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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 12 May 2014

Simon Mercep takes over from Jim Mora as host of Afternoons on Radio New Zealand National from 1pm to 4pm this afternoon in the first stage of a two-step process of change for the network's afternoon and drive time news programming.

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1:10 Best Song Ever Written - Rod Smith from Wellington nominated 'Thank You For The Music' by Abba

1:20 NZ Retro: Simon looks back at the week of May 12 in history - including the day that New Zealand's won the America's Cup, talking with yachting commentator, Peter Lester.

2:10  Feature Interview -Sue Hodge:Simon catches up with Sue Hodge, one of the best known faces of British television and stage productions. The Allo 'Allo! star plays Mrs. Pugh in the British production of Annie, which starts a New Zealand season soon.

2:30 NZ Reading - Today we begin Under the Influence an essay by one of our most loved  poets Bill Manhire. Alcohol played a huge part in Bill's early life. His father ran hotels in Southland throughout his childhood.
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 Dean Martin: Memories are Made of this ( Gilkyson/Dehr/Martin) the Best of Dean Martin / Capitol
CDP 7 90,718 /  2'10"
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The book  "Under the Influence" by Bill Manhire, was published by Four Winds Press   [ISBN-0958237565;  ISBN-978-0958237567 ] It is one of 17  titles in the Montana Estates essay series published by the The Four Winds Press which was established by  Lloyd Jones  to encourage and develop the essay genre in New Zealand.

2:45 Feature album -  '21' - Adele

3:10 Feature Author- Anita Elberse: As Godzilla is about to invade the box office,  wel talk to a Harvard professor and author Anita Elberse about why Hollywood banks on blockbusters and how that marketing  formula is invading all kinds of consumer markets from Restaurants to your smart phone. Her book is called  'Blockbusters: Hit-making, Risk-taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment'

3:30 Arranged Marriages - Lynda Chanwai-Earle: These days sustainable marriages seem to be as difficult to come by as great vintages. So maybe it's time to go back to the old fashioned "arranged marriage". Lynda checks out the pros and cons with vocal supporters of arranged marriages within our South East Asian communities.

3:45 The Panel Pre-Show - Zara Potts