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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 10 December 2019

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Check out all our amazing original New Zealand Christmas songs on our Spotify Playlist here.

We are adding more each day. You can also check out the winning song Take Away the Tree including a music video!

1:10 First song: The Narcs

Since reforming in 2016, seminal Kiwi band The Narcs haven't stopped. To celebrate their 40th year in the music biz, they're about to embark on a new tour - unplugged and up close and personal - across the country, and Australia.

They've also just released a new song, which they perform today in our Auckland Studio. 

The Narcs

The Narcs Photo: Supplied


1:17 Whakaari / White Island eruption: the rescue effort

We update you with the latest on what we know about the Whakaari / White Island eruption plus an interview with rescue pilot John Funnell, who was liaising the communications for those on the ground during the mission to find those injured on the volcano. 

This handout photograph courtesy of Michael Schade shows the volcano on New Zealand's White Island spewing steam and ash moments after it erupted on December 9, 2019.

Photo: AFP / Michael Schade

1:27 Research into individualised cancer treatment

Dr Nick Fleming from the University of Otago has been awarded a $600,000 fellowship fund to investigate how an individualised approach to testing cancer patient's tumours could help patients receive the most effective treatment.

Dr Fleming explains his research and how he'll go about it. 

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Photo: 123rf

1:35 An update on the flooded Fox River

Back in March, flooding in the West Coast broke open an old landfill next to the Fox River near Fox Glacier - spilling decades worth of rubbish into the river and across the coastline.

Over the weekend, the area was subjected to more bad weather that saw townships on the West Coast, including Franz Josef and Fox Glacier, cut off after washouts. Raising concerns that the dump may give way and release rubbish back in to the river.

Volunteers pick up rubbish where a disused Fox River landfill spilled litter on the West Coast.

Volunteers pick up rubbish where a disused Fox River landfill spilled litter on the West Coast. Photo: RNZ / Katie Todd

1:50 Russia receives four-year ban from top-flight sports events

Russia has been handed a four-year band from all major sporting events by the World Anti-Doping Agency meaning the country will be excluded from the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year, as well as other top-flight sporting events.

Sports Commentator Hamish Bidwell chats to Jesse about what the ban, and what it means.


2:10 Book Critic: Lisa Glass

Lisa reviews three novels set around the time of the fall of the Berlin wall - Homeland by Walter Kempowski,
Breach by W.L.Goodwater and An Honest Man by Ben Fergusson. 


2:20 The power of the sax solos in pop

Today's music feature is all about sax solos. We'll be looking at the history of the saxophone and its increasing role throughout the pop music  genre.  

To help us navigate our way through this, we're joined by Massey university musicologist Jared Mackley-Crump who's in our Wellington studio. 

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Photo: Ben Stassen CC BY 2.0


3:10 President Obama's speech writer on generational trauma

Sometimes the hardest wounds to heal are the ones we can't see. Sometimes, the wounds aren't even our own. Adam Frankel was a speechwriter for former President Barack Obama.

His grandparents survived  the Holocaust, and he says, that trauma was passed on to his mother and then to him in unexpected ways. While working in the White House, he discovered a secret that would set him on a  path to confront the echoes of the past. He tells his story in his book, The Survivors: A Story Of War, Inheritance, And Healing.

Adam Frankel with Barack Obama working on a speech

Adam Frankel with Barack Obama working on a speech Photo: CC 3.0 BY-SA / Pete Souza


3:30 Spoken Feature: Elemental Vanadium​

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 Vanadium.

Vanadium features in Model-T Fords, big batteries and sea squirts, 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 Cindy Mitchener and Shane Te Pou