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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 17 March 2021


1.12 First Song:


1:17 Communicating business ideas with diverse communities

One of the big issues raised in Auckland's recent Covid 19 outbreak was the difficuties Government Agencies faced in communicating with different communities. That's also a problem in business, it can all get a bit homogenous. 

That's something accounting firm WE tries to fight back against - working closely with Māori and Pasifika communities to provide services and training which matching the needs of their clients, rather than the other way around. They've won an award for Best Advisory Partner at the Xero Awards and ceo and co-founder Wyndi Tagi talks to Jesse about their challenges. 

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Photo: WE Accounting

1:27 Will it be the last day of racing in the America's Cup

After notching up another win, Emirates Team New Zealand are at match point in the America's Cup challenge.

Newsroom LockerRoom editor, Suzanne McFadden's been covering the event from the challengers' series through to the final days of racing. She talks to Jesse about whether Jimmy Spithill can stage another come back with Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli or whether Team New Zealand has the edge.

Team New Zealand tow back to base after winning race nine. America's Cup 2021.


1:37 More pressure on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Hard on the heels of a court case and renewed criticism of their organisation just before the Golden Globes at the beginning of March more pressure has gone on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

An open letter from 100 publicists is urging the group to be more transparent and diverse, saying they will advise their clients to not co-operate with the controversial body.

Movie critic Dom Corry spent a number of years on the LA press circuit and talks to Jesse about why the association is up for so much criticism.

Interior view during the 78th Annual Golden Globes Media Preview at The Rainbow Room on February 26, 2021 in New York, New York.

Photo: AFP

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: Denise Garland

Today Denise reviews The Cipher from the BBC, Big Sister Hotline by Clementine Ford and RNZ's very own, Champions of the Pacific.

Koro Vakauta and Talei Anderson present a new weekly show, Champions of the Pacific

Koro Vakauta and Talei Anderson present a new weekly show, Champions of the Pacific Photo: supplied

2:25 Bookmarks: Tracey Slaughter

We're talking to short fiction writer and poet, Tracey Slaughter, for Bookmarks this week.

Tracey is the editor of Poetry New Zealand's Yearbook 2021 and also has a book of short stories 'Devil's Trumpet' coming out soon.

She speaks to Jesse about her favourite books, songs, TV shows and more!

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Photo: Catherine Chidgey

3:10 Jim Belushi on campaigning for and cultivating cannabis

Actor Jim Belushi firmly believes that if his brother, comedian John Belushi, had been into cannabis instead of cocaine he would be alive today. Instead the Blues Brother died of a drug overdose. Jim Belushi is on a campaign to cultivate change and marijuana on a 37 hectare farm in Oregon. He shares his passion for pot as a way to ease pain in a three part documentary, Growing Belushi.

3:35 Our Changing World: Bringing seabirds back to Mana Island

Conservationists are bringing seabirds back to Mana Island, off Wellington’s west coast.

The latest arrivals are a hundred white-faced storm petrel chicks, all the way from the Chathams, and when Alison Ballance joins the Friends of Mana Island team she discovers that caring for these fluffy baby birds involves plenty of sardine smoothies.

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Photo: Supplied.

3:45 The Panel with Cindy Mitchener and Simon Young