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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 17 April 2013

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

Photgrapher Peter Grant choses Not Given Lightly by Chris Knox. You can see Peter's latest photography project, a celebration of Pakistan's decorated trucks, at his website.

1:15 Link 3 - Music Game

Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey - Paul McCartney and Wings

Mama Told Me (Not To Come) - Three Dog Night

Rock Island Line - Johnny Cash

Sweet Tea and God's Graces - Taylor Swift

Tea For Two - Doris Day

Streets of London - Ralph McTell

Right Said Fred - Bernard Cribbins

Tea for the Tillerman - Cat Stevens

The answer: songs that celebrate tea.

2:10 Race caller retires

Since 1964, Keith Johnston has called the harness racing trials at Forbury Park in Dunedin. But now, after 49 years, he is handing over the reins to a new caller. Johnston first started calling the races as a schoolboy, and he's stayed at the track ever since. It's never been his only day job. Over the years, his employers have let him take time off to attend the trials. He's seen some famous harness racers get their start at Forbury Park. This week, he called his last race.

2:20 Schindler's List

"The list is life". It's more than just a famous line from the movie Schindler's List. It's how Eva Lavi and some of her family were able to survive the Second World war. Eva was just 8 years old when Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who saved 1200 jews during the Holocaust, put her family's names on the list. She calls herself a Child of Miracles, surviving the Krakow Ghetto in Poland, a Nazi labour camp and even Auschwitz before reaching the safety of the Schindler factory. She is in New Zealand talking to 27 schools around the country about the Holocaust, and will be speaking at the university of Otago tonight.

2:30 Reading - Part 8 of Dances with Marmots
George Spearing is  recovering from a run of back luck in  Yosemite National Park in the course of his walk from Mexico to Canada. A night-prowling bear wrecked his pack and stole all his supplies. And his pre-arranged parcel of food didn't arrive at his next supply-point. But his trusty plastic card  came to the rescue, and for the first time, he's beginning to feel he might make it all the way to Canada.

Geoff Bartley/Paul Lenart: 'Walkin' To Heaven' (Geoff Bartley/Paul Lenart) from the CD 'GUITARSPHERES 2'   [Sonoton ,SCD 356,  Munich 1999]  INHOUSE PRODUCTION MUS

Dances With Marmots: A Pacific Trail Adventure by George G. Spearing  Pub: Magog Publishing ISBN-978-1411656185

2:45 Feature Album

True Colours by Split Enz (1980).

3:12 Virtual World

I.T. news with Hamish MacEwan:

- Communication issues following the Boston marathon

- Why you shouldn't look for a job online

- Coming to Facebook: ads that autoplay

- PC sales slump

- Youtube and Skype use increase

- Coining a new term: "glasshole"

- Facebook Home arrives for phones

3:33 Auckland story

One of Auckland's oldest ferry companies wants to bring back car-ferries between the city's Northshore and downtown. Sealink also proposes dramatically increasing Auckland's passenger ferry network as one way to reduce congestion.

4:06 The Panel

The gay marriage bill tonight and what happens to societies when they embrace homosexuality, so far as can be discerned historically. Aspects of the Boston bombings to talk about. Anne Frank would not have been a Belieber; we'll bring you the music she really liked. Accusations in Christchurch over Ngai Tahu's role in the rebuild as private money deserts the central city, as Bob Jones predicted it would. And expectations of our fellow human beings to discuss as well. People having a peek at the file of the man who had the eel inside him, just as they peeked at the Jessie Ryder medical file, and consternation over the lawyer who managed to walk into court with the airgun. In the modern news cycle do we elevate stories beyond their importance or should we be rightly outraged over all of these?