Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm for Tuesday 23 April 2013

1:10 Best Song Ever Written

Peter Bersani from Rangiora has chosen Dirty Water by The Standells.

1:15 Critical Mass

With Sarah McMullan, Vanda Symon, Nick Atkinson and Steve McCabe.

2:10 Free shop

Rebecca Culver is the founder of Just Zilch, a project that provides free, fresh food to the community and is struggling to get charitable status. Just Zilch is a free store, a food bank-like set-up, where food is collected from a variety of local shops, cafes and restaurants, and distributed for free to anyone who needs it out of a premises on Fitzherbert St. The free store has been running for almost 2 years now, and provides up to 170 people a day with fresh and cooked food every afternoon. The initiative has applied to be registered for a charity on several occasions over the past 22 months, but to date all applications have been refused.

2:20 Food forest

A pair of keen horticulturalists from Southland are attracting international plaudits for a 'food forest' that's taken them more than 2 decades to grow. Robyn Guyton and her husband Robert paid six thousand dollars for 2 acres on a North facing hillside in Riverton 23 years ago. Back then, the land was covered in gorse and broom. Flash forward to the present day and this 'food forest' is the oldest, and the best established example of its kind in the country, boasting an extensive and thriving eco-system including-but not limited to- hazelnuts, walnuts, chestnuts, peaches, pears, quinces, figs, locquats, ALL the berries, 65 varieties of apples, and 30 types of plum.

2:30 Reading - Coming Home, by Bronwyn Elsmore

A warm emotional tale of a soldier's return home after World War Two.

2:45 Feature Album - Mid Air, by Paul Buchanan.
Paul Buchanan (of The Blue Nile fame) released his first solo record in 2012, aged 56. It's called Mid Air.

3:12 Tune Your Engine - Mary Roach

Two years ago, acclaimed science writer and author Mary Roach was A guest on 8 months to Mars. Her book which we discussed then was Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void; it traversed the challenges of anti-gravity sickness, eating in space and the issues of living in close quarters with fellow space travelers.  She is also the author of the best-selling Stiff, the curious lives of cadavers. This time, Mary Roach is taking us into another alien evironment, through the digestive system. From the moment you sit down to eat, to the moment you sit down for something else, your body works hard to process food into energy.  Mary's new book is Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal.

3:33 Asian Report

In today's Asian Report Lynda Chanwai-Earle meets a recipient of the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Auckland's refugee and migrant communities.

4:06 The Panel, with Chris Wikaira and Rosemary McLeod

Discussing the electricity market, the question of under-utilised members of parliament, the phenomenon of digital dependence in our children, the problem of NZ being seen as a crime-high country, and the interesting argument Google uses to justify not paying much tax.