Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm for Monday 16 December 2013

1:10 Best Song Ever Written - Michael Bernard nominated 'I Speak Fulla' by Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba.

1:25 Eight Months to Mars - actor, Susan Wilson.

2:10 Fred Tulett Retires - After more than half a century in the industry, a well-known New Zealand journalist is putting down his pen. Fred Tulett's long career has taken him from The Truth in Auckland, to The Times and The News of the World in London, and back to what was then called The Dominion in Wellington.
And for the past 15 years, he has been the Editor of the Southland Times.
Fred has worked on some of the country's biggest news stories, and his paper has led campaigns which have greatly benefitted the people of Southland.  Fred joins us now, on his last Monday in the job

2:20 Puzzling World - Duncan Spear - Forty years ago Stuart Landsborough defied the advice of his bank, family and friends, and built a maze in the tiny settlement of Wanaka. With a population of just 800 people, and any holiday-makers heading straight to the lake or mountains, Stuart was told his unique visitor attraction would never fly. Regardless of this advice, he sold his house, bought seven acres, and built the world's first wooden maze. The fortieth anniversary of this unusual business - which saw its three-millionth customer this year - has just been celebrated in Wanaka.

2:30 Reading - When day dawned on the third morning that Rob Hewitt was floating alone in his wet-suit off Kapiti Island, the southerly storms had gone and nature was bringing him a new danger   - the sun.  We'll hear how he faces it in today's episode from  his book - "Treading Water'  at half past two.
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MUSIC DETAILS      
'Nguru Tangi Atu' off  Marae Music by  Woodcut Production Music.  Wood 87

2:45 Feature album - Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One - The Kinks (1970)
Just confirmed, a new musical based on Ray Davies' early life and the rise of the band is to open in London next year. The Kinks plan 50th anniversary celebrations, which may include a reunion.

3:10 Rock journalist  Mick Wall is with us to talk about his new book.. Lou Reed The life.  He says Lou Reed is the most misunderstood genius in rock and turned the genre from entertainment to something dark and literary.

3:30 Toxic Algae Monitoring with a UAV - Alison Ballance - Since 2005, 13 dogs have died from eating toxic algae in the Hutt River. Greater Wellington already carries out regular monitoring and issues warnings if necessary, but Mark Heath at Victoria University thinks it might also be possible to monitor the size of algal blooms from the air - and Alison Ballance joins him as he begins trials with a small UAV to see if the idea can work in practice.

4:06 Linda Clark and Jane Clifton are on The Panel today - What do we do about fatness? What will they do about Len Brown, the Auckland city councillors? How conservatives are happier than liberals. The declining market for current affairs. Was the MFAT report unfair on the managers?