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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 6 April 2010

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

Mamma Mia by Abba was chosen by Richard Hilson who is a vet in Waipukerau.

1:15 Critical Mass

The critics are back after their Easter weekend break. taking a look at the mass media, namely TV, Music, Books and IT today.

Phil Wallington, who's been watching the 7pmish TV zone over the Easter weekend .. our longest-running TV programme, Country Calendar (first went to air in April 1966) - still rates highly apparently (TV One Saturdays).

Our resident music man, Nick Atkinson on Dane Rumble's debut solo album - just out (he's ex-Kiwi hip hop act, Fast Crew) .. and also taking a look at the North Carolina-based band, The Mountain Goats - who're due to play Auckland and Wellington this week.

Nicky Pellegrino on a couple of funny books:
Julian Corkle is a Filthy Liar by D.J. Connell
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

And Noelle McCarthy on the death of etiquette and Seinfeld bombing in the States.

2:10 Feature stories

CSI for Wildlife: We talk to the director of The US Fish & Wildlife Forensics labratory in the USA. It's the only lab of it's kind in the world. They are s called in when a protected species is murdered or illegal animal trafficing is suspected.

iPad launch: The much vaunted iPad tablet is finally in the hot little hands of consumers in America. Instead of selling 200-300 thousand, Apple says 600-700 thousand iPads flew off the shelves at the launch this weekend. We talk to Tech writer Tory Wolverton from Silicon Valley.

Check out this video of what you can do with an iPad.

2:30 Reading

We continue our reading of Shot by Sarah Quigley.

Lena is in Fairbanks in Alaska but she wants to go further north. Her hotel host Seidensal says a tracker called Jimmy might be able to take her there.

2:45 He Rourou

Northland elder Merimeri Penfold has been a pioneer all her life - as a champion of the Māori language - as a female leader, as a composer, as an educator and as an artist. Merimeri's life was the subject of the recent documentary, He Wawata Whaea - the Dream of an Elder.

In He Rourou today Ana Tapiata talks with another Northland kuia Pirihira Henry after she'd finished watching the documentary.

2:50 Feature Album

We're revisiting a modern-day classic today, a record released midway through the 1970s, and hailed as one of the finest the decade produced: Blood on the Tracks, You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When you Go by Bob Dylan.

3:12 Tune Your Engine

We talk to Dr. Frances Jensen about the teenage brain. She's a pediatric neurologist at Children's Hospital in Boston. She's discovered the teenager brain really is wired different.

3:33 Asian Report

Gamelan is an Ancient Asian art form which has been a major part of Indonesian heritage predating Hindu and Buddhist culture. Traditionally used to accompany Indonesian puppetry performance, it comprises an ensemble of predominantly percussive instruments, and Budi Putra teaches this incredible art form in Wellington.

3:47 Science story

The science buzz at the moment is all about the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC as it's known, and the search for mysterious particles such as the Higgs boson and dark matter.

So it's timely to reflect on another great achievement in the field of astrophysics, one that took place nearly 40 years ago and was rather less expensive than the LHC. Alison Ballance tracks down Roy Kerr in Christchurch to find out why his name will forever be associated with black holes.

4.06 The Panel

Graeme Bell and Bomber Bradbury are our guests today