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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 11 April 2019

1:10 First song

1:15 Black hole: Kiwi mathematician reacts

Today the first ever image of a black hole was released. 

It's not the black hole in our Milky Way, rather one located in a distant galaxy, and it took a network of eight telescopes across the world to photograph it. 

It's a big deal for the science community, particularly here in New Zealand. In fact this image proves the theory of University of Canterbury's Professor Roy Kerr, which he worked on back in 1963.

This image released Wednesday, April 10, 2019, by Event Horizon Telescope shows a black hole. Scientists revealed the first image ever made of a black hole after assembling data gathered by a network of radio telescopes around the world.

Photo: AP/ Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration / Maunakea Observatories

1:20 Science and the afterlife

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Photo: Mary Roach

What happens when we die? These questions have posed for centuries, and while religion can offer some clarity, there's no scientific answer as to whether life goes on after death. 

Best-selling author Mary Roach has decided to find out in her new book Spook. She talks to scientists, mediums, researchers and other people who explore their own theories - from reincarnation, to ghost conversations, and the weigh of a dog's soul. 

She's giving a talk about her book at the University of Otago's 'Science and the Afterlife' festival in the few days, and tells us about the theories she's heard. 

1:30 A fair all about wood

Really like wood? There's a festival for that. 

This weekend in Golden Bay an event will be held featuring all things wood - growing trees, sustainability, crafts,and even homes. Alongside the workshops there will also be kids activities, live music, and food. Organiser Liv Scott is here to explain why she created The Living Wood Fair. 

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Photo: Supplied / Living wood fair

1:35 Downton Abbey star, Elizabeth McGovern

If you're a fan of Downton Abbey, you'll recognise Elizabeth McGovern. She played Cora, Countess of Grantham in the acclaimed series, but now she's starring in another period piece.

The Chaperone is set in the early 1920s and based on a book of the same name. It's due out in New Zealand in May.

Elizabeth McGovern joins us in the Auckland studio.

Elizabeth McGovern in The Chaperone

Elizabeth McGovern in The Chaperone Photo: Photo by Karin Catt Courtesy of PBS Distribution

1:40 Great album: Cocteau Twins - Treasure

2:10 Music Critic Colin Morris

Colin Morris talks about the albums Songs Of Native American Daughters & Scott Walker. He plays us a track from each.

2:20 NZ Biography: Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana

Today we are discussing the life of church leader, faith healer and political activist Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana who founded the Ratana religion. Keith Newman is a journalist and the author of Ratana Revisited.

Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana founded the Ratana faith in 1918.

Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana founded the Ratana faith in 1918. Photo: Alexander Turnbull Library

3:10 Link 3

3:15 Solving the world's problems

Simon Wilson, a senior writer at the NZ Herald is in to help us solve the world's problems, starting with his corner of the world, Auckland.

Today he looks at cycling and whether it is safe enough in our biggest city.

Phil Goff's economic plans for Auckland have suffered speed wobbles from day one.

Phil Goff's economic plans for Auckland have suffered speed wobbles from day one. Photo: Auckland Transport

3:30 The history of New Zealand’s anniversary days

In a few weeks, Southland will be celebrating its Anniversary day.  What does this actually mean?  Historian Grant Morris says the only way to understand New Zealand's fourteen different anniversary days is to examine our history in context.

Christchurch anniversary day celebrations (1899)

Christchurch anniversary day celebrations (1899) Photo: Christchurch City Libraries

3:35 Spoken Feature

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

4:05 The Panel with Garry Moore and Niki Bezzant