Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm for Thursday 25 July 2013

1:10 Best Song Ever Written - Ned Nicely of Tauranga has nominated 'Imagine' by John Lennon

1:20 Your Place tour guides from Port Underwood today, on the east coast of the Marlborough Sounds - and once in history considered as a location for New Zealand's Capital City. Our tour guides are John Guard, Diane Cranfield and 
Bruce Hearn.

2:10 Ten Year Wait for Tram Almost Over - Jim Auker - It has been over 60 years since trams operated in Wanganui, but soon the clickety-clack sound of a tram will be making a comeback in the North Island town.
Jim Auker and the Wanganui Tramways Trust, are only months away from getting a tram back onto the streets... albeit for only 170 metres! It has been 10 years in the making and now the final step of installing overhead power lines is nearing which will allow the trams to make a return once more.

2:20 The Endurance Rider - Trevor Walton - Imagine jumping onto the back of a horse and riding as fast as you can and as far as you can. Some of us shy away from something like that, but for 71 year old Trevor Walton, he can't get enough of it. The retired Taranaki dairy farmer has proved that is it never too late to try something new. He first took up endurance racing at age 62, and is now one of the oldest riders in the country. But his age is not stopping him from clinching awards, and regularly beating much younger counterparts

2:30 Reading - Shonagh Koea's family changed houses repeatedly when she was a child - and the fearful times she experienced in those years helped shape  her attitude to the places she subsequently called home.  In today's extract from her memoir - 'The Kindness of Stranger' we hear some of those memories - and learn how she puts them to work!
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MUSIC DETAILS      
Courante: JS Bach Suite No 1 in G for solo cello, BWV1007, Jacqueline du Pre. Tk 7  Testament SBT 1388

2:45 Feature Album - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs -  Derek and the Dominos (1970)

3:10  Dr Bob - AA's Beginnings - Claire Bowes of BBC Witness - It's nearly 80 years since Alcoholics Anonymous was founded. We hear about the surgeon who drank a final beer before surgery and went on to help found  the world's most famous programme for treating alcoholism.
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MUSIC DETAILS:
Billy Murray:The Alcoholic Blues (Edward Lasaka & Albert von Tilzer) 78rpm single rec. 1919 [HMV - Victor 18522-A ]

Link: BBC Witness

3:20 Neighbourhood Boxing Ring - Katy Gosset - Katy meets Alex Fidow, a Christchurch boxing coach who's been training local youth for forty years.

3:30 Space Telescope Venture - Veronika Meduna - American and German astronomers have descended on Christchurch to take part in a series of flights on board a modified passenger aircraft which carries a large telescope in a hole in its side. Known as SOFIA - which stands for Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy - the telescope is making observations of space objects that can only be seen from the southern skies.

4:06 Jock Anderson and Vicki Hyde are on the Panel today.  Up for discussion are the indebtedness of our councils now, the number of suspect cars being imported into NZ.  Whether you should be able to own more than 3 cats. Strange stories too, like the bloke who's been the ghost buyer of cars and houses in Auckland, and as the loss of funds from community pokie machines is lamented, we ask once again  what did we use to do before pokies money propped society up? You may like to tell us. 2101 if you're texting today, about anything at all of course, if you're emailing it's afternoons@radionz.co.nz.