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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 9 May 2013

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

Pete Rainey, Nelson City Councillor and SmokefreeRockquest co-founder, has chosen O soave fanciulla from La Boheme.

1:15 Your Place - Bombay

2:10 Hillary's diary
Sarah Hillary talks about her late father, Sir Edmund Hillary's, diary - including words written way up the slopes of Everest. For the first time Sir Edmund's Diary is public, and there will be excerpts released daily on the Auckland Museum's blog. We'll start broadcasting them on Afternoons next week as well.

2:20 Radio history
The former manager at the student radio station in Palmerston North, Radio Contact, decided to unearth old audio tapes of live performances - James Lissette talks about what he found.

2:30 Reading - The Man With No Arms, part four
A series taken from Glenn Busch's book 'The Man With No Arms'  where people living with disability tell their own stories. Today,  Anastasia Del'Monte talks about growing up - her exciting  husband and family life - and the annoyance of being wheelchair.

2:45 Feature Album - Generation Terrorists by Manic Street Preachers
More than 20 years on from their debut album, Generation Terrorists (1992), Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers are finally coming to perform in New Zealand for the first time in July.

3:12 Arts story - The White Collar Art Collectors
21 years ago a retired couple donated a priceless collection of modern art to the National Gallery in Washington DC. But unlike most art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel weren't massively wealthy - they'd spent their lives working in a library, and a postal sorting office. They'd spent over four decades building up the collection - which was crammed into their tiny Manhattan apartment. In today's edition of the BBC World Service history programme Witness, Dorothy Vogel speaks to Dan Gordon about her life collecting art.

3:33 History spot - Marriage equality
Gay marriage is finally legal here in New Zealand, when only decades ago it was highly risqué to even admit that one was a practicing homosexual.

3:40 Our Changing World - Mathematics of volcanoes
Bouncing fruit and exploding volcanoes are all in a day's work for Victoria University mathematician Mark McGuinness. He uses maths to solve problems for industry and engineering projects. He tells Veronika Meduna how he's helped orchardists to weigh fruit and veg accurately and quickly, and geologists trying to predict how a volcano will erupt.

4:06 The Panel, with David Farrar and Lisa Scott