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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 30 January 2020


1:10 First song: Solid Cream

Today's first song comes from Solid Cream. The band's sprung from a collective love by band members for the sound and inspiration of the 1960's English band, Cream. Solid Cream's made up of three bands who are holding a very special event in Christchurch on Sunday but to give us a taster Ben Eldridge and Andy Genge join the show to play an acoustic number. 

Solid Cream

Solid Cream Photo: Supplied


1:17 Hands off treatment for collapsed lungs

New Zealand-led research is expected to change the way doctors all over the world treat a collapsed lung. A six year study of 316 patients has led to the conclusion that a hands off approach treating a collapsed lung leads to better outcomes than medical intervention. Study co-author Dr Kyle Perrin joins Jesse to explain what this world leading research will mean for doctors around the globe.

Pneumothorax vs drain diagram

Pneumothorax vs drain diagram Photo: Dr Cilein Kearns

1:27 Fulvic acid exports to the U.S worth millions

The accidental discovery of fulvic acid on a Southland Farm is leading to a potentially multi-million dollar export business to the U.S. The rare organic soil nutrient is processed into liquid form before being sold to Americans via Amazon. NZ Fulvic director, Rhys Brooking, explains what the nutrient is and what it is used for.

Fulvic acid

Fulvic acid Photo: supplied

1:34 Call for a creative non-fiction category for book awards

The Spinoff Books Editor, Catherine Woulfe, is concerned two outstanding books didn't make it onto this year's Ockham Book Award long-list because they don't fit into a category. She believes there should be a creative non-fiction section to allow for books she calls "memoirs of sorts" to be recognised for their literary brilliance. She explain what she means to Jesse.


Library Photo: pixabay

1:40 Great album: Neneh Cherry – Raw Like Sushi (30th Anniversary) ​

Neneh Cherry

Neneh Cherry Photo: supplied

2:10 Music Critic: Waveney Russ 

Today our critic is Waveney Russ. He went to the recent Laneway event and was blown away by some of the acts which have slipped through the cracks of mainstream media reviews.

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Photo: Daniel Lee

2:25 New Zealand Crime: Ben Smart and Olivia Hope

Today we start a new feature looking at famous criminal cases in New Zealand, both solved and unsolved. We are starting the series with murder of Olivia Hope and Ben Smart, teenagers who disappeared in the early hours of New Year's Day in 1988. Investigative journalist and author, Mike White, has covered this case and all its twists and turns for two decades. He speaks to Jesse about the case which still, to this day, polarises public opinion.

Ben Smart and Olivia Hope

Ben Smart and Olivia Hope Photo: NZ Police

3:10 Link 3

3:15 Money with Mary Holm

Popular financial journalist and author Mary Holm is back to go over the Review of Retirement Income Policy 2019, which was released yesterday. She has pored through the details and highlights some of the more interesting recommendations included in the report.

3:35 Spoken Feature BBC Witness


3:45 The Pre-Panel Story of the Day 

4:05 The Panel with Nalini Baruch and David Cormack