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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 20 June 2011

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

The Cape by Guy Clark, as chosen by Glen Thomas from Tuatapere.

1:15 8 Months To Mars - what would well-known people do on an trip to Mars?

One of New Zealand's most successful playwrights and actors, Jacob Rajan. His Indian Ink Theatre Company is taking the popular production, Guru of Chai, to the United States later this year.

2:20 The economics of dating

Waikato University's senior lecturer in economics, Dr Michael Cameron, gives his students the option of making a video and uploading it to YouTube rather than doing a written assignment. One video has emerged a winner - it's called The Economics of Dating, and outlines economics concepts like scarcity and choice, competitive markets and opportunity costs through the dating scenario.

2:30 Reading

The first in a 12-part reading by Lloyd Geering of his own book, Wrestling with God.

2:50 Feature Album

Back to Black by English singer-songwriter, Amy Winehouse (2006).

3:12 Investigating the worst in human nature

Psychiatrist and award-winning author Professor Robert Jay Lifton has written about the Nazi doctors who took part in the Holocaust, the survivors of Hiroshima, torture and brainwashing, atrocity and war. Professor Lifton combines the study of psychology and history, looking into the causes of evil in the hope that we humans may find a way move beyond it.

At age 85, he's just written a memoir called Witness to an Extreme Century.

3:47 Our Changing World

When you see photos of Antarctica the ice looks white and pretty sterile, but surprisingly, the sea ice that covers the ocean around Antarctica each winter teems with life. Alison Ballance visited a summer research camp in Antarctica, where Victoria University's Ken Ryan explained why sea ice is the frozen continent's equivalent of a sheep farm.

4:06 The Panel

Mark Inglis and Chris Trotter.