Navigation for Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan

Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 9 August 2010

1:10 Best Song Ever Written: She by Gram Parsons

Chosen by Mason Ramsay of Auckland.

1:15 8 Months To Mars: Paul Henry

What would well-known people do on an trip to Mars?
Making the journey today, a broadcaster with many years of experience and a talent for saying exactly what's on his mind. After years spent reporting from the frontlines of war zones in various far-flung corners of the globe, he settled himself on the couch of TV One's Breakfast programme. His is the job of waking up the nation, of making it sit up and take notice AS WELL, which he manages with a combination of charm, a probing mind when he needs it. Paul Henry is going to Mars.

2:10 This Way of Life

Hollywood dreams don't get any bigger than a nomination for the Academy Awards and two New Zealand documentary film makers are campaigning hard to make the list. This Way of Life, by Tom and Barb Burstyn, has been selected to screen in New York and Los Angeles as part of the International Documentary Association's DocuWeeks showcase. DocuWeeks helps documentaries qualify for Academy Award consideration. This Way of Life follows Peter and Colleen Karena and their six children who live off the land without electricity and mod cons in the Ruahine mountains and Waimarama beach in Hawke's Bay.

2:20 Chamberlain trial revisited

Secret notes just released in Australia reveal what the jury was thinking when it wrongly convicted Lindy Chamberlain of murdering her daughter Azaria, 30 years ago. The handwritten notes on blue notepaper detail how the jurors struggled with their decision in the Darwin courthouse after the seven-week trial . The female jurors were tougher on Lindy than the men. All 3 women on the jury voted for a conviction while at least four of the nine men had to be persuaded that she was guilty. Janet Fife Yeomans is the Chief reporter for the Daily Telegraph. She fought for access to the documents and files held by the Northern Territory police. Read more

2:30 Reading: Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance by Lloyd Jones.

Unable to marry the piano tuner, Louise settles for a life with Billy Pohl.

2:45 He Rourou

The East Coast made a strong bid to host the 2012 national competitions for secondary school kapa haka, but alas to no avail. In He Rourou, we hear Gisborne tutor Derek Lardelli's impassioned speech, outlining all the good reasons that the biennial competition should go east.

2:50 Feature Album

Our Feature Album is the new release from American singer/songwriter, Cyndi Lauper - Best known for her '80s-era pop hits, Cyndi Lauper veers off in a new direction with "Memphis Blues."
Out Tuesday on Downtown Records, the album is a big change from 2008's dance-oriented Bring Ya to the Brink.

3:12 Whatever happened to the Number 8 wire?

The myths of God Zone are the myths of number 8 wire, and good keen men, and 80 million sheep and the the best place in the world to bring up kids...these are the subject of a new book by Justin Brown."Myth New Zealand"
Author broadcaster and comedian, she's previously analysed Kiwi speak, Cricket Speak and Rugby speak to piercingly funny effect, now he's turned his attention to all the things we think we know about our country, but maybe we shouldn't be so sure of after all

3:47 Pre Panel

4:06 The Panel with Bomber Bradbury and Irene Gardiner

If we end up voting for MMP again, but an amended form of MMP, are we going to end up with what we want? What are we going to do about benefits, about the huge numbers on them? Everyone says it's unsustainable, but obviously it's politically unsustainable to tackle the problem too hard. John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman going for parole today. Real estate prices and the won't-go-away issue of the Christchurch City Council's purchase of the David Henderson properties. And the brave, selfless heroes slaughtered in Afghanistan, the ten medical workers, distinguished people in their fields, trying to do good for humanity.