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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 9 October 2019

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1:10 First song: Ebony Lamb

A real treat today as Ebony Lamb pops into our Wellington studio to talk about her new project and some exciting gigs coming up over summer. She'll be playing at the 2020 Auckland Folk Festival at The Kumeu Showgrounds over Auckland Anniversary weekend . She'll also be performing at the Kokomai Festival in Wairarapa alongside music heavyweights Barry Saunders and Caroline Easther this month!

Ebony is famed for her unique voice and rhythm guitar skills and of course for being the lead singer songwriter for Eb & Sparrow. She's opened for the likes of Rodriguez, Marlon Williams and Tami Neilson. She's performing her newest offering The Salt for First Song.

Ebony Lamb

Ebony Lamb Photo: Misma Andrews


1:17 Ballot box road trip

If you're unaware the deadline to send in your local government election papers was yesterday. There are still places you can drop them off, but you've only got a few days to do so. 

That, along with the news that voter turnout is low again this year, inspired one local council to help constituents - with a ballot box road trip. Masterton District Council chief executive Kath Ross is here to explain.

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Photo: Masterton District Council


1:27 Low voter turnout: bad for democracy? 

Staying on the subject of voting, despite efforts like that of Masterton council, we're at a record low level of voter turnout.

So why is this? We're seeing increased political awareness among young people, and yet, people are still forgetting about their local government. 

Dr Andrew Cardow from Massey University's School of Management says this marked decline in voting isn't good news for local democracy, he joins us to discuss the issue. 

Polling booths are open for New Zealand's general election in Auckland on September 23, 2017. (Photo by MICHAEL BRADLEY / AFP)

Photo: AFP or licensors


1:34 Ngā Taonga Sound Archives: The albatross colony at Taiaroa Head in Dunedin ​

 Logo of Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Photo: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Last month the bells rang out in Dunedin’s churches to mark the return of the first royal albatross to the colony at Taiaroa Head on the Otago Peninsula. The birds return from the sea every two years to breed,  and in today’s visit to the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision with Sarah Johnston we hear recordings about the history of the world’s only mainland albatross colony.


1:50 Making New Zealand Home: Tuma Hazou

Each week at this time we bring you stories from New Zealanders who were forced to leave their homelands and call New Zealand home.

Today we are speaking to Tuma Hazou, who was born in Jerusalem and fled at age 12. He became a broadcaster for the BBC before moving to New Zealand. 

Tuma Hazou

Tuma Hazou Photo: Supplied


2.10 Podcast Critic: Alix Higby

Alix reviews her top two recent podcast picks - The Drop Out and BROKEN: Jeffrey Epstein and previews two she's heard about it Dolly Parton's America and Patient Zero. 


2:20 Bookmarks: Elizabeth Knox

Multi-award winning author Elizabeth Knox, has just released her latest novel, The Absolute Book. It's had rave reviews and at 650 pages long is keeping her devoted fans happy after a six year wait for a new book. She's today's bookmarks guest talking about what authors she enjoys reading, the music she loves and the role her cats have played in her work day over the decades. And it was announced just yesterday that Elizabeth is one of the three recipients for the 2019 Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in fiction.

Elizabeth Knox

Elizabeth Knox Photo: Grant Maiden


3:10 Immediate pleasure or long term consequences?

Instant gratification is nothing new. Ask anyone who has ever had a hangover, and they'll tell you the short term rewards of just one more won out over the long term implications of a sore head the next day.

Bina Venkataraman learned how to help communities and businesses look past shortsightedness as climate adviser to President Obama. She shares new strategies for making decisions that reap benefits over the long haul. Her new book is called The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age.

Bina Venkataraman

Bina Venkataraman Photo: Daria Bishop 2018


3:35 Stories from Our Changing World.

The ability to read and recognise emotions has underpinned human survival. But what if we lose that ability? Sonia Sly finds out what happens to our brains as we age and why it becomes more difficult - especially for older men - to recognise emotions.  

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

4:05 The Panel with Mamari Stephens and Rodney Hide  ​