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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 26 September 2019

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1:10 First song: Hayden Tee plays Javert in Les Misérables ​

Les Misérables is back for a season in Auckland this November with theatre star, Hayden Tee, returning home to play Inspector Javert in Victor Hugo's mega hit musical. He's in today for first song. 

Les Mis Australian Production -  Hayden Tee

Les Mis Australian Production - Hayden Tee Photo: Publicity supplied


1:17 Protecting native plants through seed banks 

Climate change is not only disrupting our weather and eroding our coastlines, it's threatening our native plants.

There is a back up plan for our indigenous flora though - seed banks. Seeds tucked away in a freezer for protection, to be used if and when is needed.

But we've only banked 200 of our native species, and the programme isn't funded by the Government. 

Craig McGill is a Research Officer in Seed Science & Technology at Massey University, he's here to tell us what the problem is, and how it can be fixed. 

Boxes with seeds from around the world are saved for posterity in the seed vault in Svalbard.

Boxes with seeds from around the world are saved for posterity in the seed vault in Svalbard. Photo: AFP


1:27 Discussing wellbeing and health through the arts 

Health and arts are usually separate disciplines but can come together in the discussion of wellbeing.

Victoria University of Wellington is connecting the sectors for a one-day event, where performances and research are shared on stage. 

Professor of Health Annemarie Jutel is behind Mataora - Encounters between Medicine and Art and she's here to tell us more. You can find more information here

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Photo: Supplied


1:34 Call for Kāpiti coast land to remain public

There's a call for land expected to be declared "surplus" by the NZTA, to remain in public hands. 

A Kāpiti coast steering group Wainuiwhenua, and the local hapu, want the 550 hectares around Paekākāriki town to be given to another public agency rather than being sold. 

Keith Johnston, deputy chair of the Wainuiwhenua group, is here to explain why. 


1:40 Great album: Night Train - Oscar Peterson Trio​


2:10 Music Critic: Jana Whitta

Jana looks at the new Brittany Howard album Jaime and introduces a couple of songs.


2:25 NZ Biography

Time for this week's biography, and today we're talking about a humble man from Canterbury who went on to win two Victoria Crosses for his bravery and valour in the most trying of circumstances.

Charles Hazlitt Upham is New Zealand's most decorated soldier - and here now to talk a bit about his life is military historian Dr Aaron Fox. 

Charles Upham (centre) pictured with members of his platoon in North Africa, November 1941.

Charles Upham (centre) pictured with members of his platoon in North Africa, November 1941. Photo: Alexander Turnbull Library


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3:15 Solving the World's Problems: Tess Nicol

Metro Magazine's digital editor Tess Nichol has been getting all het up about some BIG voices dominating the media with their bad opinions. 

Greta Thunberg speaks during the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23, 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Photo: AFP


3:25 What NZ history should be taught in schools?

The government has announced the introduction of compulsory NZ history lessons in our schools. In a previous talk on Afternoons,  Dr Grant Morris from Victoria University discussed the pros and cons of compulsory history, but now it is time to look at the content of what should be taught.

The government has provided some general subject areas, but Grant's been compiling his wish-list.

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Photo: 123RF


3:35 Spoken Feature: Eyewitness

In Eyewitness; a child is killed. The country vows no more. But did we mean it? 


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

4:05 The Panel with Lizzie Marvelly and Bill Ralston