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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 14 June 2019

1:10 First song

1:15 Documenting the origins of Ridley Scott’s film, Alien

Unbelievably, it's been 40 years since the seminal Ridley Scott sci-fi flick Alien hit cinemas, becoming one of the most lauded and influential films of the 20th century.

Swiss filmmaker Alexandre Philippe has now made a film about Alien - it's called Memory, The Origins of Alien, and elucidates the untold origin story of the film, rooted in mythology and the dark side of the human consciousness.

It's showing tonight in Wellington as part of the Doc Edge Film Festival, so Alexandre Phillipe joins us to talk about the process of creating the film, and video essays as an art form.

Memory – The Origins of Alien

Memory – The Origins of Alien Photo: Supplied/Doc Edge Film Festival

1:25 One Metric - a new data-sharing tool for businesses

Rowan Simpson of Hoku Group.

Rowan Simpson of Hoku Group. Photo: Supplied

Many businesses, especially fledgling start-ups, feel the pressure to present themselves in the best possible light - even if it means fudging the reality just a little bit. 

But that kind of airbrushing isn't always in a company's best interests.

Entrepreneur Rowan Simpson has created a new tool, One Metric - aimed at making business metrics easier to understand, and to share.

He joins us to explain what it's all about.

1:35 Guidelines to stop companies "greenwashing"

Plastic packaging is so NOT HOT right now ... and of course, businesses are keen to show people they're moving AWAY from wastage , and towards more environmentally friendly packaging ...

But are these new products ACTUALLY better for the environment, or the same old stuff dressed up with buzzwords?

Chris Purchas works for WasteMINZ - which has released some guidelines for the advertising of compostable products and packaging and joins us to talk about it.

Soft plastic packaging recycling bin

Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

1:40 Great album

2:10 Film Review: Richard Swainson

This week Richard reviews Pavarotti and Tolkien

2:20 NZ Live - Tiny Ruins' Alex Freer's solo project A.C.Freazy

If you're a fan of 80's synth pop -- think Thomas Dolby or The Thompson Twins, you'll love today's NZ Live guest.

Alex Freer is a drummer-turned synth artist, he's a singer and multi-instrumentalist - you might know him as the drummer from Tiny Ruins but he's played for Lawrence Arabia, Clap Clap Riot, Lisa Crawley and Carnivorous Plant Society.  

Alex Freer's solo project outside of Tiny Ruins is A.C. Freazy and he's dropping in to our Auckland studio 

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Photo: A C Freazy

3:10 Jess Daniell's Smashing Pumpkin Soup

Jess Daniell from Jess' Underground Kitchen stops by for a chat and to share one of her favourite heart warming, nourishing winter recipes - Smashing Pumpkin Soup. You can see the full recipe here.

Smashing Pumpkin Soup

Smashing Pumpkin Soup Photo: Supplied \ Jess Daniell

3:25 Nanogirl Podcast

It's time to check out Nanogirl's latest science adventures.
This week we join the super scientists and some students from Breens Intermediate on a Christchurch beach with ESR scientist Olga Pantos. They're on a hunt for microplastics…

3:35 Critter of the Week: The Maungatua Stonefly

This week, DoC's threatened species ambassador, Nicola Toki tells us about the incredible accidental discovery of a new insect species by Dunedin academic Brodie Foster and Professor Jon Waters of Otago University. 

It is a wing-reduced species of the stonefly genus Zelandoperla Tillyard, and has been named the Maungatua Stonefly.

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

4:05 The Panel with Catherine Robertson and Mike Rehu