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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 25 August 2021

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1.00PM COVID update live 

Today COVID 19 response minister, Chris Hipkins and Director of Public Health Caroline McElnay will be giving an update on the numbers in the current outbreak. A decision on alert levels and any changes will be made on Friday. 

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay giving an update on Covid-19.

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay giving an update on Covid-19. Photo: RNZ/Samuel Rillstone

1:25 Covid-19 vaccinations: Kiwis urged to wear short sleeves

The momentum to get vaccinated is growing exponentially in New Zealand as the spread of delta continues...

But there is one issue that no one is talking about that's slowing the roll out down - what we are wearing to our appointments.

That's according to the Immunisation Advisory Centre, which trains our vaccine workforce. 

Loretta Roberts is the centre's national manager and joins Jesse to explain. 

New Zealand Director-General of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield receiving his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

New Zealand Director-General of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield receiving his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Photo: Ross Giblin / Stuff / Pool

1:30 Computer lecturer wins national teaching award at 74

Computer lecturer Richard Lobb has been fascinated by computers since the late 60s, when he came across the first mini-computer in the Southern Hemisphere at Auckland University.

After one attempt at retirement, he is still teaching and has just been awarded the Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr Lobb, who teaches at Canterbury University, joins Jesse to chat about the award and how technology has changed over the years.

Dr Richard Lobb, a Computer Science lecturer at the University of Canterbury, has won an Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr Richard Lobb, a Computer Science lecturer at the University of Canterbury, has won an Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award. Photo: Canterbury University

1:40 Pandemic Pub Quiz providing some lockdown light relief 

An online quiz that started as a way to keep friends and family entertained, has gone national - and is helping people overseas access Covid-19 vaccinations. 

It's called The Pandemic Pub Quiz, and James Gatley is the quizmaster. 

quizmaster James Gatley.

quizmaster James Gatley. Photo: Supplied.

An example of a question in the pandemic quiz.

An example of a question in the Pandemic Pub Quiz. Photo: Supplied.

1:55 Afternoons Quiz Robert Kelly

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

 

2.12 Podcast Critic: Caitlin Cherry 

Today Caitlin talks about podcasts, Missing Crypto Queen and Cautionary Tales - number fever.

 2.20 Tribute to Charlie Watts from a lighting designer who worked with him 

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts has died at the age of 80. He had recently undergone surgery and pulled out of some upcoming tour dates leading up to his death. 

Jimmy Barnett, who worked with the Rolling Stones in the 70s as a lighting designer, got in touch and offered to share some memories with us! He talks to Jesse about Charlie and working alongside him on tour. 

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts performs on stage during their "No Filter" tour at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, July 2019.

Photo: AFP

2:30 Bookmarks with Mike Minogue

Today's Bookmarks is with Mike Minogue, of What We Do In The Shadows and Wellington Paranormal fame. He joins Jesse to talk about what he enjoys watching, reading and listening to in his spare time. 

Karen O'Leary, Mike Minogue and Maaka Pohatu in Wellington Supernatural

Karen O'Leary, Mike Minogue and Maaka Pohatu in Wellington Supernatural Photo: Supplied

3:10 Mary Trump: Healing after an era of division in the US

Mary Trump knows the trauma of being a Trump. She's written about dysfunction in the family, and her concerns about her Uncle, former President Donald Trump. As a clinical psychologist, she also knows about healing. As America faces more division than ever, she looks back at the dark side of American history to find a way forward in her new book, The Reckoning: Our Nation's Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal.  

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3:35 Stories from Our Changing World

This week on Our Changing World: We're seeing more native birds in our gardens while some of our introduced species are declining.

Katy Gosset finds out more about the annual New Zealand Garden Bird Survey and joins citizen scientists who are helping to collect the data.

A curious fantail on an organic farm in the Manawatu.

Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

3:45 The Panel with Paula Penfold and Dean Hall