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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 20 January 2020

1:10 First song


1:17 How to help inner-city bees thrive

Inner city schools and gardens have become hotspots for bees and other pollinating insects, and Auckland Council is keen to find more areas that can be set up as gardens to feed bee colonies. And while beekeeping is experiencing a resurgence, Sarah Smuts-Kennedy from For The Love Of Bees is urging Aucklanders to plant flowers and foods that will support bees, rather than leaping headfirst into keeping hives.

A bee collects pollen from a white flower in Rawene, New Zealand.

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly


1.27 Learn to read and play music in three days

Duncan Lorien is one of the world's most well-travelled music teachers. For more than 25 years, he has been delivering a seminar, which teaches people how to read and play music in three days. He joins Jesse to discuss why the "normal" method of teaching music are so complex, and how his method works. Here is Duncan's website.

Duncan Lorien

Duncan Lorien Photo: Supplied


1.37 Is our obsession with wildlife photos causing more harm than good?

Wildlife photos routinely drum up thousands of likes on social media. There are hugely popular accounts devoted to animals like Limbani, a captive chimpanzee in Miami who has more than 650,000 followers on Instagram. But is our obsession with taking pictures of animals doing them harm? Zara Bending, an Associate at the Centre for Environmental Law at Macquarie University, has written an article at The Conversation about the potential pitfalls of wildlife photography. 

chimpanzee in the trees in Guinea

Photo: AFP / Cyril Ruoso / Minden Pictures / Biosphoto


1:40 Great NZ Album: SJD - Southern Lights


2:10 Linda Burgess's TV picks

Linda reviews The Two Popes, Black Mirror Nosedive Series 3 and World on Fire.


2:20 New virus in China causing concern in NZ

The Ministry of Health has warned health professionals about an outbreak of a deadly new virus in China, which has killed two people and infected at least 62. The virus causes symptoms from fever to severe lung disease. Dr Siouxsie Wiles explains what this virus is, and if we need to worry.

A woman walks in front of the closed Huanan wholesale seafood market, where health authorities say a man who died from a respiratory illness had purchased goods from, in the city of Wuhan.

A woman walks in front of the closed Huanan wholesale seafood market, where health authorities say a man who died from a respiratory illness had purchased goods from, in the city of Wuhan. Photo: AFP or licensors


2:30 How to compost well

Each year, Auckland households send 90,000 tonnes of compostable waste to landfills. Ten percent of that is from the garden, while 40% is kitchen waste. The Compost Collective is working to reduce those figures, running free workshops on the basics of composting across the city. Jennifer Kerr works as an educator for the Collective. She joined us to explain the basics of the three main methods of composting, and to give us her top composting tips.


3:10 Daniel Franklin of The Economist predicts The World in 2020

The World in 2020. It’s judgement time for Donald Trump, Brexit, and the world economy says Daniel Franklin. He's been the editor of the special edition of The Economist Magazine for 17 years and this year's edition has Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as a guest writer. 

Daniel Franklin

Daniel Franklin Photo: Supplied


3:35 Voices

A driving school in Auckland is appealing for help to give migrant women driving lessons and the freedom they've come all the way to New Zealand to attain.

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

4:05 The Panel with Verity Johnson and Scott Campbell