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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 15 November 2010

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

Jesus Was a Cross Maker by Judee Sill as chosen by Christina Milligan of Auckland.

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

Former All White and chairman of New Zealand Football, Frank van Hattum.

2:10 Feature Stories

Most of us at one time or another have forgotten or misplaced a book borrowed from the library. Raymond McLaren checked out Knots, Splices and Fancy work by Chas L. Spencer from the Newcastle Libary in 1957. 19,350 days after it was due, he has now returned the book, and paid $5,000 in late fees. McLaren was a young lad of 19 when he visited the library for a book on fancy knotting and rope making.

An electric locomotive that once served the Escarpment Coal Mine on the Denniston plateau, north of Westport, has been brought back to life by retired engineer Jack Powick. The train will carry touritss instead of miners to the 100-year-old Branbury mine that closed in 1967.

2:30 Reading

A short story by Frances Cherry, Letter From America read by Stephanie Erick-Peleti.

2:45 He Rourou

Otago university is a great place to study according to fourth year student Angela Taylor. Angela tells Ana Tapiata some of the many reasons that Maori should head south to study..

2:50 Feature Album

Taylor Swift's Speak Now.

3:12 Author Slot

Howard Jacobson, recipient of the 2010 Man Booker Prize, for his novel The Finkler Question.

3:33 Our Changing World

Love them - or hate them - plastics have become an integral part of our life. But what if we could produce a better kind of plastic - made from natural products instead of oil, and breaking down when its useful life has ended.

This is exactly the kind of sustainable future that Waikato University engineer Kim Pickering is trying to turn into a reality. She's especially interested in creating plastics strengthened with natural fibres, and she tells Alison Ballance about her favourite fibre.

4:06 The Panel