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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 17 November 2010

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

Mark Kelliher from the band Artisan Guns picks the best song ever written.

1:15 Link 3 - music game

2:10 Feature stories

Harold Williams may be the most accomplished New Zealander you've never heard of. Born in in 1876, he was a gifted linguist, and foreign editor of The Times during a tumultous period in history. Williams is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's great linguist, speaking 58 languages. He's the only man ever to attend the League of Nations and talk to every delegate in his own language. He died 82 years ago this week, so we thought we should re-educate ourselves about this great New Zealander.

Nick Le Souef has just spent his second night surrounded by 300 spiders in his shop window. Nick hopes to spend the next three weeks with the spiders to raise money for children's charity Variety.

2:30 Reading

Blood and Water by poet Siobhan Harvey.

2:45 He Rourou

Whilst Otago university only boasts a Maori student population of a few hundred, it's still a good educational environment for Maori. Ana Tapiata talks with student Angela Taylor about the support for Maori initiatives from the campus community.

2:50 Feature Album

The second LP by Denver piano rock band The Fray, The Fray.

3:12 Virtual World

Dr Jules Older. - an online resource for building, managing, and researching professional reputation, using community-contributed, professional reviews.

3:33 Auckland story

The notorious Centrepoint Community land at Albany is becoming a holistic health centre. It's now owned and operated by Auckland's natural health training institute Well Park College, which this month celebrates twenty years. The commune was set up in 1977, but folded after leader Bert Potter and others was sentenced for child sex offences in the early 1990s. A few people tried to reform but the place was pretty much left to the squatters after that.

The founders of Well Park College Phillip and Jenny Cottingham have spent the last two years cleaning the place up followed by a lot of rebuilding. These days the beautiful 8-hectare bush clad property is ready for its new role. It's now called Kawai Purapura, a name bestowed on it by Ngati Whatua.

4:06 The Panel

Gordon Campbell and Tim Watkin. The royal wedding, the right-royal salary being paid to the boss of Westpac, what can schools do about their pupils taking part in riotous parties? Who'd want to live near Eden Park? You can get a ticket now for waiting for someone to pull out of a parking space. And fat people may be fat because they can smell food better.