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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 21 September 2020

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1:00 Covid-19 Update

Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director General of Health will provide an update on numbers and PM Jacinda Ardern will announce whether or not there will be any changes to lockdown levels.

1:17 Economic and science reaction to alert level announcement 

Jesse speaks to Professor Nick Wilson about the 1pm announcement on alert levels around the country in terms of the cases that have emerged in Auckland.

He then speaks to Nick Hill from Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Limited about what this means for shows, sports games and events in the city. 

View of a Coronavirus Covid-19 background - 3d rendering


1.35 Auckland's bridge woes highlight planning problems

Auckland senior writer with the NZ Herald Simon Wilson has looked at the rush by politicians to make promises about another crossing after Friday's freak accident left the structure with four of eight lanes closed. 

He talks to Jesse about what could happen next and what he believes should happen to ensure this kind of traffic chaos can be avoided in the supercity in the future. 

Damage on Auckland Harbour Bridge, 9 September

Damage on Auckland Harbour Bridge, 9 September Photo: RNZ / Eli Orzessek

1:45 Great NZ Album: The Bats, Daddys Highway

2:10 Linda Burgess' TV picks

Our weekly delve into the world of TV sees our critic Linda Burgess review The Great and Mrs America.

2:20 COVID Saliva testing: The problem and why we're trying to solve it

Kiwi Steph Tan is assisting with research into Covid-19 at the Yale School of Public Health. Today she's looking at saliva testing which is a cheaper, non-invasive, and safer method of SARS-CoV-2 diagnosis that will contribute greatly to the fight against this pandemic. You can find out more about Steph on her website Nourishing Mind.

Steph Tan

Steph Tan Photo: Supplied

2:30 The secretive lives of reptiles

Ecologist and herpetologist Dylan Van Winkel joins Jesse to chat about the hunt for the 'plague skink', the Aussie rainbow skink that is taking over New Zealand. Also the hunt for skinks and geckos so rare, they have only fleetingly been spotted.


3:10 Domestic violence survivor calls for dating apps to check users history for violent offences

It started so well. The man Dr Angela Jay met on Tinder in Sydney was charming, attentive and made her feel special. It would end when the man she had only dated a few weeks attacked her in her own home, stabbing her 11 times and dousing her in petrol. We'll talk to Dr Jay about surviving domestic violence and her call for dating apps to check users' history for violent offences. Dr Jay will be presenting at TEDxSydney 2020 online.

3:35 Voices

In 'Voices' today; a Mali-born NZ resident shares with Kadambari Raghukumar, his perspective on the coup d'etat that took place in Mali last month. 

3:45 The Panel with Leonie Freeman and David Cormack





Music played in this show

Great New Zealand Album: The Bats, Daddys Highway 

Block of Wood

North by North

Other music played: ​ Romeo and Juliet - The Killers live from Abbey road