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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Friday 23 July 2010

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

Don't Give Up by Peter Gabriel featuring Kate Bush as chosen by Chris Grave from Dunedin

1:15 NZ Music - Live

Colleen Trenwith, the fiddler from the legendary Hamilton County Bluegrass Band, more recently with The Cattlestops.

Colleen's been teaching bluegrass in the United States, and she performs with two of her ex-pupils from New Zealand.

2.10 Feature stories

It's not every day grown men dress as Spiderman and Captain Kirk, and women as Hell Cat and Gravity Girl. Comic Con is four days of the pure adoration of all things fantastic - sci-fi, comic book and pop culture in San Diego every year. Over the past 40 years, Comic Con has grown from a gathering of geeks to become the world's biggest focus group for major movie and TV studios.

The tiny Southland town of Mataura, famous for its paper mill and freezing works; birthplace of the famous New Zealand pacer, Cardigan Bay; All Black Justin Marshall was born there, and current AB halfback Jimmy Cowan grew up there.

Mataura is regarded by locals as a town in decline, even more so after the paper mill closed in 2000, but it potentially has a major future. It's centred on the extensive Mataura coalfield which produces good-quality lignite.

State Owned Enterprise, Solid Energy, has been buying up farmland and is now the region's largest land-owner, and underneath - a goodly portion of Southland's 7.2 billion tonnes of lignite.

2:30 Reading

Steve Braunias reads the fifth part of his book, How To Watch A Bird.

2:55 He Rourou

With a student roll of about 36 thousand, and with branches throughout the country, Te Wananga o Aotearoa is a major education provider to Maori. Ana Tapiata talks with with Rotorua elder Te Rangipuawhe Maika about the impact of the wananga on the lives of ordinary people .

3:08 One Stop Shop

Fresh Fast Food - Julie Buiso
Chicken Bonne Femme
Best-ever French-style casserole redolent of thyme, garlic, white wine and with bacon, shallots.

3.18 Weekend Wine - Yvonne Lorkin

Cheap 'n Cheerful
Takutai Pinot Gris
Mid Price Marvelousness
Boatshed Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Treat Yourself
Ata Rangi Celebre 2007

3.24 Movie Review - Noelle McCarthy- Inception

3:33 NZ Society

Great Barrier Island, 90 kilometres away from Auckland City, and home to fewer than a thousand people, many of whom struggle to find worthwhile work there. Marine farming could provide jobs for islanders, and the government is considering opening up harbours round the country to new aquaculture operations.

David Steemson has been finding out what local "Great Barrier-ites" think.

3:45 Pre Panel

Franko Yates has recorded his own song for the Rugby World Cup and has uploaded it to You Tube. More than 35 thousand people have seen We Are One.

4:06 The Panel with Gary Moore and Simon Pound

Revenue-gathering by our councils, the British are closing their bars early to fight crime, is the idea on its way here? Downloading new movies and when the crackdown on that begins will ordinary people get dragged into the net? And research from Twitter users suggests people are unhappiest on a Thursday, but by Friday everything's all right again.