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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 20 June 2019

1:10 First song - ASHY

19 year-old Christchurch pop singer ASHY has been described as the next big thing to hit the New Zealand pop scene, effortlessly blending smooth, flowing lyrics with tight beats and playful synths.

She's just released a new single, All Eyes Are On Me, and joins us from the Christchurch studio to perform it.


Ashy Photo: Supplied

1:15 Refugees and the living wage

It's World Refugee Day and tonight an exhibition called My Life To Live will be launched at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery.

It celebrates the contribution of refugee workers in Aotearoa, and also highlights some of the challenges they face. 

Ibrahim Omer is an Eritrean refugee and a spokesperson for Living Wage Aotearoa, spreading the word about how important it is for refugees to earn a living wage. You can find details about the exhibition here and donate to Changemakers here

Niguisse Fenja with his photos and son Emmanual.

Niguisse Fenja with his photos and son Emmanual. Photo: Supplied

1:25 Annah Stretton: Bringing hope to women prisoners

Annah Stretton is a name you probably wouldn't associate with prison..  but for five years, the fashion designer and social entrepreneur and her sister Rebecca, have been helping women prisoners find a way out of the vicious cycle of drugs, addiction and violence.

Their programme, RAW On-the-Inside has helped show nine percent of the female prison population how to make a better life and helped countless others still in prison.

The stories of two dozen of those women are in a new book,  Annah Stretton joins Jesse Mulligan to talk about the story so far. 

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Photo: Annah Stretton

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1:35 Young people share their stories of crisis

You may have heard this fact before - New Zealand has the highest death rate for teenagers in the developed world. So what is going on in their lives? How do we talk to them? Well perhaps they need to share their own thoughts. 

Been There: Young People's Stories of Struggle and Hope brings together tales from kiwi kids who have been through a crisis, and how they found strength. 

The book is edited by Steve Langley and he's in studio to tell us about gathering these stories. You can find out more about the book here. 


1:40 Great album

2:10 Music Critic: Jana Whitta

Jana Whitta reviews Heather Woods Broderick new song Where I Lay and Kate Tempest's fourth studio album The Book Of Traps And Lessons

2:25 NZ Biography - Roger Booth on Bruno Lawrence

A bus-bourne troupe of hippie actors, clowns, and musicians toured New Zealand and Australia in the early 1970's. They were called Blerta and they were led by the charismatic Bruno Lawrence. He was a smoker, drinker, drug user and womaniser, he was an talented drummer and played loveable rogues audiences warmed to especially in the 1981 Kiwi classic Smash Palace

Roger Booth wrote the 1999 book The Bruno Lawrence Story after Bruno's death and chats to Jesse Mulligan about the man loved by so many.

Greer Robson & Bruno Lawrence in Smash Palace

Greer Robson & Bruno Lawrence in Smash Palace Photo: supplied

3:10 Link 3

3:15 What's the problem with our rental market and is it fixable?

Herald reporter Kirsty Johnston has been looking into the issues surrounding investment properties - the divide between landlords and renters as the property market takes a dip in our biggest city and rents continue to rise. 

Housing in Wellington

Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

3:25 The history of sport in New Zealand

Have you ever wondered which popular sport has the longest history in NZ?  Today we'll have a look at our top sports and see which one arrived here first.

Auckland Bowling Club circa 1930s

Auckland Bowling Club circa 1930s Photo: Supplied / Auckland Bowling Club

3:35 Spoken Feature

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

4:05 The Panel with Verity Johnson and Mark Sainsbury