Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 18 February 2021
1:00 LIVE COVID UPDATE WITH CHRIS HIPKINS AND DR ASHLEY BLOOMFIELD
1:17 What does the Facebook news ban in Australia mean for NZ?
A battle across the Tasman between the Australian government and Facebook has come to a head with Australian Facebook users now restricted from viewing news content.
The restrictions are in response to the Australian Government's proposed media laws.
RNZ Mediawatch's Hayden Donnel talks to Jesse about what's going on and the implications for New Zealand.
1:27 Ensuring free school lunches are healthy locally sourced options
The free school lunches should be made from locally sourced food and have an emphasis on being healthy.
Boyd Swinburn, who's a professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health at Auckland University says the government's healthy school lunches programme should stay in local hands and not given to large corporate caterers to mass produce them.
He talks to Jesse about the impact that could have.
1:35 Selling off half of Wellington's library to solve financial woes
An idea has been floated to sell off half of Wellington's beleaguered Central Library in order to raise money to quake strengthen the remainder of the building.
The library's been shut since 2019 after failing to meet earthquake standards. Frequent library user and writer Dave Armstrong talks to Jesse about the plan.
1:45 Great album: Sunset in the Blue by Melody Gardot
2:10 Music Critic: Dianne Swan
Today Dianne looks as music from local artists, Katie Brown and The Chills, who have just announced a tour.
2:25 NZ Screen History: The Krypton Factor
This week for New Zealand screen history, we go back to 1987 when TVNZ started broadcasting its own version of the UK show The Krypton Factor.
Our version ran til 1991 and was hosted by former newsreader Dougal Stevenson, and involved contestants competing in various mental pursuits as well as completing an army assault course!
Dougal joins Jesse to talk about the series and his career on screen.
3:10 Link 3
3:15 Solving the World's Problems with Simon Wilson
Senior New Zealand Herald writer Simon Wilson today looks at why good things take so long to happen. He's wondering why its taking so long for electric ferries to be introduced, shovel ready jobs to start and COVID saliva testing.
3.25 History with Dr Grant Morris
Today historian Dr Grant Morris looks at the chance to have your say on the 2022 Compulsory NZ History Curriculum.
To be part of the Ministry of Education survey, you can follow the link below.
3:35 Spoken Feature BBC Witness Hisotry
Witness History tells the story of a woman who played a largely unsung role in countless medical break-throughs over more than half a century. Henrietta Lacks - was an African-American woman who had cells taken from her body in 1951 when she was suffering from cancer. Those cells were found to be unique in a most particular way - they continued to reproduce endlessly in the lab. Culture from those cells has since been used in thousands of scientific experiments. But as Farhana Haider reports; Henrietta herself was never asked if her cells could be used in medical research.
3:45 The Panel with Penny Ashton and Andrew Hoggard