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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 26 April 2011

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

Eva Cassidy's Fields of Gold as chosen by Christine Toms of Dobson outside Greymouth.

1:15 Critical Mass

Phil Wallington has the lowdown on what he says is the best comedy show on TV, he also has a short list of programmes to avoid this week.

Nick Atkinson delves into the past to bring the magic of Herbie Hancock to the airwaves.

Ele Ludemann has some poetry for the royal wedding, and a list of books your eleven year old should be reading.

Over or under? The great toilet paper debate.

Dunedin-based crime fiction writer Vanda Symon has been reading Fosterling by Emma Neale and La Rochelle's Road by Tanya Moir.

2:10 Feature Stories

There's something about toy trains that captures the imagination of children. Elsdon Arnold has never lost that love for locomotives, especially Hornby trains. As a boy during World War Two, toys were hard to come by, so Elsdon had to wait until 1947 for his first Hornby set, and he's been in love them with ever since. He spends hours in his workshop fixing trains and track that can date back to the 30s.

Before MasterChef and New Zealand's Hottest Home Baker, the only cooking show in town was watching Mum whipping up ginger slice, cheese rolls (world famous in Southland), and making perfect shortbread. While the art of baking may be fading in some homes, Hazel Taylor of Gore has been doing the baking for her family for decades. Her original handwritten cookbook was falling apart so her daughters decided to recreate a new one for her. The result is a self-published book called Hazel's Home Baking that has already sold out its first print run.

2:30 Reading

Hilary Norris reading Black Widows by Maggie Lilleby.

2:45 Feature Album

Van Morrison's 1968 solo album Astral Weeks

3:12 Tune Your Engine

There are thousands of authors out there willing to offer marriage advice. However two names that don't usually come up in a search for marriage advice are economists Adam Smith and John Maynard Keynes. But a new book suggests that using the laws of economics could in fact save marriages. Spousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage, and Dirty Dishes by Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson, business journalists from the Wall street Journal and The New York Times, explains how to use concepts like supply and demand and comparative advantage to resolve domestic conflicts.

3:33 Asian Report

Today's Asian Report features renowned environmentalist and celebrity, 3rd generation Japanese Canadian, David Suzuki.

Jason Moon has caught up with the 75-year-old while he was in New Zealand to promote his documentary A Force of Nature, a film that he describes as the legacy of his life.

4:06 The Panel

Graham Bell and Jock Anderson are on The Panel.