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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 21 August 2019

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1:10 First song: Sulfate

Peter Ruddell, known better as part of the Wax Chattels has taken the plunge and now also gone out on his own.

Sulfate launched back in July with his single Speaking For Others and set off on tour. He's in today for First Song.

Sulfate - RNZ First Song

Sulfate - RNZ First Song Photo: Credit: Andre Upston

1:17 New Zealand's first locust farmer on eating insects

Move over cricket flour, locusts are the new black in the protein world. 

Insects are thought to be the answer to the sustainable food - they can be frozen, fried or ground up into baking. 

Malcolm Diack is the country's first locust farmer, running his business Otago Locusts out of shipping containers in Dunedin. He tells us how and why he got into the insect game, and what's next. 


1:27 Making the calls for the World Series of Darts

The World Series of Darts is back in the country this weekend, this time in Hamilton. 

The biggest names in darts will be going head to head at the Claudelands arena, and alongside the 16 players of the tournament, there'll be referee Russ Bray. 

If you've ever seen a darts competition, you'll no doubt recognise his voice. He's with us from the Hamilton studio now to tell us about the sport and his famous 180 call.

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Photo: PDC


1:34 Ngā Taonga Sound Archives: The history of Hong Kong and China

 Logo of Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Photo: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

In Hong Kong, pro-democracy protests are continuing despite the presence of thousands of Chinese police and military massed just over the border in Shenzhen. Hong Kong has been under Chinese rule since 1997, as part of the “one country - two systems” agreement worked out when Britain handed its former colony back to China.  
In today’s visit to the Sound Archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision with Sarah Johnston we are going to look back at the lead-up to the 1997 handover.


1:50 Making New Zealand Home: Sawsan Rashid

Each week at this time we bring you stories from New Zealanders who were forced to leave their homelands and have resettled here.

Today we are speaking to Sawsan Rashid who's Kurdish and came here in 1995. She and her family now call Auckland home.


2.10 Harry Potter and The Cursed Child  ​

Ali Ventura reviews the Harry Potter and The Cursed Child play showing now at Melbourne's Princess Theatre

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Photo: RNZ / Ali Ventura

2:20 Bookmarks: Crime writer Liam McIlvanney

Liam McIlvanney was born in Scotland. He's now based in Dunedin where he is the inaugural holder of the Stuart Chair in Scottish Studies at Otago University. He is also an award-winning crime writer...and the son of an award-winning Scottish crime writer.  
Liam is here today for Bookmarks, to talk through some of the books, music, movies, TV and podcasts that have been important in his life. 

Opening procession of the Bloody Scotland festival in Stirling

Opening procession of the Bloody Scotland festival in Stirling Photo: supplied


3:10 Is TV as good as the movies?

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Photo: Emily Nussbaum

Binge watching your way through the latest Netflix series doesn't have to be a guilty pleasure. For years, TV has been considered the candy floss to the meatier offerings at the cinema. New Yorker Magazine TV critic Emily Nussbaum is on a mission to change the way we think of TV.

She celebrates what's good on TV and makes the case for considering some programmes like Jane The Virgin, The Sopranos and even Buffy The Vampire Slayer for their artistic and cultural value. Her new book is called I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution


3:35 Our Changing World: Using sound to brew better beer

What happens if you play a Viennese waltz to a fermenting lager? Or death metal to a dark beer as it brews? Scientists at the University of Auckland have taken over the quietest place in New Zealand and are playing sounds to fermenting beer yeast to see if they can come up with some musical ways of making better beer. Alison Ballance meets underwater sound expert Andrew Jeffs to learn more.

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

4:05 The Panel with Alexia Russell and Andrew Hoggard