Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Monday 30 June 2014
1:10 Best Song Ever Written: Viv Higgins nominated 'Come Fly With Me' by Frank Sinatra
1:20 New Zealand Retro:The Year:1983 - we revisit 1983 with the winner of Miss Universe that year - Lorraine Downes - and promoter, Hugh Lynn, who brought out David Bowie's Serious Moonlight Tour.
Find out more about David Bowie's visit to New Zealand
2:10 Mars Test - Dan Coatta: If you happened to be in the Pacific Ocean somewhere near Hawaii yesterday afternoon - you may have caught a fleeting glimpse of a gigantic balloon on its way into the upper reaches of the earth's atmosphere. It was part of an experimental flight called the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator.
One of the engineers involved in the test is Dan Coatta - a mechanical engineer with Nasa, who has been working on designing the fabric for a huge parachute which was also part of the test.
2:20 Snow Needed - Craig Douglas from NZ Ski LImited: While many of us are hunkering down in the midst of bad winter weather. In Queenstown, they're praying it takes a turn for the worse.
We're past the shortest day.. and heading into school holiday season...but several of our major ski fields are still yet to open. Forecasters are predicting a week of low temperatures this week and hopefully a good dump of snow - but in the meantime, mountain staff and skiiers alike just have to sit back and wait.
2:30 NZ Reading: Our reading of "Embracing the Dragon" by Polly Greeks continues today. It is the story of her trek along the Great Wall of China with Nathan Gray, a journey that included many of its most remote and dangerous sections.
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Miao Xiaoyun: Memory of Yun-nan, 1st movement (Liu Xing) PLUS Miao Xiaoyun: Sound from Afar ( Chen Wenjie) BOTH from the album "The Art of the Chinese Lute" EUCD 1864 ARC
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BOOK: Embracing the Dragon: A Woman's Journey Along the Great Wall of China by Polly Greeks Pub: Awa Press (1 Jun 2004) ISBN-978-0958262958
2:45 Feature Album - The Rhythm of the Saints - Paul Simon (1990)
3:10 Feature interview - The Zhivago Affair - Peter Finn: Doctor Zhivago is sweeping Russian novel about a poet and surgeon torn between his love for two women and struggling to retain his individualism in the tumultuous period between the Russian Revolution of 1905 and the Second World War. But the story of how the novel by Boris Pasternak got into the hands of Soviet citizens reads more like a spy novel. Soviet leader Nikita Kruschev had banned the book ..but enter the CIA. It covertly published Dr Zhivago, and spread it among Soviet readers as a propaganda tool during the Cold War.
The details of the CIA's involvement have just come to light in a new book called The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle of a Forbidden Book. It's written by scholar and translator of Russian literature Petra Couvee (Coo Vay) and Peter Finn, National Security editor and former Moscow bureau chief for the Washington Post.
3:30 Asianisation of Auckland - Lynda Chanwai-Earle: Coined the Asianisation of Auckland, our demographics are changing forever. What does this mean for the rest of the country? Lynda hears from one of our leading academics in social science - Professor Paul Spoonley - about what's in store.
The link: Voices
3:45 Panel Pre-Show - Zoe George today with What The World's Talking About: We're all told to get more sleep, but new research says not too much, in middle age especially. The blue check on Twitter. Facial recognition technology in Ford motorcars. Here comes the Google glass, but would you be game to wear a pair? The discussion in Britain, where they now have a foothold. Eric Clapton calls it quits on the road, Paul McCartney's in trouble for his cull of Kintyre, and Charles Saatchi... he wouldn't, would he? But he is. Artworks on sale on his website of that infamous incident in his recent life.