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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 6 May 2010

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

Hotel Lorraine by Otis Spann as chosen by Grant Anson from the Far North.

1:15 Your Place

Your Place today, Motueka, the deeply charming Nelson province community that's also the gateway to famous tracks and famous beaches.

2:10 Feature stories

When your work day begins in the wee hours of the morning, you can be forgiven for hearing voices and seeing shadows. But something else may be bothering Maurice Piner from Phil's Bakery in Greymouth. While he's baking the bread and lemmingtons, strange things have happened. Researchers have found that the bakery stands on the site of an old boarding house where a Chinese miner hanged himself in the late 1800s.

If at first you don't succeed... try again. Brian O'Connor takes that truism to heart. After 145 races, and no wins, O'Connor is racing his bay mare Kelly Evander again tonight at Forbury Park in Dunedin. Kelly Evander and her driver share a common bond. In 400 starts, O'Connor hasn't won a race either. He's a retired Insurance manager who trains his horses at his own place in Brighton. She may not cross the finish line first but Kelly Evander is a winner online. She has her own Facebook fan club.

2:30 NZ Reading

Stuart Devenie reads part nine of Crime Story by Maurice Gee.

Today, petty thief Brent Rosser returns to the story as he visits his 'fence' , Mrs Ponder.

2:55 He Rourou

Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi is a very busy woman, sitting on many boards including the Kohanga Reo National Trust and the Maori Language Commission. She has also just agreed to be part of the Family Commission's new reference group for it's Whanau strategy.

Ana Tapiata asks Dame Iritana why she chose to get on another board.

2:50 Feature Album

Our Feature Album is Madman Across the Water, Elton John's fourth, released in 1971. It's considered more of a classic album now, than it ever was then, as reviews in '71 in very mixed. In fact it was Elton John's lowest charting UK album (only reaching #41).

Rolling Stone wrote then:

"America is worth a better story than this record and Elton John needs a better story than this to sing. "

3:12 Arts Report

Dunedin puts itself on the international music map with a facility officially opened in the city yesterday….

3:33 Christchurch story

The word 'clairvoyance' has its origins in 17th Century France meaning 'clear vision,' and is likened to extra-sensory perception.

But for as long as the concept has existed, there are scientists and sceptics who challenge those who have so- called-'psychic' abilities.

Sonia Yee meets up with Angela George who is certainly a believer in her own abilities to help others. She's the author of True Confessions of a Clairvoyant and the soon to be released Tremendous Revelations of a Clairvoyant.

3:47 Environment story

If you've seen Star Wars or Star Trek or read science fiction novels, lasers conjure up images of space ships and futuristic warfare.

But lasers are everywhere - we can use them to play CDs, in the supermarket to read bar codes, to carry our phone messages and entertain us with light shows in the night skies. They're also used in medicine, for example in eye surgery to correct vision.

At the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research though, lasers are being used to sort cells for scientists trying to develop treatments for diseases like cancer, asthma, and arthritis.

Ruth Beran wants to find out more, and meets with Kylie Price who runs the Flow Cytometry Suite at the Malaghan Institute and Jo Kirman who uses the equipment in her search for a better vaccine for tuberculosis.

4:06 The Panel

David Farrar and Jock Anderson are on today's Panel

The Top Ten Gross Things People Do On Airplanes.