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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 26 March 2021


1:17 The Whale Oil case and discrediting public health advocates

The Whale Oil defamation trial collapsed this month in the Auckland High Court, a case that stems back to Nicky Hager's 2014 book Dirty Politics.

Professor Jennie Connor from the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago argues that everyoe should pay attention to the case because of the prolonged and concerted effort to discredit public health advocates.

Canon Media Awards. Cameron Slater aka Whale oil accepts the award for best blog at Canon Media Awards.

Cameron Slater. Photo: Supplied


1:27 Street art exhibition of The Most Dedicated crew

A major exhibition showcasing New Zealand street artists opens at The Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt this weekend.

It tells the story of street art crew The Most Dedicated - and features the work of 20 of its members.

Jesse speaks with artist ASKEW One also known as Elliot O'Donnell is an artist, murallist, and graphic designer who joined TMD in 2000.

Elliot O'Donnell aka Askew One

Elliot O'Donnell aka Askew One Photo: Supplied

1:35 Autumn foraging for edible fungi and mushrooms 

A Christchurch based writer and fungi enthusiast has some tips for foraging as the season gets into full swing.

Olivia Sisson joins us to talk us through the best and safest way to forage for edible fungi this autumn.

You can check out some of her foraging forays on Instagram


Wildlife smuggler Freddie Angell

Wildlife smuggler Freddie Angell Photo: Supplied/Andrew McDonald

1:50 The story of notorious New Zealand wildlife smuggler Freddie Angell

A Nelson journalist and filmmaker is planning a documentary about the notorious wildlife smuggler Freddie Angell.

While he has the smuggling history covered, he's now searching for people who knew Angell to learn more about the man himself.

Andrew Macdonald tells Jesse about the project.

Wildlife smuggler Freddie Angell

Wildlife smuggler Freddie Angell Photo: Supplied/Andrew McDonald

2:10 Film Review with Dom Corry


2:20 NZ Live Team Dynamite

Today for NZ Live we are delighted to be joined by hip hip group Team Dynamite.

The trio have just dropped their new record 'Respect the Process', which is their first full length album since the release of their 2013 record, Shepherd's Delight.

And perform live in our Auckland studio

Team Dynamite

Team Dynamite Photo: Supplied


3:08 Yael Shochat's lamb shanks

Lamb Shanks by Yael Shochat

Lamb Shanks by Yael Shochat Photo: Supplied/Yael Shochat Ima Cuisine

Yael Shochat from Ima Cuisine joins us to share her recipe for lamb shanks

And if you prefer to follow video instructions, here's a fun one Yael's daughters made during lockdown last year for this very lamb shank recipe!


3:16 Music 101: Charlotte Ryan

Charlotte Ryan, host of Music 101 here on RNZ each Saturday afternoon from midday talks about what's happening on the music scene over the weekend, what's coming up on her show tomorrow and because Friday is new music day - she'll pick us a track to play.

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Photo: RNZ / Claire-Eastham Farrelly


3:25 Dog Behaviour expert, Dr Clare Browne

Dr Clare Brown answers your dog behaviour questions. Send them to

Two yellow labradors both called Bella standing in a park

Bella...and Bella Photo: RNZ / Cole Eastham-Farrelly


3:35 Critter of the Week Glow-in-the-dark snail

Believed to be the world’s only bioluminescent freshwater organism, the glow-in-the-dark snail, Latius neritoides, is endemic to fast-flowing streams in the North Island.

The tiny, dull-looking snail spends its whole life underwater and secretes a glowing mucus when disturbed.

Latia neritoides limpet emiting bioluminescent slime

Latia neritoides limpet emiting bioluminescent slime Photo: © Angus McIntosh


3:45 The Panel with Amy Adams and Shane Te Pou