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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 29 July 2019

On Friday Louis Baker was our NZ Live guest, and his performance of Purple Rain by Prince had people raving. Check it out here:


1:10 First song: Ashraf Sewailam

Egyptian Bass-Baritone Ashraf Sewailam is currently touring New Zealand performing in New Zealand Opera's comedy The Barber of Seville. The Christchurch season opens this week and while he's in town he decided to put on a FREE recital at the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral next Sunday afternoon, in response to the attacks on 15 March. He's joined in studio with conductor Wyn Davies.

The Barber of Seville, the Christchurch season opens on Thursday 1 August at Isaac Theatre Royal for four performances. 

Ashraf Sewailam

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1:17 Raglan's waste free goal

New Zealand is one of the most wasteful places in the world - we produce more than 3 kilograms of waste each, every day. 

Rather than wait around for someone else to fix the issue, a group of Raglan locals re-mortgaged their home to take over their town's waste management system. They created the organisation Xtreme Zero Waste in 2000, and it's still going strong. General Manager Dallas Butler is here to tell us what they've achieved. 

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Photo: Xtreme Zero Waste

1.27 Wanaka's snow anxiety

Climate change is having a noticeable effect in the Queenstown and Wanaka areas this winter. 

The shortage of snow is causing anxiety for ski field workers and may cause some fields to call their seasons done before they've even really kicked off. 

Crux reporter Georgia Merton has been talking to workers in Wanaka about this over the last week and she joins me now. 

Coronet Peak ski resort, Queenstown.

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1.34 Dave Dobbyn: Making The Islander

Kiwi music legend Dave Dobbyn talks about writing and composing his 1998 album The Islander, which reached number 1 on the charts. 

1:45 Great NZ Album - The Islander

2:10 Television Critic: Alix Higby ​

Alix Higby reviews Schitt’s Creek, Glow and Stranger Things 3.

2:20 The danger of "zombie" rivers 

We might be making "zombie" rivers, a Waikato scientist warns.

That's were waterways are locked into position between stopbanks and their headwaters. And that could be a real problem for the rivers' ecosystems. 

Professor James Brasington is the Regional Council Chair of River Science at the University of Waikato, and is due to give a lecture on this topic next week. He's explains the problem. 

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2:30 Expert Feature: How hearing works with Emma Russell

Maybe you've noticed you're turning the volume on the radio up a bit more these days than you used to? Is this something to be concerned about? We'll find out with today's Expert, audiologist Emma Russell who'll tell us how hearing works, how our hearing gets damaged and if it's inevitable we'll lose our hearing as we age.

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3:10 Dr Katherine Foxhall and the history of migraines

Blood-letting, tying a dead mole to the head; these are just a few of the ways migraines have been treated over the centuries. The pain is so debilitating, patients have agreed to have holes drilled in their heads to stop it. One in seven of us will experience the misery of a migraine, and yet the disease is still misunderstood and difficult to treat effectively. Medical historian Dr Katherine Foxhall looks back on the history of migraine as a way to understand how we can move forward. Her new book is called Migraine: A History.  

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3:35 Voices

Liz Garton meets our new Race Relations Commissioner and finds out how his childhood in Gisborne has set him up perfectly for this new role.

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

4:05 The Panel with Alison Mau and Rodney Hide