Wednesday 20 August 2014, with Simon Mercep

Coming up

3:10 pm Monday 25 August: Good Morning Mr Mandela

Zelda LaGrange and Nelson Mandela copyright Z LaGrangeAs a white Afrikaaner who grew up in a home that supported apartheid, Zelda LaGrange was an unlikely choice to be Nelson Mandela's personal assistant. But for nearly 20 years, she served one of the world's most beloved statesmen who melted away her own prejudices and transformed South Africa. Zelda LaGrange offers an inside view of the man and his place in history in her new book, Good Morning Mr Mandela. It also paints a sad portrait of Mandela's final years, marginalised by his predecessors in the President's office and exploited by family.

Audio from Wednesday 20 August 2014

Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions.

  • Best song ever written - The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite ( 15′ 37″ )

    13:07 Matthew Smith from Waiheke Island has chosen 'The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite' by REM.

  • Music trivia game ( 24′ 56″ )

    13:23 Three songs with a certain peculiarity they all share - can you guess what it is?

  • The Tiller Girls ( 18′ 15″ )

    14:08 She's 84 years old and still capable of the odd high kick. Irene Holland, or as she was known on stage, 'Irene Starr', was part of one of the most famous dance troupes of last century. They were the Tiller Girls, known for glitz and glamour, but also precision and timing. And that meant Irene performed on stage with some of the biggest stars - names like Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Danny Kaye, and Nat King Cole. She's recently released a book, 'Tales of a Tiller Girl'.

  • Feature album - Pacific Ocean Blue ( 15′ 8″ )

    14:44 Our feature album is the Dennis Wilson solo LP from 1977, 'Pacific Ocean Blue', sometimes called a 'lost' classic.

  • Online world with Hamish MacEwan ( 21′ 26″ )

    15:09 The anti-Facebook: one in four American neighborhoods are now using this private social network; Ignore No More: the app that forces wayward teenagers to call you back; reading from a screen not as effective as reading off paper? Sony is releasing apps that only work underwater; and Delaware becomes the first state to give executors broad digital assets access.

  • All Car, No Responsibility: Roadside Car Sales Yards ( 10′ 32″ )

    15:30 Jerome Cvitanovich looks at the phenomenon of car sales from public roads including the risks and moves by local councils to ban or regulate it.

  • The Panel pre-show for 20 August 2014 ( 14′ 41″ )

    15:45 Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel.

1:10 Best song ever written

1:20 Music Trivia game 

2:10 Feature stories

2:30 NZ Reading

2:45 Feature album

3:10 Online

3:30 New Zealand Society

Tales of life in Aotearoa.

3:45 The Panel Pre-Show