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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 22 July 2021

1.12 First Song: Pacific Heights and Foley

For today's first song both Pacific Heights and Foley are in the studio to play the new single they've just released, Domino. It features on the latest album from Pacific Heights, due to be released in full later this year. Jesse talks to both NZ pop-rock icons about working together on this single, which was released last week.

Pacific Heights and Foley (R)

Pacific Heights and Foley (R) Photo: Warner Music

1:17 EcoWorld staff planning occupation when their lease expires tonight

Tonight staff at Picton tourist attraction EcoWorld are planning to occupy their building, which is set to shut down from midnight.

The aquarium and cinemas sit on land leased from council owned Port Marlborough, and that lease has come to an end.  

Ecoworld Manager Janelle White talks to Jesse about how the situation has unfolded.

Fish at EcoWorld's aquarium in Picton.

Fish at EcoWorld's aquarium in Picton. Photo: Supplied / EcoWorld

1:27 Concerns Wellington's obsession with heritage is hindering progress

NZ Herald Wellington issues reporter, Georgina Campbell, has written about her concerns that the capital is obsessive about heritage at the risk of hindering progress.

She talks to Jesse about her concerns that the city risks becoming a museum at the cost of progress because of the importance being placed on heritage.

Wellington train station.

Wellington train station. Photo: RNZ / Michael Cropp

1:35 Auckland's Bean Rock celebrating 150th birthday

Auckland City has it's fair share of landmarks, the Sky Tower, the crater at Maungawhau or the Harbour Bridge for example  but one icon has been flying under the radar lately, despite it's visibility out in the Waitematā.

It's the Bean Rock Lighthouse, and this weekend, New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui a Tangaroa is celebrating it's 150th birthday.

Museum Director Vincent Lipanovich talks to Jesse about the lighthouse's legacy.

Bean Rock lighthouse

Bean Rock lighthouse Photo: supplied

1:45 Great album: Reprise by Moby

Today's give away for Link 3's winner is Reprise by Moby. It's his 19th studio album and was released in May this year. The album features orchestral and acoustic arrangements of songs from his career, performed by the Budapest Art Orchestra, a string quartet, along with multiple guest artists.

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Photo: Universal Music

2:10 Music Critic: Colin Morris

Today Colin Morris looks at music from Kingfish as a nod to where he was born and raised. Then he has a look behind the scenes at a collaboration between Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop.

2:25 NZ Screen History: Top Town

Top Town first screened on New Zealand television in 1976, a travelling summer TV game show styled partly on a British series called It's a Knockout.

It was held at sports grounds in local towns, and athletes competed for $9000 in prize money, in a series of crazy games til the point of exhaustion.  

It ran for 15 summers til 1990 - the original hosts were Sir Howard Morrison and Paddy O'Donnell. 

Host for the latter part of the 80's, Mark Leishman and games designer Ross Mackenzie, join Jesse in the studio.

3:10 Link 3

 

3:15 Solving the World's Problems with Suzanne McFadden

Suzanne McFadden is the editor of LockerRoom, dedicated to women's sport, and is the 2021 Voyager Media Awards Sports Journalist of the Year. She talks to Jesse today about this year's Olympics, both the positives and negatives of the event going ahead in Tokyo.

June 30, 2021, Yokohama, Japan - A large monument of the Olympic rings is displayed at a port city of Yokohama, suburban Tokyo on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 as the Olympic torch relay is held at the city.

Photo: Photosport

3.25 History with Dr Grant Morris: The history of interest rates in NZ

New Zealand has enjoyed a long period of low interest rates. However, this could well be changing as inflation increases and interest rate increases are required.What is our national history of interest rate changes? We explore this topic today and see what we can learn from our economic history. Today historian, Dr Grant Morris looks at the period from 1934 to the present day.

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Photo: TeAra

3:35 Spoken Feature Eye Witness: Megan Compain

With the Olympics launching this week, we’ve got a sports yarn lined up - the story of Megan Compain who made history as the first and only New Zealander - and the youngest player - to make it into the WNBA - the counterpart the men’s NBA in the United States.

Megan competing in the Sydney 2000 games, photographed for a newspaper article.

Megan competing in the Sydney 2000 games, photographed for a newspaper article. Photo: Courtesy of Megan Compain

3:45 The Panel with Ruwani Perera and Peter Elliot