Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm for Wednesday 19 December 2012

1:10 Best Song Ever Written - Michael Szabo of Wellington nominated 'If You Tolerate This Then Your Children' by Manic Street Preacher.

1:15 Link 3 - the songs:

TITLE:        Fairtale of New York
ARTIST:    The Pogues  FEAT: Kristy MacColl
COMP:    Shane McGowan. Jem Finer
ALBUM:    The Very Best of The Pogues  -  Track 6

TITLE:        Have Yourself A Very Merry Christmas
ARTIST:    Judy Garland
COMP:    Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane
ALBUM:    Pop Vocal Christmas Classics  -  Track 3

TITLE:        I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
ARTIST:    Harry Belafonte
COMP:    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
ALBUM:    The Time-Life Treasury of Christmas   -  CD 1 / Track 6
LABEL:    Timw Life 830563

TITLE:        White Christmas
ARTIST:    Bing Crosby
COMP:    Irving Berlin
ALBUM:    The Time-Life Treasury of Christmas   -  CD 1 / Track 2
LABEL:    Time Life 830563

TITLE:        Snoopy's Christmas
ARTIST:    The Royal Guardsmen
COMP:    George David Weiss, Luigi Creatore, Hugo Peretti
ALBUM:    Favourites For Christmas  -  Track 14
LABEL:    EMI 528641

TITLE:        Christmas Eve/ Sarajevo 12/24
ARTIST:    Trans Siberian Orchestra
COMP:    Paul O'Neill, Robert Kinkel, Jon Olivia
ALBUM:    Christmas Eve and Other Stories  -  Track 8
LABEL:    Lava 792736    

TITLE:        Silent Night
ARTIST:    Berliner Philharmoniker
COMP:    Franz Xaver Gruber
ALBUM:    Christmas Adagio  -  Track 20
LABEL:    Deutsche Grammophon 449 924

TITLE:        Stop The Cavalry
ARTIST:    Jona Lewie
COMP:    Jona Lewie
ALBUM:    !000 Original Hits; 1980  -  Track 18
LABEL:    EMI 630825
          
2:10 TV Chef Recipes -  Niki Bezzant
When it comes to roasting, the Christmas turkey isn't the only one in the firing line. A study by the British Medical Journal has found that most of us would be better off buying frozen or ready made meals at the supermarket rather than cook something at home from some of the recipes found in Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver cookbooks.  Researchers took 100 main meal recipes from TV chefs and compared them with 100 ready supermarket meals. The food from the flash cookbooks had significantly more calories, protein, fat, and saturated fat,  per portion than ready meals.Niki Bezzant is a food writer and the founding editor of the Healthy Food Guide.

2:20 Quakes and Ladders - Siobhan Grimshaw
For many homeowners in Christchurch, dealing with the EQC and insurance companies can feel like playing a game of snakes and ladders: two steps forward three steps back. Yes your house needs repair.. no we're not sure how much we'll pay or when you'll get the check.  
Now Cantabrian, Siobhan Grimshaw, whose own home is badly damaged from the earthquakes,  has created a board game called "Quakes and Ladders The game of Earthquake Recovery"  because sometimes she says if you don't laugh you'll cry.  Proceeds from the sale of Quakes and Ladders will go to local charities and community groups.

2:25 Paragliding Record  - Angus Tapper
For 6 and a half hours, over more than 147 kilometers of remote terrain in the South Island.
Queenstown Paraglider Angus Tapper rode the winds to set a new record. He flew from Coronet Peak to Haast Pass and back to Hawea to set the longest recorded Cross Country paragliding flight in New Zealand.

2:30 Reading  'The Holiday Of A Lifetime'
Susan Wilson reads the first part of  'The Holiday Of A Lifetime'  by Susan Pointon.
MUSIC DETAILS      
The Last Blossom  KT241B  Killer Tracks

2:45 Feature Album - Bookends - Simon and Garfunkel (1968)

3:10 Virtual World - Jules Older

The McAfee Melodrama
http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/McAfee-writes-digital-odyssey-4091292.php>

Should you quit university to go out and earn your fortune?
http://www.sfgate.com/technology/article/Entrepreneurs-do-better-with-college-studies-4094677.php>

HP strikes again. And again.
http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/HP-breakup-touted-amid-falling-value-4101024.php>

Do paywalls work?
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/KQED-enters-startup-game-to-boost-media-4088217.php>

"Newspapers: The old model is broken." And so is the new model.
http://www.nytimes.com/video/2012/12/03/business/100000001936259/newspapers-continue-to-struggle.html>

The Aphorism Game
'Tablet to tablet, scroll to scroll' Amos Oz & Fania Oz-Salzberger, Jews and Words
http://www.npr.org/2012/12/01/166014421/a-compelling-chutzpadik-history-of-jews-and-words>

3:35 Auckland story - David Steemson

New Zealand's only fully fledged mandolin orchestra has been playing to the Xmas crowds this week, raising funds for the Auckland City Mission.More from David Steemson at 3.30.

4:06 The Panel - David Slack and Richard Langston.

Politicians' pay goes up, and so do excises and charges to try and balance NZ's books. Cattle rustling in NZ. The advantage of riding a bicycle over other exercise. Did the RWC really have the fantastic benefits for NZ being claimed for it in a new Business Ministry report? And should we be forking out $230,000 for young golfer Lydia Ko?