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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 12 February 2020

1:10 First song


1:17 How to help kiwi during hot, dry weather 

The dry weather in Northland is causing kiwi  strife. 

It's making it harder for kiwi chicks to find food, as insects burrow deeper in when it's that dry, and means kiwi are wandering further in search of food, puttting them in peril. 

Kiwis for kiwi executive director Michelle Impey explains. 

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Photo: AFP

1:27 Capturing and sharing a king tide 

Aucklanders are being encouraged to join a global movement - of capturing and recording king tides. 

These are highest tides that occur naturally twice a year, when the there's alignment between the gravitational pull between the sun and the moon. 

People involved are asked to snap photos of the king tide in their area, and send it to scientists to help them see what normal high tides could look like with projected sea level rises. 

Ben Sheeran is the founder of the Auckland King Tide Initiative. 

1:34 Ngā Taonga Sound Archives:  Wellington’s forgotten shipwreck - the S.S. Penguin

The worst shipwreck in Wellington waters was not the sinking of the Wahine in April 1968 (a tragedy which cost 53 lives.) Today is the 111th anniversary of a shipwreck off the south coast which saw the loss of 75 people – yet today it is almost forgotten.

Sarah Johnston has been searching the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision for memories of the sinking of the S.S. Penguin in February 1909.

1:50 Coronavirus - Chinese students unable to make it to New Zealand universities 

New Zealand universities say they are facing a huge financial loss, as the coronovirus prevents Chinese students enrolled to study in New Zealand getting here. 

Universities New Zealand chief executive Chris Whelan says thousands of students are due to start or continue their studies here very soon. 

But a ban on people travelling from mainland China to our shores means many are unable to make it. 

Tourists wear masks at Don Mueang Airport, in Bangkok, Thailand, 07 February 2020.

Photo: AFP

2.10 Ellie Jay's podcast picks

Ellie reviews How To Fail With Elizabeth DayThat Peter Crouch Podcast and Lexicon Valley

2:20 Bookmarks with Sheba Williams

Sheba Williams, cabaret performer is in Auckland to present her show about the life of Josephine Baker. The now-Sydney based former Wellingtonian will discuss her love of all things Josephine Baker and musical theatre and share some of the books and movies and music that have helped to shape her as a performer.

Sheba Williams as Josephine Baker

Sheba Williams as Josephine Baker Photo: Supplied/Publicity shot

3:10 Rick Wilson - Saving America from Trump

For 30 years political strategist Rick Wilson helped Republican candidates get elected in America. Now he is doing everything he can to make sure the top Republican gets kicked out of office in 2020, Donald Trump. He says it's going to be ugly. He offers insights about the challenges for both sides  in his new book, Running Against the Devil: A Plot to Save America from Trump-and Democrats from Themselves.

US President Donald Trump speaks during a bilateral meeting with Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (unseen) at the NATO summit at the Grove hotel in Watford, northeast of London.

Photo: Nicholas Kamm / AFP

3:35 Stories from Our Changing World.

Using local yeasts to make distinctive NZ beers & wine Peter Griffin meets some Wellington entrepreneurs making homegrown yeast for the brewing industry and joins them on a yeast hunting expedition to capture the unique flavour profiles of native plant species. 

3:45 The Pre-Panel Story of the Day 

4:05 The Panel with Ruth Money and Mark Sainsbury