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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 10 March 2021


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1:17 What next for the National Party after their review?

A final report has been given to National Party board about their failure at the last election. The review is not being circulated outside the party, or at this stage to MPs.

Commentator Ben Thomas talks to Jesse about how much of an impact the review can or will have on their future performances.

National Party leader Judith Collins.

Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas

1:27 First race in America's Cup Challenge by team Luna Rossa today

Today marks the beginning of the America's Cup! It might feel like the racing has been going on for a while, but today the final event starts in earnest. The Italian team Luna Rossa is challenging Team New Zealand for the Auld Mug, and tensions are running high. Newsroom's LockerRoom editor, Suzanne McFadden joins me now from the water's edge.

Emirates Team New Zealand's AC75 Te Rehutai returns from training on the Waitemata Harbour, Auckland, Thursday 28 January 2021.

Photo: © Chris Newey 2021

1:37 Hospitality sector bracing itself for more closures

The Hospitality Association believes there are a lot more closures in the sector coming soon.

Executive director, Julie White, talks to Jesse about the difficult year cafes, restaurants and bars have struggled through and why a large number of them will be shutting down their businesses. 

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1:55 Afternoons Quiz Robert Kelly

RNZ producer and onetime bookseller Robert Kelly presents his weekly quiz.

Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly Photo: John Duke


2.12 Podcast Critic: Paul Bushnell

Paul Bushnell is talking today about how different clichés are subverted by great storytelling: Fragments, an RNZ series about the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, and Carrier from the USA - what would once have been called a radio drama.

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2:25 Bookmarks with Jim Bolger

Former Prime Minister Jim Bolger is today's Bookmarks guest. He was the PM from 1990 to 1997 and has recently published a book, Fridays with Jim: Conversations about our country with Jim Bolger, with journalist David Cohen.

He shares what he likes to read, watch and listen to when he's not following politics around the world!

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3:10 Medicine in the garden

Right outside your window is a medicine cabinet full of plants with the potential to provide treatments and prevention for a garden variety of ailments. Dr Catherine Whitlock is an immunologist and science writer who spent months researching 100 plants with a history of medical use.  She shares the best of the bunch in her book,  Botanicum Medicinale: A Modern Herbal of Medicinal Plants.

3:35 Stories from Our Changing World: In search of what is out there

A recent marine expedition by the Far Out Ocean Collective, in the seas off Northland, saw numerous whales and dolphins, many of them rare. Claire Concannon joins the expedition to share the excitement.

3:45 The Panel with Verity Johnson and Mark Sainsbury