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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 18 October 2019

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1:10 First song: The Response

Christchurch alternative pop duo The Response have released a brand new single today, Picture Undefined.
They're in studio to play it for us and talk about their upcoming gigs. 

Oct 27 2019 - Home Bass Tour: Reuben Stone, Leighton Fairlie, The Response

Dec 31 2019 - The Edge NYE19: L.A.B, Dillastrate, The Response, PRINS

The Response

The Response Photo: Supplied


1:17 An Irish layman's view on the rugby

Not sure whether you've heard ... but there's a big rugby match tomorrow night.

The All Blacks are playing Ireland in the World Cup quarter-finals. Kickoff at 11.15pm.

It's a match that has far-reaching consequences. It'll decide who makes the semi-finals. It's not a bad bet to say the winner might go on to take out the whole competition.  

And, if Ireland win, the city of Dublin may well no longer exist on Sunday.

So we thought we'd get Irish comedian Alan McElroy in for a chat about how he's feeling about everything.

Beauden Barrett in his debut season with the All Blacks in 2012.



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 has some recommendations for listener Corey, who's a big fan of minimalism - think Philip Glass and Michael Nyman.

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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 How to tell whether a medical study is reliable

Stories about medical research can be confusing sometimes: one study says drinking coffee can improve your memory. Another says it could cause memory loss. Who do you believe?

To be fair, this is understandable: medical research is carried out by really clever people with advanced technical knowledge ... and most of us don't HAVE that knowledge. So, how do you know whether a study is reliable or not?

Hassan Vally is an associate professor in Public Health at Melbourne's La Trobe university and he's written a helpful article for the SciBlogs website on this very topic.

He joins us to chat about it.

A photo of a worried teenager girl looking at her smart phone in a park with an unfocused background

Photo: 123rf


1:50 Christmas is coming, and St Vincent de Paul needs your help

It's coming. Sooner than you expect.

Mariah Carey will be back on the radio. Retail stores will be hiring extra staff. Elderly men will grow out their beards and start moonlighting at the local mall.

Because Christmas is just around the corner. And that's good news for lots of us! It means presents, family, holidays and happy times ... but not everybody is so fortunate.

That's why the St Vincent de Paul society in Wellington is holding its annual Christmas appeal!

Marketing manager Millie Lambess joins us to explain more.

Santa Claus doing grocery shopping at the supermarket,

Photo: 123RF


2:10 Film Review: Ali Ventura

Ali reviews El Camino and Judy


2:20 NZ Live: Tami and Jay Neilson

Our NZ Live guest today is no stranger to the RNZ Studio but today Tami Neilson has a twist for us. 

The singer songwriter is joined by her brother, and longtime collaborator, Jay Neilson. They're about to embark on a special acoustic tour across the country but have kindly stopped into our Wellington studio to share some tunes and some stories. 

Jay and Tami Neilson

Jay and Tami Neilson Photo: Anna Loveys (Saint Lachine)


3:10 Food with Julie Biuso

Sizzling haloumi is hard to resist, but how do you cook it without it sticking to the pan? Julie Biuso from Shared Kitchen is in this week for food to talk all about haloumi and to share her amazing recipe for Maple Roasted Red Grapes & Haloumi.  

Maple Roasted Red Grapes & Haloumi

Maple Roasted Red Grapes & Haloumi Photo: Julie Biuso My Shared Kitchen


3:20 Music 101

Host Charlotte Ryan gives us a preview of what's on Music 101 this weekend. 


3:30 Critter of the Week: Pacific Golden Plover

It was once believed the golden plovers flocked when it was about to rain. But very little is known about the Pacific Golden Plover, or Kuriri, except that their numbers are falling dramatically. 

DoC's threatened species ambassador Nicola Toki tells us what she knows about the bird. 

Pluvialis_fulva - Pacific Golden Plover

Pluvialis_fulva - Pacific Golden Plover Photo: Uploaded by snowmanradio CC BY 2.0


3:45 The Pre-Panel Story of the Day with Emile Donovan

4:05 The Panel with Tayyaba Khan and Dean Hall