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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 18 February 2021



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.

CHIANG MAI, THAILAND - OCTOBER 21, 2014: Facebook application sign in page on smartphone and facebook logo on background.

Photo: 123RF

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.

Lunch box from decile 10 school

Photo: RNZ / Brad White

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.

Barriers in front of Wellington Central Library.

Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

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.

The Chills

The Chills Photo: supplied

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. 

Dougal Stevenson and the Krypton Factor

Dougal Stevenson and the Krypton Factor Photo: TVNZ

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.

The Treaty of Waitangi. He Tohu, a new permanent exhibition of three iconic constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand. Treaty of Waitangi, Declaration of Independence and Women's Suffrage Petition.

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

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