Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm for Tuesday 20 April 2010

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

My Elusive Dreams as sung by Tammy Wynette and George Jones, chosen by Guy Bloomfield from Takapuna.

1:15 Critical Mass

TV Critic and journalist, Phil Wallington talks about The First Australians MTS Tuesday 8:30, THE CIRCUIT - Tuesday at 9:30 pm

Homepaddock blogger and self-confessed 'bitser', Ele Ludemann joins us with her take on some of the popular blogs online.

Kiwiblog
Gotcha
Cactus Kat
Not PC
No Minister
Dim Post
Tumeke!
The Standard
Red Alert
Frogblog
No Right Turn
Homepaddock
Roarprawn
Inquiring Mind
Kiwipolitico
Hand Mirror
Open Parachute

Supergroove's Nick Atkinson tells us about two great songs he says we've just got to hear today. The songs are from Artisan Guns and Mulatu Astatke .

Onto Books on Critical Mass - Dunedin-based crime writer, Vanda Symon hosts a local radio show in Dunedin, and is the chair of the Otago/Southland branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors.

She's talking about Young Adult Fiction:
The Beginner's Guide to Living by Lia Hills
Blood of the Lamb: The Crossing by Mandy Hager
Brainjack by Brian Falkner
End of the Alphabet by Fleur Beale

Junior Fiction:
Cry of the Taniwha by Des Hunt
Friends: Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Gavin Bishop
The Loblolly Boy by James Norcliffe

Non- Fiction:
E3 Call Home by Janet Hunt
Willie Apiata VC: The Reluctant Hero by Paul Little and John Lockyer.

2:10 Feature stories

We talk to Adam Shand, a reporter in Melbourne and the author of Big Shots: The Chilling Inside Story of Carl Williams and the Gangland War about the murder of Carl Wiliams.

And we'll talk about the Facebook page set up by Toursim New Zealand to help connect kind Kiwis to stranded travellers.

2:30 Reading

We continue with Episode Seven of Sorry, I'm a Stranger Here Myself written and told by Peter Bland.

2:45 He Rourou

Ana Tapiata talks with Matiu Rei, who believes that Whanau Ora could mean significant improvements in their dealings with government agencies.

2:50 Feature Album

Today's feature album is the second from British popsters Tears for Fears.

The title Songs from the Big Chair has echoes of the analysts couch, and that would certainly be fitting for a group that took its name from one of the more controversial forms of psychotherapy.

3:12 Tune Your Engine

Trolley-ology-why we load our shopping trolley with items we don't need.

3:33 Asian Report

When people are lost, they often look for solace or company amongst familiar faces. But what happens when you arrive as a foreigner in a country where you may not even speak the same language?

Producer Sonia Yee finds that bringing people together is all about getting back to basics - with a few sewing machines thrown into the mix.

3:47 Environment story

We all love the coast. Whether living in a house with a sea view, or visiting our favourite beach, the coast is a place for pleasure and recreation. While that goes for most of us, for Victoria University geographer David Kennedy the coast is his laboratory. Where you and I see sand perfect for a picnic, David Kennedy sees erosion in action.

As Alison Ballance finds out when she joins him on Wellington's South Coast, he even sees erosion on a rocky shore that most of us would assume was, well, set in stone.

4:06 The Panel

Linley Boniface and Neil Miller join us on The Panel.