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12:16 Colonial furniture restored to life

Dunedin's Larnarch Castle was effectively stripped of its furniture about a hundred years ago.  But one of its hand crafted bookcases is about to be returned - albeit smaller than when it left. Colonial furniture expert and restorer Dr William Cottrell came across the bookcase in a Christchurch second hand shop, its provenance long since forgotten.  He bought it and is in the final stages of restoring it to its former glory, before returning it to its grand home on the Otago Peninsula.  Lynn Freeman visited William's big new woodworking shed in Lower Hutt.

12:39 Just One Thing with Sonia Sly

A new 10-part podcast series by producer Sonia Sly.  In it she looks at the stories behind precious objects - or at least things that are precious to their owner.  This week features Shortland Street star Jarod Rawiri.

12.50 Healing quake-torn Kaikoura with music

Music we know is a great healer, and members of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra have just been to quake-hit Kaikoura to play for children and for people who're struggling. Kaikoura Earthquake Recovery Team invited five CSO musicians to perform for local schools, for residents in the Kaikoura Health Facility,  and the wider community during the week. CSO first violin Cathy Irons talks to Lynn Freeman about the experience.

1:10 At The Movies

Simon Morris reviews Rough Night, Churchill and the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me

1:33  Photo-journalist Paula Bronstein and the forgotten war

Her photograph of a grieving Afghan woman gently holding a toddler who could be sleeping or might be dead, has won American photojournalist Paula Bronstein her latest international award. "The Silent Victims of a Forgotten War" took out the Singles Daily Life category in the World Press Photo Exhibition, which is about to open in Auckland.  Lynn Freeman asked Paula Bronstein - who spends much of her life in war zones - for the story behind the striking image.  The photograph was taken for Getty Images, and the World Press Photo Exhibition opens on the 1st of July at Smith and Caughey's in Auckland.

1:46 2 million hits - Pot Luck has nothing to do with it!

The proliferation of TV platforms has opened up the world of small-screen drama like never before.  But behind the new Golden Age of edgy drama and neo-noir, there's interesting stuff happening in miniature on the web - like a Kiwi web-series called Pot Luck. It's a sort of cross between Friends and Transparent - the story of three lesbian friends who each week face certain challenges.  It's already a global mini-hit - 2 million views and counting.  Simon Morris talks to Pot Luck's creators - producer Robin Murphy and writer-director Ness Simons. To support the upcoming second series, join the Boosted crowdfunding campaign.   You can watch the whole of Series One here.

2:06 The Laugh Track - Anya Tate-Manning

Anya Tate-Manning

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Actor, writer and political satirist Anya Tate-Manning is best known for the regular satirical show she does with her partner, James Nokise - Public Service Announcements - and the solo show she opened at the Comedy Festival, My Dead Best Friend.  Her picks today include French and Saunders, Josie Long, Ismo Leikola and The Muppets.

2:26 Apirana Taylor's new novel is about love on the dole.

Apirana Taylor

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He's kept us waiting a very long time for his second novel, but Apirana Taylor says he wanted to take his time on his love story of two people living on the fringe of society. While Mack and Puti are people most of us would rather not think about - their love for each other teeters on hate and violence at times.  But despite ourselves,  we end up caring about them.

Apirana is best known as a poet, short story writer, storyteller, painter and actor. He tells Lynn Freeman that the title of the new novel, Five Strings,  refers to a guitar the odd couple own in their rundown room.  Five Strings is published by Anahera.

2:44  Botanical art

Botanical illustration's enjoying a renaissance at the moment, including here in New Zealand which is taking part in an international botanical art exhibition.  Each country's working on a show highlighting indigenous plants. We have a wealth to choose from, and a group of enthusiastic illustrators working on submissions for the exhibition.

The American Society of Botanical Artists came up with the idea and the event will mark the first Botanical Art Day on May 18th, 2018.  Lynn Freeman gathers together three artists with very different styles, but with a shared love of flora - Lesley Alexander, Sue Wickison and Sandra Morris.


3:06 Drama at 3 -The Raft by Carl Nixon

In a lakeside settlement on the West Coast, Mark and Tonia retreat to Mark’s family bach in a last ditch effort to rescue their troubled marriage. But when Marks estranged parents arrive unannounced, memories flood back and threaten to drown them all. (WARNING: This award-winning play features language that may offend some people - and is NOT recommended for younger ears.)


Music played in this show

Artist: Katy Perry
Song: I kissed a girl
Composer: Dennis-Gottwald
Album: One of the Boys
Label: Capitol
Played at:  12.12

Artist: Joan Armatrading
Song:Save me
Composer: Armatrading
Album: Gold
Label: A&M
Played at: 12.35

Artist: Indigo Girls
Song: Closer to fine
Composer: Saliers
Album: Retrospective
Label: Epic
Played at: 12.58

Artist: Jane Siberry
Song: Love is everything
Composer: Siberry
Album: When I was a boy
Label: Reprise
Played at: 1.06

Artist: Dusty Springfield
Song: Just one smile
Composer: Newman
Album: Dusty in Memphis
Label: Rhino
Played at: 1.40

Artist: Melissa Etheridge
Song: Angels would fall
Composer:  Etheridge-Shanks
Album: Breakdown
Label: Universal
Played at:  1.58

Artist: Joan Jett
Song: I love rock and roll
Composer: Hooker-Merrill
Album: Greatest Hits
Label: Blackheart
Played at: 2.04

Artist: Tracy Chapman
Song: Talking about a revolution
Composer: Chapman
Album: Tracy Chapman
Label:  Elektra
Played at:2.41


Artist: k d lang

Song:  Turn me round

Composer: Mink
Album: Angel with a lariat
Label: Sire
Played at: 3.58