Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm for Tuesday 24 August 2010

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

Always on the Bright Side of Life by Monty Python chosen by Aldo Miccio of Nelson.

1:15 Critical Mass

Books by former New Zealand Woman's Weekly editor and author Nicky Pellegrino:
The Scent of Rain and Lightening by Nancy Pickard
The Weed That Strings The Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley

Music by Nick Atkinson:
It's On
by Roots Manuva
Big Face by
Cairo Knife Fight

TV critic Sarah McMullen reviews the week on TV and has a couple of hot picks for this week:
Spartacus: Blood and Sand: The Box Sundays 9:30pm
Dollhouse: C4 Mondays 9:30pm
This Is Not My Life: TV2 Thursdays 9:30pm

2:10 Feature Stories

Dr. Ingrid Visser swims with killers and even considers them her friends. She is the only researcher specialising in orca whales in New Zealand waters and her unique story is about to be seen by millions of people around the world. She's working with a BBC wildlife film crew on a documentary that will be show in the UK and on the Discovery Channel in the US. Dr. Visser gets right into the water with orca whales. She studies the estimated 200 Orcas around the New Zealand coast with the Orca Research Trust.

It's the stuff of fiction. A volunteer for this weekend's annual Red Cross Book fair was sorting through thousands of donated books when he came across two special ones. Edward Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire printed in 1792 and library book A Grammar of the Latin Language. It's 149 years overdue. The books, will be going on sale this Saturday and Sunday in Hamilton.

2:30 Reading

The Shag Incident by Stephanie Johnson.

Jasper is being held in a secure unit at Long Bay jail in Sydney on drugs and pornography charges.

2:45 He Rourou

Maori must drive their own educational advancements at a tertiary level, if they want to secure the future of their iwi. Ana Tapiata talks with Dr Rangi Mataamua, about the push for change, a change fuelled by ongoing underachievement of Maori in the mainstream education system.

2:50 Feature Album

Bare by Annie Lennox, her third studio album, recorded in 2003.

3:12 Tune Your Engine

Today's guest has managed to combine two great passions in life in a way that few of us manage to achieve. Michael S Fenster, MD is a board-certified interventional cardiologist from Tampa, Florida. A former Assistant Professor of Medicine, he's presented and written widely on his topic, his research appearing in a variety of peer-reviewed journals. He is also a professional chef, and the star of a successful cooking show on American TV.

3:33 Asian Report

In the lead up to the Festival of Japan in Wellington, Producer Sonia Yee takes a look at how New Zealanders connect with Japanese culture and gets herself into a bit of a fold, with an origami extravaganza.

3:47 Pre-Panel

4.06 The Panel

Jon Bridges and Bernard Hickey