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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 3 June 2020

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1:15 First Song: French for Rabbits - The Tunnel

Popular New Zealand indie band French for Rabbits have just released their new song Tunnel Love - and announced a seated show at San Fran in Wellington on Saturday 20 June, with special guest Ebony Lamb. Today Brooke Singer is our guest for First Song.

FFR - The Tunnel Promo Image

FFR - The Tunnel Promo Image Photo: Copyright 2020. All rights reserved.

1:17 Funding boost for trainees welcomed by building industry 

Yesterday the Minister of Education Chris Hipkins announced a major funding boost for apprenticeships and trade training programs. The funding is part of the package announced in the 2020 budget and the first wave of funding is targeted at getting people into trade training by removing financial barriers. 

It's a welcome boost for an industry that has been crying out for new recruits. Warwick Quinn is the Chief Executive of the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation. 

Warwick Quinn (CE of BCITO)

Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas

1:27 How possible is a trans-Tasman bubble? 

The phrase 'Trans Tasman has been with us for weeks now, but there are concerns that Australia simply won't be at a stage where that is possible for quite some time. To discuss just how feasible a trans-tasman bubble might be Jesse is joined by Matt Doran, federal political reporter at ABC.

This file photo taken on April 15, 2020 shows a COVID-19 coronavirus sign at a Pacific Highway vehicle checkpoint on the Queensland-New South Wales state border near Coolangatta.

Photo: AFP

 Logo of Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Photo: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

1:37 Ngā Taonga Sound Archives: Television arrives in Aotearoa

Just over 60 years ago, regular television broadcasts began in New Zealand, on the night of June 1st 1960. In today’s visit to the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision we will hear memories from those who were there.

 Ngā Taonga Sound Archives Montage of tv moments 

Watch some of Shirley Maddock’s pioneering television documentaries.

1:55 Afternoons Quiz Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly Photo: John Duke

2.12 Podcast Critic: Ellie Jay 

Ellie reviews her picks of the week including Heaven Bent and The Disappearing Spoon. 

2:20 Bookmarks: Noel Edmonds

Renowned British broadcaster Noel Edmonds has now made New Zealand his home. On Bookmarks today he shares some of his favourite books, movies and music and talks about a community project he's set up here in Aotearoa.

Noel's songs: Intermezzo - Cavalleria Rusticana; Elton John Daniel Paul Williams A Little Bit of Love; Barbara Streisand and Bryan Adams - Finally Found Someone

Noel Edmonds

Noel Edmonds Photo: Noel Edmonds

3:10 Genetic confirmation - women are superior to men

When it comes to important things like immunity, longevity and brain function, two X-chromosomes are better than one. Dr Sharon Moalem uses genetics to explain why the idea that women are the so called weaker sex is rubbish. His new book is called The Better Half: On the Genetic Superiority of Women.

The Better Half: On the genetic superiority of women

The Better Half: On the genetic superiority of women Photo: Penguin NZ

3:35 Voices from Antarctica 2: Scott Base – part b

Alison Ballance explores the oldest part of Scott Base, Hut A, also known as Hillary’s Hut. It was built in 1957 and no one knows it better than conservator Al Fastier, from the Antarctic Heritage Trust, who was involved in its recent restoration.

Hillary Hut was the first building erected at Pram Point in what would become the New Zealand Antarctic station of Scott Base. The hut is named in honour of Sir Edmund Hillary and was a kitset erected in 1957. It was recently repainted in its original colours of yellow and orange.

Hillary Hut or Hut A was the first building erected at Pram Point, on Ross Island, in what would become the New Zealand Antarctic station of Scott Base. The hut is named in honour of Sir Edmund Hillary and was a kitset erected in 1957. It now serves as a museum and was recently restored and repainted in its original colours. Photo: RNZ / Alison Ballance

3:45 The Panel with Tayyaba Khan and Chris Finlayson