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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 23 November 2010

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel as chosen by Julianne Taylor of Auckland.

1:15 Critical Mass

Critical Mass looks at books, TV, Music and Social networking, with our network of friends a regular

Ele Ludemann discusses vulgarity, and it's palace in the culture of Great Britain.

Nick Atkinson has new music from Ladi 6 and the debut album from American singer and dancer Janelle Monae.

And Phil Wallington looks at the way local television has handled two very different stories over the weekend.

2:10 Feature Stories

Serendipity - the discovery of something special while looking for something unrelated - has brought a World War I battlefield compass back to New Zealand. Lieutenant Edmond Malone of Statford died in France in 1918. His lemon squeezer hat was kept on his widow's bedside table for decades, but the whereabouts of the compass remained a mystery. An English couple, who are fine art dealers, bought the compass last year in a box-lot of other artifacts. They happened to mention the compass to their friend, military historian and Kiwi Dr Christopher Pugsley who now lives in the UK. He knew exactly who the compass belonged to.

Jon Lomberg is a portrait painter to the cosmos. He is one of the world's leading artists inspired by astronomy. He brings galaxies far far away to life with his artwork of the Milky Way and beyond. He illustrated most of astronomer Carl Saygan's books and his art has been launched into the cosmos about the spacecraft Voyager.

The Galaxy Garden.

2:30 Reading

Barbara Ewing reads the second episode of her book The Mesmerist.

2:45 He Rourou

It was scary but awesome - that's the opinion of Paulette Hansen, one of the actors in the Maori language play by Takirua productions. Paulette tells Ana Tapiata about the challenges of playing multiple characters in the play.

2:50 Feature Album

Speak Now - the just released third album by 20-year-old American country music darling, Taylor Swift.

3:12 Tune Your Engine

New science suggests that not only do we judge people by the way they look, appearance actually shapes who we become. In Your Face: the New Science of Human Attraction looks at the science of facial beauty and face perception. It explores how looks play a part in personality.

3:33 Asian Report

When we think of Indian films Bollywood is what usually comes to mind and with India being the biggest producers of films there's actually a whole lot more than those Masala musicals to discover.

The South Island leg of the Yes India Film Festival starts in Christchurch tomorrow. It's already shown in Auckland and in Wellington. The festival covers the rich history of serious cinema in one of the oldest film industries in the world.

4:06 The Panel

Bernard Hickey and Gary Mc Cormack.