Monday 23 June 2014, with Simon Mercep

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3:10 pm Monday 6 July: Killers of the King

Charles Spencer and book coverAs British Monarchs go, the reign of Charles I historians say is not cloaked in glory. Found guilty of high treason and executed, his reign brought about the bloodiest conflict in British history. Much has been written about Charles I, but not the men who signed his death warrant.

The ninth Earl Charles Spencer, historian, brother of Diana, Princess of Wales, and distant relative of Charles I reveals the stories of the men, motivated by revenge and fear who sent the King to his death. His book is called Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I.


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Best song ever written: 'Another Brick in the Wall part II'

1:09 PM. Andrew Morison has chosen 'Another Brick in the Wall part II' by Pink Floyd.

NZ Retro - The Year 1967

1:24 PM. 1967 was a huge year musically. The Beatles had stopped touring but released their 8th - and biggest - studio album to date. On June 1st, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was unleashed on an unsuspecting public, and spent 22 weeks at the top of the album chart. Time magazine declared it "an historic departure in the progress of music." It won four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.

'We Built This City' - web blog

2:09 PM. Johanna McCord moved to Christchurch just before the first earthquake in September nearly four years ago. But she fell in love with the city, regardless of its tectonic troubles. Johanna has just set up a blog called 'We Built This City' which is designed to showcase some of Christchurch's businesses and events. More than an information hub, it takes a personal look at some of the people who are really making a difference in the quake struck city.

WISE Women - Former Refugees Empower Others

2:20 PM. June 20 marks World Refugee Day. Lynda travelled to the Night Markets at the New Lynn Community Centre to meet the WISE collective (Women - Inspired - Strong - Empowered and Enterprising). That's former refugee women helping empower new arrivals.

Feature album - Summertime Dream

2:46 PM. Our feature album today is "Summertime Dream", from Canadian singer songwriter Gordon Lightfoot.

Me Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self

3:09 PM. Our DNA can be identified, our brains scanned, our personalities assessed, yet still the question of who we are and where our sense of self comes from, remains unresolved. It's a question which has engaged philosophers, theologians and scientists for centuries and still does today.Science writer Jennifer Oulette wants answers. She's written a book called "Me Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self". It describes her own journey to explain who she is, and lays out which tools of modern science can help anyone else who wants to know who they are.

The Beatles New Zealand Tour 1964 Part 1: The Arrival

3:30 PM. The Beatles have landed! The Beatles arrive in Wellington on 21 June 1964. 7000 fans turn up at the airport. Ringo names his gift Tiki "Fred". The group make their famous appearance of the balcony of the St George Hotel. Beatlemania erupts.

The Panel pre-show for 23 June 2014

3:46 PM. Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel.

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

Andrew Morison of Kaiapoi nominated 'Another Brick in the Wall part II' by Pink Floyd.

1:20 New Zealand Retro: The Year - 1967

We revisit New Zealand in 1967 with feature guests including pop idol, Mr Lee Grant - winner of the Loxene Golden Disc Awards that year - long based in London. Courtesy of Sound Archives.


2:20 Voices: WISE women

Marking World Refugee Week, Lynda Chanwai-Earle will bring us a story about WISE women; that's Women - Inspired - Strong - Empowered and Enterprising, an initiative involving former refugees helping other refugee women to resettle here.

2:30 NZ Reading - Embracing the Dragon

The story of journalist Polly Greeks' trek along the Great Wall of China with Nathan Gray, a journey that included many of its most remote and dangerous sections.

Music details:Miao Xiaoyun: Memory of Yun-nan, 1st movement (Liu Xing) PLUS Miao Xiaoyun: Sound from Afar ( Chen Wenjie) BOTH from the album "The Art of the Chinese Lute" EUCD 1864 ARC

Embracing the Dragon: A Woman's Journey Along the Great Wall of China by Polly Greeks, Awa Press (1 June 2004) ISBN-978-0958262958

2:45 Feature album

'Summertime Dream' by Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot from 1976.

3:10 Feature interview - Jennifer Oulette

Who do we think we are? It's a question that's plagued philosophers since man invented the mirror. We'll talk to science writer Jennifer Oulette about her new book Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self.

3:30 The Beatles arrive in Wellington on 21 June 1964

The Beatles arrive in Wellington on 21 June 1964. 7000 fans turn up at the airport. The group then make their famous appearance of the balcony of the St George Hotel. Beatlemania erupts. Ringo calls his gift Tiki "Fred". The series is presented by Wayne Mowat, produced by Trevor Reekie and artfully engineered by Jeremy Ansell.

3:45 Panel Pre-Show - Zara Potts

Zara Potts today with What The World's Talking About: First Stairway To Heaven is accused of plagiarism, and now it's the song Timber. We'll let you judge. How are the psychic animals doing in predicting the World Cup results? Is there any particular psychic animal we should be following? The job ads that sneakily tell you they want young people even though you're not allowed to want just young people. The myth of the trophy wife, the deep fears of the super-rich and the forgotten crime committed by Adolph Hitler.