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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 27 August 2020

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1:00 Covid 19 MOH Update


1:17 Covid-19: Government moves to secure vaccine

The government announced today it will be putting  "significant extra funding" towards securing a Covid-19 vaccine.

Jesse speaks to Otago University infectious disease expert, Professor David Murdoch, about this development.

A scientist is pictured at the Oxford Vaccine Group's laboratory facility at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, west of London on June 24, 2020.

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1:27 'Training wheels' kept on longer for female surgeons - study

New research reveals that 'training wheels' are left on longer for female surgeons. 

Researchers looked at nearly 120,000 surgeries performed by 120 New Zealand general surgery trainees.

Jesse speaks to Dr Deborah Wright, who works as a surgeon at Dunedin Hospital and also lectures at Otago Medical School. 

Public hospitals reported more than 500 adverse events or failures in the past year.

Public hospitals reported more than 500 adverse events or failures in the past year. Photo: 123RF

1:35 West Otago firewood gang needs recruits

A West Otago firewood 'gang' - AKA The Tapanui Men's Fellowship - is in need of some new members!

This came to our attention after we spotted a story about the group in the Otago Daily Times.

And so we asked team leader, Alan Parks, who is in his mid-80s, to tell us a bit more. 

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1:45 Great album: Glen Campbell - Gentle On My Mind: The Best Of 


3:15 Your Money with Mary Holm: The outlook for KiwiSaver and other managed funds

Financial journalist and authour Mary Holm says the early 2020 recovery for KiwiSaver and other manged funds has been good - but could you cope if there was a downturn? She will answer your questions - please email

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3:35 Only Human Influencer Nation Part One 

This week on Only Human, we meet a photographer swept up in the world of social media, which soon begins to alter the way she sees the world...and everything in it. 


3:45 The Panel with Alexia Russell and Morgan Godfery



Music played in this show


Valkyrie - Good Thing

Great Album: Glen Campbell  - Gentle On My Mind: The Best Of

Gentle On My Mind 

Wichita Lineman 


By The Time I Get To Phoenix