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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 23 October 2019

The two runners up and the winner of our Knit a Critter competition

More of the incredible entries received for our Knit a Critter competition


1:10 First song


1:17 MIT students create a garden to help mental health

MIT horticulture students have created a community garden at the Awhinatia Community Health Centre in Papakura. The aim of the garden is to connect patients and residents. It's also part of the DHB introducing the holistic Maori model of good health to patients for their recovery process. MIT horticulture lecturer Paul Padfield explains the project to Jesse.

MIT students working on Awhinatia Garden

MIT students working on Awhinatia Garden Photo: supplied


1:27 Cricket used to encourage reading

Read NZ Te Pou Muramura and NZ Cricket have teamed up to get more primary and intermediate school-aged children reading this summer. The Super Smash Reading Challenge is an interactive website which combines the upcoming T20 cricket tournament and book reviews by youngsters. Read NZ Te Pou Muramura CEO Jo Cribb joins Jesse to explain.

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 Logo of Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Photo: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

1:34 Ngā Taonga Sound Archives:  Preserving Timaru sound history recorded on paper.

Snippets of sound recalling life in South Canterbury in the 1950s,  have been retrieved by Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision from rare and fragile paper recording tape.

The paper tape was one of the first formats of magnetic sound recording, a forerunner of the more familiar cassette tapes of the 1980s.  It came into use in the late 1940s.  Today Sarah Johnston from Ngā Taonga’s sound archives is going to plays us some snapshots of life in South Canterbury in the early 1950s, which has been digitised from these fragile tapes.

Read more about Nga Taonga’s work preserving Sound Mirror paper tapes

Watch a 1959 National Film Unit feature on the making of It's in the Bag

1:50 NZ ECE educator to address prestigious science gathering

New Zealand early childcare educator, Dr Darius Singh's been invited to speak at the prestigious American Geophysical Union later this year. The conference hosts up to 62 thousand earth and space scientists from 144 countries. Dr Darius will be explaining how he uses the Gaia philosophy to teach science to pre-schoolers. He also explains he is opening the first Gaia inspired child care centre in the world in South Auckland.

2.10 Podcast Critic: Katy Atkin

Katy reviews Brain on Nature and Dolly Parton's America. More top picks from Katy are here 

2:20  Rachel Stewart on being in the public eye

Being in the public eye can bring hostility, particularly if you don't back down.

That's the subject of a panel discussion at the Tauranga Arts Festival next month, where columnist Rachel Stewart will share how she has stood her ground in the face of online abuse. 

But today the former farmer and environmental activist is in the Wellington Studio as our bookmarks guest, to talk about her love of birds of prey as well as the usual favourite books, movies, and music. 

Rachel’s Tauranga Arts Festival events:- Standing Up (living in the public eye) Nov 2 , The Hunters (NZ’s native raptors) Nov 3 and Getting Louder (climate change)  Nov 3

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3:10 It's the internet's fault we don't talk to each other

We don't talk to each other anymore. Emoticons of heartshaped eyes on a yellow smiley face have replaced actually using words to tell someone how we feel. The internet has changed the way we communicate. Gretchen McCulloch is an internet linguist who looks at the ways language is changing in the digital age in her new book called Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language

Gretchen McCulloch

Gretchen McCulloch Photo: Supplied

3:35 Stories from Our Changing World.

Enemy #1 - brown marmorated stink bug

Journalist and science communicator Damian Christie travels to Italy to discover what impact the brown marmorated stink bug is having on their fruit industry and find out what lessons New Zealand can learn.

3:45 The Pre-Panel Story of the Day

4:05 The Panel with Janet Wilson and Mark Sainsbury