Afternoons

Monday 1 September 2014, with Simon Mercep

Coming up

3:10 pm Tuesday 2 September: Author and pilot Laurence Gonzales

Flight book coverTwenty-five years ago the hydraulics systems aboard a United Airlines Flight from Denver to Chicago failed at 37 thousand feet with 296 people on board. Miraculously, the pilot was able to make a crash landing, using only right hand turns to navigate. 184 people survived.

Author and pilot Laurence Gonzales tells the story of what happened inside the plane, from the cockpit where pilots struggled to get the plane under control, to the passengers who were certain they would not make it. He talks to  survivors who recount how an experience like that changes you forever.

His book is called Flight 232: A story of disaster and survival.

Audio from Monday 1 September 2014

Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.

  • Best song ever written - Sugar ( 13′ 53″ )

    13:08 Dave Gilberd from Wellington has chosen 'Sugar' by Midge McCleary.

  • NZ retro - The year 1996 ( 38′ 3″ )

    13:23 That was the year the very first Hell Pizza joint opened. The year McDonalds bought out Georgie Pie and closed down all the oulets. Super Rugby started with just 12 teams: five from New Zealand, four from South Africa and three from Australia.

  • Evacuation plan for pets ( 11′ 18″ )

    14:08 When it comes to a fire, we are told to get out and stay out. But what if there's something precious inside a burning house which makes you reluctant or too slow to leave? Pets, they are part of the family, and to some people are treated like our children. Now firefighters are factoring in people's reluctance to leave their pets behind in a burning house. On the agenda at the Australasian Fire and Emergency Authorities Council conference is the importance of people having an evacuation plan for their pets. Mel Taylor is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Western Sydney who has been looking into the area of managing pets in a disaster

  • The humble ukulele ( 10′ 39″ )

    14:19 The ubiquitous ukulele has made something of a comeback in recent years. On any given weekend in most cities, you will most likely be able to find a ukulele band or even a ukulele orchestra playing somewhere. Even schools have begun to get into the act with many children learning how to play the instrument. Palmerston North is having a festival dedicated to the little instrument, and it's the brainchild of musician Jennifer Moss. There are concerts and church services and even an art exhibition dedicated to uke - as it's affectionately known.

  • Feature album - Ramones ( 12′ 11″ )

    14:47 We feature the first album from iconic New York punk band, The Ramones. It's coming up to 40 years since the release of their self-titled first album 'Ramones' in April 1976, which took only seven days to record at a cost of just under 6,500 US dollars.

  • Feature interview - Actress Lee Grant ( 22′ 23″ )

    15:08 Actress Lee Grant was just making a name for herself in Hollywood - steady work, an academy award nomination and a promising future - when her name appeared on a list that changed everything. She was blacklisted, accused of being a communist during the McCarthy era. For 12 years, she had almost no work. When her name was finally removed, she had to make up for lost time and worked hard to hide her age. Everything from getting plastic surgery before it was in vogue, to even altering her birth date on her driver's license. Lee Grant's new memoir is called "I said Yes to Everything".

  • Charity begins at home: Gaza and Sara's story ( 10′ 9″ )

    15:30 Islam Awareness Week 2014 focuses on charity - raising awareness of the lives of people across the globe in need, mindful of the current humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Lynda attends open day at the Kilbirnie Mosque to see how the Islamic community in Wellington embrace the public, sharing their beliefs and practices and she meets some of the Muslim families directly affected by events in Gaza, including 11 year old Sarah, born in Gaza and now at primary school in Wellington.

  • The Panel pre-show for 1 September 2014 ( 14′ 1″ )

    15:47 Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel.

1:10 Best song ever written - Sugar by Midge McCleary chosen by Dave Gilberd from Wellington

Nga Taonga Sound Vision1:20 NZ Retro: The Year - 1996
The was the year the very first Hell Pizza joint opened.  McDonalds bought out Georgie Pie and closed down all the outlets.
Super Rugby started with just 12 teams: Five from New Zealand, Four from South Africa and Three from Australia.
1996 was the year of our first MMP election, and it was a tight race: National 44 seats, Labour 37, New Zealand First 17, The Alliance 13, ACT 8, and United Future 1  -  The Greens were part of Jim Anderton's Alliance back then.
Musically it was a big year for Alternative rock, with artist such as The Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, and Pearl Jam enjoying their first taste of commercial success.
Archival audio supplied by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.

2:10 Evacuation plan for pets
When it comes to a fire, we are told to get out and stay out.
But what if there's something precious inside a burning house which makes you reluctant or too slow to leave?
Pets, they are part of the family, and to some people are treated like our children.
Now firefighters are factoring-in people's reluctance to leave their pets behind in a burning house.
On the agenda at the Australasian Fire and Emergency Authorities Council conference - taking place in Wellington this week - is the importance of people having an evacuation plan for their pets.
Mel Taylor is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Western Sydney who has been looking into the area of managing pets in a disaster.

2:20 The humble ukulele
The ubiquitous Ukulele has made something of a comeback in recent years. On any given weekend in most cities, you will most likely be able to find a ukulele band or even a ukulele orchestra playing somewhere.
Even schools have begun to get into the act with many children learning how to play the instrument.
Well, Palmerston North is all about the Ukulele this week, with a festival dedicated to the little instrument, and it’s the brainchild of musician Jennifer Moss. There are concerts and church services and even an art exhibition dedicated to Uke - as it's affectionately known.

2:30 NZ Reading - Tuvalu part 11
We return to Tokyo to continue the story of Noah Tuttle - squatting in an apartment opposite the hostel where he used to share a room with his girlfriend Tilly. His relationships with Tilly, Mami and the injured model Philip are drifting. Garth Holcombe reads Part Eleven of Andrew O'Connor's novel 'Tuvalu'.

2:45 Feature album - Ramones by The Ramones (1976)

3:10 Feature interview - Actress Lee Grant
Actress Lee Grant was just making a name for herself in Hollywood... steady work, an academy award nomination and a promising future when her name appeared on a list that changed everything. She was blacklisted, accused of being a communist during the McCarthy era. For 12 years, she had almost no work. When her name was finally removed, she had to make up for lost time and worked hard to hide her age. Everything from getting plastic surgery before it was in vogue to even altering her birth date on her driver's license. Lee Grant's new memoir is called "I said Yes to Everything".    

3:30 Ethnic Stories with Lynda Chanwai-Earle
Charity begins at home: This year's Islam Awareness Week is focused on charity - raising awareness of the lives of people across the globe in need, mindful of the current humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Lynda Chanwai-Earle is at Wellington's mosque to meet Muslim families directly affected by events in Gaza, including 11 year old Sarah, born in Gaza and now at primary school in Wellington.

3:45 The Panel Pre-Show with Zara Potts