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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 22 March 2011

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

Psychobabble by the Alan Parsons Project, as chosen by Russell Baxter of Wellington.

1:15 Critical Mass

Sarah McMullan looks at the new TVNZ "youth" channel - U which replaced TVNZ6.

Noelle McCarthy talks about "search engine optimization", among other things.

Musician and radio producer Nick Atkinson has something old and something new from a Swedish trio Peter Bjorn and John.

Dunedin crime fiction writer Vanda Symon has the low down on what she's been reading lately.

2:10 Feature Stories

A 146-year old landmark tree in Tauranga is coming down. The Tauranga City Council has just voted 6-5 in favour of cutting the old tree down.

Mike McCann is a chef who has lived the dream. Sailing the world in luxury yachts, dropping anchor in exotic locations. The former catering manager for the Interislander ferries found himself preparing meals aboard super yachts.

2:30 Reading

Part two of Maurice Gee's award-winning novel Plumb, read by Barry Empson.

2:50 Feature Album

Duran Duran by Duran Duran.

3:12 Tune Your Engine

Professor Ronald Green from Dartmouth College is in New Zealand to discuss the thorny issues of genetic selection at the University of Otago's "Future of Fairness" symposium today and tomorrow. He's the author of Babies by Design: The Ethics of Genetic Choice.

www.otago.ac.nz/genetics

3:33 Asian Report

My Wedding and Other Secrets is a film is based on the acclaimed 2005 documentary "Banana and a Nutshell"; director by Kiwi born Chinese, Roseanne Liang.

It's Roseanne's first feature; and is about her real life story of the cross-cultural relationship with her European Kiwi boyfriend Stephen. It involves his efforts to be accepted by her traditional Chinese Parents; in fact Stephen learnt to speak Mandarin to ask for Roseanne's hand in marriage!

Producer John Barnett - who has an eye for a good story - approached Roseanne after seeing her documentary in 2005 and basically said 'do you want to make a film; and six years later, we have My Wedding and Other Secrets.

4:06 The Panel

Joanne Black and Tony Doe.