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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 20 December 2019


1:10 First song: Beacon Bloom - Little Kingdom

The electronic outfit Beacon Bloom, are a Christchurch based group founded by Ryan Ferris and joined by James Allen and Thomas Isbister.

They're set to perform at some festivals over summer and join us today for First Song.

Beacon Bloom

Beacon Bloom Photo: Supplied

1:17 Pension for children no panacea

Susan St John of Child Poverty Action group has poured water on the idea a "children's pension" would do anything to reduce poverty for youngsters. She says it's also unpalatable to pour money into children's poverty at the expense of the country's elderly. She explains what she thinks would be a better idea to address child poverty in New Zealand.

Susan St John

Susan St John Photo: RNZ

1:27 Sober and surviving the silly season

Lotta Dann, of MrsDisgoingwithout, fame talks about her top tips for getting through the traditionally boozey time of the year of Christmas and New Year. Her tips are also included on her popular website, Living Sober, which she created following the huge success of her best selling book.

Lotta Dann

Lotta Dann Photo: supplied

1:35 Pacific Island Food revolution series starts

Chef and award winning author Robert Oliver has created a fun new television series showcasing the best of culinary talent in the South Pacific. A second series of Pacific Island Food Revolution has just been made and will screen in New Zealand for the first time tomorrow on TVNZ 1. He explains to Jesse what the show is about and the health movement he hopes will follow.

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Photo: South Pacific

1:50 Making New Zealand Home: Memuna Barnes

Each week at this time we bring you stories from New Zealanders who were forced to leave their homelands and have resettled here.
Today we are  speaking to Memuna Barnes from Liberia/Sierra Leone.

Memuna Barnes

Memuna Barnes Photo: Supplied

2:10 Film Review: Graeme Tuckett

Graeme reviews Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Dr Ruth

2:20 NZ Live Beachware

The winner of our Christmas song competition was Take Away The Tree by Auckland indie pop group Beachware - no mean feat considering the calibre of entries we got. But we thought we hadn't quite heard enough of the band, so we invited them back for a full set on NZ Live.


Beachware Photo: Beachware

3:00 After Afternoons Podcast

Behind the Scenes of Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan and Ali Ventura.

3:10 Annabel Langbein's last minute tips on getting ready for Christmas

Annabel Langbein from A Free Range Life is here with her brilliant no fuss last minute recipe for Annabel's Espresso Hazelnut Ripple and a few handy tips for prepping ahead for Christmas Day.

Annabel's Espresso Hazelnut Ripple

Annabel's Espresso Hazelnut Ripple Photo: Annabel Langbein

3:20 Music 101: Charlotte Ryan


3:30 Critter of the Week NZ rock oyster

We meet our final critter for 2019. Doc's threatened species ambassador Nicola Toki introduces us to the NZ rock oyster.

This specific oyster is one of several related species that are native to NZ, and is eaten in both NZ and southern Australia.

NZ Rock Oyster

NZ Rock Oyster Photo: cc by Wikipedia

3:45 The Pre-Panel Story of the Day

4:05 The Panel with Ruwani Perera and Nick Leggett