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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 26 June 2019


1:10 First song: Paddy Echo

Paddy Echo

Paddy Echo Photo: Andre Upston

Auckland musician Paddy Echo has spent the last couple of years in London living the life only few can dream of.  He's back now and in for First Song.


1:15 Associate Professor Anne-Louise Heath: Bad side of baby food pouches

Associate Professor Anne-Louise Heath

Associate Professor Anne-Louise Heath Photo: supplied

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Baby food pouches may be contributing to obesity and dental healthy problems in babies. The popular squeezable feeding pouches are being researched by Otago University associate professor Anne-Louise Heath. She's looking into their impact on babies health after receiving a Health Research Council grant. The pouches dominated 70% of the baby food market and little research has been done on them to date.  

1:25 Jamie Scott: workplace unwell-being

Jamie Scott

Jamie Scott Photo: supplied

Jamie Scott was giving a talk about his area of expertise at a recent workplace well-being session in a retail outlet in a mall. What he saw left him fuming and he vented his frustrations in a twitter thread which has struck a chord with workers all over the country. He explains why he got so mad.

Employer having pain in back. He holding it by hand while sitting at table during job. Worker with bad state of health concept

Photo: 123rf


1:35 Ngā Taonga Sound Archives:  Herbs

If you were making a mixtape of ‘80s Kiwi music, the Pacific reggae group Herbs would have to feature pretty heavily and the New Zealand International Film Festival next month will see the premiere of a new documentary about the band’s 40 year history.  In our visit to the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision today, Sarah Johnston takes us back to Herbs’ early days in the 1980s.

Herbs in Rip It Up magazine, 1982 (L) and 1983 (R)

Herbs in Rip It Up magazine, 1982 (L) and 1983 (R) Photo: Papers Past

1:40 Great album

2:10 Critic: Podcasts with Richard Scott

Podcast critic Richard Scott reviews The Shrink Next Door and Have You Heard George's Podcast with Jesse. He also mentions True Crime New Zealand, a new locally produced show scaling the podcast charts. It's been recorded by a Lower Hutt couple who put it together in their spare time. 

Podcast logos for Richard Scott's review

Podcast logos for Richard Scott's review Photo: supplied

2:20 Bookmarks: Apirana Taylor

To be a successful writer in New Zealand, you have to retain a poets' sensitivity and have a hide as thick as a rhino. That philosophy has served Apirana Taylor well throughout life.

Apirana is a poet, a story-teller, an author, playwright and teacher. He's of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Ruanui descent and the author of six collections of poetry, four short story collections, two novels, and three plays.

He's told the stories of his life to thousands of school kids who have been lucky enough to hear him talk, and now it's our turn for that privilege.

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Photo: Apirana Taylor

3:10 Nick de Semlyen: Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the '80s Changed Hollywood Forever  


NICK DE SEMLYEN Photo: Publisher

On his way to the first day of shooting for Ghostbusters, comedy legend Bill Murray opened the script for the first time and got away with it. Powered by their personalities and egos, comedians like Murray, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd  and Chevy Chase defined comedy in the 1980's. Their feuds and friendships produced comedy classics. Writer Nick de Semlyen explores the stories behind those movies in his new book,  Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the '80s Changed Hollywood Forever  

3:35 Stories from Our Changing World.

Native freshwater fish get a hard time in urban streams. The streams are often used for storm water and after rain they become fast-flowing torrents.

Freshwater ecologists from NIWA want to know how small native fish cope with swimming in this fast water, so they're putting them to the test.

Our Changing World's Alison Ballance heads to Hamilton to meet Paul Franklin and Dana Nolte, who are about to put a native inanga through its paces.

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

4:05 The Panel with Ali Mau and Rodney Hide