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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 9 June 2020

1:10 First Song


1:17 Hospitality looks forward to reopening under Level 1 

Today marks the first day of the closest thing to normality we've had since tough restrictions came in to stop the spread of Covid-19 in March. 

At midnight last night we moved to Level 1 - this means pubs and restaurants can have more than 100 people in at a time - and people can approach the bar to buy their own beer again!

Liam Fielding is the manager of The Green Man in Wellington and talks to Jesse about what Level 1 means. 

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1:27 Fifty years of enduring friendship with Henry the Tuatara

Lindsay Hazley, the tuatara curator at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery, and Henry the tuatara have marked fifty years of companionship. It all began when schoolboy Lyndsay started as a  volunteer at the museum  in 1972 and discovered that 55 year old Henry had arrived two years earlier from Stephens Island.

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1:50 Keeping Taranaki kids warm at night

A Taranaki woman with a heart for kids - has not only committed to feeding dozens of kids in the region, she's also raised money to buy 90 pairs of pyjamas to keep them warm through winter. Rochelle Steer runs Kai Kitchen which aims to alleviate child poverty with kai and kindness.

Rochelle Steer (Left); Phil Nixon, South Taranaki Mayor (Right)

Rochelle Steer (Left); Phil Nixon, South Taranaki Mayor (Right) Photo: Supplied

2:10 Catherine Robertson - how to self-publish your book

Novelist and literary critic Catherine Robertson is about to step into the world of self-publishing - she joins the show today to tell us how it's done and the benefits of of doing so. She says it's hard graft - but the rewards could be worth it.

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2:20 Music Feature: Frank Sinatra's six decade career

Frank Sinatra was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, with a career that spanned six decades. 

Many people assume he was always on top, but there was a time when he was seen as a has-been.

Auckland University musicologist Gregory Camp joins us in our Auckland studio.

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3:10  Mario Livio uncovers the science deniers

The sun never revolved around the earth, Galileo knew it and paid the price for saying so. Fast forward 400 years and there's something that does keep going around and around the world, science denial. Renowned astrophysicist Mario Livio tells the story of the rebel astronomer and how it resonates today in his new book Galileo and the Science Deniers.

3:30 Voices from Antarctica 3: Flags to physics - part a

Alison Ballance invents a ‘flag barometer’ to measure wind speed, then finds out about the real weather scale in Antarctica and what it takes to keep Scott Base a warm well-lit haven in an icy wilderness.

Small flags mark the safe route to walk during a white-out on the sea ice in front of Scott base, Antarctica.

Small flags mark the safe route to walk during a white-out on the sea ice in front of Scott base, Antarctica. Photo: RNZ / Alison Ballance

3:45 The Panel with Cindy Mitchener and David Slack