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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 28 January 2020


1:10 First song

Today's first song is played by Richie and Rosie - an Americana-folk duo from upstate New York. 

They're back in New Zealand - they last visited in 2017. 

As well as a tour they'll play at a hui in Northland, at Te Rawhiti Marae, where iwi and scientists will gather to talk about environmental concerns facing the area like kauri dieback, and the kiwi population.

You can find out where they are performing here

Rosie and Richie RNZ First Song

Rosie and Richie RNZ First Song Photo: Peter Lockhart


1:17 Congestion charging works

Think tank, The New Zealand Initiative, has just released a report on why congestion charging works. It looks at experiences from overseas on ways to congestion charging has been successful in managing chronic road overuse and how it could be also successfully implemented here. Institute executive director Dr Oliver Hartwich talks Jesse through their findings.

AUCKLAND - FEB 13 2017: Traffic jam in Auckland, New Zealand.

Photo: 123RF

1:27 Getting Kiwi kids moving in 2020

Exercise New Zealand is calling for a combined effort at the beginning of the 2020 school year to get children to be more active. Chief Executive Richard Beddie says we have one of the worst rates of children's physical activity in the world and he's on a mission to turn that around. He discusses with Jesse what approaches he thinks would work best. 

A photo of three children on a couch, all using multiple devices

Photo: Google images

1:35 Interning in a Republican Congress office

Sammy O'Hara from Victoria University has just returned from a three month internship at the office of Indiana Republican Representative Jackie Walorski. She talks to Jesse about her work there and what it might lead to in the future.

Samantha O'Hara at work as an intern in Indiana

Samantha O'Hara at work as an intern in Indiana Photo: supplied

1:50 Digging up two rare locomotives

After six years of work, the Lumsden Heritage Trust is on the cusp of excavating two 1885 steam locomotives from the Oreti River. The pair are thought to be the last of their kind in the world. Trust chairman John Titter explains to Jesse how much hard work has gone into getting them back on dry land.

New Zealand Rail's V-Class locomotive in 1885

New Zealand Rail's V-Class locomotive in 1885 Photo: Supplied/ E.J. McClaire Collection

2:10 Lisa Glass discovers WW11 secrets

To coincide with the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz, book critic Lisa Glass has been reading books with a common theme - World War 11 secrets. Today she reviews Martin Davidson's, The Perfect Nazi, Annette Hess', The German House and Emma Donoghue's, Akin.


2:20 Music Feature

Charlotte Yates is a Wellington-based singer/songwriter - she also runs songwriting retreats among other musical projects.

She joins Jesse for the regular Tuesday music feature, to talk about songwriting and play some examples of clever and interesting pop-song compositions.

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Photo: Emma Robinson

3:10 Gwendoline Smith - how to quit overthinking and stop the cycle of worry

Many a sleepless night has begun with one thought, what if?  Overthinking is is a common form of anxiety says Psychologist Gwendoline Smith. But there is a way to get it under control. Dr Smith offers practical ways to shutdown the worry machine in our heads in The Book of Overthinking: How to Stop the Cycle of Worry.

Gwendoline Smith AKA Dr Know

Gwendoline Smith AKA Dr Know Photo: supplied

3:30 Spoken Feature: Goer

Our series with retired broadcaster Ian Johnstone continues, as we hear his tales of travelling in Europe with his wife Marjorie. Ian calls it their "Geriatric OE".

3:45 The Pre-Panel Story of the Day 

4:05 The Panel with Alison Mau and Rodney Hide