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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 9 December 2010

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

Search for the Hero by M People as chosen by Sarah Wilson.

1:15 Your Place

Wyndham, a rural town of 550 people in Southland 45km east of Invercargill and 25km south of Gore.

2:10 Feature stories

Shannon, on State Highway 57 on the back route between Levin and Palmerston North, is now a compulsory stop it would seem. It's booming, and a mum of five young children has had a lot to do with that. Suzie Johnson, or Suzie Q as she's known by locals, decided to invest in her small town. She now has four retails shops and is doing Stand up Comedy.

If you want something done right, do it yourself. Or in the case of Simon Courtney of Christchurch, if you want a custom made bicycle in less than four years, build it yourself. An avid cyclist, Simon wanted a custom made bike from the United States, but was told he would have to go on the waiting list, and it could be about four year wait. So he took night classes in welding, got advice on bike building and built a bike himself in his spare time.

Image gallery: pics of Simon's bikes

2:30 Reading

Episode fourteen of The Mesmerist by Barbara Ewing.

2:55 He Rourou

It goes without saying that the Tarawera eruption of 1886 had a devastating impact on the local geography. Ana Tapiata talks with Kahu Te Rire about the changes in water flow and it's consequential impact on migration patterns of local people.

2:50 Feature Album

Grace by Jeff Buckley.

3:12 Arts Report

The Tangiwai rail disaster of Christmas Eve 1953 in which 151 people died, and its effect on a cricket test match in Johannesberg has long been the stuff of legend, books, plays and now a TV movie.

Cricket nut, Justin Gregory was already obsessed by the tale of heroic New Zealand batsman Bob Blair and his fiancée Nerissa Love. So he answered the call for extras for this most inspiring of Kiwi stories, and spends a day on set among actors, extras, eyewitnesses to the test and members of Nerissa's family.

3:33 Southern story

In New Zealand the Skjellerup name was synonymous with gumboots and rubber soles … Sonia Yee brings us part two of The Kings of Rubber, looking at the history of one of Christchurch's most successful family-run companies. Ralph Skjellerup gives us an insight into the family history.

4:06 The Panel

Mark Inglis and John Bishop.