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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 23 April 2010

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

An Anzac song today, Rawene Boys by Julie Collier, chosen by Peter Oakes.

1:15 NZ Music - Live

Will Martin. The North Shore 22-year-old has landed the most lucrative contract offered to a New Zealand musician - worth almost $3 million.

2:10 Feature stories

May 2nd 1940, the British troop ship Aquitania left the Pipitea wharf in Wellington with most of the 28th Maori Battalion. Among the men who left that day was a composer who would write one of New Zealand's first hit pop song. Blue Smoke is a song about separation and hope.. and the blue smoke that trailed from the ship's funnel as he steamed off to war. It was written by Rura Karaitana. Now the song will be re-released on Anzac Day by Shelley Hirini.

It's being called the Hubble of the Sun. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory set off in February on it's five year mission to study the sun. It's now is sending back it's first pictures and they're more detailed than anything we've ever seen. The images from the telescope are 10 times better than High Def TV. You can see them on our Facebook page, go to and click on the links. Scientists hope the images from the telescope will give us all a clearer picture of the role the sun plays in the earth's climate.

2:30 NZ Reading

The final episode of Sorry, I'm a Stranger Here Myself written and told by Peter Bland, an evocation of his life in England in the '30s and '40s and in New Zealand through the '50s and '60s.

2:55 He Rourou

A compilation of the waiata sung at the launch of the Whanau Ora report .

3:08 One Stop Shop

Fresh Fast Food, Weekend Wine, Weekend Weather, Movie Review and This Way of Life

Alison Holst's famous Almost Anzac Biscuits

Karl du Fresne's wine picks:
Under $10: Shingle Peak Riesling 2009 (Marlborough)
Over $10: Piccini Tegole 2006 from Tuscany (usually $14-16 or thereabouts)
Special treat:
It will either be Quartz Reef Methode Traditionelle from Central Otago ($25.50) or a big Aussie bruiser from the Barossa Valley - Saltram Mamre Brook Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 ($22).

3:33 Sports Story

With Stephen Hewson

3:47 NZ Society

For the next four weeks, our NZ Society Feature settles down in a comfy chair and opens up a good book. Four New Zealand writers and thinkers nominate the locally-grown work that they think has done the most to create our country, to inculcate an idea of ourselves and to nurture a notion of New Zealandness. It could be a novel, it could be a guide to gardening, or even the owner's manual of mark III Zephyr, but they will, without a doubt, be the Books That Built New Zealand.

4:06 The Panel

Deborah Hill-Cone and Richard Langston.