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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 15 October 2019

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1:10 First song


1:15 Twister rips through animal sanctuary in Waikato

A twister ripped through a South Waikato animal sanctuary this morning, bringing down fences and tossing chicken coops hundreds of metres away.

The Takiwatanga Sanctuary Trust is an animal therapy centre for people with autism, and also takes in rescue animals.

Steve Brown who runs the trust says some chickens have perished and the remaining animals are very upset and some are running wild about the property.

1:17 The importance of historiography

Historical commemorations are a bit fraught at the moment.

There was lots of consternation about the Tuia 250 re-enactment of the Endeavour arriving. And just yesterday was Columbus Day in the US - marking Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas.

Conversations about these events can become very heated ... and historians say they require good understand of "historiography".

Professor Charlotte McDonald from Victoria University is here to explain exactly what that means, and how to approach controversial topics in 2019.

Endeavour replica arriving in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa (Poverty Bay) this morning with Young Nicks Head in background.

Endeavour replica arriving in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa (Poverty Bay) this morning with Young Nicks Head in background. Photo: Gray Clapham

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 a 14 year-old listener with some classical music to complement their love of Prokofiev and Mahler

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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

And don't forget to vote for your favorite classical music in Setting the Score 2019.

1:35 What makes an object "queer"?

Here's an interesting philosophical question: what makes an object "queer"?

It's a question dozens of writers from 14 countries around the globe have explored in a new book, called "Queer Objects"

It's edited by two Kiwis: Otago University's Judith Collard, who lectures in History and Gender Issues in Art History; Chris Brickell, who's a professor of gender studies, and who joins us to explain a bit more.

Queer Objects

Queer Objects Photo: Supplied

1:50 Wellington Paranormal returns to the small screen

The second season of hit TV show Wellington Paranormal premiers tomorrow night on TVNZ2.

Paul Yates is a writer and producer on the show and joins us to chat about what we can expect.

A publicity shot for Wellington Paranormal.

A publicity shot for Wellington Paranormal. Photo: Supplied

2:10 Book Critic: Catherine Robertson

Catherine looks at books that are difficult - ones that are seen as experimental and stylishly challenging. She also looks at this Year's Man Booker Prize winner and what was unusual about the announcement.

2:20 Music Feature: The worst songs by the best bands

It takes a special kind of curmudgeon to think about the very best bands - the biggest stars, the most popular acts in terms of sales and reputation and critical acclaim - and then point holes in their catalogue. Music critic Simon Sweetman is that person!

The Beatles - Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison singing during their 1964 Wellington Concert

Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison singing during their Wellington Concert. Photo: The Dominion Post Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library

3:10 Humans mirroring the life path of animals

Anyone who ever felt like the teenager in the house is more like a wild animal than their loving child, one Harvard evolutionary biologist is here to say, you're right. Animals, just like people, have to learn so many things in that space between babyhood and adulthood. Animal adolescence looks a lot like human adolescence. Dr Barbara Natterson-Horowitz finds wisdom for parents in the way penguins and even wolves raise their young. Her book is called Wildhood: The Epic Journey from Adolescence to Adulthood in Humans and Other Animals.

More videos and content about wild animal adolescence here


Wildhood Photo: Supplied

3:30 Spoken Feature: Elemental Lithium

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 Lithium.

Lithium is the lightest metal, and it is used in batteries and for the treatment of bipolar disorder, says Prof Allan Blackman from AUT.

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

4:05 The Panel with Verity Johnson AK and Peter Fa'aifu