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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 16 April 2019

1:10 First song: Lou'ana Whitney and Dillon Riesterer

The Waiheke Jazz festival is coming up this weekend, and the headline act is singer Lou'ana Whitney. The Auckland based singer songwriter performs live with fellow jazz musician Dillon Riesterer.

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Photo: Waiheke Jazz, art and music festival

For more information on their performances click here

1:15 Rebuilding Notre Dame

Paris is weeping, after the 850 year-old centrepiece of the Île de la Cité went up in flames earlier this morning.

However the French president Emmanuel Macron announced while firefighters were still battling the blaze that Notre Dame WILL be rebuilt.

Ian Lochhead is an architectural historian specialising in Gothic architecture, and joins us to explain why Notre Dame is such an important building, and how authorities might go about rebuilding it.

1:25 Learning to read as an adult

Many of us take basic abilities for granted - like being able to do our times tables, use a computer, write cogently or read easily. And we've long forgotten how challenging it may have been to acquire those skills initially.

When you DON'T have a high level of proficiency in relatively basic skills, it can be embarrassing to admit it - even though this problem affects MANY more people than you may think .

So, adult literacy groups are springing up around the country, hoping to de-stigmatize that process.

Jane Gilmour works for one of them - Literacy Waitakere, and she joins us to explain more about their work.

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Photo: 123rf

1:35 Giant pumpkin "squashes" the competition

The Bushmere Arms Giant Pumpkin festival took place in Gisborne over the weekend - and Kaiaponi Farms general manager Scott Wilson took out the top prize with a pumpkin the size of a piano that weighs as much as a motorcycle.

Scott joins us on the line to explain a bit about the driving force behind the pumpkin, how to grow massive vegetables, and whether it'll be spared the pumpkin soup blender ...

1:40 Great album: Doris Day's Greatest Hits

Doris Day in 1957

Doris Day in 1957 Photo: Wiki Commons uncopyrighted film still

Doris Day - real name Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff  - was born in 1922 and was one of the most popular singers of the 20th century - as well as being very successful at the box office.

Doris Day was the world's biggest female film star in the early 1960s.

Today we're featuring songs from her greatest hits album.

2:10 Book critic, Clare Mabey

Clare shares her love of zombie apocalypse fiction.

2:20 Chris Parry on managing The Cure

A couple of weeks ago, legendary rock band The Cure was inducted into the rock n roll hall of fame. But did you know the band has a kiwi connection? For more than 20 years, the band's manager was Chris Parry, who was also the drummer for famous NZ band the Fourmyula.

3:10 Columbine High principal on recovering from mass shootings

Before the mass shooting in Christchurch, before Parkland and Sandy Hook and the atrocity in Norway, there was Columbine. Frank DeAngelis was the principal of Columbine High School on April 20th, 1999 when two students went on a shooting rampage through the halls of the school, killing 12 students and a teacher. He says nothing is ever normal again after an experience like this, but there is hope.   

DeAngelis has written a book about that day, the long road to recovery, and what he tells other schools and communities involved in the epidemic of mass shootings, They Call Me Mr. De: The Story of Columbine's Heart, Resilience, and Recovery.

Frank DeAngelis, former principal of Columbine High School

Frank DeAngelis, former principal of Columbine High School Photo:

3:30 BBC Witness

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

4:05 The Panel with Andrew Hoggard and Michele A'Court