Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 1 April 2014
1:10 Best song ever written - 'Fields of Gold by Eva Cassidy' chosen by Lee Heller from Golden Bay
1:15 Critical mass
Phil Wallington - Television: Rizzoli and Isles, Bomb Girls and Land Girls.
Nicky Pellegrino - Books: After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman
Nick Atkinson - Music: Will Wood and Richter City Rebels
Steve McCabe - Web: tweets, codeacademy and popes and priests.
2:10 Pinball wizard David Peck
David Peck is a property developer by day - one of the nice ones, he says. But after hours he can be found in his custom built pinball hall, with his daughter, pracitising for the world championships. The father and daughter duo are heading to Denver next month to take on the world... at pinball. His daughter Danielle is only 11 years old and will be the youngest at the world championships in May, though not by much (the next youngest is 12). Ever since she was two years old she has been engrossed with her father's extensive collection of pinball machines which he has collected since he was 18 years old. He has about 70 working tables at the moment, in a custom built hall, in a purpose-built home, which sometimes hosts the New Zealand champs. David attended the world championships for the first time in Frankfurt last year, where he placed, 60th.
2:20 New Zealand Land Wars with Professor Michael Belgrave
Today marks the 150th anniversary of the most famous battle of the New Zealand land wars of the 19th century: the Battle of Orakau. To commemorate the 1864 conflict, the Governor General Sir Jerry Mataparae, the Treaty minister Chris Finlayson, and iwi are attending a special service at the site near Kihikihi. The battle came at the end of the land wars found the balance of favour between the Kingitanga movement and the colonial forces led by General Duncan Cameron on a knife edge.
2:30 Reading - Mona Williams was three when her mother began to persuade her that she should aspire to the advantages of attending the elite girls school known as 'Bishops'. But the only way a poor black girl could get there was to win a scholarship, so Mona ended her primary schooling with a year at Mr McGowan's school - being groomed for the impending scholarship exam.
2:45 Feature album - Off The Wall - Michael Jackson (1979)
3:10 Feature Author - New York Times relationship columnist, Daniel Jones gets asked two questions the most - "How do I find love?" and "How do I get it back? He offers us insights into the human heart provided by many years writing about modern love
3:30 Land of Lizards - Alison Ballance
New Zealand is often called the Land of Birds, but with over 100 species of geckos and skinks it could also be called the Land of Lizards. Alison Ballance and Sabine Melzer head to a surprising lizard hotspot in Wellington – a low-lying rocky island at the south end of the airport runway – to see if they can uncover a lizard or two.
4:06 The Panel - Graham Bell and Lindsey Dawson
The end of southern whaling by the Japanese, at least for the moment says Murray McCully; the crime stats out today and are the lowest in 29 years reckon the police – does this square with how you feel, what you perceive and with the shocking attack on the female tourists what that does for our international image as a safe destination?; the novel way of rewarding people now using virtual currencies; the new snapper size and quota; and the real state of our boat-building industry after the glowing report last week into our Americas Cup investment.