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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 14 October 2020

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1:17 Huntly residents fight plans for an industrial waste dump

Residents in the small north Waikato town of Huntly are fighting an application for resource consent by an Auckland trucking company to dump millions of cubic metres of industrial waste there.

Huntly board member and local of 47 years Red Wootton talks to Jesse about why they are worried about the run off from the site polluting the town's last swimmable lake.

030214. Photo Genesis Energy. Genesis Energy Huntly Power Station is a thermal power station that can use coal, gas or both simultaneously as fuel.

Genesis Energy's Huntly Power Station. Photo: GENESIS ENERGY

1:27 Settling the Score 2020 - Classical Cupid is back!

RNZ Concert's Clarissa Dunn is back with Jesse to play Classical Music Matchmaker!

Classical Cupid will find classical music tailored specifically for you based on your dating profile.

Whether you're a 'sunsets and strings'  or a 'bold as brass' adventurous type, we'll make your classical music match

Email your "dating bio" or details about what you're looking for to

Voting is open for New Zealand's only classical music poll - RNZ Concert's Settling the Score 2020

Voting closes Sunday, 18 October at midnight - cast your vote here

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 Logo of Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Photo: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

1:37 Ngā Taonga Sound Archives:  Election campaign songs of the 1980s

As we head into the final days of the 2020 general election - today we take a listen to political campaign advertising of the past - and in particular campaign songs and jingles from the 1970s and 80s that are held in the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.

LEFT: Robert Muldoon speaking to an election campaign meeting in Upper Hutt, 1981; RIGHT: David Lange on election night 1984

LEFT: Robert Muldoon speaking to an election campaign meeting in Upper Hutt, 1981; RIGHT: David Lange on election night 1984 Photo: Alexander Turnbull Library

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 Katy Atkin's podcast picks

Stuff's senior content producer Katy Atkins reviews Murder in House Two - Michael Epstein - Crowd Network and Canary - The Washington Post Investigates. More top picks from Katy can be found here 

2:25 Bookmarks: Anna Rankin

Today's Bookmarks guest is Aotearoa-born journalist and writer Anna Rankin, who now lives in Los Angeles.

She has written for literary journals such as Landfall, and Turbine, and is a former fellow at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

You may have come across some of Anna's writing in Newsroom, where she has written a series of essays about living in LA during a time of lockdown, fires and riots.

Today she shares her favourite music, books and films on Bookmarks. 

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Photo: Anna Rankin

Anna's picks:

Master of the Eclipse, Etel Adnan, 2009.

INRI, Raúl Zurita, 2018 translation (originally written in 2003)

Talk Stories, Jamaica Kincaid, 2001 ed.

Notes of A Native Son, James Baldwin, 1955.


A Partial History from A Sand Book, Ariana Reines, 2019.


'Trilogy on modernity and its discontents' (L'Avventura, 1960; La Notte, 1961; L'Eclisse, 1961)

The Fog, John Carpenter, 1980.

News from Home, Chantal Akerman, 1976.

Atlantics, Mati Diop, 2019.


Six Feet Under 2001-2005.

Succession, 2018 - onwards.


On Being, Between The Covers, Millennials Are Killing Capitalism, Democracy Now!


Xtal, from Selected Ambient Works 85-92, Aphex Twin.

El Derecho de Vivir en Paz, Víctor Jara, 1971.

Nostalgia from Cinema Paradiso, Yo-Yo Ma plays Ennio Morricone, 2004.

3:10 Pippa Ehrlich: The joy of filming My Octopus Teacher

Off the coast of the Western Cape of South Africa a unique relationship developed between a man in need of connection, and a cephalopod curious about his daily visits. My Octopus Teacher is a film that documents the friendship between a human being and a wild animal. We'll talk to filmmaker Pippa Ehrlich. My Octopus Teacher | Official Trailer | Netflix  

3:35 Stories from Our Changing World. Carbon Watch and 50 years of CO2 measurements in NZ

Fifty years ago a young scientist called Dave Lowe began work, measuring carbon dioxide levels in the air.

That work continues today, and as a result New Zealand is home to the longest running continuous carbon dioxide measurements in the southern hemisphere, second only to Hawaii.

Alison Ballance meets Dave, to hear his story. She also finds out from NIWA's Sara Mikaloff Fletcher and Gordon Brailsford, how the Carbon Watch NZ project is giving us a world-first bird's eye view of New Zealand's carbon balance.

Dave Lowe taking an air flask sample at the edge of the Baring Head cliff in 1972.

Dave Lowe taking an air flask sample at the edge of the Baring Head cliff in 1972. Photo: Dave Lowe

3:45 The Panel with Verity Johnson and Ben Thomas

Music played in this show

1.27 Classical Cupid: Clarissa Dunn

Porpora: Nell' attendere mio bene (Ed. Sanderson) from Polifemo 

Gershwin: An American in Paris

Three Klezmer Dances arr. Jordan Charnofsky and Leo Chelyapov: I. Introduction 

Saint Saens: The Aquarium, from The Carnival of the Animals