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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 23 June 2020

1:10 First Song

 

1:17 Media over reacting to new Covid-19 cases in New Zealand

Political science programme Professor Jack Vowles believes the media has over reacted to the new cases of COVID-19 making their way past our borders.

He explains to Jesse that there was always a warning that as more New Zealanders returned home there would be more cases recorded and the media has been too quick to condemn the government.

PM Jacinda Ardern addresses reporters from around the world on Friday.

PM Jacinda Ardern addresses reporters from around the world on Friday. Photo: RNZ

1:27 Auckland's drought puts 14,000 jobs at risk

It's been forecast that up to 14 thousand jobs could be affected and lost if more severe water restrictions are introduced in drought stricken Auckland.

Stuff journalist Todd Niall talks to Jesse about the situation after he spoke to key people about what the region might be in for if there's no significant rain fall.

Upper Nihotupu Dam 2

Photo: Supplied / Watercare

1:35 Life in quarantine not to be moaned about

As more people talk about the realities and difficulties they face in managed isolation at hotels around Auckland and Rotorua, returning expat Kate Catalinac says they should stop complaining.

She talks to Jesse about the upside of isolation and why people who are allowed through our borders should be more grateful they have been allowed to come back home. The link to Kate's blog is here.

The government graphic for self-isolation under the Covid-19 alert level four lockdown.

The government graphic for self-isolation under the Covid-19 alert level four lockdown. Photo: Supplied

1:50 Cam's food adventures

A chance encounter with an RNZ colleague in Napier has led us to Cam's Food Adventures on Facebook.

Cam's described as a cross between Bear Grylls and Jamie Oliver. He speaks to Jesse about why hunting, fishing and cooking has helped him through his addiction rehabilitation.

2:10 Three books set in American swampland with intrepid female protagonists 

Lisa Glass reviews Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens, The Marsh King’s Daughter- Karen Dionne and Swamplandia! - Karen Russell

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Photo: Public Domain

2:20 Simon Sweetman on Curtis Mayfield

For today's Music Feature, Simon Sweetman looks at the work of Curtis Mayfield. He wrote many enduring soul classics, first with vocal group The Impressions and then across solo albums and classic movie soundtracks. His life and career was cut short by a freak accident. Simon Sweetman explains why his songs continue to inspire.

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Curtis Mayfield Photo: curtismayfield.com

3:10 The race to find a Covid vaccine

Dr Peter Salk remembers the jab his father Dr Jonas Salk gave him with an experimental vaccine that would stop the spread of the deadly polio virus  in 1953. Like his famous father, Dr Peter Salk works in epidemiology and shares his unique insight into how vaccines are developed and why there is reason for hope in the race to develop one for Covid 19. 

Peter Salk getting Polio vaccine from his Father Dr Jonas Salk

Peter Salk getting Polio vaccine from his Father Dr Jonas Salk Photo: Courtesy March of Dimes

3:35 Voices from Antarctica 5: Waiting for Emperors part A

Emperor penguins wearing hi-tech data loggers are slowly revealing where they go at sea, and an elderly radar system has been giving insights into one of the windiest parts of the atmosphere for nearly 40 years.

Young Emperor penguins that haven't begun breeding are curious wanderers, interested in checking out their environment.

Young Emperor penguins that haven't begun breeding are curious wanderers, interested in checking out their environment. Photo: RNZ / Alison Ballance

3:45 The Panel with Alexia Russell and Mike Smith