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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 10 June 2010

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

The Atom by Ani DiFranco as chosen by Willow Madill of Wellington.

1:15 Your Place

Today - as the ski season looms, a journey to one of the more remote areas of the MacKenzie Basin - Lake Ohau.

2:10 Feature stories

In July last year, John Castran was buried alive in 1.8 meters of snow by an avalanche in the Ragged Range, near Methven, west of Christchurch. He and his son were helicopter skiing with third man who died in the accident. View a video of the survivors reuniting with their family where they describe their experience.

C-h-a-m-p-i-o-n. That's the word to describe Lynn Butler of New Plymouth. She's just been crowned the New Zealand National Scrabble Champion.

2:30 NZ Reading

John Bluck's series of talks describing his attempts to learn the art of living rurally.

2:55He Rourou

The strategy to normalise traditional Maori instruments has been so successful that most New Zealanders are familiar with them, but just don't really know it.

Ana Tapiata talks with Horomona Horo about the successful combination of the traditional with the contemporary.

2:50 Feature Album

White Ladder by British singer songwriter David Gray.

3:12 Arts Report

High fashion meets high art in the story of El Jay - that famous Auckland fashion house….

See images of El Jay garments.

And Lucy Orbell discovers a touring theatre show bringing together New Zealand contemporary plays and secondary school students.

3:33 South Island story

This week we take a diversion from Christchurch and head to Nelson, where Neil Page provides a look into his own personal connection with vintage tools.

3:47 Environment story

Little spotted kiwi calls are a regular feature on Morning Report, but we only ever hear that one bird. So do all little spotted kiwi sound exactly alike, or can you recognise individuals by their calls, just as we recognise each other by our voices? Do different kiwi populations have their own dialects?

These are just some of the questions being asked by Victoria University PhD student Andrew Digby. Alison Ballance joins him on one of his regular evening visits to Zealandia, the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary in Wellington, where his mission is to record as many kiwi calls as possible.

4:06 The Panel

Finlay MacDonald and Jock Anderson. What the MPs chalked up to their credit cards; The 10 Commandment for parents on the sidelines of school sports - have they gone overboard with this list of admonishments - thou shalt not yell out instructions... well isn't that half the fun?; We ask whether the midwifery industry is doing enough to maintain professional standards and ensure child safety?; The Ellerslie Flower Show's losing money in Christchurch - who's going to pay for that?; and can your cellphone explode?