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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 24 September 2019

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1:10 First song

 

1:17 Fighting deforestation and world hunger with 'edible forests'

There are hundreds of millions of people in hunger around the world, and the number is getting worse thanks to climate change. 

The problem is particularly bad in Africa and Asia, where there is competition over the land for farming and conservation. 

But villagers in the Himalayas have a two-birds-with-one-stone approach, a practice that won't cause deforestation, and can feed the hungry. Researcher Jagannath Adhikari has been studying 'edible forests' and is here to explain. 

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Photo: Jagannath Adhikari

 

1:27 Model sheep designed to test the health of our homes

It's an common remark - New Zealand homes are cold and damp. Statistics back that fact up, 49 percent of Kiwi homes have visible mould. 

And while the Government has introduced new rules around insulation and heating, a lot of kiwis are still toughing it out over winter and chucking on an extra jersey. 

A new tool has been designed to remind us that cold homes aren't healthy, and it comes in the from of a cuddly sheep. Dale Bailey is in charge of the school trial of the tool and tells us about Mr Humfreez. 

 

1:35 The story of Zealandia

In the early 90s, Jim Lynch dreamed about creating the world's first predator fenced community eco-sanctuary.

And today the sanctuary, now known as Zealandia, is still going strong. In fact it's a success - it's achieved its restoration goals and is a major attraction in our capital city.

That journey to success is detailed in a new book Zealandia: The valley that changed a nation and Jim Lynch is here to tell us more about how he made his dream come true. 

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Photo: Supplied / James Lynch

 

2:10 Coining a genre: fantasy detective fiction 

It’s time our Tuesday book critic and RNZ producer Robert Kelly is here to have another go at making up a genre. This week - murder most foul in historical and fantasy worlds.

 

2:20 For the love of the clarinet

Marie Ross wanted to play the saxophone when she was eleven, but the youth orchestra didn't need saxophones, so a teacher suggested she played the clarinet instead.  And she fell in love.

That was in Arkansas a good few years ago. These days Marie Ross holds a teaching position at the University of Auckland as Dr Ross and is an internationally recognised concert performer, clinician of the clarinet and educator.

 

3:10 Judy Taguiwalo: serving in President Duterte's cabinet

When provocative Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte took office in 2016, he was very clear that things were about to change. He promised to kill drug dealers, something the United Nations' Human Rights Council is now looking into.

Professor Judy Taguiwalo briefly served in Duterte's cabinet as Secretary of Social Welfare. Now she travels the world, giving an inside view of the human rights situation in the Philippines and sharing her personal story of hardship and resilience. 

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Photo: Supplied

 

3:30 Spoken Feature: Elemental

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 Indium.

Indium is a very soft metal, and as indium-tin-oxide it is an indispensable part of the swipeability of touchscreens.

 

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

4:05 The Panel with Alexia Russell and Matt Nippert