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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 19 May 2020

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

Listen LIVE to the update on Covid 19 - from Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield speaks to media during a Covid-19 update conference at Parliament on May 12, 2020 in Wellington.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield speaks to media during a Covid-19 update conference at Parliament on May 12, 2020 in Wellington. Photo: Pool / Hagen Hopkins / Getty Images

1.17 The future of New Zealand's tourism industry post-Covid

It's clear New Zealand's tourism industry is hurting but can the government help turn it around?

We speak to Professor Simon Milne, Director of the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute based at AUT.

Riding cable car above Rotorua lake and city, in the centre of North Island of New Zealand

Photo: 123RF

1:27 25 young women under 25: Shalini Guleria

Today we're continuing our influential wāhine toa series...

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

Joining us today is scientist Shalini Guleria.

Shalini Guleria.

Shalini Guleria. Photo: YWCA

1:35 New research on high fibre diet reveals dangers of processed food  

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Photo: Otago University

One of the conditions that puts you at higher risk of dying if you get Covid-19 is type-2 diabetes.  Otago University researchers have found that eating more dietary fibre does actually increase your life expectancy if you have diabetes, but only if that food is not processed. Lead author Dr Andrew Reynolds joins Jesse to explain the findings. 

1:50 NZME's battle over Stuff - is it the end of the road?

It's been announced today that NZME has been declined an interim injunction by the High Court that would have allowed it to have an exclusive negotiation period with Nine over buying rival media outlet Stuff.

We speak to RNZ Mediawatch's Hayden Donnell to find out more.

The Commerce Commission has declined a merger which would have created New Zealand’s biggest news media company
Fairfax Media NZ,, 
NZME, NZ Herald.

Photo: RNZ/ Brad White

2:10 Lisa Glass reviews Frankenstein and books based on it

The book credited with being the first science fiction novel is over 200 years old and Lisa Glass has just read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley She talks about this today - along with two spin-off novels - Frankisstein  penned by Jeanette Winterson  and The strange case of the alchemist’s daughter written by Theodora Goss. 

2:20 Music Feature: Rhian Sheehan - composing soundscapes

The music of Wellington-based composer, Rhian Sheehan was broadcast on his biggest stage yet last year, VOICES FOR THE FUTURE. For three nights on the eve of the 2019 Climate Action Summit, images of an iceberg by artist Joseph Michael were projected onto the UN Building in New York with Rhian's huge, ethereal soundscapes, and music by Brian Eno.  Rhian was on our Bookmarks segment a couple of years ago and today we'll hear some of the atmospheric electronic music he composes, which are featured in everything from planetariums, to rollercoasters. Rhian's latest album is Recollections Vol.1, released April 24.  


3:10 Alan Zweibel - born to make funny people funnier

You may not know his name, but he's probably made you laugh. Alan Zweibel was a writer in the early days of  Saturday Night Live, It's Garry Shandling's Show and Curb Your Enthusiasm. After nearly 50 years his career is  a tour through comedy in the 20th century. He details a life in comedy in his new memoir, Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier.

"Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier"

"Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier" Photo: Book Cover

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 Hybrid Rose playing Pixie Baby.


3:30 Spoken Feature: Goneville #1

Goneville is a rock'n'roll coming of age story by Nick Bollinger, who was just 18 when he went on the road with the band Rough Justice and its smoky-voiced, charismatic leader Rick Bryant. 

3:45 The Panel with Penny Ashton and Dean Hall