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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 24 November 2020


1:12 First Song - Maretta Brown 

St Marys College student Maretta Brown was one of the successful entrants in this year's Stand Up Stand Out showcase. After Covid-19 struck and forced many popular events to be cancelled or rescheduled, Auckland Council re-framed SUSO, encouraging students to submit their performances on line. Up for grabs was the chance to record their song and perform live at summer events. Maretta joins Jesse in studio to talk about her music and we'll hear her original song Save Me LIVE for First Song.

SUSO 2020 Maretta Brown

SUSO 2020 Maretta Brown Photo: Supplied

1:17 Mixed reception to Dunedin library interfaith space proposal

Dunedin City Library is to open an interfaith prayer room and a Muslim praying space - but not everyone's happy about it. 

The city council's library services manager, Bernie Hawke, tells us why he believes such spaces are so important.

Dunedin library

Photo: Google Maps

1:27 Yayoi Kusama artwork discovered in NZ sells at auction

An extremely rare piece of art created by living legend Yayoi Kusama was discovered by a second-hand collector in New Zealand several years ago. Last night, it went under the hammer with a presale estimate of $NZD100,000 - 200,000 and today Webb's Head of Art, Charles Ninow, joins the show to tell us about the history of this piece of art.

1:35 Kiwis urged to be more sun smart 

An optometrist is urging New Zealanders to be more sun smart this summer and protect their eyes.

That follow research from Specsavers that found two thirds of Kiwis aren't even aware that sun can permanently damage their eyes. We speak to optometrist Karthi Param about how we can do more to protect our eyes.

Karthigan Paramananthasivam

Karthigan Paramananthasivam Photo: Supplied

1:50 How To Write: A dating profile with Madeleine Holden

Lawyer and freelance writer, Madeleine Holden was so unimpressed with the quality of guy's dating profiles on Tinder and Bumble and so forth that she half-jokingly offered on Twitter to write them for $25. She tells Jesse how it went and what tricks she learned along the way.

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Photo: Madeleine Holden

2:10 Lisa Glass - Three books about life after a societal collapse

Critic Lisa Glass joins Jesse to review The knowledge - how to rebuild our world from Scratch by Lewis Dartnell; Ephemera by Tina Shaw and ​The Burning river by Lawrence Patchett.

2:20 Music Feature: The Life and Works of David Bowie

David Bowie is regarded as one of the most innovative and influential musicians of his time.

The Mayor of Whanganui Hamish McDouall happens to be an expert on David Bowie, having won TVNZ's Mastermind in the 90's talking about the rock star's life and works. 

Hamish joins Jesse to play some of his hits and lesser known songs.

David Bowie on stage in 2002.

David Bowie on stage in 2002. Photo: [ CC BY 3.0 Adam Bielawski.

3:10 Roman Krznaric - be a good ancestor - don't leave a mess for your kid's kids

We are colonising the future, dumping problems we don't want to deal with today on our descendants yet to be born. We need to learn to be better ancestors says philosopher Roman Krznaric. He shares his ideas for swapping short term thinking about what we're doing to the planet and each other and instead consider the legacy we're leaving for the future. His new book is called The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long Term in a Short-Term World 


3:30 Eyewitness

In Eyewitness; frost, fire and snow - none of it stopped the making of the Mount Cook Road

On the way to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park..

On the way to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. Photo: Getty Images

3:45 The Panel with Nicky Pellegrino and Allan Blackman