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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 21 June 2021

Critter of the Week t-shirts

Critter of the Week t-shirts Photo: Liminal/RNZ

Our Critter of the Week t-shirts are back! Click here to order!


1:12 First song


1:17 The 30 year long mystery of Little Ted's missing head 

There's been a mystery for the past three decades that has finally been solved. Hayden Donnell from RNZ's Mediawatch has been looking for the missing head of Little Ted - the very famous, beloved Little Ted from Playschool. Little Ted was a core toy cast member of the show which ran from 1972 to 1990. Hayden joins Jesse to tell us what's been happening with head of a small ted. 

Little Ted second from left

Little Ted second from left Photo:

1.27 Craft chocolate festival celebrating cacao 

Next week in Wellington high quality cacao is on the menu at New Zealand's first craft chocolate festival! Chocstock is a partnership between the Wellington Chocolate Factory and subscription deliver service The Chocolate Bar. Luke Owen Smith is the owner of the Chocolate Bar and he joins Jesse to explain why they're doing this. 

The Foundry chocolate pour.

The Foundry chocolate pour. Photo: Supplied.

1.34 Harry Boorman's big bird year 

Harry Boorman is on a mission to see as many birds around the world as possible. The UK birder lives in Aotearoa and while working in Auckland is desperately getting to as many places as he can to see what birds NZ has to offer. 

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Photo: Harry Boorman

1:45 Great NZ Album

2:10 TV shows to enjoy with younger family members

Our TV critic today, Caitlin Cherry recommends some shows for enjoyable family viewing; Sweet Tooth and Avatar the Last Airbender which are both on Netflix.

2:20 Tense scenes in Southampton at World Test Cricket Final 

There are a lot of bleary eyed kiwis at work today who have picked up a part time job watching test cricket in the small hours. The final of the world test cricket championship has ended its third day in Southampton. New Zealand and India are locked in a battle for victory, but the rain may have it's own plans. 

Co-host of The Spinoff's Cricket podcast The Offspin Simon Day has interrupted has adjusted sleep cycle to let Jesse know what's been going on overnight. 

The scoreboard shows that play has been abandoned for the day as the covers fill the field
New Zealand BlackCaps v India.
Day 1 of the ICC World Test Championship Final at Southampton,


2:30 Critter of the week T shirts! 

We have a new run of Critter of the Week T-shirts available! They are illustrated by Giselle Clarkson, with advice from science consultant Mike Dickison. $5 from each t-shirt goes to New Zealand conservation groups, so far over 22 thousand dollars has been donated to local groups 

They're made in collaboration with NZ company Liminal and one of its owners Jeff Ward joinsJesse to explain how they're made. 

Our Critter of the Week t-shirts are back! Click here to order!

2:40 Expert feature: Prehistoric monsters of the sea

We're talking sea monsters today - not the mythical kind - but real ones that roamed the sea millions of years ago. 

Senior curator of palaeontology at the Queensland Museum Network, Dr Espen Knutsen, joins us on the show to answer all your questions!

You can text in on 2101 or email your questions to 

Sea monsters.

Sea monsters. Photo: Supplied.

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Photo: Queensland Museum

3:10 The Lazarus Heist

We begin a new 10 part series about what was almost the perfect crime. The hacking ring and an attempt to steal a billion dollars. Investigators blame North Korea. Pyongyang denies involvement. The story begins in Hollywood.

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3:35 Voices

In ‘Voices’ today; Kadambari Raghukumar talks to one of the early members of the Polynesian Panthers - Tigi Ness.

3:45 The Panel with Heather Roy and Garry Moore