Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm for Thursday 19 December 2013
1:10 Best song ever written - Hey John
Melissa Mebus of Wellington nominated Hey John by Blossom Dearie.
1:15 Your place: Tapanui
2:10 Evading WWII Capture - Bram Uljee
Bram Uljee was a boy during the invasion of the Japanese army on Indonesia in the Second World War. Bram and his family went into hiding on a dairy farm and were able to evade Japanese capture thanks to an elaborate ruse.
2:20 The Pop Up Tea Shop - Jan Saville
For years Jan Saville dreamed of setting up her own tearoom to serve the fancy cakes and delicate sandwiches her mum taught her to bake. But the earthquake changed everything. Jan put aside her dream, and then came up with a new one... a pop up teamroom, a moveable feast. Dorothy's Pop Up Tearooms operates out of a cool specially kitted out caravan.
2:30 Reading: Ben and William Get Knotted
A quirky little tale by Steve Danby set in the capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
2:45 Feature album
Extraordinary Machine by American singer-songwriter Fiona Apple (2005).
3:10 The Kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr
December 1963 and the bizarre plot to kidnap the son of Frank Sinatra, one of America's biggest stars at the time. Nineteen-year-old Frank Jr was kidnapped for a ransom, but released unharmed after two days. Barry Keenan, the man behind the crime, talks with Mike Lanchin of BBC Witness and describes the events of his doomed 'get rich quick' plot.
3:20 Moa: The life and death of New Zealand's legendary bird
The nineteenth century rediscovery of the extinct giant moa sparked remarkable scenes of scientific competition, intrigue and dispute. Writer Quinn Berentson's award-winning book, Moa, captures the controversy and also the wonder of the world's tallest bird. Moa is adapted and presented by Justin Gregory.
Moa: The life and death of New Zealand's legendary bird by Quinn Berentson
Published by Craig Potton Publishing (1 Nov ember 2012)
3:40 Our Changing World - Parkinson's and Metronomes
Metronomes are something that musicians use to keep to set the tempo and keep time in a piece of music, but physiotherapist Tara Martin has been using it to help prevent people with Parkinson's disease from falling over. Ruth Beran goes to the home of Parkinson's patient John Chitty who has being 'trained' to take big steps by walking in time to a metronome, and has had good results.
4:06 The Panel: Bernard Hickey and Jonathan Krebs
What happened to Len Brown; Britain's politicians are getting honesty training; should we be worried about the current account deficit?; the new bicycles that are a cross between bikes and motorised bikes; the new drinking laws; and how do you know as a bar owner if people are drunk?