Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm for Wednesday 12 May 2010

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

Mark Shannon from Temuka says Bodega's Crooked Jack is the best song ever written.

1:15 Link 3 - music game

What is the link between the first three? Every Breath You Take by The Police, Take My Breath Away by Berlin and Room that Echoes by Peking Man.

2:10 Feature story

Jessica Watson will cross the finish line in Sydney Harbour this weekend. But the The World Speed Sailing Racing Council says her epic journey will fall about 2000 miles short and will not break the record. Tony Mowbray circumnavigated the globe himself a decade ago and supported Jessica before she set off on the trip. He believes there is still a way Jessica can silence the critics and claim the record.

Caution Kereru signs may soon be adorning streets in Otatara near Invercargill. The signs are a plea for drivers to slow down. May Evans and her husband Russell rescue wood pigeons, and they say speeding motorists are killing too many birds. The Evans' made their plea for the signs to a City Council Committee. They agreed the Caution Kereru signs are a good idea. The proposal now goes to the roading department and then the full council for approval.

2:30 NZ Reading

For most of the time, the various members of the Peet family have been centre-stage in Stuart Devenie daily readings from the novel Crime Story by Maurice Gee.

But today's episode swings back to the Rosser family.

It was Brent Rosser whose bungled burglary began the novel and today, Brent's sister, Leanne Rosser , re-appears. She is currently homeless with her baby Sam, and thinks brother Brent might help her.

2:45 He Rourou

3:12 Virtual World

The iPad and the competition The Slate from HP. New Zealand has a launch date - July as does Australia - and yes they get it before us. - May 28th.

HP just bought Palm and the rumor mill is alive with speculation that they will go head to head with Apple with a new device.

New Zealand Creative Commons

TED

Stephen Wolfram: Computing a theory of everything

3.33 Auckland story

The controversial subject of mining on Great Barrier Island …part of Auckland City but a good 90-kilometres away from the mainland …known as the "Guardian of the Hauraki Gulf".

So, at issue on Great Barrier are 700 hectares of DOC land, which is proposed to be removed from Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act , thereby opening it up to prospecting and mining.

3:47 Science story

X-rays. We've all had one or seen one, and the image taken was probably recorded using photographic film.

But scientists at Victoria University are developing new materials - glasses and glass ceramics - which can store x-ray radiation so that the image is held like invisible ink and then retrieved digitally later.

While there are similar products already on the market, Andy Edgar and Chris Varoy are trying to improve them, as Ruth Beran finds out.

4:06 The Panel

Linda Clark and Barry Corbett are on The Panel.