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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 29 November 2019


1:10 First song: Miriam Clancy

New York-based New Zealander Miriam Clancy is back in the country to tour her latest album Astronomy and she stops by our Auckland studio today for First Song. Tour details are here.

Miriam Clancy

Miriam Clancy Photo:

1:17 Visiting academic studying stone age Pitcairn Island tools

We get all sorts of academics and professors visiting New Zealand who specialise in weird and wonderful subjects ...

At the moment Otago Museum is hosting Jonathan Paige - Jonathan works at Arizona State University, focussing on the evolution of stone tool technologies.

He's in town to analyse some material were collected from archaeological digs in the Pitcairn Islands - and he joins us on the line to explain a bit more

Jonathan Paige

Jonathan Paige Photo: The Leakey Foundation

1:27 Artist Billy Apple and his Rewi Alley connection 

Yesterday we talked about Rewi Alley, and his work in China. 

Today, we're joined by an artist who was inspired by Rewi Alley - after an incredible coincidence this year saw him staying on the same street in China, as where Rewi Alley used to live. 

Billy Apple - a pioneer artist who made his name during the pop art movement of the 60s -  was in Shanghai on a new artist's residency when he made the connection with Alley. 

Billy Apple at the NZ Arts Foundation Awards 2018, where he was honoured an Icon Award.

Billy Apple at the NZ Arts Foundation Awards 2018, where he was honoured an Icon Award. Photo: Mark Tantrum

1:35 Little Yellow Bird - winner at NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards

Last night the NZI Sustainable Business Awards took place in Auckland ...

The SUPREME winner was a company called Little Yellow Bird, supplying ethically-sourced clothing and uniforms to businesses, as well as providing employment and education to workers in developing countries.

The company's founder and CEO is Samantha Jones and she joins us in studio.

Little Yellow Bird is a company that supplies businesses with ethically-produced uniforms.

Little Yellow Bird is a company that supplies businesses with ethically-produced uniforms. Photo: Samantha Jones

1:50 Making New Zealand Home: Rana Hamida

Each week at this time we bring you stories from New Zealanders who were forced to leave their homelands and have resettled here.
Today we are speaking to Rana Hamida from Syria.

2:10 Film Review: Ali Ventura

Ali reviews Knives Out, Frozen 2, and Mrs Lowry and Son


2:20 NZ Live: Anthonie Tonnon

Anthonie Tonnon's rail journey across the country last year was a new way of experiencing music, a love letter to passenger rail in Aotearoa. 

And it was so successful that it is back! A new edition Rail Land 2019 will tour this December to new destinations and with new songs. 

Anthonie is here for NZ Live to give us a preview of the music and tell us about creating this incredible show. 

Anthonie Tonnan - NZ Live on RNZ

Anthonie Tonnan - NZ Live on RNZ Photo: Andre Upston

3:00 After Afternoons Podcast

Behind the Scenes of Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan and Ali Ventura.

3:10 Annabel Langbein’s Perfect Panforte

New Zealand celebrity cook, food writer and publisher Annabel Langbein has more than 25 books to her name, has hosted three seasons of her TV series, Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook. She is in to talk about her latest project Dinner Rush and share her Perfect Panforte recipe.

Recipe courtesy of Annabel Langbein. For more of Annabel's recipes see

Annabel Langbein's Perfect Panforte

Annabel Langbein's Perfect Panforte Photo: Annabel Langbein

3:20 Music 101: Charlotte Ryan


3:30 Critter of the Week: Huhu beetle / huhu grub

Adult huhu beetles cannot eat, only live for 2 weeks and in Hamilton a cat ate one and was dead the next day.

They’re not great at coordinated movement and if you disturb a huhu beetle in the daytime, it’s very reluctant to take flight, and in the evening it takes up to thirty minutes to get properly airborne, with a lot of stumbling walks and bumbling flights and crash-landings as it warms up.

Huhu beetle + huhu grub

Huhu beetle + huhu grub Photo: Left: John Marris , CC BY-SA 4.0 ; Right DOC

3:45 The Pre-Panel Story of the Day

4:05 The Panel with Tayyaba Khan and Nevil Gibson