Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 27 May 2020
1:17 Ghost town: Wellington workers are staying home
In the capital city thousands of public servants aren't heading back to work any time soon.
Commuter numbers have plummeted and spending is down.
We speak to Justin Lester, the former Wellington mayor and government director for DOT Loves Data.
1.27 "Dryish July" 2020 criticised as a cop out
The popular "Dry July" campaign has this year opted to be different by offering the option of people only giving up alcohol for part of the month.
The organisers say this recognised that a month without alcohol might be too much in these times.
We speak to Alcohol Healthwatch Executive Director, Nicki Jackson about the message that sends about using alcohol as a coping mechanism.
1:37 Ngā Taonga Sound Archives: the history of tourism at Mt Cook
For over 130 years Mt Cook has been a cornerstone of New Zealand tourism, since the first ‘Hermitage’ hotel was built at the base of the mountain in 1884. The Hermitage is currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but memories of it in busier times live on in the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, and we will hear some of them with Sarah Johnston today.
Watch “Happy Altitudes” a 1933 travel film about The Hermitage and Mt Cook
Listen to a 1994 Spectrum documentary about life in Mt Cook village.
1:45 Lost and Found: Bag on the car roof
A terrible thing happened to Kaille Harris in Wellington this morning. She put her handbag on the roof of the car as she was strapping her kids in before they drove to Tauranga. When she reached Otaki she realised she'd left it there, and of course it was long gone.
So she's asking people in the Berhampore area to have a look out for it, because it was made especially for her by her husband. She talks to Jesse about what happened.
1:55 Robert Kelly's book quiz
Every week Robert Kelly puts some questions linked to books to the audience. He'll have the answers after 2pm.
2.12 Podcast Critic: Molly Jones
Molly Jones joins Jesse to talk about podcasts The Happiness Lab, Unlocking us, Brene Brown and Radio Headspace.
2:20 Bookmarks with Barnaby Weir
Barnaby Weir, frontman of The Blackseeds and the musical collective Fly My Pretties is our Bookmarks guest today.
The latest Fly My Pretties released album, Studio Recordings Part 2, was released earlier this month.
A sharp Left Turn - Mike Chunn
Bowie’s Books - John O’Connell
Dead people I have known - Shayne Carter
21 lessons for the 21st-century - Yucas Noah
Scuse Me A While I Kiss The Sky: The Life of Jimi Hendrix - David Henderson
The Body - Bill Bryson
Rhythm and Sound - See Mi Ya
Hit The Hay - Fly my Pretties (The studio Recordings Part 2)
Shake Your Hips - Slim Harpo
Don’t start crying now - Slim Harpo
Friday - JJ Cale
Let's go dancing - Kool and The Gang
Film and TV
Quincy - The amazing life of Quincy Jones
The Last Dance - Michael Jordan Story
Formula 1 - Drive to Survive
Car Masters - Rust to Riches
Disgraceland - Jake Brennan
Bonus: YouTube series
Kurgesagt - in A Nutshell
3:10 Lionel Shriver on lockdown, brexit and her latest book
Bestselling author Lionel Shriver doesn’t write stories about noble characters who breeze through adversity without breaking a sweat and her readers thank her for it.
Her books include Big Brother, and We Need to Talk About Kevin. Shriver’s 15th novel takes on a trifecta of hot button topics including chasing immortality, gender and race. In the new novel, a long marriage is strained when one of them becomes obsessed with exercise. It’s called “The Motion of the Body Through Space". Jesse speaks to Lionel Shriver about her latest work.
3:35 Stories from Our Changing World.
3:45 The Panel with Sue Bradford and Peter Dunne