Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm for Thursday 28 October 2010

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

Respect by Aretha Franklin as chosen by Gary Harris of Wellington

1:15 Your Place

Rawene, a small community in Hokianga harbour on Northland's wild west coast.

2:10 Feature stories

Many of us read The Hobbit as children, and then let the enchanting story of Bilbo Bagins and his adventures fade from our memories. J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit in 1937 and it hasn't been out of print since. It's the pre-quel to The Lord of the Rings saga. For the next two years, we're going to be hearing a lot about Hobbits and dwarves and life in the Shire and beyond so we thought we'd have a lesson in The Hobbit.

New Zealand's own daredevil Chuck Berry has no particular place to go, but he knows how he wants to get there. The man who has stunned the world with his spectacular leaps in wingsuits from high points around the globe is just about ready to test fly a microlight he built himself in his 100 year old shed.

See pictures of "Doris", a two seater, amphibious microlight.

Chuck Berry and his Rans Coyote S6S two seat microlight Doris.
Chuck Berry and his Rans Coyote S6S two seat microlight Doris.

You Me Now 2:30 You Me ... Now!

Following the trials and tribulations of a group of friends as they find love in the city.

2:55 He Rourou

One of the original advocates of the Kohanga Reo Maori language preschool movement says she is worried about the future of the Maori language. Ana Tapiata talks with Te Oraiti Calcott about her concerns at the hui called by the Government's independent panel that's reviewing the government's Maori language strategy

3:10 Feature Album

Plan B - The Defamation of Strickland Banks.

3:12 Arts Report

Over Labour weekend in Auckland comic book and pop culture fans flocked to the Armageddon Expo. The days are long gone when such events were underground. In the US the Comic Con weekend is now one of the biggest influencers on what movies get made and what TV shows get greenlit.

Simon Morris wonders if that's altogether a good thing.

3:33 Southern story

In the final of this three-part series Memories of Ohai we hear from Bruce Allen, Laura and Walton Goldsmith, and Melvin Robinson about underground mining tragedies, the decline of the town, an uncover a mystery in Wairio cemetery.

See photos of the township.


3:40 Our Changing World

Vladimir Golovko explains how nano-scale particles of gold show promising new properties as catalysts.

4:06 The Panel

Josie Pagani and Peter Elliot.