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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 11 December 2019

1:10 Claudia Gunn performs her kiwi Christmas song live

We feature another of the finalists of our amazing Christmas songwriters. Caudia Gunn is a children's song writer and performer, and sent us a beautiful song, It's Not a Silent Night which made the finals of our Write an Original Christmas Song competition.

You can hear Claudia Gunn's song It's Not a Silent Night and many other original kiwi christmas songs here

And Listen to the RNZ Christmas Music playlist on Spotify by clicking here

Claudia also joins us in studio to perform the song live.

Claudia Gunn

Claudia Gunn Photo: Supplied/


1:15 Update on Whakaari / White Island 

RNZ reporter Andrew McRae is based in Whakatane, and gives us an update on the latest news from Whakaari / White Island.

Whakaari White Island like 'Chernobyl' - helicopter paramedic

Whakaari White Island like 'Chernobyl' - helicopter paramedic Photo: RNZ / YouTube

1:20 Hundreds of Chris Knox tapes to be archived by Alexander Turnbull Library

A collection of 254 tapes spanning the career of Flying Nun musician Chris Knox is set to be preserved by the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington. 

The archiving project is a collaborative effort between the library and the Flying Nun Foundation, and is the result of more than a year's work.

Chris Knox performing at the Mainstreet Cabaret on Auckland's Queen Street

Chris Knox performing at the Mainstreet Cabaret on Auckland's Queen Street Photo: Murray Cammick

1:30 Sydney enveloped in smoke and ash as NSW fires rage 

Smoke, dust, and ash has been enveloping the city of Sydney -  creating a blanket haze over the city and raising concerns about air quality. The smoke is the result of bushfires raging and near the city outskirts. Journalist Lydia Feng from ABC News gives us the latest. 

Tourists wearing masks take photos under the Sydney Harbour Bridge enveloped in haze caused by nearby bushfires, in Sydney on December 10, 2019.

Photo: AFP

 Logo of Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Photo: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

1:34 Ngā Taonga Sound Archives: The 1984 Queen St riot

Last Saturday marked the 35th anniversary of one of New Zealand's worst riots. On December 7, 1984 Auckland's Queen St was the scene of fighting between young people and police, which ended in 120 arrests and over a million dollars’ worth of damage to cars and looted shops. In today’s visit to the Sound Archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision with Sarah Johnston, we will hear about the cause of the riot  - and the aftermath. Concert-goers memories of the riot are here.


1:50 Christmas reading recommendations 

It's starting to get quite close to Christmas now! Books can make excellent presents but sometimes it can feel a little daunting knowing what to get for the individuals in your life. RNZ producer and former bookseller Robert Kelly is back in the booth to give some quick fire recommendations. 

Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly Photo: Supplied

2.10 Elliot Child's podcast picks

Elliot reviews How Did This Get Played?, Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend and Heavyweight

2:20 Bookmarks: Chester Borrows

From locking criminals up to lobbying for their rights and rehabilitation, our Bookmarks  guest today has gone from the police to parliament to prison reform advocate. 

Chester Borrows seems like an unlikely voice of justice reform from his beginnings as a 17 year old police officer, but he's used his experiences to work out a way to better transform the lives of those who wind up on the wrong side of the law. 

He's also got a big list of his books, music, movies and favourite art to share with us.

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Photo: VNP / Phil Smith

3:10 Both sides of the couch- when a therapist goes to therapy

All day, everyday, Lori Gottlieb deals with other people's problems as a clinical psychologist, agony aunt for the Dear Therapist column in The Atlantic. When she experienced an unexpected setback in her own life, she decided to get a taste of her own medicine and see a therapist. She gives the view from both sides of the couch about the power of talking. Her book is called Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed.

Lori Gottlieb

Lori Gottlieb Photo: Lori Gottlieb

3:35 Stories from Our Changing World. Living the high life on shaky ground

RNZ reporter Charlie Dreaver investigates the complex issue of apartments and earthquake strengthening. She talks to an apartment dweller about his 13th floor experiences during the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake and visits the University of Canterbury to meet earthquake engineers coming up with new ways of retrofitting existing apartment buildings. Supported by the Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund.

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

4:05 The Panel with Ella Henry and Rodney Hide