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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 22 July 2010

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

Comfortably Numb by Roger Waters and David Gimour of Pink
Floyd 1979 chosen by Dr Anil Sharma of Auckland.

1:15 Your Place: Kaiwaka

Kaiwaka is close to the shores of our largest habour and was an ancient Maori portage between the East and West Coasts located, as it is at the narrowest point between the Auckland Isthmus and the far North.
Europeans first settled in Kaiwaka in 1859, but it was subsistence living at best, their farm incomes being supplemented by bush felling and gum digging. From the mid 1880's Kauri became the major export crop and, at times, as many as six sailing ships waited at anchor in the norrow Otamatea River, ready to load logs and sail out through the Kaipara Harbour.
The name translates literally as 'food canoe' but more acurately describes the area as a natural food basket. Today the population of the town and surrounding area numbers around 540; the place has not grown terribly much in the last 50 years. All that may change though.

2:10 Theatre Wars

It's like the Sharks and the Jets in the Hamilton musical theater scene. The Waikato's two major musical theatre companies will both be doing productions of West Side Story within weeks of each other during next year's season. And just like Tony and Bernardo, the leaders of the sharks and the jets, neither side wants to back down. The Hamilton Operatic society plans to put on a production of the classic Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim musical in June 2011, and then the learned another company in town, Musikmakers, will be doing West Side story just a few weeks before them. It's bonkers says a Waikato University Drama Lecturer. No one from the Musikmakers wanted to talk about this today.

2:20 Breeding like rabbits

Too many rabbits, not enough carrots. This is the dilemma facing Otago farmers. Rabbit numbers in Otago are on the rise following a dry summer that made for particularly good breeding conditions.

2:30 NZ Reading: 'How To Watch A Bird' by Steve Braunias

Steve Braunias reading the fourth part of his book

2:55 He Rourou: Te Rangipuawhe Maika

Education needs to be a priority for Maori - and that's why Rotorua elder Te Rangipuawhe Maika has agreed to chair the kaumatua council of one of NZ's largest tertiary institutions.
Ana Tapiata talks with Te Rangipuawhe about the reasons Te Wananga o Aotearoa started its elders council.

2:50 Feature Album: Treats by Sleigh Bells

Some critics say the debut by this American noise pop music duo is the best album of the year so far, but we'll let you judge that.

3:12 Arts Report with Lynn Freeman

Lynn Freeman talks with in-demand stage and screen actress Imelda Staunton, star of the film Vera Drake and more recently in the period Cranford TV series.

3:33 Christchurch story: Stu Buchanan

Tucked away in a quiet Christchurch cottage is jazz and blues musician Stu Buchanan. He's humble for a man who has worked with international performers such as Nat Adderly and Shirley Bassie.
A player, composer, arranger and conductor , his quintet has played at The New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival, and his name is synonymous with big outdoor events in Christchurch where he's passionate about keeping the 'Big Band' scene alive.
But at least 30 years of his musical life, has involved passing on his knowledge to young people, and he's had a hand in teaching some of New Zealand's most gifted musicians; including Bic Runga.
Sonia Yee meets up with Stu Buchanan to find out about the man behind the Big Band.

3:47 Pre Panel

What are people talking about on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

4:06 The Panel with Brian Edwards and Liz Bowen Clewley

Euthanasia - Do we want it legalised or do we want to retain the quiet and unspoken way we assist people into the hereafter currently? Dr John Pollock, who has terminal cancer, joins us.

Long-boarding down the Bombay Hills in Auckland, reaching speeds of 100 ks an hour, passing trucks. It's madness, albeit brave madness, embarked on by young men in bare feet, but it seems to be legal.

Depression. Many of us have periods of it in our lives. The world gets drained of colour. Well now they know that's true literally as well. Depression really does have a grey cast to it.

Should the ratepayers of Christchurch be paying for the mayoress to attend meetings with the CEO? And should the taxpayers of NZ be happy with Jim Anderton SHEDDING his shadow Agriculture portfolio so he can have more time to become mayor? Which is one interpretation, albeit an unkind one, of his latest announcement.

And what the learned judge has said in this latest court case about the way in which you are permitted to defend your home. A baseball bat, yes, presenting a gun, no. How many middle-aged people would feel comfortable taking on an armed intruder in physical combat? David Rose from Federated Farmers will speak to us, because farmers feel very vulnerable out in the countryside on their own

Imagine a carwash; you put cows through it. Boosts milk production. 30,000 units sold in Sweden. Improves blood circulation.