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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 28 May 2019

1:10 First song

1:15 Tips for childcare on the teachers' strike

Tomorrow one of the biggest teachers' strike in our history will take place with teachers from both primary and secondary walking off the job across the country. 

That means most schools will be closed for the day and thousands of kids will be without childcare. Parents may have to stay home or even bring their children into work.

So what can workplaces and parents do to make this easier? Sarah McGuinness specialises in corporate wellness and is here to give us her tips. 

Primary teachers and principals in Wellington hold a rally on the last day of a week of strike action around the country.

Photo: RNZ / John Gerritsen

1:25 Michael Hurst's take on Homer's Iliad

It's the epic Greek poem that has been retold time and again and now it has a new take. An Iliad has just one performer, playing all 54 characters from the ancient tale, accompanied by a musician.

That performer is one of New Zealand's best stage actors, Michael Hurst. 

Fresh from a sell-out season in Dunedin, the award-winning show is headed for Auckland and Michael is in studio to tell us more. You can find tickets here

Michael Hurst in An Iliad

Michael Hurst in An Iliad Photo: Supplied

1:35 Coro st stars celebrate kiwi woman's 100th birthday

Timaru local Rosetta Rawlings celebrated her 100th Birthday this weekend.

A feat in itself, the day was made extra special for Rosetta when stars from her favourite show - Coronation Street - sent their wishes via video.

The party was a long time in the making and Rosetta's granddaughter Beck Eleven tells how they pulled it off...and her grandma's reaction. 

1:40 Great album

2:10 Book review by Pip Adam

Pip reviews The Radicals, by Marolyn Krasner; The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox and she talks about the latest edition to the Future Library Project. 

2:20 Covers you didn't know were covers - Simon Sweetman ​

The worlds of pop and rock are full of ear worms and hits that we firmly associate with one artist. 

But they're often not the original article. Simon Sweetman is in to walk us through the story of covers in 20th century music and play us some of his favourites. 

There's a playlist of what we're talking about available here

Fleetwood Mac, 1968

Fleetwood Mac, 1968 Photo: supplied

3:10 Political wrap with Jane Patterson, RNZ's Political Editor

Jane discusses the budget leak and Alfred Ngaro's decision against forming a Christian Party. 

3:15 Do you know what's under your skin?

Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson Photo: Publicity Photo

Travel writer Bill Bryson has seen the most amazing sites around the world, but none of that compares to the awe and wonder of what he discovered under his own skin. Bryson says most of us have no idea how our our bodies work, and yet we live our whole lives in them.  He's writing a book about what he calls these extraordinary contraptions and he's also going on tour. He's coming to New Zealand in September for a stage show called Observations on Life and The Human Body. Tickets available here

3:30 Spoken Feature -  BBC Witness  - How environmental campaign group Greenpeace was formed ​

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

4:05 The Panel with Jonathan Krebs and Penny Ashton