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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 5 April 2019

1:10 First song

1:15 New Zealand is among the best places for endangered species in the world 

Kākāpō are currently found on three islands. Whenua Hou / Codfish Island, near Stewart island. Pukenui / Anchor Island in Fiordland. And Hauturu / Little Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

Kākāpō are currently found on three islands. Whenua Hou / Codfish Island, near Stewart island. Pukenui / Anchor Island in Fiordland. And Hauturu / Little Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf. Photo: Jake Osborne

New research lead by Island Conservation has drawn up a list of 107 islands around the globe that give endangered species the best chance to survive. The study revealed that New Zealand doesn't just have 5 of those islands, but our conservationists are world leaders in their field. Conversation biologist Dr James Russell chats to Jesse about the significance of this study. 

1:25 What can Game of Thrones teach us about faces?

Lena Headey in season seven of Game of Thrones.

Lena Headey in season seven of Game of Thrones. Photo: HBO

Why do we mix up faces? Well, a small team of researchers at Victoria University believe Game of Thrones can help us find an answer. Jesse talks to Christel Deveue, a lecturer in Cognitive Psychology, and one of the minds behind the study about her research into facial recognition.

1:35 Lynn Freeman at the Wanaka Festival of Colour

Festival of Colour in Wanaka

Festival of Colour in Wanaka Photo: Supplied/LynnFreeman

Size really doesn't matter when it comes to putting on successful arts festivals.

Wanaka's biennial Festival of Colour is into its 8th year of bringing national and international acts to the town and harnessing local artistic talent.

These days numerous smaller centres host their own arts festivals, often offering visiting artists a circuit.

But Wanaka was one of the first and more than anything, it's proved that involving the community and putting on a programme created with it in mind means it will be both supported and treasured.

Standing Room Only's Lynn Freeman is in Wanaka for her 5th Festival of colour and joins us live.

1:40 Great album

2:10 Film Review with Richard Swainson

Richard reviews Us and The Heart Dances: the journey of The Piano: the ballet

2:20 NZ Live: Flip Grater plays Lullabies for Anaïs

Indie-folk troubadour Flip Grater has left Paris and a life of touring to settle in Christchurch, but her latest EP, Lullabies for her now three year old daughter Anaïs, is suffused with the ambience of the City of Romance. Flip's lush vocals are laid on vivid, serene soundscapes, evocative of a Parisian cafe and just as good for getting a baby to sleep as for chilling out to on a Sunday afternoon. Flip Grater and Emily Browning join Jesse Mulligan from RNZ's Christchurch studio.

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Photo: Flip Grater

3:10 Food with Megan May

Megan May of Little Bird Organics talks winter breakfast warmers, and shares her recipe for Smokey Baked Beans on toast

Megan May's Smokey baked beans

Megan May's Smokey baked beans Photo: Supplied/Tam West

3:20 Walk the dog

Dr Clare Browne, a dog behaviour expert joins us to talk about how to solve issues when walking your dog - whether it pulls on the lead or tries to chase cats.

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Photo: Pixabay

3:25 Critter of the Week Blue damselfly (Austrolestes colensonis)

Nicola Toki's critter of the week is the Blue damselfly (Austrolestes colensonis), which is the smaller cousin of the dragonfly. The males are blue and the females are a greener shade.

Nicola Toki is DoC's threatened species ambassador and joins us every week to talk about one of New Zealand's less loved native critters.

Austrolestes colensonis (Blue damselfly) at Dunedin, New Zealand

Austrolestes colensonis (Blue damselfly) at Dunedin, New Zealand Photo: Kane Fleury / Commons [https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:KF_Austrolestes_colensonis_1.jpg] / CC BY 4.0

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

4:05 The Panel with Cas Carter and Anton Matthews