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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 19 November 2019

1:10 First song


1:17 Kiwis lack basic knowledge - report

We all assume we've got a handle on basic knowledge, that we could probably do OK at a pub quiz. 

But a new study has found New Zealanders have some serious gaps when it comes to rudimentary maths, geography and history facts.

The New Zealand initiative commissioned a study with 13 general knowledge questions to get an idea of how well informed we are. Report author Briar Lipson is discusses the results. 

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1:25 Michael Cooper: Wines are getting cheaper

Good news if you're a fan of a cheeky glass of vino at home, wine has been getting cheaper over the last decade. 

That's what wine writer Michael Cooper found when researching his latest book New Zealand Wines 2020: Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide.

It hits bookstores today and Michael is here to give us some insight into the best plonk for your buck.

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1:35 The Book of Mormon comes to Auckland 

One of the most successful musicals of all time is coming to New Zealand.

Loved and hated in equal measure around the world (it is, after all, written by the creators of South Park), The Book of Mormon will be showing at The Civic Theatre from March next year. You can find tickets here

And we're lucky enough to be joined by the shows stars, Blake Bowden and Nyk Bielak. 

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon Photo: Supplied

1:50 He Kākano Ahau: Ihumātao - Building an Indigenous Resistance Movement

A few months ago, the three year resistance of mana whenua at Ihumātao came to a dramatic climax. Kahu Kutia was one of thousands of people who made their way to the whenua at that time to see what it takes to build an indigenous resistance movement.

All episodes in the He Kākano Ahau series are here

Pania Newton at Ihumātao a few weeks before police arrived to evict her and others from the land.

Pania Newton at Ihumātao a few weeks before police arrived to evict her and others from the land. Photo: UGP / Nicole Hunt

2:10 Book Critic: Claire Mabey

Claire reviews Oligarchy by Scarlett Thomas and City of Trees by Sophie Cunningham.

2:20 Music Feature - what makes you groove? 

Why does one song make you happy, and another make you sad? Why does one chord sound "right" and another sound "wrong"? 

And why, when you're listening to certain songs, do you get the irrepressible urge to tap your feet, nod your head, and maybe have a wee boogie in your seat? 

Massey university musicologist Jared Mackley-Crump reveals why.

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3:10 Completing the memoirs of Prince

Dan Piepenbring was living his life, writing for The Paris Review, when he got a call from a music legend seeking his help to write a memoir. But Prince  would die from an overdose before their collaboration was complete. Piepenbring was left with the responsibility of finishing the book himself. We'll talk to him about The Beautiful Ones by Prince

Prince sips some orange juice backstage during the Dirty Mind tour, 1981.

Prince sips some orange juice backstage during the Dirty Mind tour, 1981. Photo: © 1985 Allen Beaulieu

3:30 Spoken Feature: Elemental Radon

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 Radon.

In some parts of the world, radon is a radioactive basement risk, says Professor Allan Blackman from AUT in Elemental.

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

4:05 The Panel with Fatumata Bah and Scott Campbell