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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 19 January 2021


1:12 First Song


1:17 Fighting antibiotic resistant superbugs with viruses

Antibiotic resistance is predicted to cause 10 million deaths a year by 2050.

But there may be some hope - thanks to groundbreaking research into using viruses to attack the worst superbugs.

Bacteriophages (also known as phages) are viruses that infect bacteria and new research has shown they can be very effective in combatting antiobiotic resistant superbugs.

One of the Australian scientists at the forefront of this research Jeremy Barr of Monash University explains

Phages attach to the outside of bacteria, initiating the killing process.

Phages attach to the outside of bacteria, initiating the killing process. Photo: Dr Graham Beards/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA


1:27 Promoter questions how immigration NZ decides which performers to let in

Gray Bartlett, the vice-president of the Promoters Association, believes some performers are being given favourable treatment by officials.

He talks to Jesse about why he thinks its not an even play field when it comes to border exemptions in the arts and entertainment industry.

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1:35 NZ expats under fire and estranged from the team of 5 million

New Zealander Laura Walters is based in London, caught up in the harsh lockdown imposed recently to deal with the growing number of covid-19 cases.

She says whenever the expat community speaks up about their lives abroad they face a nasty, vitriolic back lash from Kiwis at home.

She talks to Jesse about the piece she has written for Newsroom, in which she describes feeling "benched by the team of five million."

A delivery man on his bicycle is seen riding by the NHS 'Stay Home' poster as the UK's government introduced strict Coronavirus restrictions earlier this month due to sharp increase in numbers of Covid-19 cases in UK o)

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1:50 How to Write: An Apology letter

Every Tuesday we learn how to write something. Today, it is how to write an apology letter.

And to help with this, The Privacy Commissioner John Edwards joins us, as his office regularly deals with poor apologies that lead to complaints. His team has even written a guide to writing a good apology.

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2:10 Book Critic Lisa Glass

Lisa discusses three recently-published true crime stories told in a variety of styles
If You Tell by Greg Olsen
The Pale Faced Lie by David Crow
These are not Gentle People by Andrew Harding


2:20 1991: A watershed year in Music

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Photo: Composite/wikipedia

Buckle up Gen Xers this week we are heading back 30 years to the year 1991. From Alt rock, to grunge, dance and hip-hop, 91 is considered a watershed year for music.

RNZ's Brad Warrington aka DJ Sticky Fingaz takes us through the most significant songs of 1991.


3:10 The Economist's Tom Standage on the World in 2021.

The year is starting like the last one ended with uncertainty about the vaccine rollout, how President Elect Biden will handle everything on his plate and whether economic vitality will return. 

Every year The Economist magazine looks at the trends to watch in the coming year.  

We'll talk to editor Tom Standage about the World in 2021.

The Economist, The World in 2021

The Economist, The World in 2021 Photo: The Economist

3:30 BBC Sporting Witness


3:45 The Panel with Paula Bennett and Shane Te Pou