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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 17 April 2019

1:10 First song: Matt Corby

Australian singer songwriter Matt Corby is a favourite of New Zealand audiences - his first album  Telluric was hugely popular and his concerts sold out

Now he is back for a short tour with his second album, Rainbow Valley, so he pops in for a visit to the Auckland studio

1:15 North Island kiwi benefit from regular 1080 drops

New research conducted over two decades shows the survival rates of kiwi in Tongariro Forest were greatly enhanced following large-scale 1080 drops.

Dr Hugh Robertson, who was part of the research team, joins us to explain how the research was conducted, what it shows, and what it means for the future.

DOC rangers Jerome Guillotel and Alison Beath with brown kiwi chicks, Tongariro Forest.

DOC rangers Jerome Guillotel and Alison Beath with brown kiwi chicks, Tongariro Forest. Photo: DOC

1:25 Ten years of TVNZ Good Sorts

Ten years ago, from the comfort of his Taranaki news bureau / garage, TVNZ reporter Haydn Jones hit on a novel idea: to tell positive stories of ordinary New Zealanders doing extraordinary things.

The idea morphed into a regular slot on One News called Good Sorts - and this Sunday, a special edition will air at 7pm celebrating its 10 year anniversary.

Haydn talks to Wallace about the zenith of the idea, how he finds people, and the benefits of positivity in the relentless world of news.

Haydn Jones

Haydn Jones Photo: Copyright Scott McAulay, 2017. All Rights Reserved.

1:35 Ngā Taonga Sound Archives – “The Athlete of the Century”

Yvette Williams, the first New Zealand woman to win a gold medal at the Olympics, passed away at the weekend.  Her career peaked in the 1950s but in 1987 Athletics New Zealand named her its “Athlete of the Century” for her remarkable achievements.

She is best known as a long jumper but she was an outstanding all-round athlete, as we’ll hear today in recordings from the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.

1:40 Great album: Songs from the Big Chair by Tears for Fears

2:10 Kids theatre review

Jo Hodgson and her 8 year old daughter Rita review 2 children's plays in Wellington, The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate and Paper Shaper

Poster for The Man whose Mother was a Pirate

Poster for The Man whose Mother was a Pirate Photo: supplied/Kidstuff theatre

2:20 Bookmarks with Doug Gold

Doug Gold is the founder of radio stations More FM and The Breeze, but he's now turned his considerable talents to writing.

His new book, The Note Through the Wire, tells the story of two people who fall in love in the most trying of circumstances, and their battle to survive to be with one another.

Doug joins us to talk about his life, career, and some of his favourite books, music, films, and art.

Doug Gold

Doug Gold Photo: Fotografica Images by Alicia Scott

3:10 Inside the NXIVM cult

It was supposed to be a self help group, but instead NXIVM (pronounced Nexium) is being described by ex-members as a sex cult, that uses brainwashing and blackmail to coerce members into master slave relationships.

Some women were even branded with the initials of the leader who has since been charged with sex trafficking. Other high level members have begun to plead guilty to charges of racketeering - including Hollywood actress Alison Mack. 

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation producer, Josh Bloch, grew up with one of the women caught up in the cult, actress Sarah Edmondson,  and tells the story of how she got out in a podcast series, Escaping NXIVM

Josh Bloch creator of the Podcast, Leaving NXIVM

Josh Bloch creator of the Podcast, Leaving NXIVM Photo: Suppled/Evan Aagaard/CBC

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 Russell Brown and Heather Roy