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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 28 August 2019

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1:10 Manurewa High School rapper, Bowen Matthews.

Bowen Matthews wowed audiences at the recent Stand Up Stand Out heats with his rap performance, and is now heading to the finals next month. He is also blind.

Bowen Mathews First Song RNZ

] Photo: Credit: Andre Upston

1:17 Can skipping a meal help weight loss?

A link between our body clocks and obesity and diabetes has been uncovered by researchers at Otago University. 

The study involved looking at disruptions to the circadian rhythm of mice - Associate Professor Alexander Tups of the University of Otago's Neuroendocrinology and Brain Health Research Centre says from this we could discover what is the optimal eating time for humans.

Associate Professor Alexander Tups

Associate Professor Alexander Tups Photo: FELIX WOELK

1:27 Diversity Australia Council CEO talks pay equality

The CEO of Diversity Australia Council, Lisa Annalese, is in New Zealand as special guest for the 2019 Diversity Awards this evening. She talks about the differences between Australia and New Zealand in terms of the gender pay gap and why it's worse across the Tasman.

Lisa Annese, CEO Diversity Council Australia

Lisa Annese, CEO Diversity Council Australia Photo:

1:34 Ngā Taonga Sound Archives: Saving Kiwi voices of World War II

 Logo of Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Photo: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

The voices of New Zealanders who served during World War II are being digitised as part of a project by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision to preserve nearly 1600 fragile discs, recorded on the battlefields of North Africa, Italy and in the Pacific between 1940 and 1945. 

Today we’ll hear the first recording made by New Zealand’s wartime mobile broadcasting unit, on board a troopship as it prepared to leave Wellington Harbour, 79 years ago tomorrow.

Read more about Ngā Taonga’s current work digitising these WWII recordings

Listen to the full broadcast from the departing troopship


1:50 Making New Zealand Home: Kodrean Eashae

Each week we bring you stories from New Zealanders who were forced to leave their homelands and have resettled here.
Today we are speaking to Kodrean Eashae from the Assyrian Community from Iraq. Kodrean now calls Wellington home.

Kodrean Eashae

Kodrean Eashae Photo: Kodrean Eashae


2.10 Katy Atkin: Of Giants and Men

Podcast critic Katy Atkin reviews two podcasts for us today. Room 20-LA - about a search for a man's identity and Land of the Giants -  a behind the scenes look at the rise of Amazon. More of Katy's top Picks can be found here


2:20 Bookmarks with poet and farmer Tim Saunders

Tim Saunders is a sheep and beef farmer who likes writing poetry and short stories.  He likes writing in the solitude of the early morning and he carries a notebook and pen where ever he goes. He won Mindfood Magazine's short story competition last year, and the Flash Fiction Central Districts competition earlier this year. He has also been published in Turbine. Tim farms with his brother Mark on a block of Manawatu land that's been in the Saunders family for five generations.


3:10 Obsession with True Crime

Crime as entertainment sells books and provides unending material for podcasts,  movies and TV shows.  True crime is an obsession and statistically more women than men are drawn into the the bizarre world of Charles Manson, or school shooters and serial killers.

Journalist Rachel Monroe looks at four women who became fixated on real crimes to uncover why the attraction is more than just morbid curiosity. 

Her new book is called Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime and Obsession

Killers Ted Bundy and Charles Manson, and murder victim Jonbenet Ramsey

Killers Ted Bundy and Charles Manson, and murder victim Jonbenet Ramsey Photo: Composite


3:35 Stories from Our Changing World.

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the world, but for the women and children who want to leave these oppressive situations, life post- separation can still leave them isolated and trapped. Sonia Sly investigates for Our Changing World.


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

4:05 The Panel with Jo McCarroll and Stephen Franks