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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 2 August 2010

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

Ghosts - The Jam chosen by Neil Hawkins of Christchurch.

1:15 8 Months To Mars - what would well-known people do on an trip to Mars?

Pat Booth, the Auckland journalist who exposed the Mr Asia drug trafficking ring and wrote a series of newspaper articles that ultimately lead to the pardon of convicted killer Arthur Allan Thomas.

2:10 Feature stories

Al Lester talks about his newly published fifth book about his adventures, in the bush. Arse-Up Creek; bush lies and half truths is a collection of outrageous and funny hunting yarns told to Al over the years.

Eric Tindill, the oldest surviving All Black and test cricketer, has died. He was 99 years and 226 days old. Tindill died on Sunday and his oldest son made the announcement today. Not only did Eric Tindill play both rugby and cricket tests for New Zealand, he also was a test rugby referee and test cricket umpire. Tindall played a total of 16 All Blacks matches, and one test, against England in London in 1936. This afternoon's guest is Iain Gallaway, a former rugby commentator and first class cricketer who knew Eric when he was a young cricketer in Otago.

2:30 Reading

Part one of a ten-part adaptation of the novel Here at the End of the WorldWe Learn to Dance, by Lloyd Jones.

2:45 He Rourou

Ana Tapiata talks with Pakeha Andrew Robb, who was part of the group that took the Crown to the Privy council over the Maori language.

2:50 Feature Album

Winner in You, the eighth solo album by American singer, Patti LaBelle

3:12 Author Slot

The Happiness Trap written by Dr Russ Harris. Starting off as a GP with a growing interest in mindfulness, Russ Harris has gone on to become an expert in the field of stress management. He now works all over Australia as a speaker, trainer and therapist. His book challenges many popular ideas about what constitutes happiness, and argues that it's our attempts to achieve happiness that might actually be causing us stress

3:33 Science Story

Gemma Dickson, a PhD student from the University of Otago, is trying to understand the role bacteria play in marine decomposition, to create a better 'post-mortem clock' and help forensic scientists determine the length of time a body has been submerged.

Ruth Beran wants to see how she conducts her research, but first accompanies her on a rather unusual shopping expedition.

4:06 The Panel with Chris Trotter and Linley Boniface