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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 16 October 2020

Critter of the Week t-shirts

Critter of the Week t-shirts Photo: RNZ/Liminal

Critter of the week t-shirts are back!

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Photo: RNZ

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1:17 Electorate hot spots to watch tomorrow night

The team at The Spinoff have made a list of the electorates which are going to be more closely fought in tomorrow's election.

Alex Braae joins Jesse to run through the seats that are going to go down to the wire and provide a bit of entertainment.

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Photo: Electoral Commission

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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Photo: RNZ

1:30 Helping Wellington's homeless and vulnerable to vote

DCM, formerly the Downtown Community Ministry, has this year opened a polling booth in its building to encourage homeless and vulnerable Wellingtonians to vote.

DCM Kaitautoko support worker, Matthew Mawkes, has been involved with the project and getting the booth opened, He talks to Jesse about the impact voting has on the people they're supporting.

Signs around Christchurch

Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon

1:40 The return of the Guy Mont-Spelling Bee

During lockdown, comedian Guy Montgomery's creative juices were flowing and he came up with the idea of getting comedians to take part in a spelling bee.

After its success online, he's now taking the great Guy Mont-Spelling Bee to the stage at the Basement Theatre next week. He talks to Jesse about how it works and what a good speller he is!

Guy Montgomery, comedian

Guy Montgomery, comedian Photo: Pantograph Punch

1:50 Farmers market tours guided by well known chefs

Farmers markets around Auckland are rapidly growing in number and popularity to the point where guided tours with beloved chefs are on offer through Auckland Council's events team.

Hāngi Master Rewi Spraggon is hosting the first tour at Ōtara markets next Saturday and he tells Jesse what people can expect as they head south to wander through what is thought to be the largest Māori and Pacific market in the world.

Rewi Spraggon (L)

Rewi Spraggon (L) Photo: supplied

2:10 Graeme Tuckett's film choices

Graeme reviews The Climb, a 2019 American film comedy and Lucky Grandma, the story of a grandma at a New York casino who finds herself in all sorts of bother.

2:20 NZ Live: Phoenix Foundation

Sam Scott and Luke Buda from Wellington band the Phoenix Foundation are this weeks guests on NZ live. Today the band has released its first album in five years, Friend Ship. They'll be playing live versions of tracks from the album, recorded during rehearsals for their upcoming national tour, and a special cover of a Paul Young hit from the 1980's.

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Photo: Ebony Lamb

3:08 Julie Biuso's Spring Salad

The season is full of bounty - spring vegetables, including the most incredible green and purple asparagus as well as fresh herbs. Julie Biuso from Shared Kitchen talks today about all the goodness at hand and how you can combine them to create an array of delectable delights. She shares her recipe for Spring Salad.

Julie and her daughter Ilaria have a new book coming out called Shared Kitchen, which is the same name as the website. You can pre-order on Monday and if you sign up to Shared Kitchen there will be a special offer coming up in the newsletter on Wednesday

Julie Biuso's Spring Salad

Julie Biuso's Spring Salad Photo: Julie Biuso \ Shared Kitchen

3:16 Music 101: Charlotte Ryan

Charlotte Ryan, host of Music 101 here on RNZ each Saturday afternoon from midday talks about what's happening on the music scene over the weekend, what's coming up on her show tomorrow and because Friday is new music day - she'll pick us a track to play.

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Photo: RNZ / Claire-Eastham Farrelly

3:25 How to grow a giant pumpkin

Gardening guru Lynda Hallinan has some handy tips so you can grow your biggest pumpkin ever. She says the tricks also work for other vegetables too - you'll have the whole neighbourhood clambering for your secrets!

3:35 Critter of the Week: Kakabeak Mite

This week's critter is the kakabeak mite. A super small and threatened mite that lives on the beautiful threatened kakabeak plant. The mite relies on the kakabeak for food and shelter, while in return, says Doc's Nicola Toki. 

3:45 The Panel with Heather Roy and Shane Te Pou


Music played in this show

First Song: French For Rabbits: The Tunnel


1.27: Classical Cupid - Clarissa Dunn

DELIBES: Dome epais le jasmin (Lakme Duet)

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Flight of the Bumblebee, from Tsar Sultan Suite, Op57 - III

John Luther Adams: Become Ocean

LEONIE HOLMES: This Watershed Time 
The Kings Singers & Voices NZ


NZ LIVE: The Phoenix Foundation



Decision Dollars

Everytime You Go Away (Paul Young cover)

Hounds of Hell


3.20 Song: Fat Freddys Drop - Hope