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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 8 October 2019

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1:10 First song: American Idiot

The smash hit Green Day's American Idiot opens at the Auckland Civic Theatre this Thursday. Three of the main cast head into our Auckland studio today for First Song. Tom Milner, Sam Lavery and Luke Friend will play a live acoustic performance of one of the hits from the show - Boulevard of Broken Dreams.

1:17 Stories from around New Zealand and the World


1:27 New NZ television psychological thriller, The Basement 

Local TV production seems to be having a bit of a resurgence, with a host of new shows being made - including Mean Mums, Golden Boy, The Brokenwood Mysteries and now a new psychological thriller called The Basement, which premieres on TVNZ on Demand next week.

We speak to the show's creator, writer and producer, Lewis Gregory about turning horror into great tele. 

The Basement

The Basement Photo: supplied/TVNZ


1:35 Kauri dieback: How do we make people clean their shoes? 

If you've been for a trek on DoC land over the last year or so, you'd have noticed cleaning stations for your shoes to help quell the spread of Kauri dieback. 

But the other focus for DOC has been figuring out what makes people comply with requests to clean their shoes - what makes us change our behaviour? Research was conducted and Joanne Aley is here to tell us what they found. 


1:50 Music Matchmaker with Clarissa Dunn

RNZ Concert Clarissa Dunn is in studio to play Classical Music Matchmaker! Clarissa will find classical music tailored specifically for you based on your personality. Today she matches Jesse Mulligan with the perfect playlist. 

And don't forget to vote in RNZ Concert's annual competition - Setting the Score 2019. Voting has opened, you pick your favourite here. 

2:10 Book Critic: Lisa Glass

Lisa talks about 3 Brexit novels

Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
Perfidious Albion by Sam Byers
Autumn by Ali Smith

2:20 Dianne Swann on the music of Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell is one of the greatest and most influential singer/songwriters of the last 50 years. And in particular she owned the 1970s.

Eight studio albums in 10 years. A double live album too. Ladies of The Canyon, Blue, Court and Spark, Hissing of Summer Lawns and Hejira are all classic albums in their own right. All from the same towering talent. To talk us through some of Joni's greatest works and play some of the shining lights we welcome musician and regular RNZ Afternoons Music Critic, Dianne Swann.

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell Photo: Public Domain, Billboard


3:10 Why we need insects

To save ourselves, we need to start thinking about saving creatures we have always been at war with. Bugs.

They are the glue that holds nature together and trying to eliminate  the ones we don't like may have dire and unintended consequences says Norwegian professor Dr. Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson.

She pleads for coexistence in her book, Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects.

Close view of cicada insect

Photo: 123RF


3:30 Spoken Feature: Elemental Krypton

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 Krypton.

The make-believe planet of Krypton is well-known in popular culture as Superman's home planet. But in real life krypton is a noble gas which is commonly used in neon signs and laser light shows.

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

4:05 The Panel with Julia Whaipooti and Chris Gallavin