Cheer joins us to talk about this practice, the letter of the law, and grey areas in the ethics of journalistic sourcing.

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Photo: Photo / AFP

1:35 Danielle Cormack on a life spent in the spotlight

New Kiwi comedy series Fresh Eggs kicked off on TV2 last night. It documents the journey of some city slickers who give up on the cost of living in the big smoke and go rural.

The rural township they land is jam packed with characters - some of them very familiar faces, and others are hiding somewhat.

One of the people hiding in plain sight is kiwi actress Danielle Cormack who has returned from Australia for the series and is in the Auckland studio. 

Danielle Cormack

Danielle Cormack Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

1:40 Great album

2:05 Hamlet in the park 

Theatre critic John Smythe has gone down to the Wellington Botanic Gardens to check out the 35th Summer Shakespeare. This year a new spin has been put on a contemporary version of Hamlet

2:20 Bookmarks with Ray Woolf

There have been few entertainers in New Zealand who have been as BIG as today's Bookmarks guest. He's done it all...singing, dancing, theatre, film, TV, he's been a chat  show host. From Playschool to Rocky Horror...

It's Ray Woolf.

Books: As The Crow Flies by Jeffrey Archer. The Covenant by James Michener. All 18 books by  Patrick O'Brian. The Season of the Jew by Maurice Shadbolt. The Trial Of the Cannibal Dog by Anne Salmond.

Films: Once Upon A Time In America.  Master and Commander. Dances With Wolves. Ghost Protocol.  The Godfather 1 and 2. High Society.

3:10 Exploring underground worlds

As a teenager, Will Hunt spent his days exploring  an abandoned tunnel that ran beneath his house.  The mysterious subterranean world became a life long passion for him, a portal to another dimension. That fascination with the hidden world below us goes back centuries.

Will Hunt takes us on a tour through derelict subway stations, magnificent caves, ancient underground cities and sacred burial sites in his new book, Underground: A Human History Of The Worlds Beneath Our Feet

Will Hunt in the entrance of Wilgie Mia Mine in Western Australia.

Will Hunt in the entrance of Wilgie Mia Mine in Western Australia. Photo: Supplied/

3:35 Science and environment stories

Stories from Our Changing World.

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

4:05 The Panel with Fete Taito and Catherine Robertson