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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 31 July 2020

1.12 First Song: The Butlers - Two Brothers

Christchurch funkadelic indie rock band The Butlers are in Auckland to play a sold out gig at The Tuning Fork tonight. Ahead of that,George from the band drops by our Auckland studio for a chat and to introduce a new track Two Brothers.

The Butlers

The Butlers Photo: RNZ

1:17 Scientists working to train Covid-19 sniffer dogs

An exciting development in Covid-19 detection science is under way.

Dogs are already being used to detect some forms of cancer and now they could potentially help sniff out cases of the virus.

Dr Anne-Lise Chaber from Adelaide University's School of Animal and Veterinary Science joins Jesse to tell us more.

A lab assistant manipulates samples, at a COVID-19 screening centre of Saint Andre Hospital in Bordeaux, on May 20, 2020, as the hospital takes part in an operation of a screening and testing drive of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), organised in the city centre. (Photo by GEORGES GOBET / AFP)

Photo: AFP

1:27 Washington Post's Beijing bureau chief to join Stuff

It's been announced today that Beijing bureau chief for the Washington Post, Anna Fifield, is to join Stuff as the Dominion Post's new editor.

Anna speaks to Jesse about returning home after 20 years as a foreign correspondent. 

Washington Post Beijing bureau chief Anna Fifield in isolation on Waiheke Island

 Anna Fifield. Photo: Supplied/Anna Fifield

1:35 Great Barrier Island dream job on offer

Aotea Great Barrier Island's community is on the lookout - again - for someone to run its Port Fitzroy Boat Club.

Jesse spoke to the North Barrier Community Residents and Ratepayers Association last year about this opportunity and the group found a couple to lease the club. However, that fell through. 

Today he is joined by the Association's chair, Brett O'Reilly, to find out about the renewed search and why it might just be somebody's dream job.

Sailing yacht at rest, Great Barrier Island, New Zealand.

Photo: cloudia/123RF

1:50 Finger limes a new venture for Gisborne growers 

Gisborne growers Ian and Louise Dodgshun are excited about a new product they’ve put on the market - finger limes.

Pouawa Citrus Nursery has the most mature trees in a commercial crop in Gisborne.

Jesse speaks to Ian Dodgshun of Pouawa Citrus Nursery.

Finger limes

Finger limes Photo: Wikimedia Commons

2:10 Graeme Tuckett's film selects

Graeme reviews Where'd You Go, Bernadette and Waves.

2:20 NZ Live: Ryan Fisherman

Ryan Fisherman performs tracks from his debut album Vibe in studio for today's NZ Live. 
Vibe was recorded at The Sitting Room studio in Lyttelton, and released in May. 
Ryan Fisherman

Ryan Fisherman Photo: supplied


3:08 Megan May's Kitchen Scraps - Veggie Broths/Stocks and a miso shitake ginger broth

This winter has been a tough one at the checkout for the cost of veggies, so Megan May from Little Bird Organics has been getting creative with how she makes the most of what is the in fridge. Here is her recipe for Kitchen Scraps -Veggie Broths/Stocks and a miso shitake ginger broth.

Kitchen Scraps - Veggie Broths and Stocks and a miso shitake ginger broth.

Kitchen Scraps - Veggie Broths and Stocks and a miso shitake ginger broth. Photo: Megan May \ Little Bird Organics

3:16 Music 101: Charlotte Ryan

Charlotte Ryan, host of Music 101 here on RNZ each Saturday afternoon from midday talks about what's happening on the music scene over the weekend, what's coming up on her show tomorrow and because Friday is new music day - she'll pick us a track to play.

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Photo: RNZ / Claire-Eastham Farrelly


3:25 For the love of roses

Now is the time to buy new season roses according to gardening guru Lynda Hallinan. She says they are no longer just the domain of the seasoned gardener - anyone can have beautiful blooms.

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Photo: Heritage Roses NZ

3:35 Critter of the Week Neptune’s necklace

This week’s critter is Neptune’s necklace, or Aphrodite’s pearls - a seaweed that is found throughout New Zealand. This critter is a great rockpool find, and looks best in the water, rather than round your neck says Doc's Nicola Toki.

3:45 The Panel with Alexia Russell and James Elliott


Music played in this show


First Song: The Butlers - Two Brothers

NZ LIVE: Ryan Fisherman

Peace Of Mind
The Price

Troy Kingi  - All Your Ships have sailed