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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 9 December 2020


1:17 Whakaari one year on: Services pay tribute to victims

It's been a year since the tragic events that unfolded on Whakaari / White Island. 

Several services are being held in Whakatāne today to pay tribute to the 22 people who lost their lives, those injured and the families who's lives were changed forever when the island erupted. 

Local Baptist church senior Pastor Peter Foster attended a public service at Mataatua Reserve and speaks to Jesse.

People gathered for a dawn service to mark one year since the eruption on Whakaari.

People gathered for a dawn service to mark one year since the eruption on Whakaari. Photo: RNZ/Te Aniwa Hurihanganui

1:27 'A Very Filipino Christmas' fundraiser

Comedian James Roque is hosting a fundraiser this weekend for the the victims of the devastating typhoons in the Philipinnes last month. 

A Very Filipino Christmas event will be held on Saturday at Auckland's Aotea Centre. 

James and Dewy Sacayan, a solicitor and climate change activist, join Jesse in the studio.

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1:37 Kiwi children's book takes readers on 'Collective Noun Safari'

A New Zealand children's book has come to the attention of Sir David Attenborough. 

Helen Griffiths' Treasure Beyond Measure started out as a poem written for Conservation Week in 2017 and has now been turned into a book - beautifully illustrated by Simon Chadwick.

Helen joins Jesse to tell us about her creation and how it got Sir David's attention!

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Photo: Supplied

1:50 Molly Jones podcast picks

Today Molly reviews the Netflix series The Big Film Buffet

2.00 One year on - remembering the victims of the Whakaari tragedy

After the news we'll be crossing to Mātaatua Wharenui in Whakatane where the victims of the Whakaari tragedy one year ago are being remembered. We'll observe the one minute silence at 2.11pm before speaking to RNZ reporter Sarah Robson who attended the public service at Mātaatua Reserve this morning. 


2:25 Bookmarks: PledgeMe's Anna Guenther

Joining us for Bookmarks this week is Anna Guenther, who's the co-founder of crowdfunding platform, PledgeMe.  Anna established PledgeMe in 2015 as a way for Kiwis to lend their support to burgeoning startups and campaigns. She joins Jesse in the Christchurch studio to tell us about some of her favourite things!

Anna Guenther.

Anna Guenther. Photo: Supplied.

Anna's picks for Bookmarks


Jolene by Dolly Parton

Truth Hurts (and anything) by Lizzo

Formation by Beyoncé

Royals by Lorde -

Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels by Todrick Hall

Anything by Tamora Pierce - possibly starting with Alanna in the Lioness Series. I

Let my People Go Surfing by Yvon Choinard

Give and Take by Adam Grant

Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Special mentions:
Hope in the Dark / Mother of all Questions by Rebecca Solnit
Kindred by Octavia Butler



Crip Camp

Dirty Dancing

Ru Paul's Drag Race

Queens Gambit

Love Sick


Dolly Parton's America - Jad Ambudrad

Startup by Gimlet Media (also special mention to Without Fail) .

Future of Sex


3:10 Helen Pluckrose - woke culture is the cause of broken culture

Woke culture is creating a broken culture says British author and culture writer Helen Pluckrose. She argues that too much focus on perceived injustice sometimes serves to hide real injustice. Helen Pluckrose shares her sometimes controversial crusade against what she calls "woke warriors". You can also hear her speaking online at an event next week.

Helen Pluckrose

Helen Pluckrose Photo: Supplied

3:35 Stories from Our Changing World. What it takes to live a good life

Psychologist Joseph Bulbulia, from Victoria University of Wellington, tells Alison Ballance that when it comes to having a 'good life', there are several key elements - strong relationships and time to relax.

3:45 The Panel with Ali Jones and Shane Te Pou


Music played in this show


Title: You're Not Alone

Artist: Mavis Staples

Time: 1344


Title: Here Comes the Sun

Artist: Nina Simone

Time: 1355

Title: No Woman, No Cry

Artist: Bob Marley and the Wailers

Time: 1528



Title: Jolene

Artist: Dolly Patron

Time: 1306



Title: I Got You

Artist: Shihad

Time: 1312


BOOKMARKS - Anna Guenther:

Title: Jolene

Artist: Dolly Parton

Time: 1419


Title: Truth Hurts

Artist: Lizzo

Time: 1434


Title: Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels

Artist: Todrick Hall

Time: 1444