Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm for Thursday 24 June 2010

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

Indian Sunset by Mary Travers chosen by Phil Cawley of Wellington.

1:15 Your Place

Your Place today is the last population centre before you reach the tip of the North Island - Te Hapua, home to just 200 people.

2:10 Feature stories

Few writers have defined a generation like Bret Easton Ellis, fewer yet with the wit and economy that have always been the mark of his style.

His first novel, a tale of young adult disenchantment called Less Than Zero, was an instant classic when it was published in 1985, heralding the author as an important new voice in American literature while he was still only 21.

He followed it up with The Rules of Attraction and American Psycho. His reputation thus established, he went on to write some of the most inventive and enjoyable novels of the last two decades, books like Lunar Park.

2:30 NZ Reading

Part seven of The Fat Man by Maurice Gee, read by Grant Tilley.

The Fat Man Gets Serious: Colin and his father are both working for the fat man doing up the Muskie house. Old Mrs Muskie has handed everything over to her son Herbert, much to his brother and sisters' distress.

2:50 Feature Album

Little Earthquakes by Tori Amos.

2:55 He Rourou

In Waikato, Te Puea was a direct descendant of royalty yet one of her enduring symbols was the 'sugar bag apron'. Mamae Takerei explains to Ana Tapiata why her group used the apron as part of their performance at the 'Over 60s' Maori cultural festival at Te Papa recently.

3:12 Arts Report

Lynn Freeman meet Te Papa's new Senior Curator of Art and finds out about a cowboy movie rumoured to have been filmed in the far North in 1926.

3:33 South Island story

What would happen if Auckland decided to rip down its Sky Tower, or Christchurch no longer had its Cathedral Square? Fair to say the citizens have a fair attachment to both those structures

For locals in the district of Balclutha - that's exactly how they feel about their very own icon - the Clutha Bridge. It's something they can't live without.

It's not just a monument to the history of the town and its heritage, but also a means to get from one place to another. But what would happen if the bridge was to be torn down?

Sonia Yee investigates the notion, in this first of a two part series: The Bridge that Made a Town.

3:47 Our Changing World

Last week New Zealand sea lions catapulted into the ranks of the world's most endangered animals, given a new threat ranking of 'nationally critical'.

But while the main subantarctic population is in a sharp decline, a fledging population of sea lions on the Otago Peninsula is thriving, and could offer new hope to the beleaguered species.

DOC's Louise Chilvers, and University of Otago PhD student, Amelie Auge have been putting satellite tags on mainland female sea lions to find why they're doing so well compared to their southern cousins.

Alison Ballance joins a mission to retrieve the tags, and gets a quick brief on 'whose who' among the sea lions, and what the tags have been beaming back

4:06 The Panel

Deborah Hill Cone and Joanne Black. A new Prime Minister in Australia, Kevin Rudd stepped aside for Julia Gillard, making her the first female Prime Minister of Australia; Why is Christchurch Hospital such a dangerous place to work in?; And imagine what the world would be like if you couldn't feel fear?