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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 20 February 2020


1:10 First song: Lawrence Arabia - Malade

The poetry of Katherine Mansfield has been set to music in an album concept conceived by Charlotte Yates, featuring a fabulous line-up of kiwi musicians. The second single from Mansfield, released today is called Malade, written and performed by Taite and Silver Scroll award-winning, James Milne, aka Lawrence Arabia who joins us for First Song.

He's also touring throughout March and April.

Lawrence Arabia

Lawrence Arabia Photo: Supplied

1:17 Approaching male mental health in times of personal crisis

WARNING: Some readers may find this content distressing

Hannah Baxter and her three children have died after Hannah's husband Rowan Baxter allegedly doused the car in petrol. He later died from self inflicted stab wounds.  

Half of all women homicide victims over the age of 18 in New Zealand are killed by a partner or ex-partner. Every time we hear a story like this it shocks us and the call goes out for something to change. But does it, and what has been tried in the past. 

I'm joined now by the Programme Leader of the Post Graduate Violence and Trauma programme at AUT and founder of the Man Alive counselling organisation Warwick Pudney.

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Photo: RNZ Pacific Sara Vui-Talitu

1:27 Louise Hardman shredding plastic for a brighter future 

The sheer amount of plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean is a daunting obstacle. 

But Louise Hardman has spent the last 25 years trying to reduce that mass by not seeing it as waste. 

She's the CEO of Plastic Collective and along with her team she's developed a plastic shredder which might just change the game in the Pacific. 

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Photo: Plastic Collective

1:34 Building bridges in the lower Waikato 

Waikato farmers Kim and Stu Muir are trying to restore the  ecological habitat of their little bit of the river. 

They've permanently retired forty hectares of farmland and have taken up the arduous task of restoring a native wetland. It's working and whitebait, freshwater mussels, crayfish, eels and mullet have all returned to the area. 

Stu is gearing up to build a bridge into the wetland to provide public access. He's also just become the chair of the Endangered Species Foundation. 

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Photo: Stu Muir

1:40 Great album: Green Day - Greatest Hits


2:10 Simon Sweetman's music picks for the week

Simon reviews the Drive By Truckers new album, The Unravelling and plays us a couple of tracks.

2:25 NZ Crimes: Gail Maney

Former police officer turned private detective Tim McKinnel speaks to Jesse about the Gail Maney case which was featured in the RNZ-Stuff joint podcast Gone Fishing. He explains why he believes she is the victim of a miscarriage of justice being convicted of the murder of Dean Fuller-Sandys in 1989. He talks about the campaign to uncover the evidence to have her exonerated.

Investigator Tim McKinnel and Gail Maney.

Investigator Tim McKinnel and Gail Maney. Photo: Supplied to RNZ

3:10 Link 3


3:15 How we can avoid human extinction

Dr Victor Luca, scientist and Whakatane District councillor says he wants to do his bit in the struggle to avoid human extinction. He shares his research today in our segment solving the world's problems.

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Photo: 123RF

3:25 The ‘Three Waters’ in NZ history​

Parts of NZ are currently experiencing major problems with the ‘Three Waters’ ie wastewater, stormwater and drinking water.  Wellington in particular has been hit by burst pipes, leaking sewerage into the harbour.  Is this an alarming new development or has NZ always had problems with the ‘Three Waters’? Dr Grant Morris from Victoria University of Wellington has some insights

 Ligar Canal, Auckland

Ligar Canal, Auckland Photo: Te Ara

3:35 Spoken Feature BBC Witness: How meditation changes your brain

In 2002, scientists in the US began performing a landmark series of experiments on Buddhist monks from around the world. The studies showed that the brains of experienced meditators alter, allowing them to focus better and manage their emotions. Alejandra Martins talks to Professor Richard Davidson of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

3:45 The Pre-Panel Story of the Day 

4:05 The Panel with Jennie Moreton and Guy Williams

Music played in this show


Title: I Can See Clearly Now

Artist: Johnny Nash

Time: 1305


Title: Road To Nowhere

Artist: Talking Heads

Time: 1414


Title: French Letter

Artist: The Herbs

Time: 1511



Title: When I Come Around

Artist: Green Day

Time: 1347


Title: Wake Me Up When September Ends

Artist: Green Day

Time: 1351


Title: Jesus of Suburbia

Artist: Green Day

Time: 1355


MUSIC CRITIC (Simon Sweetman)

Title: Thoughts and Prayers

Artist: Drive-By Truckers

Time: 1421