Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 4 February 2020
1:10 First song: Glass Heart String Choir
Hailing from Seattle, Glass Heart String Choir are embarking on a tour that sees them traverse the country with some of New Zealand's most popular artists, including Anthonie Tonnin and French for Rabbits. Today they join us from our Wellington studio for First Song. Tour details are here
1:17 Planning for tourist hot-spots impacted by natural disasters
Dr Caroline Orchiston says we can expect tourist hot spots to be hit by natural disasters, such as the severe weather in Milford Sound, more often. She explains to Jesse why planning for both weather related and earthquake related incidents where tourists are flocking too is becoming more important.
1:27 Preserving archeological history in Hawkes Bay
An exciting and rare conservation project is underway in Hawkes Bay where an important archeological site is under threat from coastal erosion. A Māori village dating back to 1400 AD is sitting atop a sand dune prompting a combined effort by DOC, local iwi and Otago University to preserve the site. Marei Apatu explains to Jesse what is there and what they are doing.
1:35 Urban farming project wins 100,000 dollar research award
A passion for organic produce grown locally has seen Carl and Kati Freeman's "Farm Next Door" project get awarded a significant research grant. Massey University researchers and associates are in Taranaki to have a look at the project and look at ways to continue the agriculture project. Carl explains to Jesse what's next for his work.
1:50 Demise of school pools could be contributing to increased drownings
There's a concern that continued closures of school pools around the country is leading to more people losing their lives in the water. Former Olympic and National swimming coach, Mark Bone, speaks to Jesse about how fewer and fewer children are learning to swim and what could be done to keep pools from closing.
2:10 Pip Adam looks at George Saunders books ahead of the Arts Festival in Wellington
George Saunders is the author of nine books, including the novel Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the Man Booker Prize, and the story collections Pastoralia and Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2006 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2013 he was awarded the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and was included in Time’s list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.
2:20 Master guitarist Darren Watson teaches acoustic blues
3:10 The only advice parents will ever need
The only parenting advice Mums and Dads will ever need goes like this: you don't have to be perfect, you just have to be present. This is the uncomplicated conclusion Doctors Tina Payne Bryson and Daniel J. Siegel have reached after looking at the science of raising children. They share findings in their book, The Power of Showing Up How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired.
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 Tracey Barnett and Liam Hehir