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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 9 September 2020

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1.00: Ministry of Health Covid-19 Update


1:17 Auckland student tests positive for Covid-19

The Minister of Health Chris Hipkins says that some close contacts of the Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship church sub-cluster were not previously disclosed. That includes a student at St Dominic's Catholic College in Auckland who has tested positive for Covid-19, and has been linked to the sub-cluster. Jesse speaks to Manakau Councillor Efeso Collins.

Otara Health chairperson Efeso Collins.

Photo: RNZ / Jessie Chiang

1:27 A pantomime for Waipawa 

Jesse speaks to playwright Sir Roger Hall, who is adapting one of his scripts to suit the Central Hawkes Bay town of Waipawa. He reveals he was inspired to do this after watching an impressive performance of one of his productions by the Waipawa Musical and Dramatic Club last year. 

Roger Hall

Roger Hall Photo: Supplied

 Logo of Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Photo: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

1:37 Ngā Taonga Sound Archives: Elephants in Aotearoa

In today’s visit to the sound archives, Sarah Johnston from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision will take us back as far as 1870 and memories of the first elephants seen in Aotearoa – and to a time when elephant races were held in the streets of provincial New Zealand towns.

1:55 Afternoons Quiz Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly Photo: John Duke


2.12 Katy Atkin's podcast picks

Katy Atkin reviews Billionaire Boys Club and Once Upon a Time in the Valley. More top picks from Katy can be found here.

2:25 Bookmarks with author and journalist David Cohen 

David Cohen stumbled into journalism in the days when it was possible to do so. Since then he's written for a number of publications across the globe and penned six books including his newest release, Fridays with Jim: Conversations about our country with Jim Bolger. He joins Jesse to talk about some of his favourite books, songs, TV shows and more.


Waiting on God — Simone Weil

Jerusalem — Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

The Waste Land — T S Eliot

Collected Essays — George Orwell


Original Air-Blue Gown — The Mountain Goats

La Lil Khowf — Natacha Atlas

Bright Horses — Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

You Want It Darker — Leonard Cohen



TV Shows


Curb Your Enthusiasm


Author David Cohen

Author David Cohen Photo: Supplied

3:10 Dr Latif Nasser​ - We're all connected to each other and the universe

Dust from the Sahara Desert feeds tiny creatures in the ocean thousands of kilometers away. Watching migratory birds can predict hurricanes. Dr Latif Nasser explores the surprising ways we are all linked to each other and the universe. We'll talk to him about his new Netfix series, Connected: The Hidden Science of Everything.

3:35 Stories from Our Changing World. What bird is that?

Is it a kiwi? Is it a ruru? It is challenging enough for people to learn to identify bird calls, but what about trying to teach a computer to do the job? Mathematician Stephen Marsland is part of the AviaNZ project, looking for ways to automatically detect, identify and count New Zealand native birds from automated acoustic recordings. It involves pictures of the sound and shape recognition.

3:45 The Panel with Julia Hartley Moore and Shane Te Pou

Music played in this show

First Song: This Must Be The Place - Talking Heads

Bookmarks: David Cohen

Original Air-Blue Gown - The Mountain Goats  

Bright Horses - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

La Lil Khowf - Natacha Atlas 

You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen

3.30 Song: Everlasting Arms - Vampire Weekend