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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 5 December 2019


1:10 Naughty List Appeal - Anna Bennington's original Christmas Song

All this week we've been bringing you original Christmas songs. Today it's the turn of Anna Bennington who was one of the finalists in our write an original Christmas song competition

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!

Anna Bennington and Dan Bali

Anna Bennington and Dan Bali Photo: Supplied/Anna Bennington


1:17 Scottish Artist exhibits 9/11 display in New Zealand

A large text-based light sculpture by Scottish artist Nathan Coley has just been installed at Auckland Art Gallery, where it will reside in the North Atrium until November 2020.The illuminating work, entitled 'A Place Beyond Belief', was born from a radio interview that aired during the 10-year anniversary of September 11 attacks in the US, and it is the first time it has been displayed in New Zealand.

1:27 Auckland aqua drone invention cleans waterways

Auckland boat builder, Andrew Lee, has invented an aqua drone which not only finds rubbish in waterways, it also scoops it up. He has built three of these unique vessels over the past seven years which are operated by remote control. He explains the technology and potential to Jesse.

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Photo: Supplied / Andrew Lee

1:34 World Vision lets children choose who sponsors them

Humanitarian aid organisation World Vision is flipping the script on child sponsorship - by enabling children to choose their own sponsors.World Vision New Zealand national director Grant Bayldon talks to Jesse about how it all works.

1:40 Great album: Dusty Sringfield, Dusty in Memphis

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Photo: supplied

2:10 Music Critic: Brad Warrington

Today Brad has some songs for a summer road trip.

2:25 NZ Biography: Frances Hodgkins

In today's biography Joanne Drayton joins Jesse to talk about artists Frances Hodgkins. She wrote a book about her, Frances Hodgkins: A Private Viewing. This year also marks 150 years since Frances was born. To mark her birthday Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki has run a major exhibition to celebrate her life and work, which spanned six decades.

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3:15 Solving the World's Problems: Steve Wyn-Harris

Today Steve Wyn-Harris responds to Green MP Chloe Swarbrick telling Lincoln University students that farmers will need retraining as the occupation will soon become redundant.

dairy cows grazing in a field

dairy cows grazing in a field Photo: 123RF

3:25 The History of December

For today's history session, Dr Grant Morris from Victoria University looks at the history of December in New Zealand.

3:35 Spoken Feature BBC Witness

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

4:05 The Panel with Jennie Moreton and Gary Moore