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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 12 April 2011

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother by The Hollies as chosen by Max Pollard from Hamilton.

1:15 Critical Mass

Phil Wallington's take on the announcment this week on the closure of TVNZ7.

Cushla McKinney reviews Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh and The Book of Rachael by Leslie Cannold.

And new music with Nick Atkinson: Jon Toogood's new band is called The Adults. Ladi 6 and Shayne Carter join Toogood on a debut single Nothing To Loose

Also this week: a live track from Tim Barry who played with Chris Wollard at the Kings Arms last week; and a jam from Tiki's new album In The World of Light.

2:10 Feature Stories

"To be the first to enter the cosmos, to engage, single-handed, in an unprecedented duel with nature-could one dream of anything more?"

That is what Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin said 50 years ago today before he became the first person to break the chains of gravity. Tonight in New Zealand, and then around the world tomorrow, space enthusiasts will be raising their glasses to toast Yuri Gagarin who spent 108 minutes orbiting around the Earth once and then parachute landed near his Vostok 1 capsule in the plains of Russia.

Kiwi Space Foundation

Donations are the lifeblood of the Salvation Army. Furniture, clothing and household items that sell in the Sallie's shops, provide essential funds to help people in need. The trouble is too many people are using the Salvation Army as a dumping ground after hours, leaving items no one is ever going to buy. The Sallies then have to spend good money to take the junk to the tip.

2:30 Reading

Part of The Quince Café by Sue Francis, read by Sarah Peirse.

2:45 Feature Album

No Line on the Horizon - the most recent release by rock band U2.

3:12 Tune Your Engine

Maggie Counihan, author of Backpacking to Freedom, Solo at Sixty.

3:33 Asian Report

Ashok Jeram, originally from New Plymouth, settled in Auckland to follow his faith. He's been a Hare Krishna for over forty years and has recently been putting his catering experience to good use by organising food for those in need after the Christchurch earthquake. His community set up a food caravan within the first week of the earthquake, in one of the hardest hit areas of New Brighton.

Ashok Jeram.Ashok Jeram.

4:06 The Panel

Sir Bruce Slane and David Slack.