Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Tuesday 6 May 2014
1:10 Best Song Ever Written - Andrew Troup of Christchurch nominated 'Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor'
1:20 Critical Mass
TV - Irene Gardiner (Masterchef final / Mr Selfridge)
Books - Dr Cushla McKinney (The Martian - Andy Weir)
Music - Nick Atkinson (Che Fu)
Web Ben Gracewood (Robots)
2:10 Antarctic Fish - Clive Evans: Twenty years ago..biologist Clive Evans took his first trip to Antartica. He had declined the trip a number of times.. preferring the tropics to the ice.. but when he finally relented, he fell in love with the place and now returns each year to study the unique fish in the seas surrounding the frozen continent. He and his team of researchers at the University of Auckland's School of Biological Sciences...found that Antarctic fish are able to survive in the freezing waters by producing anti-freeze and recycling it around thier bodies. That discovery got Clive Evans thinking about whether anti-freeze could have the potential to help humans in the treatment of cancer...
2:20 Super Yacht Crewing - Toby Gray: It used to be that the local polytech was a place where you went to study a trade.. it still is.. but the range of trades on offer these days are almost limitless. In Nelson, you can now train for a life aboard a super yacht - learning everything from how to clean a millionaire's toilet, to operating jet skis and even mastering the art of silver service - all skills you'll need for a life on the high seas. Twenty-year old Toby Gray has just graduated with his certificate in Super Yacht Crewing and he's about to head to Cornwall in England on an internship that will give him a taste of what to expect in this glamorous sounding career..
2:30 NZ Reading: The first of a two-part episode from 'Into the Wider World'.
Brian Turner, award winning poet, relates tales of fishing, friendship and foolhardy trips into the wilderness of the South Island . . . all seasoned with disarmingly honest commentary on his fellow man and the way we treat one another and our world.
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CD - UBM 1178, Improvisationalen fur Klavier, Tracks 5 and 7, Sebeliusiana, Comp and perf by Maximilian Kock
2:45 Feature Album - Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival, (1969)
3:10 Feature Interview: Dr Laurie Santos - Yale pychologist Laurie Santos who tries to figure out why people make dumb financial mistakes - by watching what monkeys do. Her lab taught some Capuchin Monkeys how to use money and it turns out they are just as bad at managing it as we often are. Dr Santos argues we may just be hardwired to be big spenders and bad savers.
3:30 Counting Cockles - Alison Ballance: Every 3 years, in the largest citizen scientist project of its kind in the country, more than a hundred volunteers descend on Pauatahanui Inlet for a few hours digging and sieving cockles. Alison Ballance heads out onto the mudflats during the 8th cockle survey to find out why the Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet organise the survey and to see if cockle numbers are recovering.
3:45 Panel Pre-Show - Zara Potts
4:06 Tim Watkin and David Slack are on The Panel today: we discuss Judith Collins facing question time in Parliament, the NZ First MP who interceded with the police to discourage the transfer of a police officer known to her. It costs $200 a week more to service the loan on a house in Auckland, but Aucklanders don't earn $200 a week more than anyone else, most of them, so what's the remedy for a situation like this? The NRL player and the actress in the car, and the uploaded video - anyone else's business really? And chats too about the loneliness of our modern screens-obsessed existence, the use of Linked In, and the ruthlessness of some contemporary working environments.