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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 27 August 2019

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1:10 First song Marc Martel - Freddy Mercury's "voice" in Bohemian Rhapsody

Marc Martel's singing talents were used in Bohemian Rhapsody for Rami Malik in the lead role as Freddy Mercury. He was also handpicked by Roger Taylor and Brian May to front their official Queen tribute in 2012. He's performing four concerts in New Zealand from tomorrow.

1:17 Chronically ill youth needs overlooked in the health system

Adolescents who become chronically ill are often not having their needs met when they're being cared for in the health system. Otago University researchers have found the system is adult-centric and ill-equipped to cater for younger people's specific needs when they're facing serious health problems. Dr Judith Sligo is the lead author of the study.

Hospital patient waiting for treatment.

Photo: 123RF

1:27 Giant pumice raft in the Pacific Ocean

A giant raft of pumice, thought to have originated near Tonga could potentially wash up on our shores. The nearly 60 square kilometre sized shelf has been reported by boaties and can be seen by satellite. GNS science volcanologist Brad Scott explains how it has formed.

The large raft of pumice off Tonga

Photo: NASA

1:35 Calling out the 'white castle' of NZ Publishing

Lani Wendt Young is a Samoan author and Pacific Laureate. She's the New Zealand Book Council guest lecturer tomorrow and is challenging the literary status quo of what she says is the 'white castle' of publishing in New Zealand. She explains what she sees happening to Jesse.

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1:50 John Bluck Serial 


2:10 Book Critic: Karen McMillan

Karen reviews three thought-provoking books that could be the catalyst for change. She reviews Melt by Jeff Murray, 2040 by Damon Gameau and Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates.

2:20 The Glenn Miller Orchestra: Jive, swing and jazz

If you're in Auckland or Hamilton next week, you might like to transport yourself back in time and find out what that music sounded like in the Golden era of the 1940's.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra is coming to town and Musical Director Rick Gerber steps into our Music Feature today to tell us why the band that was around for just four years had such a huge impact on popular music.

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3:10 The women of NASA's Apollo Missions 

In a sea of white men, one woman had a seat  in front of the consoles in Mission Control, monitoring the Apollo spacecraft that went to the moon in the late 60's and 70's. Poppy Nothcutt was the first female engineer to work in NASA's Mission Control. She was part of the team that did the calculations to return-the spacecraft safely back to Earth, including the near disastrous Apollo 13 flight. She was paid less than the men for the same work and encountered sexism that would end careers today. Poppy Northcutt tells us how working on the space programme started a life long role as an advocate for women's rights.   

Frances "Poppy" Northcutt

Frances "Poppy" Northcutt Photo: Getty Images

3:30 Spoken Feature - Elemental: Erbium

RNZ's Elemental podcast is celebrating one hundred and fifty years of the periodic table of elements. Science producer Alison Ballance and chemistry professor Allan Blackman look today at Erbium.

Erbium is named after a chemically famous Swedish village, and adds a rose-tinted glow to the periodic table.


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

4:05 The Panel with Tracey Barnett and Scott Campbell