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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 6 March 2019

1:10 First song: Anxiety Club

Wellington band Anxiety Club perform our first song live in our Wellington studio ahead of their tour of the country.

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1:15 Aotearoa's biggest wasp nest

Tangled among the tree branches of a lifestyle block on the east coast of Lake Rotorua is a humungous wasp nest.

Measuring two metres by two metres, it's the biggest nest exterminator Chris Brunel has ever seen in his 30 years working in the business.

Mr Brunel joins us to talk about how on earth wasps could build such a structure - and how an exterminator might go about getting rid of it!

German wasp

German wasp Photo: Pixabay free use

1:25 New Zealand's secret lesbian summer camps

Did you know that New Zealand was home to secret lesbian summer camps in the 1970s and 1980s?

If you DIDN'T, you're not alone: inexplicably, these tales have faded from memory and were, for a while, in danger of being lost.

So a local theatre company has created a "documentary theatre" show telling their stories

It's playing at Wellington's Fringe Festival next week, and its director, Sabrina Martin joins us to explain more.

Summer Camps

Summer Camps Photo: Supplied

1:35 Rare 74-year-old bottle of wine goes to auction

A 1945 bottle of Château Latour is set to go on auction in Auckland next week. The reserve has been set at $4,000.

A 1945 bottle of Château Latour is set to go on auction in Auckland next week. The reserve has been set at $4,000. Photo: Supplied

What is the most you would be willing to pay for a bottle of wine? Would it be in the area of $4,000? That's the reserve for a 74-year-old bottle of wine that is going to auction in Auckland next. Jesse asks wine connoisseur Reece Warren what makes this particular bottle so special? 

2:10 Podcast critic Katy Atkin

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Photo: The Australian

Katy Atkin tells us about two new podcasts Who the hell is Hamish (The Australian) about a fraudster and con-man who has been fleecing people of millions for over 2 decades.

And Stay Free: the Story of the Clash (BBC Sounds and Spotify)

2:20 Albert Belz on Bookmarks

Award-winning playwright Albert Belz is our guest on Bookmarks today. His latest play Astroman has recently played at the Court Theatre in Christchurch and is about to open in Auckland.

He tells us about how his experience of growing in Whakatane in the 80's has informed the play, about a kid who is a master of video arcade games like Donkey Kong and PacMan. And he shares with us his favourite songs, books, movies and tv shows.

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Albert's picks:


Magic Faraway Tree series Enid Blyton
Ready Player One
Buli Basha - Witi Ihimaera


Immortal Beloved
Leon the professional


Rick and Morty
The Brink  
Evil Has a name


Machine Gun - The Commodores
Rock me Amadeus - Falco

3:10 Eleanor Ozich: making homemade a way of life

Eleanor Ozich

Eleanor Ozich Photo: supplied/Penguin

Homemade is a term that gets thrown around a lot by marketers, but to Eleanor Ozich, it's a way of life. She's a blogger, author and home cook who embraces living a simple, eco-conscious and  healthy lifestyle that includes something many of us have forgotten how to do, making things ourselves. She shows us how whipping up things from scratch  doesn't just save endless trips to the supermarket, she says it's satisfying and  can save you a lot of money.  Eleanor Ozich  explains how to whip up everything from mayonnaise to crackers, cleaning products to lip balm in her latest book, Homemade.

She shares two recipes with us from her book - Rosemary infused caramel sauce and super seeded crackers

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Eleanor Ozich has essential oils such as lemon and peppermint in some of her recipes, which some practioners have warned against. You can hear our interview with one of those people from last week here. She says the oils should never be taken orally.

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 Lizzie Marvelly and David Farrar