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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 25 August 2020

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1:00  Covid 19 MOH update 


1:17 Scientists confirm first case of Covid-19 re-infection

Scientists have identified the first confirmed case of Covid-19 re-infection.

Researchers in Hong Kong sequenced the virus genomes from both infections in the same patient and found significant differences, suggesting two different strains. 

Jesse speaks to Associate Professor James Ussher, from Otago University's Department of Microbiology and Immunology, about the possible implications.

A scientist studying coronavirus.

Photo: AFP

1:27 Venues call for review of mass gathering restrictions

An organisation representing New Zealand entertainment venues is calling for a review of mass gathering restrictions, and more financial support for its members.

The Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand or EVANZ represents more than 120 venues across the country.
Jesse speaks to EVANZ board member Mark Gosling, who is also the chief executive of Trusts Arena.

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1:35 Launch of Kingi Tuheitia Portraiture Award 

The Kiingi Tuheitia Portraiture Award has just been launched in collaboration with the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata.

Emerging Māori artists have been asked to create portraits of their tūpuna, and entries open in October.

Jesse speaks to Kiingitanga spokesperson Rahui Papa.

Te Atikinui Kingi Tuheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero Tawhitu.

Te Atikinui Kingi Tuheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero Tawhitu. Photo: Erica Sinclair Photography

1:50 99 ideas: 'The Nature Activity Book' for children

Jesse speaks to Rachel Haydon about her science activity book for children, which features 99 ideas.

'The Nature Activity Book' is published by Te Papa Press, and was released this month.

Rachel tells Jesse how the activities can help foster children's curiosity about the world of nature.

Rachel Haydon's The Nature Activity Book.

Rachel Haydon's The Nature Activity Book. Photo: Supplied.

2:10 Robert Kelly's silly books

Book maestro Robert Kelly shares the common sentiment that for many of us things are a little glum at the moment. He's therfore compiled a list of whimsical silly books that might lift your spirits.

Charlie Savage by Roddy Doyle 

The Idiot by Elif Bautman 

Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold 

Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood 

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman 

Less by Andrew Sean Greer 

Johnny and the Dead by Terry Pratchett

The Bromeliad by Terry Pratchett

Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks

Jasper Fforde - All books (But I talk about him all the time) 

2:20 Simon Sweetman - The Legacy of The Carpenters

We take a step back in time as music critic Simon Sweetman takes listeners through some of the hits and surprises from Richard and Karen Carpenter a.k.a The Carpenters.

The widely popular sibling duo were the top selling American artists of the 1970s. 

3:10 Carl Bergstrom: How to spot BS​

Carl Bergstrom knows BS when he sees it. And right now he smells trouble when it comes to the ability of the rest of us to detect it at a time when so much is at stake with a global pandemic. We'll talk to Professor Bergstrom about how to spot it and how to combat it. His new book is Calling BS: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World.

Carl also presented a series of lectures which can be found here

Carl Bergstrom

Carl Bergstrom Photo: Public Domain

3:30  Healthy or Hoax

Healthy or Hoax puts the spotlight on essential oils.

essential oils and medical flowers herbs

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3:45 The Panel with Livia Esterhazy and Jack Yan


Music played in this show

Born to Run Bruce Springsteeb

Music Feature - Simon Sweetman - The Carpenters

1. We've Only Just Begun
2. All I Can Do (off the first album "Ticket to Ride")
3. Superstar
4.Goodbye To Love
5. Matthew Sweet's version of "Let Me Be The One" from the 90s compilation "If I Were A Carpenter" by Various Artists
6.Rainy Days and Mondays
7.(They Long to be) Close To You
8.For All We Know