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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 9 July 2020

1:17 Biggest dump of snow this winter

Trucks were snowed in and drivers spent the night in their cabs last night, after the biggest dump of snow so far this winter blocked the Desert Road. 

Sixteen centimetres accumulated overnight - closing State Highway One from Taihape to Rangipo along with State Highway 49 through Ohakune. 

Jesse speaks to NIWA meteorologist Chris Brandolino.

The High Noon chairlift at Turoa ski field

Photo: RNZ / Walter Zweifel

1:27 Stoat DNA sequenced

The genetic code for our most wanted pest, the stoat, has been revealed. 

The stoat genome, created by a team of kiwi and international scientists, is one of the highest quality vertebrate genomes ever produced. 

Jesse speaks to Dr Andrew Veale, a verterbrate pest ecologist with Landcare Research. 


Stoat Photo: 123RF

1:35 51 micro-entreprises in Afghanistan

Bariz Shah and Saba Afrasyabi spent three months in Kabul and Jalalabad last year, helping people to set up their own micro-enterprises.

They're speaking at the Festival for the Future next week and they're making a documentary about the project called fiftyone.

Bariz Shah and Saba Afrasyabi

Bariz Shah and Saba Afrasyabi Photo: Supplied

1:45 Great album: Coldplay - Parachutes 

The debut studio album by Coldplay is twenty years old this week.

Singer Chris Martin of Coldplay.

Singer Chris Martin of Coldplay. Photo: AFP

2:10 Colin Morris music selects 

Critic Colin Morris reviews Ray LaMontagne's new album Monovision and continues his series "Whatever happened to...? Today he features Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits fame.

2:25 Crimes NZ: The Jane Furlong cold case

Today we're looking back at one of New Zealand's most mysterious cold cases. 

Auckland teenager and sex worker Jane Furlong went missing back from Karangahape Road in 1993. Her murderer has never been brought to justice. 

Jesse is joined by Stuff journalist Kelly Dennett, who's the author of The short life & mysterious death of Jane Furlong

Kelly's book won the prize for best non-fiction at the Ngaio Marsh Awards for New Zealand crime writing last year, and writer Steve Braunias has described her as "New Zealand's best true crime writer".

Jane Furlong.

Jane Furlong. Photo: NZ police

3:10 Link 3

3:15 Gandhi Nivas  - the violence programme that reduces family harm

A study of a pilot programme that sees men instead of their victims leave the family home and seek help has been conducted by researchers at Massey University. NZ Herald reporter Kirsty Johnston reviews the results. Her story is here.

Happy family standing in the park at the sunset time.  Concept of friendly family.

Photo: 123RF

3:25 The History of Quarantine in NZ

New Zealand has a long history of quarantining people coming into New Zealand. Dr Grant Morris, historian from Victoria University of Wellington recalls why and where arrivals were quarantined and some of the surrounding controversies.

Somes Island Quarantine Station

Somes Island Quarantine Station Photo: NZ History

3:35 Spoken Feature: Witness History

In Witness History today reporter Claire Bowes takes a look back to the nineteenth century when doctors were mystified by cholera and how one doctor was able to establish the cause of the outbreak of the disease that killed millions.

3:45 The Panel with Nalini Baruch and Selwyn Manning