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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 3 December 2019

1:10 Jeremy Redmore performs his New Zealand Christmas song

Yesterday we brought you the song You Are Christmas by The Sations - one of the finalists in our write an original Christmas song competition, and today we have another amazing entry

Now before I introduce our guest - all of these Christmas songs are going to be available to listen to on our RNZ Christmas Spotify playlist. We'll add songs as we go, but there are some crackers on there already

One stand out entrant was Jeremy Redmore - formely of the rock band Midnight Youth, who performs his song, Christmas Time I'm Told live in our studio.

Jeremy Redmore - RNZ First Song

Jeremy Redmore - RNZ First Song Photo: Andre Upston

1:17 How refugees are represented in the media

Former Dominion Post photographer Natalie Slade turned her photojournalism background into a lens for understanding the way refugees are represented in the media and in advocacy campaigns. 

Natalie investigated how refugee stereotypes in the media can affect a sense of belonging for her doctoral research, which saw her graduate with a phD in Developmental Studies last week.


1:27 Wonderland: US collectors send items for Te Papa exhibition

Visitors to Te Papa will be able to take a trip down the rabbit hole when Wonderland opens this weekend. The immersive exhibition celebrates Lewis Carroll's fantastic tale, as well as Alice's onscreen adventures. 

Devoted collectors Matt and Wendy Crandall live in Washington DC and have loaned about 40 Alice-related items for the Wonderland exhibition - a drop in the bucket from their collection of about 10,000 items that reside in a room they call Tulgy Wood.

1:35 Why are some older people malnourished?

New research exploring the eating habits of older people has provided important insights for helping to prevent malnutrition in ageing New Zealanders.

The study was completed by researchers at Massey's School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition, and was recently published in international research journal Appetite.

Associate professor Carol Wham led the research and explains more.

1:50 Love of fixing things leads to Apprentice of the Year win

As the year wraps up, lots of school leavers are thinking about what to do next. When it was time for Perrie Thomas to decide on his career pathway from school, a love of fixing things lead him to engineering.

Perrie is in his second year of a fitting and machining apprenticeship at Hayes International in Rotorua, and his diligence has seen him named the ATNZ Apprentice of the Year.

2:10 How do you publish your own book?

If you wanted to publish your own book - how would you go about it? Writer and reviewer Pip Adam looks at where independent publishing sits within the Aotearoa literary scene and how communities are built up around the publications.

2:20 The music of Randy Newman - ahead of his first tour to New Zealand

These days Randy Newman is known as a film composer - particularly for the Pixar animated classics. He's written the scores for nine of their feature films starting with Toy Story. But in the 1970s he was a singer/songwriter - creating acerbic classics. He recently announced his first ever NZ shows. Music critic Simon Sweetman talks about why Randy Newman's music is important and details his tour.

Randy Newman

Randy Newman Photo: Pamela Springsteen

3:10 Steven Novella - the biggest skeptic of all

Sometimes the only thing that stands between ever-expanding fake news and misinformation is someone with a robust sense of skepticism. Enter Dr Steven Novella. He's the Founder and Executive Editor of Science-Based Medicine and hosts a popular weekly science podcast, The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe. He's in New Zealand on a quest to bust some myths and encourage more critical thinking. 

Steven Novella

Steven Novella Photo: CC BY-SA 3.0

3:30 Spoken Feature: Elemental Thallium

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 Thallium.

The history of the 'poisoner's poison' involves an Agatha Christie novel which help solve a real life medical mystery, says Prof Allan Blackman from AUT .

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

4:05 The Panel with Victoria Stewart and Damian Christie