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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 18 May 2020

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

An update from the Government on Covid 19 - speakers today are Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health and Andrew Costar, Commissioner of Police


1:25 How Covid-19 and 5G conspiracies combined

Over the past two months there have been 17 suspected attacks on cell phone towers around the country, the most recent in Auckland over the weekend.

We speak to investigative journalist David Farrier who’s written for The Spinoff about how two conspiracy theories that have merged in recent months could be behind these attacks.

David Farrier

David Farrier Photo: Supplied

1:30 Winners of the lockdown t-shirt competition

We announce the winners of our competition to design a lockdown t-shirt.

Here are the winners:

And here is the full long-list

1.35 25 young women under 25: Annika Andresen

The YWCA has announced its inaugural Y25 list, which celebrates 25 young women under 25 who are future leaders in their fields.

We'll be speaking to women from the list each day on our show this week.

Today we speak to Annika Andresen, who is passionate about what's underneath the ocean.

Annika Andresen features on the YWCA'S Y25 list.

Annika Andresen features on the YWCA'S Y25 list. Photo: Supplied

1:45 Great NZ Album: Strawpeople Broadcast


2:10 Television picks by Linda Burgess

Linda reviews Normal People and Luminaries.


2:20 Remembering comedy star Fred Willard

The American comedy star Fred Willard died on Saturday, at the age of 86 years old.

He was known for his roles in movies including Best In Show and This Is Spinal Tap, as well as the sitcoms Everybody Loves Raymond and Modern Family.

We speak to comedian Ben Hurley.

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2:30 Expert Feature: Professor Carolyn King - Invasive mammals

Professor Carolyn King is New Zealand's foremost authority on invasive mammals and world-renowned for her contribution to ecology - especially mustelids – stoats, weasels and ferrets. She began her career in Oxford, studying weasels and then 48 years ago, (1971) she was asked to come and help us get rid of stoats here. She wrote the first ever book on predators in New Zealand back in 1984 (called Immigrant Killers) and then The Handbook of New Zealand Mammals (1990), she’s is now working on the third edition. But her most recent published book is called Invasive Predators in New Zealand - Disaster on Four Small Paws  


3:10  Grant Reynolds - the best way to learn about wine

Drinking a nice bottle of wine you like shouldn't be so complicated, as long as it's not a  Pinot grigio which shouldn't  be considered wine at all.This advice comes from Sommelier Grant Reynolds. He's on a mission to make the world of wine relatable without having to memorize 63 grape varietals. His book is called How to Drink Wine: The Easiest Way to Learn What You Like

Grant Reynolds

Grant Reynolds Photo: Supplied


3.30 New Zealand Music Month Fresh Music Videos Daily on RNZ

We're celebrating NZ Music Month with Fresh Music Daily by sharing a new song and video from an up-and-coming Kiwi artist every day throughout May. Today we are featuring Geoff Ong and his song I Don’t Know.

3:35 Voices 

In 'Voices' today;  Kadambari Gladding speaks to three people whose lockdown efforts have been focused on uplifting communities in need. 

Preserved Identity helps raise funds for through Kiwi Trust for Palestinian Children's Relief

Preserved Identity helps raise funds for through Kiwi Trust for Palestinian Children's Relief Photo: RNZ/ Preserved Identity

3:45 The Panel with Michelle Boag and David Cormack