Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm for Tuesday 21 September 2010

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

Better Man by Robbie Williams as chosen by Kerry Brackstone of Central Otago.

1:15 Critical Mass

Books with Graham Beattie
Words Chosen Carefully - NZ Writers in Discussion
Annabel Langbein - The Free Range Cook

Websites with Elle Ludmann from the Homepaddock blog
1. A Dictionary of the Near Future in the New York Times
2. Sticking with the word theme there's: The Phrnotistery - the International House of Logorrhea, a free online dictionary of weird and unusual words to help enhance your vocabulary.
3. Esquire has a euphemism generator - action verb + animal, plant or job title and gives an example of soaking the seamstress.

Music with Nick Atkinson
Window Shopping by Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings.
Youngest Child by Eva Prowse

TV reviewer, Phil Wallington
1) Qantas Awards
2) MTS doco I am the River
3) The Secret Life of Dancers

2:10 Feature stories

The clothes that define the South from fashion label NOM*D have graced the catwalks at New Zealand Fashion week every year since its inception 10 years ago. Margarita Robertson is one of only three designers who has shown every year since New Zealand fashion week began along with Zambesi and Trelise Cooper.

Andrea Grom of Christchurch was absolutely determined to bring the heavy metal band Metallica to Christchurch when the rockers announced they were coming to New Zealand. When Auckland was announced as the venue, Andrea didn't give up, she turned to Facebook where 20-thousand fans joined the chorus of calls to bring Metallica to the South Island. It worked. Metallica will play not one but two concerts tonight and tomorrow night.

2:30 Reading

Weight written by Carl Nixon and read by Jed Brophy.

2:50 Feature Album

Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms.

3:12 Tune Your Engine

Prostate cancer is very common in men as they age, and the most common treatment for prostate cancer has been surgical removal of the prostate. But a prostate specialist from California, Dr Mark Scholz, suggest that of all the thousands of men diagnosed with prostate cancer, a great majority will not have a life-threatening form of the disease, and will live a normal lifespan.

Mark Scholz's book is called Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers.

3:33 Feature story

Musician Herb Alpert who, with a string of hits from the 1950s onwards, has sold more than 75 million records worldwide. He's also the A in A&M records, the label that signed a roster of stars including The Police, Bryan Adams and Suzanne Vega, before being sold in 1990.

4:06 The Panel

Chris Trotter and Irene Gardiner.

How bad is NZ's savings problem, and what does our inability to save augur for the future? And what is the economic state of the nation, actually?

A little place in the UK has welcomed receiving a Dismal Town award because the citizens think it'll give their council a hurry up. But do councils transform towns or do you have to do it yourself? We'll discuss this with the case example Gore in Southland.