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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 4 March 2019

1:10 First song

1:15 Women's Refuge NZ launches stalker survey

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Women's Refuge New Zealand is conducting a nationwide survey into women's experiences of stalking. The organisation hopes the survey will provide more data on stalking so that it can effectively support and lobby on behalf of women. Women's Refuge Chief Executive Dr Ang Jury joins Jesse to chat about stalking and the significance of this new survey. 

1:25 Can dogs help diagnose prostate cancer?

A dog's nose is one of the most sensitive in the animal kingdom, capable of sniffing out the equivalent of a single teaspoon of sugar in two Olympic-sized swimming pools of water.

And scientists at the University of Otago want to see if this remarkable sense can be applied to medical science.

They've partnered with the K9 Medical Detection charity to see whether dogs can be trained to sniff out and identify diseases, such as prostate cancer or Legionnaires' disease.

K9 Medical Detection's director Pauline Blomfeld joins us to explain more.

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1:35 Park Mews - looking to the 1970s to solve the housing crisis?

Anyone who has been to Hataitai in Wellington will have seen the famous Roger Walker-designed apartments near the Mt Victoria tunnel, with their round windows, turrets and strange staircases

The complex was designed and built in 1973 - and in a column for RNZ, business journalist Bernard Hickey wrote that building lots of apartment complexes like this could help solve the housing crisis.

But he says it would never get building approval now because it is too unusual.

So we thought we'd ask one of the people who live in Park Mews - RNZ Concert presenter Nick Tipping.

Park Mews, Hataitai, 1973

Park Mews, Hataitai, 1973 Photo: Supplied

1:40 Great album -  Happy Mondays: Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches

2:10 Television Critic Linda Burgess

Linda reviews A Very English Scandal (on Soho) and Manhunt (on TV1)

2:20 Young NZ composer to study at London's Royal Academy

Did you know New Zealand is home to one of the finest young composers in the world?

Her name's Kirsten Strom - she's 24 years old and she was recently accepted into the Royal Academy of Music in London to study towards a Masters - one of just six people from around the globe.

Her work will also be performed at the Etchings Festival in the south of France in June .. a remarkable achievement for a young New Zealand composer

She joins us to tell us about her journey, and life as a young composer in New Zealand.

composer Kirsten Strom

composer Kirsten Strom Photo: Supplied

It's going to be an expensive journey for Kirsten, with annual costs in the range of $100,000 - so she's set up a GiveALittle page for people who want to help her out - you can find it here.

2:30 Angela Lassig: History of shoes

Angela Lassig is an Auckland-based dress historian who has been researching and writing about historical fashion in museums for more than 25 years in Australia and New Zealand. 

Angela chats with Jesse Mulligan about some of the fascinating aspects of the evolution of the shoe, from the earliest footwear made from grass and reeds, to the modern high heel.

3:10 Surviving a new baby with science and sense

Be loving, be calm and look after yourself. These are the simple keys to surviving a new baby that often get lost in the complicated noise of advice out there for anxious, sleep deprived mothers. This is what Auckland  Psychologist Dr Natalie Flynn tells her clients who share their feelings about being overwhelmed as new parents.  The advice she gives them is based on what  scientific, peer reviewed studies have discovered about how to deal with crying babies, breast feeding, sleeping issues, vaccination and more.

She shares the findings about what really works in her new book is called Smart Mothering What science says about caring for your baby and yourself.

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3:35 Voices

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

4:05 The Panel with James Nokise and Jennie Moreton