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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 1 July 2010

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

I will Survive by Gloria Gaynor is the best song as chosen by Kate Jason Smith of Wellington.

1:15 Your Place

New Zealand's first planned inland town, Greytown.

2:10 Feature stories

The life of Alpha company Corporal John Burris from the HBO television mini-series Generation Kill could not be more different from the actor who plays him. Kyle Siebert is 21 years old, and now lives in Christchurch. He was born in South Africa and moved here after filming the series in 2007. Generation Kill a is a blunt, sometimes brutal, sometimes comical portrayal of a group of young soldiers in the US Marine Corps during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

1.4 billion people around the world live in extreme poverty. Poverty campaigner Richard Fleming decided to put himself in the shoes of the world's poor by living on a diet that costs just 2 Australian dollars a day. He's been living on food like homemade soups, rice and peanut butter for the last 54 days. Now Richard is recruiting other Australians to live on 2 dollars a day. The same campaign will come here next year.

Live Below the Line.

Global Poverty Project.

2:30 NZ Reading

Anthony Steemson recalls the lighter side of growing up on a farm with a variety of animals in Animals and Other Crackers.

2:55 He Rourou

This year, family are planning to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birthday of Maori songstress Tuini Ngawai. Ana Tapiata talks with nephew John Coleman about his aunty, who refused to accept an honour from the Queen.

2:50 Feature Album

Broken English by Marianne Faithfull.

3:12 Arts Report

An award winning British play looking a how dementia affects people's lives has its New Zealand premiere in Napier tonight.

3:33 Christchurch story

2010 is a year worth celebrating for the Clutha district, as it marks the 75th anniversary of the building of The Clutha Bridge.

3:47 Our Changing World

And now - an X-rated insect story. When it comes to the sex life of stick insects, it seems males are becoming increasingly redundant, and 'virgin births' are all the rage.

There are species of stick insects in which no male has ever been found - and yet the all-female population is busy producing lots more female stick insects and doing just fine, thank you.

Alison Ballance heads to Palmerston North to meet some female stick insects, scientist Mary Morgan-Richards, and 10-year old field assistant Ted Trewick, to find out more.

4:06 The Panel

David Slack and David McPhail.