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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 14 October 2019

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1:10 First song: Reb Fountain

Reb Fountain was in for NZ Live last Friday - and what a treat! While she was here she recorded Neil Young's classic After the Goldrush. We hear it today for First Song.

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Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

1:17 "Youthquake" strikes local body elections

One of the themes of this year's local body elections was the preponderance of young candidates - prospective councillors in their 20s, and some even in their teens.

Former Victoria University Students' Association president Tamatha Paul, 22, was one of those elected to council in Wellington's Lambton ward, and Hamilton's Louise Hutt - who's 26 - could also still make it, as the vote count for Hamilton West is still ongoing.

Tamatha and Louise join Jesse to talk local politics, youth engagement, and what they hope to bring to the table.

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Photo: Supplied / Tamatha Paul

1.27 Classical Cupid with Clarissa Dunn

RNZ Concert's 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 listener Kim with the perfect classical music playlist of music to cook by!

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Photo: RNZ

How to submit your own details for Musical Matchmaker:

Email your "dating bio" or details about what you're looking for to

1:45 Great NZ Album:  Garageland Scorpiorighting

Garageland's lead singer and songwriter Jeremy Eade joins the show to chat about the band's third album, Scorpio Righting.


Garageland Photo: AudioCulture

2:10 Television Critic: Tony Stamp

2:20 Two marathon world records in one weekend

Over the weekend - unbelievably - both the men's and women's marathon world records tumbled (the men's record albeit unofficially).

Jesse is joined by former Olympian and Athletics NZ chief executive Peter Pfitzinger to discuss.

Eliud Kipchoge celebrates breaking the two hour barrier for a marathon distance with supporters and his team in Vienna.

Eliud Kipchoge celebrates breaking the two hour barrier for a marathon distance with supporters and his team in Vienna. Photo: Photosport

2:30 Expert: Peter Dyer on the leaky homes crisis

Leaky homes - we all know that phrase now. More than a hundred thousand houses rotting. The first reports began in in the early 90s, though the problem started well before then, and is still ongoing to this day. 

But how did this happen? What failures lead to the crisis? And what is the cost? Journalist Peter Dyer has explored the issue in a new book Rottenomics: The Story of New Zealand's Leaky Building Disaster and he is our expert today.

3:10 Why do we do terrible things?

There is no such thing as evil. There are bad choices, very bad choices, that individuals can and do make. Dr Julia Shaw from University College London says heinous crimes are generally circus shows, not evil.
Julia uses research to explain why we do terrible things in her book, Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side.

Dr Julia Shaw

Dr Julia Shaw Photo: Supplied

3:35 Voices

Coming up on Voices – we find out why two women who lost their husbands in the Christchurch terror attacks aren’t eligible for residency. 

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

4:05 The Panel with Karlo Mila and Conor English