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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 21 July 2010

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

Good Vibrations byThe Beach Boys as chosen by Paul McOscar of Glentunnel in Canterbury.

1:15 Link 3 - music game

It's musical, today, in the sense that the three pieces of music we'll play have similarities in terms of how sounds are made. Identify the similarity between the songs, and you've won the game if you're first through.

2:10 Feature stories

Even in death, overweight people have a hard time finding something that fits. Our adult obesity rate has doubled in 30 years. Three percent of New Zealanders are considered obese and more than 60,000 adults are classified severely obese. With the growing waistlines comes a growing need for bigger coffins. The new standard size is getting bigger, and manufacturers are changing with the times.

Henry Farmer who went to war in 1914 and didn't come back.In 1969, Graeme Duckett was 15 when he came across a sea chest in the back of a shearing shed on a mates farm in Wai-iiti.The chest was left for safekeeping by Henry Farmer who went off to war in 1914 and never came back. Graeme has spent his life tracking down the story of the man who once owned the chest. It's full of photos and receipts and the flotsam and jetsam of one man's life. Now the chest is at the Pioneer Village in Stratford. Graeme hopes the story of a Scottish immigrant who came to Taranaki with the dream of becoming a sheep farmer will one day be made into a movie.

2:30 Reading

Steve Braunias reading the third part of his book, How To Watch A Bird.

2:45 He Rourou

Even though he finished school without any qualifications, Rotorua elder Te Rangipuawhe Maika is 100% committed to education.

Ana Tapiata talks with Te Rangipuawhe who now heads the elders council of one of the largest tertiary institutions in New Zealand.

2:50 Feature Album

There Goes Rhymin' Simon, the third studio album by Paul Simon from 1973.

3:12 Virtual World with Hamish MacEwan

Is Apple losing its touch? Crunch time for technology giant as public love affair with brand turns sour. (The Independent)

Amazon say they're selling more e-books than hardcovers.

Facebook is expected to say this week that it has reached 500 million
users, making it the biggest information network on the Internet in a
meteoric rise that has connected the world into an online statehood of
status updates, fan pages and picture exchanges.(New York Times)

3.33 Auckland story

A entrepreneurial young woman has discovered what she thinks is a niche market; roof top vegetable gardens for inner city dwellers. An increasing number of people live in apartment buildings with little outdoor space.

Emily Harris has set up the Urban Pantry company to supply bespoke organic gardens in big planter boxes.

David Steemson visits Emily to have a look at the roof-top-trial-garden she is developing in Auckland.

3:47 Pre-Panel

4:06 The Panel with Linda Clark and Neil Miller

Parliament gets underway and we look at the state of the parties. Mining everything outside the schedule four land. Economic commentator Bernard Hickey on real estate as prices spiral down to meet the reality of the economic news. The seven-year itch for marriages has been redefined. Syria is banning the burkha. The panel discusses the various types of Islamic headwear, and when was the last time you used a chequebook?