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Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan for Thursday 3 August 2017

1:10 First song

1:15 Sir Graham Henry remembers former All Black Sir John Graham

Former All Black captain, educator and sports administrator Sir John Graham has died. He was 82 and had been ill for some time.

Graham played 22 Tests for the All Blacks betweeen 1958 and 1964, including three as captain.He was headmaster of Auckland Grammar School from 1973 to 1993, former president of the New Zealand rugby union and manager of the New Zealand Cricket side in the late 1990s.

1:25 The pursuit of happiness is making us depressed

Apparently, the Western idea of placing a high value on happiness leads us to see sadness as a failure. And makes us more depressed.

Brock Bastian is a social psychologist whose research focuses on pain, happiness, and morality. And he says depression is a modern health epidemic in our culture. Brock is an Associate Professor at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences.

1:35 Where there is life

One of the documentaries screening at the NZ Film festival this year is an intensely personal one  focusing on a couple's journey through Motor Neurone disease.

Gwen Isaac decided to document Margaret and Stephen Lee's lives after Margaret was diagnosed with the terminal disease. The film is called Where There is Life.

1:40 Great NZ Album

2:10 Theatre Critic

2:20 Economics with Shamubeel Eaqub

2:30 The most famous trials in New Zealand's history

There have been many famous trials in our history but only a few that have become part of our cultural consciousness.  Two such trials from different eras in our history are; Minnie Dean's trial (1895) and Arthur Allan Thomas' trials (1971/73). These are two of New Zealand's most famous trials and each one has had a major impact on NZ culture.

Today historian Grant Morris looks back on these trials and explore what makes them so important. 

3:10 Short Story Club August 3 

Today writer, librarian and reviewer, Alisha Tyson joins us to discuss  Day Out by Barbara Anderson

Let us know what you think! jesse@radionz.co.nz

And next week's story is Fiona Farrell's Paradise Ducks

3:25 Tell me about your thesis

William Cottrell tells us about his thesis on early colonial furniture, which he recently completed at Canterbury University

3:30 BBC witness

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

4:05 The Panel with David Farrar and Bernard Hickey