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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 16 December 2015

1:10 First Song

'Under the Sun' by DIIV.

1:15 Brief Candle In the Dark, A life in Science - Professor Richard Dawkins

Sharing the stage with John Cleese, dinner with Bill Gates,  private parties on Tenerife with  Neil Armstrong and  Buzz Aldrin where Brain May from Queen is  playing in the background. This is the life not of a Hollywood star, but an evolutionary biologist, ardent atheist and science educator,  Professor Richard Dawkins. His books  on evolution like The Selfish Gene , or The Blind Watchmaker  that argues against a divine creator,  and his withering criticism of religion have made him as famous as just about any actor or astronaut  In the second volume of his memoirs, Brief Candle In the Dark, A life in Science, Professor Dawkins reflects on his 35 years as a writer, scientist and thinker. He will be coming to New Zealand in March for the Wellington Writers Week.  Richard Dawkins is on the line with us from London.

1:30 Nga Taonga Sound & Vision - Sarah Johnston

One hundred years ago this week, New Zealanders began withdrawing from Gallipoli. The British commanders had realised in late November that it was a hopeless campaign and plans had been made for an elaborate evacuation, which had to take place in secret to stop the Turks realising what was going on. There are recordings of many Gallipoli veterans held in the sound archives at Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, which talk about the evacuation. Sarah Johnston from Nga Taonga is here to play a couple of them for us.

1:40 Favourite Album

Stop Making Sense - Talking Heads.

2:10 BBC Witness - Velvet Underground

Now we're going back fifty years -  to 11th December 1965. Lucy Burns of the BBC World Service history programme 'Witness', is recalling  the first gig by the seminal alternative rock band, The Velvet Underground at a high school in suburban New Jersey.

2:20 Roadmap - Otaki

Today, three towns in one.  Well, it started out as three distinct settlements either on, or just off, state Highway one.  We are almost exactly halfway on the road between Wellington and Palmerston North.

3:10 Technology And Innovation

Paul Brislen on Chorus and the rising cost of broadband, the level of data companies collect and what they do with it, and an EU clampdown on kids using social media. And our innovator-of-the-week is Sam Kerse of  

3:25 The Wireless Preview - Mava Moayyed

Our next guest is going to be talking about domestic violence and why it's especially dangerous in young people's relationships. RNZ's online magazine, The Wireless, has just published Mava Moayyed's feature today.

3:35 New Zealand Society

Kirkcaldie and Stains in Wellington have dressed their final Christmas window after 152 years in business. Sonia Sly heads along to meet some of the long-standing members of staff to find out what makes the store so special.  

3:45 The Panel Pre-Show

What the world is talking about with Jesse Mulligan, Jim Mora and Zara Potts.

Music played in this show


TITLE: Under The Sun
COMP: Smith
ALBUM: Is the Is Are
LABEL: n/a


ARTIST: Talking Heads
TITLE: Psyhco Killer
COMP: Byrne, Frantz, Weymouth
ALBUM: Stop Making Sense

ARTIST: Talking Heads
TITLE: Heaven
COMP: Byrne, Harrison
ALBUM: Stop Making Sense

ARTIST: Talking Heads
TITLE: Life during Wartime
COMP: Byrne, Frantz, Harrison, Weymouth
ALBUM: Stop Making Sense

ARTIST: Talking Heads
TITLE: Girlfriend is better
COMP: Byrne, Frantz, Harrison, Weymouth
ALBUM: Stop Making Sense


ARTIST: The Cattlestops
TITLE: (Back To) Rosetta Road
COMP: James Cameron
ALBUM: (Back To) Rosetta Road
LABEL: Jayrem

ARTIST: The Fourmyula
TITLE: Otaki
COMP: Wayne Mason
ALBUM: The Very Best of The Fourmyula

ARTIST: Hot Club Sandwich
TITLE: Let's Talk About Me
COMP: Andrew London
ALBUM: Cafe Matrix
LABEL: Hotclubsandwich


ARTIST: R. Kelly
TITLE: I Believe I Can Fly
COMP: Kelly
ALBUM: R. Kelly: I Believe I Can Fly, The Best Of (Compilation)