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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 5 February 2020


1:10 First song: 78 District - Vieni e Balla

78 District, the band formed at Papatoetoe High School and who took out the national 2019 Smokefree Tangata Beats competition have recently released their debut track. 

Vieni e Balla the song for the band 78 District, vocalist of 78 District is Silika Isaia - who was in last year. She's back again with her band for a chat and to play LIVE for First song.

78 District RNZ First Song

78 District RNZ First Song Photo: Andre Upston


1:17 Latest on the Iowa caucus and preview SOTU

Feature story correspondent, Simon Marks, speaks to Jesse from the U.S where vote counting for the Iowa caucus has been delayed due to technological problems. The current front runner in the election is also none of the expected candidates. He also talks about what can be expected from the President's State of the Union address this afternoon.

Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg greets supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire the morning after the flawed Iowa caucus on 4 February 2020.

Photo: AFP / Getty Images

1:27 New NZ study on medical cannabis shows positive results

Auckland University along with the country's first medical cannabis clinic has released the results of their combined study of 400 patients. The results show potential benefits beyond the treatments current recognised uses. Dr Graham Gulbransen explains what they were looking at.

Doctor writing on prescription blank and bottle with medical cannabis on table close up

Photo: 123RF

 Logo of Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Photo: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

1:34 Ngā Taonga Sound Archives: The Māori Battalion at Waitangi, 1940.

This morning the Prime Minister officially opened a new museum at Waitangi, one which commemorates Māori participation in New Zealand’s armed forces - and specifically - the 28th Māori Battalion of World War II.
Tomorrow marks the 80th anniversary of the Māori Battalion assembling at Waitangi before they departed for active service in World War II and Sarah Johnston from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision will play us some recordings of that particularly historic February 6.

1:50 Study shows the difference in perception of balding men

Otago University researchers have looked at the way balding men and men with heads of hair are perceived in certain traits. The findings weren't all bad news for men who's hair is gone or thinning, but men with full heads of hair were preferred as leaders. Lead researcher Dr Nancy Blaker talks about what they've discovered.

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2.10 This week's podcast picks

Max Towle reviews Stephen Fry's 7 Deadly Sins and The Rewatchables

2:20 Bookmarks: Miranda Harcourt

Miranda Harcourt is New Zealand acting royalty - in the middle of a dynasty (her mother is Dame Kate Harcourt, her daughter is Thomasin McKenzie). She is also an acting coach to the stars (Nicole Kidman) and works tirelessly teaching the craft of acting. She's the face of a recent advertising campaign promoting people donate a night in a safe house for women at risk. She joins us to talk through her life and career and share her favourite books, films, music and TV shows.

International acting coach Miranda Harcourt.

International acting coach Miranda Harcourt. Photo: Sonia Sly

3:10 Funky food at The Disgusting Food Museum in Sweden

No one is born to love Vegemite or Root Beer or fermented shark. Our taste for food is cultural says Dr Samuel West, a psychologist and curator of the Disgusting Food Museum in Sweden. He invites visitors to close their noses and open their minds to what we eat around the world. We'll talk to Dr West about funky food and the power of disgust.

3:35 Stories from Our Changing World. Psychopathic traits - “everybody has them”

Sonia Sly is in search of psychopaths. Are they born or are they made? What are the traits that a psychopath exhibits? How often is psychopathy part of the criminal mind? Is everyone a psychopath to some extent? The expert with the answers is Hedwig Eisenbarth, from the Affective and Criminal Neuroscience Lab at Victoria University of Wellington.

3:45 The Pre-Panel Story of the Day 

4:05 The Panel with Laura O'Conell Rapira and Peter Dunne