Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 11 February 2008
Today on Afternoons
1:06 Jim's Essay
1:10 Best Song Ever Written: Forever and Ever - Margaret Whiting.
1:15 Link 3
2:10 Mystery of the General Grant
142 years on and the mystery of the sinking of the General Grant off the Auckland Islands continues to fascinate and tempt adventurers from around the globe. At least 25 expeditions have been mounted to find the wreck of the American clipper loaded with gold and passengers en route to England when it was wrecked in the sub-Antarctic Islands nearly 300 miles from Bluff.
As we speak, Wellingtonian Bill Day is headed to the Antarctic on board a Russian icebreaker , and weather permitting, is hoping to stop at the Islands which he last visited while taking part in a 10-week long expedition to locate the General Grant back in 1995. With him on that trip was Dave Moran, current editor of Dive New Zealand.
2:20 Flu Vaccination
A single jab that could give lifelong protection against all types of flu has produced promising results in human trials. Currently, winter flu jabs have to be regularly redesigned because the flu virus keeps changing. But the new vaccine, made by UK biotechonology giant Acambis, would protect against all strains of influenza A, and overcome this. Glen Buchan is the vaccine advisor to the Ministry of Health, and senior lecturer in immunology at the University of Otago.
2:30 NZ Reading
Today we begin a five part adaptation of Pauline O'Regan's book, Miles to Go, told by the author herself.
2:45 He Rourou
In He Rourou today, Ana Tapiata talks to Sam Jackson, kaumatua for the Wellington based tribe of Te Ati Awa.
2:50 Feature Album - 461 Ocean Boulevard by Eric Clapton.
3:12 Author Slot: Eric Dorfman - Inside New Zealand's National Parks
We take a look at the sought-after state of our many famous walking tracks - so popular now - they have to be booked months in advance.
3:33 This Way Up
How do you choose the right pet for you and your lifestyle?
3:47 Science Report
NIWA's Research Vessel Tangaroa left on January 30th for an 8 week trip to the Ross Sea, with 26 scientists from all over New Zealand on board plus 18 crew. They'll be gathering information including biological samples and images of the seafloor down to depths of about 4000 metres in unexplored areas. Voyage leader John Mitchell invited Amelia Nurse on board for a bit of a tour.
4:06 The Panel - Stephen Franks and Bomber Bradbury.