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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 31 May 2010

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

Where The Wild Roses Grow" by Kylie Minogue & Nick Cave was chosen by Lynley Workman from Waikouaiti, Otago.

1:15 8 Months To Mars - what would well-known people do on an trip to Mars?

One of the early pioneers of the medium in New Zealand is a man who ended up giving more than 37 years of valued service to the industry - Christopher Bourne.

2:10 Feature stories

Director Guillermo Del Toro has quit as director of The Hobbit movies.

Dunedin City Council is considering a liquor ban in North Dunedin as the city says farewell to one of the last student pubs... The Gardens Tavern otherwise known as the Gardies.

2:30 Reading

Five months after Antarctic ice crushed his ship Endurance to matchwood, Ernest Shackleton's party's escaped from the ice, and travelled in three small boats to Elephant Island.

Peter Elliot, resumes the story - the James Caird has been sailing for nine days, and has just come through a forty-eight hour gale which has wet everything.

2:45 He Rourou

Fluency in the English language is critical to the success of Maori youth, and it's the reason that the Maori secondary school speech competitions are run in both Maori and English.

Ana Tapiata talks to Wiremu Grace just after he judged the junior English section at the recent Wellington regionals. He was very pleased with the standard on stage.

2:50 Feature Album

Dusty... Definitely - the fourth album from the great British pop diva, Dusty Springfield.

3:12 Author Slot

In her new book, The History of White People, historian and emeritus Princeton professor Dr Nell Irvin Painter explores what it means to be white. In this much-discussed, Prof. Painter suggests race can be learned.

3:33 This Way Up

Food facts and culinary conundrums now and this week a question from listener Jeremy Kuek.

3:47 Science story

Collaboration is a buzzword in modern science. Instead of just beavering away on their own projects, scientists are increasingly joining forces to work together on problems.

In this story, we hear how a surgeon who specialises in kidney transplants and an immunologist teamed up with others to come up with a world first - a quick, simple non-invasive test to determine if a transplanted kidney is suffering rejection. The results were published in the journal Transplantation this month.

Rob Walker is head of Medical and Surgical Sciences at the Dunedin School of Medicine, and Alex McLellan is an immunologist at the University of Otago. Before she meets them to find out about the useful new test, Alison Ballance brushes up on what kidneys actually do.

4:06 The Panel

Jon Bridges with Tino Pereira.

The National Government appears to have hit a home run with the Three strikes law.
Here are the stats from the Research New Zealand poll about the "Three Strikes" law.