Monday 10 June 2013, with Jim Mora
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13:06 David Verrall from Hokitika has chosen 'When You and I Were Young, Maggie' by John McCormack.
13:19 Lily Koppel is an acclaimed author and New York Times columnist. Her new book isn't about the pioneering spacemen of the 1960s, it's about the women they were married to. It's called 'The Astronaut Wives Club' and it traces the lives of seven women in particular, who were thrown together into a strange sorority because of the work their husbands did. These were the wives of the original seven Mercury Astronauts of the American space programme. Later, more would join their ranks from the Gemini and Apollo programmes.
14:09 A lifestyle block in rural Masterton is the setting for a new observatory where it is hoped generations of students will learn how to follow the stars. The 'Kea' Observatory at Stronvar is the brain-child of local star gazer Terence Galuszka.
14:21 Outward Bound is the outdoor education course that teaches teamwork, leadership, and resilience to young people all over the world, since it was first founded in Wales in 1941. The cutters of Outward Bound have been sailing the Marlborough Sounds for over half a century, and the organisation has just christened a brand new boat. Bruce Cardwell is chair of the Board of Outward Bound New Zealand and a former course instructor.
15:10 When Emma Brockes was 10 years old, her mother Paula made that pledge to her only daughter - "One day I will tell you the story of my life and you will be amazed". Emma knew her Mum had emigrated to England from South Africa by herself when she was 28 with a pearl handled gun in her luggage. When Pauline was diagnosed with lung cancer, she started to tell her daughter a little bit more about the life she'd left in South Africa: crushing poverty, a violent pedophile for a father, and seven half siblings. But it was after Pauline's death when, Emma, a journalist and author, discovered the awful extent of the past her mum had tried to shield her from.
15:33 If you stand at Cape Reinga in the Far North on a fine day you can just glimpse some islands on the horizon. They are the Three Kings Islands, where Alison Ballance joined Auckland Museum's recent Three Kings Islands Marine Expedition surveying underwater life.
15:47 Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel.
16:07 Topics - The United Future leader Peter Dunne could be brought before the privileges committee over his denial that he leaked a GCSB report to a journalist. A 29-year-old contractor at the US National Security Agency who revealed top secret US surveillance programmes did so to alert the public to what is being done in their name, according to The Guardian newspaper.
16:37 Topics - Do you find that time speeds up as you get older? The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that Volkswagen Australia is about to issue a recall. Most New Zealanders think they'd be more productive in their jobs if they had better management, more motivation, and greater recognition.
1:10 Best Song Ever Written - David Verrall of Hokitika nominated 'When You and I Were Young, Maggie' by John McCormack.
1:20 Eight Months To Mars - best selling author and New York Times columnist, Lily Koppel.
2:10 - Online Stargazing - Terence Galuszka - A lifestyle block in rural Masterton is the setting for a new observatory where it is hoped generations of students will learn how to follow the stars. The 'Kea' Observatory at Stronvar, is the brain-child of local star gazer Terence Galuszka who estimates it'll take about six months to construct, and cost upwards of a hundred thousand dollars to fit out fully. But it'll be time and money well spent he says, if it brings a world-class star dome to the bottom of the North Island.
Galactic Kiwi is an online resource for young people interested in astronomy administered by Terence.
2:20 Outward Bound Cutter - Bruce Cardwell - It's been a rite of passage for thousands of young New Zealanders for 51 years. Outward Bound is the outdoor education course that teaches teamwork, leadership, and resilience to young people all over the world,since it was first founded in Wales in 1941.
The name: 'Outward Bound' refers to the moment when a ship leaves the pier, and that's particularly apt for New Zealand , because learning how to handle a vessel is central to the Outward Bound experience here.
The cutters of Outward Bound have been sailing the Marlborough Sounds for over half a century, and the organisation has just christened a brand new boat, all the better for the latest generation of bounders to get their sea legs on.
2:30 Reading - Today we begin a 5-part adaptation of 'One of the Family' by Nora Brocas Sanderson - an entertaining account of a girl growing up in the Hokianga during the early years of the 20th Century
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'Miss Annabelle Lee' (trad) from the Album 'Pleasures & Treasures' [ Saydisc SC SDLC 362 ]
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One of the Family by Nora Brocas Sanderson Pub: Steele Roberts (1999) ISBN-1877228184
2:45 Feature Album - Minute by Minute - The Doobie Brothers (1978)
3:10 Feature Author - She Left Me the Gun: My Mother's Life Before Me' by Emma Brockes
3:30 Three Kings Islands Marine Expedition - Alison Ballance joins Auckland Museum's Three Kings Islands Marine Expedition, which spent 10 days at the islands surveying their underwater life. We hear from: Kareen Schnabel from NIWA and you also heard seaweed experts Roberta D'Archino and Wendy Nelson from NIWA, and fish experts Vincent Zintzen from Te Papa, and Ged Wiren and Tom Trnski from Auckland Museum.
Auckland Museum's Three Kings Marine Expedition website
4:06 On The Panel today Peter Elliot and Rosemary McLeod - Peter Dunne's career, spying on your citizens, the trouble with Volkswagens, the nature of time, and the problem with productivity in our workforce.