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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 1 December 2020


1.12 First Song: Janayah - Look What I Found

Auckland high school student Janayah was one of the successful entrants in this year's Stand Up Stand Out (SUSO) music event organised by Auckland Council. The Takapuna Grammar school pupil is a huge fan of Lady Gaga and today she speaks to Jesse about her passion for the star and what being chosen as a finalist means. She'll perform LIVE her rendition of Look What I Found. 


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1:17 Calls for a trans-Tasman travel bubble to start now

A leading New Zealand epidemiologist at Melbourne University says it is now safe for trans-Tasman quarantine free travel to open up.

Professor Tony  Blakely explains to Jesse that there is no reason why people can't cross the Tasman without a mandatory isolation period as inter-state travel re-opens in Australia.

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1:27 How to fix the country's housing crisis

A former adviser to the minister of housing and development believes there is an easy way to fix the current housing crisis without penalising landlords in the extreme.

Clint Smith talks to Jesse about the fix he believes would work to enable more home ownership around the country.

House sold sign, house auction sign, key.

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1:35 New varieties of avocado developed in Gisborne

A Waerenga-a-Hika couple has developed three new varieties of avocado that are attracting interest around the world.

Judi and David Grey from Avogrey Orchard planted a Sharwil tree on the advice of a scientist from the University of California, which bear very tasty fruit but little yield.

You may heard David and Judi Grey on RNZ's Country Life recently.

David tells Jesse about the new varieties of avocado they developed out of the Sharwil - the Titan, the Greystar and Eclipse.

1:50 Hollywood dreams on hold for "mature" starlet

Like many in the entertainment industry, Auckland actor Julie Collis, has been forced to return from pursuing her career as a "mature" actor in Hollywood.

She did, before COVID meant she had to leave, get a great role in a movie, which has just been released and considered to be a serious Oscar contender. Jesse speaks to Julie about her time in LA and her plans to return.

Julie Collis

Julie Collis Photo: Collis family


2:10 A defence of maps at the start of books 

Rob Kelly thinks that sometimes a book warrants a map at the start, but only if they're clever and match the book. 

Rob brings in a stack of volumes to try and convince Jesse to give books with maps at the start a chance! 

2:20 Music Feature Arli Liberman with Björk

The Icelandic singer Björk made her first album at the age of eleven, setting off a 40 year career. She's been a massive inspiration to musician and composer Arli Liberman who proclaims himself less of a fan and more of a consumer. He cannot live without listening to Björk.

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3:10 Lawrence Douglas​ - I knew Donald Trump wouldn't go quietly

US President Donald Trump hasn't conceded defeat to Joe Biden, but he may have finally submitted to it. Legal scholar Lawrence Douglas predicted that Trump wouldn't go quietly if he lost the US Presidential election more than two years ago. He shares his thoughts about the damage done by baseless allegations of voter fraud and what happens next for America.

US President Donald Trump looks down during an event on lowering prescription drug prices in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 20, 2020.

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3:30 Spoken Feature: Witness History

3:45 The Panel with Kathryn Burnett and Anton Matthews