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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 26 May 2020


1.10 First song: Finn Andrews

Jesse speaks to Finn Andrews about his song, Wide Winged Bird.

Finn Andrews, musician, from the band The Veils.

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

1.15 Fears of chip cheap imports hurting potato growers

Potatoes NZ is calling on the government to step in and stop the market being flooded with cheap imported chips from Europe. There's an enormous surplus of frozen fries across the EU due to their lock down response to COVID-19. Potatoes NZ Chief Executive Chris Claridge talks to Jesse about it would mean if the cheap chips come to our market.

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1:27 Hanmer Springs opens again for social distanced soaking

Hanmer Springs in North Canterbury is open again for business after being closed for 65 days. There are new rules in place for guests so they are soaking at an acceptable social distance from one another. Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa general manager Graeme Abbot talks to Jesse about opening their doors again and who they're expecting to come through in the coming months.

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Photo: wikimedia - Hanmer Springs Jesse Baron

1:35 It's Behind You - a comedy horror play

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A new comedy-horror play called 'It's Behind You' will be perfomed live online this Thursday. 

The play is being put on by Trick of the Light theatre and was commissioned by Circa theatre. 

Tickets are $10 and the play begins streaming at 7pm, but you'll be able to watch it later too. 

It features a star-studded cast including Chris Parker, Andrew Patterson, Carrie Green, Simon Leary and Brynley Stent, was written by Ralph McCubbin Howell and Anya Tate-Manning and directed by Hannah Smith, with sound by Tane Upjohn-Beatson.

We speak to Simon Leary.

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1:50 The benefits of crying for your mental health       

Many people will have been crying a lot more than usual over the past few months. 

What is perhaps less obvious is why we cry, and why it can be good for our mental health.

We speak to Professor Jennie Hudson, the Director of the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University. 

Crying woman suffering from depression and her psychologist

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2:10 Book Critic: Pip Adam

Today Pip Adam looks at a book from an author she mentions a lot, Jackson Nieuwland. His latest book is called "I am a human being".

2:20 Music Feature: Tori Amos

Simon Sweetman joins Jesse to look back at the work of Tori Amos after she burst onto the scene in the 1990s. He focusses on her music from her early years.

Tori Amos

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3:10 Feature interview: Adrienne Raphel on the history of crosswords

For more than 100 years,  untold hours have been spent with  a  grid of squares, a set of clues, and a pencil for novices, a pen for the brave. The crossword puzzle is as popular today as it was when it was first invented by happy accident in 1913.  Writer Adrienne Raphel  fills in the boxes  about the word game and the people who love  them.

Crossword puzzle and pencil

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3:30 Spoken Feature:


3:45 The Panel with Jenni Giblin and Scott Campbell