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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 16 May 2019

1:15 Day of light: Quantum physics and ancient cave art

Kiwi physicists and an American-born archaeologist have been working to create a lamp that mimics the flickering torch light used by ancient artists thousands of years ago.

The Dodd-walls Centre  brought together Harald Schwefel from the University of Otago and archaeologist Leslie Van Gelder alongside indigenous Australians to use quantum physics to develop these lamps that will highlight the work of paleolithic cave artists. 

And as it is the International Day of Light, it's a perfect time to hear more about the project, we're joined by Leslie Van Gelder.

1:25 ECan's declares climate emergency

Environment Canterbury has today declared a 'climate emergency', the first council in the country to acknowledge the threat from global warming on the environment. 

We discuss the task ahead for ECan and the region with councillor Lan Pham. 

Ecan Councillor and fresh water ecologist, Lan Pham, by the river Avon

Ecan Councillor and fresh water ecologist, Lan Pham, by the river Avon Photo: RNZ

1:35 Ross Noble

He's won a slew of prestigious comedy awards, tried his hand at stage acting and remains one of the most successful surrealist comics in the world....and he's coming back to New Zealand.

Ross Noble is bringing his new show Humournoid to the comedy festival and has stopped by the studio to tell us about it.

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2:10 Music Critic: Dianne Swann

Dianne reviews the album Delaney Davidson and Barry Saunders Word Gets Around.

Jean Batten on October 16th 1936

2:25 NZ Biography: Jean Batten

In our NZ Biography slot today, we're looking at Jean Batten who's considered as New Zealand's greatest aviator. She was celebrated around the world for her heroic solo flights during the 1930s. Following her success she moved in and out of public view before dying in obscurity in Majorca, Spain, in 1982.

Dame Fiona Kidman recently published a novel based on Jean Batten's life which entailed doing deep historical research on the aviatrix, known as the Garbo of the Skies.

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3:15 Your Money with Mary Holm: Investments

Financial journalist and author Mary Holm is our regular money and investement expert and today she's looking specifically at investments. She says people often do lots of research before getting into an investment, but they take too little notice of how they will be able to get out of it again when they want their money.

Some investments are pretty easy to get out of. The purpose of the stock exchange is to make it straightforward to sell your shares for the best price being offered that day, as a listener points out in an email. But it can be much harder to sell shares in companies not listed on the stock exchange, as another listener has found out. How easy it is to sell property depends very much on the market at the time.

Sometimes properties are sold, at a good price, on the day they list. Sometimes they take months to sell, at what the seller regards as a disappointing price.

Don't assume, when you buy, that the property market will always be buoyant. Bonds are like shares. If they are listed on the stock exchange, you can sell them - although you will probably get a higher or lower price than what you paid for them. That depends on what has happened to interest rates since you bought.

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3:35 Spoken Feature: Are We There Yet? 

We tend to brush off monsters in the closet and concerns about the dark as a rite of childhood but for kids the fear is very real. 

Katy Gosset looks at which worries crop up when and how we can help.

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

4:05 The Panel with Lizzie Marvelly  and Mark Knoff-Thomas 


Music played in this show

Title: Sweet Child o Mine

Artist: Guns n Roses

Time: 1308



Title: The Closer I get to You

Artist: Ra and Haydon (?)

Time: 1312


Title: Jailbreak

Artist: Thin Lizzy

Time: 1345


Title: Dancing in the Moonlight

Artist: Thin Lizzy

Time: 1350


Title: The Boys are Back in Town

Artist: Thin Lizzy

Time: 1355


Title: Tonight Tonight

Artist: Smashing Pumpkins

Time: 1410


Title: Maria Tambien

Artist: Kruangbin

Time: 1414


Title: Fantasy Garden

Artist: Trip to the Moon (Tom Ludvigson and Trevor Reekie)

Time: 1425


Title: Any Fool Can Tell You

Artist: Dragon

Time: 1440 ish..?


Title: Uptown Girl

Artist: Billy Joel

Time: 1509