Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 21 February 2019
1:10 First song: Jack Panther
Jack panther is just 21 but has been playing music since he was a young teen - he's about to release his debut EP Retrospect. He performs his latest single, Club Bathroom Stall live
1:15 Are we headed toward a Capital Gains Tax?
The Tax Working Group is recommending a Capital Gains Tax.
RNZ's Gyles Beckford joins us to explain what the Group's recommendations mean for ordinary New Zealanders, and whether the government is likely to accept them.
1:20 Is 2019 the Year of the Vegan?
Dr Neal Barnard grew up on a cattle ranch in North Dakota, but after a traumatic experience at a hospital cafeteria he became a leading advocate for plant-based diets.
Nowadays he's a nutrition researcher and adjunct associate professor of medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.
He joins us to talk about diet, well-being, and why he thinks 2019 is the Year of the Vegan.
1:40 Bringing green space to the elderly
A new study out of Otago University suggests the health and wellbeing of older people is enhanced by spending more time in natural environments, like gardens, parks and green spaces.
But as health and mobility decline, the ability to get out and about diminishes as well, meaning many people spend LESS time in nature as they grow older.
One of the study's authors, Yolanda van Heezik, joins us to explain the science behind their findings, and how local authorities can help to make these spaces more accessible for our senior citizens.
1:40 Great album
2:10 Music Critic Marty Jones
2:20 NZ Biography: Katherine Mansfield
Katherine Mansfield was New Zealand's first and most successful literary figure of note. She was a central figure in British modernism and revolutionised the art of short story writing. The annual Katherine Mansfield fellowship to Menton in France remains a prestigious prize for New Zealand writers. Gerri Kimber is the President of the Katherine Mansfield Society and has a knack for uncovering new Mansfield literary treasures.
2:50 The Reading
3:10 Link 3
Three government organisations have got together and made an online tool, called Smart Investor, for ordinary New Zealanders. It was launched this week. It gives you heaps of information about investing, from basic principles to comparison of KiwiSaver and non-KiwiSaver funds, and some bonds, shares and other investments. Because it's government-run, you can trust the info to be unbiased.
Mary and Jesse look at letters from listeners and how those people might use Smart Investor. The letters cover: Investing beyond term deposits; whether to pay down a mortgage or invest in KiwiSaver; saving outside KiwiSaver; and diversifying beyond KiwiSaver.
3:35 Spoken Feature
3:45 The Pre-Panel Story of the Day and One Quick Question
4:05 The Panel with Lynda Hallinan and John Barnett