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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 26 November 2019

1:10 First song


1:17 Auckland Philharmonic and Suzy Cato bringing music into schools

The benefits of a musical education for children are well-documented - but not everybody has the resources or support network to learn an instrument from a young age.

Link Up is an international programme run by New York City's Carnegie Hall, which pairs professional musicians with local children to help them learn a piece of music - and it's come to New Zealand for the first time this year!

The project culminates with a full orchestral performance tonight, with the children playing along from their seats.

Legendary children's entertainer Suzy Cato will be MCing the event and joins us to explain a bit more.

Link Up from Carnegie Hall

Link Up from Carnegie Hall Photo: APO

1:27 New Zealand's best restaurant of 2019

Last night the annual Cuisine Good Food Awards took place - with the celebrated title of Restaurant of the Year going to Sid Sahrawat’s Auckland fine dining restaurant, Sidart.

Sid joins Jesse to chat a bit about his style, his cooking philosophy, and the state of the New Zealand restaurant scene.

Sid Sahrawat

Sid Sahrawat Photo: Josh Griggs

1:35 Voting in the UK election for NZ-based expats

The UK general election is less than THREE WEEKS AWAY!

And New Zealand is home to plenty of expat Brits ... many of whom still hold the right to vote in the election.

BUT - claiming that right is perhaps easier said than done.

Nine to Noon senior producer Jo Leavesley is currently navigating the long arm of the bureaucracy and joins us to talk about the experience.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) and Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (R) as they debate on the set of "Johnson v Corbyn: The ITV Debate" in Salford, north-west England. - Britain will go to the polls on December 12, 2019 to vote in a pre-Christmas general election.

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1:40 A brief history of sneakers

Earlier this year, hundreds of Australians queued for HOURS ... for the right to splurge a few hundred bucks on a pair of shoes, designed by the rapper Kanye West

It was yet another example of the timeless appeal of the sneaker - arguably one of the great SYMBOLS of western capitalism - and of conspicuous consumerism

But in an age where companies' reputations can hang on their ENVIRONMENTAL record ... where does this leave the humble sneaker heading into the future?

Emily Brayshaw is a lecturer in fashion and design at the University of Technology Sydney and she's written an article on the topic for The Conversation website. She joins us to explain more.

Sneaker Collecting is an obsession

Sneaker Collecting is an obsession Photo: CC0

1:50 He Kākano Ahau: Reconnection: Boil up pies and a homecoming

With the mass urban migration of Māori to Aotearoa's cities, there are now whole generations of people without knowledge of where they come from. Geneva Alexander-Marsters is a musician in Tāmaki Makaurau, and she wants to visit the place that she is from before she turns 30.

All episodes in the He Kākano Ahau series are here

While on their haerenga, Johnny Five, Geneva Alexander-Marsters and Daniel Marsters visited several marae, including Kahungunu Marae in Nuhaka.

While on their haerenga, Johnny Five, Geneva Alexander-Marsters and Daniel Marsters visited several marae, including Kahungunu Marae in Nuhaka. Photo: UGP / Geneva Alexander-Marsters

2:10 Book Critic: Robert Kelly 

Robert looks at Christmas classics and has some really great ideas about some great books to buy for Christmas gifts.

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2:20 Music Feature: Patti Smith

For our music feature today we're going to be having a look the sound of Patti Smith, dubbed by many as the godmother of punk. 

She's heading here in April next year to play headline events in Auckland and Christchurch. 

Dianne Swann will tell us more about this influential punk-poet author who's entertained multiple generations.

Patti Smith

Patti Smith Photo: AFP / FILE

3:10 Self-care: More than just cosmetics

Goodbye face masks and bubble baths, hello genuine methods to take care of yourself. Anna Borges, senior Health editor for Self Magazine, says self-care has evolved from purely cosmetic self-indulgence to genuine efforts to prioritize mental health. Borges gives tips on everything from sleeping to setting boundaries with friends and family. Her book is called The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care.

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3:30 Spoken Feature: Elemental: Scandium 

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 Scandium.

There is a famous scandal involving the element scandium and the game of cricket, says Prof Allan Blackman from AUT in Elemental

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

4:05 The Panel with Laile Harre and Peter Dunne