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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 13 February 2020


1:10 First song: Wells*

Auckland singer songwriter Wells* joins us today for First Song. He's set to release a mini EP next month and has some exciting news about a live gig - will he reveal all today?

You can find Wells on Facebook and Instagram

Wells* - RNZ First Song

Wells* - RNZ First Song Photo: Andre Upston

1:17 Award winning NZ author gives Margaret Atwood event thumbs down

Paula Morris is a multi-award winning novelist, short story writer and essayist. She's also been scathing of the event with Margaret Atwood in Auckland's Civic Theatre. She explains why she thinks it was an expensive waste of everybody's time to Jesse.

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Photo: AFP

1:27 Food science writer on Gwyneth's Goop Lab series

Food writer, editor and commentator Niki Bezzant's on the Council of Directors for the True Health Initiative, a global coalition of health professionals dedicated to sharing a science-based message of what we know for sure about lifestyle and health. She's watched a new Netflix series produced by actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Goop Lab, and found there not to be much science involved. 

Gwyneth Paltrow in 2011

Gwyneth Paltrow in 2011 Photo: Wiki Commons/Andrea Raffin

1:34 Unity Books shortlisted for International Bookstore of the year

Beloved Unity Books in Auckland's High Street has made it to the shortlist of three to be in the running for International Bookstore of the Year 2020. The shop's been running since 1989 and is the only surviving independent bookstore in Auckland's CBD. Owner operator, Jo McColl talks to Jesse about the honour and surviving the age of digital books.

Staff at Unity Books Auckland

Staff at Unity Books Auckland Photo: supplied


1:40 Great album: Elton John & Ray Cooper - Live in Moscow


2:10 Colin Morris' Music selection

Colin Morris is going to feature tracks from Gil Scott-Heron's album I'm New Here and from deep in his archives - Fergal Sharkey!


2:25 NZ Crimes: Teina Pora 

This week we are looking at the case of Teina Pora, who was wrongly imprisoned for 20 years for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett, who was brutally attacked in her Papatoetoe home in March 1992. 

Investigative journalist Eugene Bingham and his colleague Paula Penfold started investigating Teina Pora's case in 2012. Eugene will talk us through the case.

Teina Pora portrait from the exhibition  “No Free Man: To No One Deny Justice” by Nigel Swinn.

Teina Pora portrait from the exhibition “No Free Man: To No One Deny Justice” by Nigel Swinn. Photo: Nigel Swinn

3:10 Link 3

3:15 Your Money with Mary Holm 

Investors in shares – and most KiwiSaver investors - are doing “too well” says financial author and journalist Mary Holm, but can it last?

Finance - coins, calculator and table of figures.

Photo: 123RF

3:35 Spoken Feature BBC Witness

In 1996, after many rejections, author JK Rowling at last finds a publisher for her first Harry Potter novel. Louise Hidalgo hears from editor, Barry Cunningham, who spotted the boy wizard's potential and helped create a phenomenon that would revolutionise childrens' book publishing, selling more than 450 million copies.

3:45 The Pre-Panel Story of the Day 

4:05 The Panel with Ruwani Perera and Chester Borrows