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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 26 July 2010

1.10 Best Song Ever Written

Hymn to Freedom by Oscar Petersen Trio

1:15 8 Months to Mars with Steve Braunias

Award-winning New Zealand author, columnist, journalist and editor whose road down this path started when he bought his first typewriter at the age of 18. In 2006 he won the Qantas Fellowship at the New Zealand Qantas (Print) Media awards. Last year he became a Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellow which entitled him to a residency at the Sargeson Centre apartments in Albert Park, Auckland.

2:06 Feature Stories

30 years has not entirely healed the hurt, nor dimmed the memory for one of our great sportsmen, rower Rob Hamill and his family, over the loss of Rob's brother Kerry. No one knows all the details about how Kerry Hamill came to be a prisoner of the Khmer Rouge in 1978. He was 23 years old when his yacht was captured in Cambodian waters. He and his ship mate were taken to the notorious S-21 prison and were killed. Today a UN backed war crimes tribunal will issue its verdict against a senior member of the Khmer Rouge Commander Doyk, for murders at S-21.

The members of the Palmerston Primary School parent teacher association raised more than 13-hundred dollars with cheese rolls at their annual fundraiser. They sold more than 7,800 hundred to raise money for another teacher and to help pay for other extras needed at the school. The cheese roll fundraiser and a lamb drive have raised 9 thousand dollars.

2:30 Reading

Steve Braunias reading the sixth part of his book, How To Watch A Bird. A witty and informative study of birds and birders in New Zealand and around the world, with a love story woven through it.

2:45 He Rourou

The chairman of the elders council of Te Wananga o Aotearoa says they are charged with being the custodians for the prestigious and spiritual realm of the Maori world. Ana Tapiata talks Wikeepa Te Rangipuawhe Maika about the council.

2:50 Feature Album

Sunflower by The Beach Boys

3:06 Author Kathy Altaras

Talks about her book What Your Car is Trying to Tell You; she believes that four wheels and a dashboard can hold up a mirror to our lives.

3:35 Feature Story: Our Changing World

University of Auckland scientists Ben Thompson and Joanna Black are trialling techniques to help adults with amblyopia often called "lazy eye" and believe the condition can be used as a model for retraining the adult brain. Can an old brain learn new tricks?

3:45 Pre-Panel

Noelle McCarthy with a snapshot of what our listeners are thinking about on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Wellington long-distance swimmer Barrie Devenport, the first man to swim Cook Strait, has died in Australia, aged 75.

4:06 The Panel with Michelle Boag and Jane Clifton

Discussing host responsibility, Maori language costs, fat dogs and airguns.