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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Wednesday 26 July 2017

This week's Short Story Club story is Once Had Me by Tracy Farr

Let us know your thoughts! the writer of the best email wins a copy of Tracy's latest novel, The Hope Fault.

1:10 Elvis Impersonator Brendon Chase to take on the world

Brendon Chase is heading to Graceland to compete in the World Elvis Tribute Artist Championships

20 contestants who have won preliminary contests around the world, will each sing two songs with a backing band. This years competition takes place around the 40th anniversary of Elvis' death.   

Brendon Chase: Elvis Impersonator

Brendon Chase: Elvis Impersonator Photo: Supplied/

1:20 Greatest Science Show Ever in the History of the Chathams

A group of scientists is taking stargazing, blowing stuff up and exploring the bizarre world of quantum physics to the Chatham Islands. With only 600 residents, the Chatham Islands' three schools only go up to year eight and have very little access to scientific equipment, demonstrations and new science insights. So a group of science communicators have arrived to spark the children's interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and encourage more to pursue science when they go to secondary school on the mainland. The trip is being organised by the Otago Museum and the Dodd Walls Centre. Amadeo Enriquez Ballestero is the founder of fun science and is the discovery world coordinator at Otago Museum. Amadeo is there to perform the Greatest Science Show Ever in the History of the Chathams/World.

Leiah year 1, Wiremu year 6, Levi year 5, Maddison year 3, Te One school

Leiah year 1, Wiremu year 6, Levi year 5, Maddison year 3, Te One school Photo: supplied

1:30 Fred Dagg Exhibition

In April this year we lost one of our most well-known satirists and man behind the kiwi icon, Fred Dagg. New Zealand-born John Clarke died aged 68 while on a hike with his family in Victoria's Grampian National Park. But the unmistakable hat, shearer's singlet, shorts and gumboots of Fred Dagg are living on. The classic costume is on display at Te Papa, and curator Stephanie Gibson explains.

1:40 Sound Archives: The Coral Route

Tahiti had a powerful hold on the popular imagination in the 1950s, films such as "Mutiny on the Bounty" and then later "South Pacific" had promoted the myth of the idyllic tropical island.

In today's visit to the sound archives of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision we are back on The Coral Route, the famous TEAL flying boat tourist trail through the South Pacific of the 1950s.

1:40 Great Album: Chicago

Another great musical album, Chicago

2:20 Bookmarks with Geoff Lealand

Professor Geoff Lealand

Professor Geoff Lealand Photo: supplied

Professor Geoff Lealand is about to retire from Waikato University after 25 years teaching screen and media studies.  This makes him  the most qualified ever to talk about his favourite movies and tv series. The professor talks to Jesse about his career and qualifications, which includes a horticulture diploma. Professor Lealand will still be online after he leaves university through his website Cinemas of New Zealand, which in itself inspired a film documentary.

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3:10 The stories behind national flags

No one needs to tell New Zealanders about the passion people have for their national flag following the vote last year to keep our old one. 

Behind every flag there is a story says British Journalist Tim Marshall and the stories go beyond interest in just vexillology.

All around the world, the fluttering fabric often tells the story of each nation's beginnings, sometimes born in violence  in the new book A Flag Worth Dying For: The Power and Politics of National Symbols.

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3:35 Are We There Yet

3:45 The Pre-Panel Story of the Day and One Quick Question

4:05 The Panel with Michelle Boag and Brian Edwards