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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 16 July 2019

1:10 First song

1:15 Agriculture front and centre in climate change committee recommendations

Earlier today the government released two reports from the Interim Climate Change Committee, with recommendations on how to curb the harmful effects of climate change.

Professor Dave Frame from Victoria University joins us with his reaction.

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Photo: RNZ/Cosmo Kentish-Barnes

1:25 New Zealand at forefront of earth observation technology

Earth observation might sound like software from the distant future, but it's a real thing and is allowing scientists to do everything from predicting avalanches to remotely monitoring pasture quality for farmers.

And a local company is at the forefront of this industry - it's called Xerra, and senior scientist Moritz Lehmann joins us to explain a bit more about how this all works.

Tekapo False Colour

Tekapo False Colour Photo: Supplied \ Xerra Earth Observation Institute

1:35 New KiwiSaver fun refuses to invest in all-male companies

For lots of New Zealanders, KiwiSavers are among the biggest assets we own.

But how can we make sure that the funds we invest that money in are investing in socially-conscious companies?

John Berry has started up a new fund called CareSaver, aiming to do just that, and joins us to explain how it works.

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Photo: 123RF

1:40 Jim McLachlan update

A couple of weeks ago we spoke to Christchurch local Jim McLachlan about his 60 year-old, tartan hat from Scotland, which was stolen off his head as he rode his mobility scooter back home from the pub.

There's been a bit of movement since then, so we thought we'd check in with Jim for a wee update.

Jim McLachlan

Jim McLachlan Photo: Supplied/The Christchurch Star

1:40 Great album

2:10 Book critic: Elizabeth Heritage

Elizabeth Heritage looks at what captures the attention of readers when they first pick up a book. Ahead of the annual NZ Book Design Awards, she says it's more than just the front cover. 

The Bomb

The Bomb Photo: Huia Publishers


2:20 Music Feature

David Lynch is one of the most distinctive and important directors of 20th century cinema. Afternoons producer Emile Donovan curates a journey through some of the finest musical moments in Lynch's decorated career

David Lynch

David Lynch Photo: supplied

3:10 How to do your family tree

Each of us has a story written in our DNA. But that's only part of the puzzle. Researching  the family tree is one of those projects that starts but never quite finishes.

Where to begin can be intimidating. Gareth St John Thomas  has spent his career helping people tell stories.  He is the publisher and CEO of  Exisle Publishing in Dunedin. He's now written his own book about how to uncover your family story. It's called Finding True Connections How to Learn and Write About a Family Member's History


3:30 Spoken Feature: BBC Witness

It's thirty years since Twelve tonnes of ivory was set alight by President Daniel Arap Moi in Nairobi National Park to highlight the threat from poaching. The ivory burn in July 1989 was organised by conservationists who wanted to save the world's elephants.


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

4:05 The Panel with Janet Wilson and Selwyn Manning