Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 20 May 2013
1:10 Best Song Ever Written - Julian Heyward of Whitby nominated 'I'll Never Leave You' by Harry Nilsson
1:20 8 Months To Mars - Shona McCullagh.
2:10 The Copper Coins - Professor Ian McIntosh - A discovery made by an Australian soldier nearly 70 years ago raises the question of who visited Australia before Captain James Cook and the early Dutch explorers. Maurie Isenberg was sent to run a radar station on an uninhabited island off the coast of Darwin in 1944. One day while fishing on the beach he dug into the sand and discovered a handful of copper coins.
He marked the location on a map with an X and put the coins in a tin when the war was over.
35 years later, he sent the coins to a museum. They are 1000 years old. Now a professor of Anthropology is leading an expedition to the island to see if they can discover any other forgotten treasure.
2:20 Chasing History - Ian Leader-Elliot - Another Australian professor is chasing interesting history, of an elusive woman who lived more than 100 years ago. Retired law professor, Ian Leader-Elliott picked up a book at a country town street stall called ' Truth, Love, Joy, Or, the Garden of Eden and its Fruits ', written by an early Taranaki settler... Eliza Mary King in 1874, it tells the story of an early New Zealand feminist who fought for women's rights.
Her tale so intrigued Ian Leader-Elliot and his wife that they came to New Plymouth to learn more about Eliza King and to visit her grave at St Mary's Cathedral.
2:30 Reading - Jumping Ship' is based on Glenn Colquhoun's time living in the small community of Te Tii in the Bay of Islands. He went there 'to learn how to engage' with Maori. And in today's reading, he reflects on other Pakeha who have done likewise in earlier times.
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Hanah & Dave Tatana : 'RIMU RIMU' - tk 22 on the CD Traditional Music Of The Maori: A Historical Collection[ Viking VPS 489 ]
John Field : 'NOCTURNE in E flat major, Andantino' tk 7 on the CD 15 nocturnes of John Field [ Telarc CD80199]
Dennis Marsh : 'MAKU' ( Dave Henare/Ratana) D Dennis Marsh on the CD ennis Marsh - Out of New Zealand [RJCD ]
2:45 Feature Album - The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle - Bruce Springsteen.
3:10 Feature Author - Strange Stones: Dispatches from East and West - Peter Hessler.
In a country of 1.3 billion people, there are more than a few good stories to tell. And for 10 years Peter Hessler lived in China looking for those stories and letting the stories find him.
He wrote about his experiences and the people he met for New Yorker magazine. Strange Stones: Dispatches from East and West, is a collection of essays that traverse a broad range of people and locations.. from China, Nepal and Japan to a small town in Colorado .
3:30 Our Changing World - Sniffer Bees - Alison Ballance (ex Costar 10'00)
Mention biosecurity agents and I get visions of sniffer dog at airports, checking my bags to make sure I'm not bringing any fruit into the country. But if Max Suckling has his way, one day we might be met by a bevy of bees instead.
Max is a scientist at Plant and Food Research, and Alison Ballance heads to his lab to find out how you train sniffer bees.
4:06 Sir Bruce Slane is on The Panel today with Ali Jones: The bogus invoices with the Zespri exports to China. What possessed them to agree to this? The need to make people in mental health institutions stop smoking, which some see as cruel and unusual punishment. It's being challenged again, this policy. Housing density in Auckland, now that we find the housing may be a bit higher than was said, and developers will be able to apply to have the rules changed anyway. School breakfasts - how useful are they? And do you want children segregated on planes?