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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 7 October 2020

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1.12 Remembering Eddie Van Halen 

As tributes flow from around the world,  Devilskin's Paul Martin pays homage to the legendary musician Eddie Van Halen who has died from throat cancer at the age of 65. 

Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen performs onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.

Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen performs onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. Photo: AFP

1:17 Sheep farmer Grant Murray - the fight to save his stock during the Lake Ōhau fires

Grant Murray tells Jesse of the incredible lengths he went to in a bid to save the stock on his farm at Ribbonwood south of Lake Ōhau. He battled not only the massive fires but tiredness and darkness and at the end of a long week he is full of gratitude to the community who pulled together.

Fire damage at Lake Ohau village.

Photo: RNZ / Anan Zaki

1:23 Mark Reason - NZ Rugby is out of control

After watching a couple of rugby games over the weekend, sports columnist Mark Reason has written an opinion piece slating NZ Rugby for their failure to look after the welfare of some of their players. He shares his concerns with Jesse as he talks about the long term implications for those who who have not been as supported as they should have been and what more should be done.

Canterbury celebrates winning the Mitre10 Cup rugby match against Wellington at Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, 3rd October 2020.

Photo: Photosport Ltd 2020

1:30 How to identify New Zealand birds by their song

Paul Cuming is an expert on the birds of the Bay of Plenty and their songs, and he's been a bird watcher for 50 years.

He's a founding member of the Western Bay Wildlife Trust, and at the upcoming Escape festival in Tauranga on the 17th to 18th of October, he's giving a presentation about how identify Bay of Plenty birds by their song. 

Jesse speaks to Paul about some common New Zealand bird songs.

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Photo: Supplied

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Photo: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

1:37 Ngā Taonga Sound Archives: Drunks, fights and dead cats - memories of NZ election campaigns.

As we head into the final 10 days of the election campaign, we take a listen to memories in Ngā Taonga's sound archives of early New Zealand elections. A rowdier time, when drunken hecklers and the odd dead cat might feature in campaign meetings.

1:55 Afternoons Quiz Robert Kelly

RNZ producer and onetime bookseller Robert Kelly presents his weekly quiz.

Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly Photo: John Duke

2.12 Natasha Frost's podcast picks

Critic Natasha Frost reviews You're Wrong About: Princess Diana, hosted by Sarah Marshall and Mike Hobbes and Nice White Parents from the New York Times and Serial.

Princess Diana in Angola in 1997.

Princess Diana in Angola in 1997. Photo: AFP

2:25 Bookmarks: Sam Brooks

For Bookmarks this week, we're joined by Sam Brooks, who is a playwright, journalist, and The Spinoff's Culture Editor.

He joins Jesse to talk about his favourite songs, books, movies, video games and podcasts!

Sam Brooks

Sam Brooks Photo: supplied

Sam's picks


Joss Stone - Drive All Night

Karen Carpenter and Ella Fitzgerald - Karen/Ella Medley

Kate Bush - Under the Ivy

Simmy - Umahlela


Calypso by David Sedaris

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Runaway by Alice Munro


The Lady Eve

Chungking Express

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work




The Carol Burnett Show

Family Guy 

3:05 The latest kiwi cover song entries

We are so impressed by the incredible entries coming through for the Kiwi Cover Song competition

We play a selection of some of the latest covers we've received

Two 2 Four's version of Purple by Six60

JLC Project's version of Slippin' Away by Max Merritt & the Meteors

Emo Empire's version of God Defend New Zealand

And 16 year old  Anabel Jamieson's cover of Something in the Water by Brooke Fraser

3:10 Political Junkie Ken Rudin - the twists and turns of the US election campaign 

A pandemic, a polarized electorate, concerns about the legitimacy of mail in ballots and a President hospitalized then released with Covid 19; what's next in the US election? Ken Rudin is one of America's foremost experts in politics and campaign history and host of the Political Junkie podcast. He offers his insights in this unprecedented time in American politics with a pinch of historical context.  

Ken Rudin

Ken Rudin Photo: supplied

3:35 Stories from Our Changing World.

The Covid-19 vaccine. When is it coming? Will it work? How do we get it to the people who need it most? William Ray talks to the experts who have been tasked with charting New Zealand's path to immunity.

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3:45 The Panel with Jenni Giblin and Raybon Kan


Music played in this show

First Song: Running with the Devil - Eddie van halen


Bookmarks: Sam Brooks

Drive All Night - Joss Stone

Karen/Ella Medley - Karen Carpenter and Ella Fitzgerald

Under the Ivy - Kate Bush


3.30 Song: The Look - Metronomy