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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 4 December 2019


1:10 An Original Christmas song from Rosy Tin Tea Caddy

Another of the finalists in our write an original Christmas song competition was the group Rosy Tin Tea Caddy from the Kapiti Coast.

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 great ones on there already!

They're here to perform their Christmas song in our Wellington studio

Rosy Tin Tea Caddy

Rosy Tin Tea Caddy Photo: Jenn Hadley/FolkYeah


1:17 New Zealand memorabilia to be auctioned

A huge collection of all things New Zealand is due to go under the hammer at Webbs auction house in Auckland. There's a variety of artefacts, photos, prints, paintings, and personal effects on offer. From the Beatles in Aotearoa in 1964 to Janet Frame's desk, Webbs expects there to be buyers from all over the world lining up for the very kiwiana auction. Head of Decorative Arts Caolan McAleer speaks to Jesse about their collection.

1:27 ECE teachers push for fair pay with rockin' campaign

Early Childhood Teachers are the rock stars of our communities. That's the message at the core of a new video advocating for fair pay for early childhood educators. The video stars Karen O'Leary, who you might recognise as Officer O'Leary from mockumentary show Wellington Paranormal.

When she's not investigating the paranormal, Karen is the head teacher at Wellington's Adelaide Early Childhood Centre, and she joins Jesse from the Wellington studio along with her workmate and bonfide rock-star, Tom Watson who has played with the likes of Head Like A Hole and Cassette.

 Logo of Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Photo: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

1:34 Ngā Taonga Sound Archives:  Fighting HIV-AIDs in the 1980s

When HIV-AIDs arrived in New Zealand in 1984, homosexuality was still illegal, condoms were a bit of a dirty joke and you certainly didn’t talk on the radio about sexually-transmitted diseases.  But the fight to stop the spread of HIV meant all that was about to change, as we will hear in today’s visit to the Sound Archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.

1:50 Christmas reads with Robert Kelly

Peak book buying time continues around the country as people trek to their local bookstores ferret out presents But what do you get for the tricky to pick for people in your life? RNZ producer Robert Kelly has a dark past as a bookseller and is here to help. 

Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly Photo: Supplied

2.10 Podcast Critic: Katy Aktin

Stuff podcast critic Katy Aktin looks back at the best podcasts of 2019. Her top picks are worth have a listen to for the upcoming holidays.


2:20 Bookmarks: Tony Watkins

Today's Bookmarks guest is an architect, urban designer, environmental advocate and emeritus professor at Auckland University. Talented Tony Watkins joins Jesse in the studio to talk about his favourite movies, books and music.

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3:10 Feature interview: Dr William Brooker on Why Bowie Matters

When Will Brooker was 13,  he borrowed a  cassette from his Mum, popped it in his new red Walkman and played music that would change his life forever.  Let's Dance became Brooker's introduction to David Bowie.  As a professor of film and cultural studies at London's Kingston University, he has analyzed David Bowie as a superfan and an academic. He says Bowie is so much more than a space oddity, he is someone worth emulating for his tenacity, and self-belief. Professor Brooker's new book is called Why Bowie Matters.

Dr Will Brooker

Dr Will Brooker Photo: supplied

3:35 Stories from Our Changing World.

3:45 The Pre-Panel Story of the Day with Ali Ventura 

4:05 The Panel with Catherine Robertson and Mark Sainsbury