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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 17 February 2020


1:10 First song

1:17 Helen Clark - Ghosts of governments past 

The sudden reappearance of Helen Clark in the news cycle in the last fortnight has raised some eyebrows and it also raises questions about what the role of former politicians in our public discourse is.

Ben Thomas is a former political staffer for the National Party and is now a PR consultant for Exceltium. He wrote a piece for the Sunday Star Times about the ghosts of previous governments and he joins Jesse to explain more. 

Jim Anderton, Helen Clark and Michael Cullen at coalition talks, parliament, November 30 1999

Jim Anderton, Helen Clark and Michael Cullen at coalition talks, parliament, November 30 1999 Photo: Fairfax

1.27 Trapping in the Ruahine ranges

A Wellington couple have been going deep into remote parts of the Ruahine Ranges - laying and checking traps for predators. They've had huge succes over the last seven years - helping the bird population regenerate, and flourish. 

Geoff and Lisa Whittle join Jesse to explain how they became such ardent trappers. 

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Photo: Supplied

1.34 Open Farms initiative bringing townies into the country 

At the start of March farmers are going to open up their farms to townies. It's an initiative designed to help bridge the growing gap between rural and urban life in New Zealand. Daniel Eb is the man who came up with this, and he joins Jesse to explain why farmers are opening their gates. 

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Photo: IVDM

1:45 Great NZ Album: Grace - Black Sand Shore   

2:10 Linda Burgess - TV choices

Critic Linda Burgess gives Years and Years, the six part BBC Drama screening on Neon an almost five star rating - she tells us why today.

Years and Years

Years and Years Photo: Neon [!/v/5664507/years_and_years/s/1]

2:20 Water infrastructure problems across New Zealand

Wellington and Auckland in particular are battling ageing water pipes that aren't up to the job of burgeoning populations. 

Metro Magazine's digital editor Tess Nichol has been investigating a particularly smelly result of Auckland's issues which is making its beaches much less appealing to swimmers.

A swimming warning sign at Brown's Bay beach in Auckland.

Photo: RNZ / Liu Chen

2:30 Raising Chickens

If you've ever thought about getting your very own flock of chickens, but are not sure where to start, our expert might be able to help.

Wainuiomata resident Pam Adam has been keeping chickens and selling eggs for about 30 years now, and is a wealth of knowledge and experience. She's happy to answer your question too.


Chicken Photo: RNZ/Carol Stiles

3:10 The honour killing of "Pakistan's Kim Kardashian", Qandeel Baloch

She was called the Kim Kardashian of Pakistan, a social media star with hundreds of thousands of followers who watched her provocative videos, and daring selfies with either admiration or disdain. Qandeel Baloch  was a feminist icon in the Muslim world.  Her fame could not protect her from, her own brother who murdered her in an honour killing. Journalist Sanam Maher tells her story in a new book, A Woman Like Her: The Short Life of Qandeel Baloch

3:35 Voices

On Voices - a look how dating apps have broken down cultural barriers in the game of love. 

3:45 The Pre-Panel Story of the Day 

4:05 The Panel with Leonie Freeman and Allan Blackman