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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 4 May 2020


1:00 Live coverage of the Ministry of Health's latest Covid Update

An update from the Government on Covid 19 - with Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health.

Ashley Bloomfield fields a question on whether it's wise to inject bleach.

Ashley Bloomfield fields a question on whether it's wise to inject bleach. Photo: Supplied

1:25 Mobile Health resumes elective surgeries

Tens of thousands of people are facing a long and painful wait to get the elective surgeries they need, after nationwide cancellations during Alert Level 4 as hospitals prepared to deal with Covid-19 cases.

But there's some relief for those who are waiting, now that we are in Alert Level 3. 

We speak to Mobile Health chief executive Mark Eager. 

The Mobile Health truck

The Mobile Health truck Photo: Supplied

1.35 Has Covid spelt the end of hot-desking and open plan offices?

 When lockdown restrictions are lifted and more people return to work, there will be some big changes to the way we experience the workplace. 

We speak to AUT associate professor Rachel Morrison, who’s been thinking about the new normal for the office space. 

Rachel Morrison

Rachel Morrison Photo: Supplied

1:45 Great NZ Album: The Phoenix Foundation - Danzig Bro


2:10 Emma John's lockdown TV choices

Emma reviews High Maintenance, Kura and Dave.

2:20 An idea to fix the media funding model

So far the Government has announced $50 million in funding to support the media industry as it deals with a financial hit from the Covid-19 crisis. 

There have also been calls for the Government to make digital platforms Google and Facebook share revenue from journalism. 

We speak to Eric Crampton the Chief Economist at the New Zealand Initiative.

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Photo: Supplied

2:26 Update on the Northern Albatross Royal family on Taiaroa Head on the Otago Peninsula.

Late last month we spoke to RNZ's Lynn Freeman about an injury to the father of an albatross family that is followed by a twenty four hour camera - Royal Cam. The camera has more than a thousand viewers around the world - but Lynn is certainly one of the keenest watchers. She joins us for an update on the family.

Latest picture of OGK - the dad of the Albatross family - updated at 12.15pm 4 May 2020

Latest picture of OGK - the dad of the Albatross family - updated at 12.15pm 4 May 2020 Photo: DOC

2:30 Expert Feature: The importance of trust with Chris Skellett 

Today we’re talking about the concept of trust. It’s the kind of thing you don’t really notice until it’s gone...

And it seems particularly relevant to talk about trust now that we are living in a global pandemic and need to rely on each other more than ever.

Jesse Mulligan talks to retired clinical psychologist and ‘trust champion’ Chris Skellett, who has written a book on the subject titled 'When Trust Goes Missing: A Clinical Guide'. 

Two people holding hands.

Photo: Public domain

For more information about Chris Skellett, including his Trust Questionnaire, click here

3:10 Erin Welsh and Erin Allmann Updyke talk about This Podcast Will Kill you

Covid 19 isn't the only virus in town. This Podcast Will Kill you presents two epidemiologists who talk about the history and biology of a different disease every week. Erin Welsh and Erin Allmann Updyke offer fascinating facts about  infectious diseases that can be dropped during any Zoom dinner party and offer a new cocktail recipe to toast the end of each one too.

Left:Erin Updyke  Right: Erin Welsh

Left:Erin Updyke Right: Erin Welsh Photo: Public Domain [The Erins]

3.30 New Zealand Music Month Fresh Music Videos Daily on RNZ

We're celebrating NZ Music Month with  Fresh Music Daily. We'll be sharing a new song and video from an up-and-coming Kiwi artist every day throughout May. Today we feature Georgia Lines - Same Things.

Still from Georgia Lines 'Same Things' live performance video

Still from Georgia Lines 'Same Things' live performance video Photo: Screen capture

3:35 Voices

In 'Voices' today;  how musicians are staying productive through collaborating with other artists across the world. 

3:45 The Panel with Jennie Moreton and Jordan Carter