Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm for Monday 7 April 2014

1:10 Best song ever written: Thunder Road" by Bruce Springsteen chosen by Michael Broad of Invercargill.

1:15 Eight months to Mars - Dame Kiri te Kanawa is going to Mars. She's back in Auckland in May to perform at the ASB Arena.

2:10 Food For Thought - Ben Whitaker
Central Otago man Ben Whitaker has always loved a good cause. After helping his parents open a coffee shop in his home town of Alexandra, Ben moved to Melbourne and opened his own cafe in one of the city's ritziest suburbs.
He then started to contribute to charities by donating his staff's tips to worthy causes, and has taken it one step further with his own charity 'Food for Thought'  - a healthy food and educational programme that looks after children in Buenos Aires slums. And with one in three Argentinian children living in poverty.. he's certainly got his work cut out for him

2:20 Chinese Graves - Les Wong
It was a special day yesterday for the Moa Creek cemetery in Central Otago's Ida Valley as three Chinese goldminers were properly laid to rest, a century after they died. The miners had no headstones and no names... no sign really, that they ever existed at all. Dunedin historian, Les Wong began to research the graves and uncovered the identity of the men, and had their names transcribed into marble headstones which were, fittingly, unveiled on a special day in the Chinese calendar -"tomb sweeping day".

2:30 Reading
As she grew in confidence at Bishops, the exclusive girls school in British Guiana, Mona Williams began to react against the constant promotion of all things English and the exclusion of local culture. It has led to the threat of expulsion, but that has not dimmed Mona's desire to excel and in today's reading from her autobiographical book 'Bishops'  Mona accepts more challenges and finds a new motivation.

2:45 Feature album - Jake Bugg - Self-titled (2012) - Jake plays Auckland Town Hall this Thursday.

3:12 Feature Author
Novelist and columnist Sarah Kate Lynch reflects on turning 50, ignoring the expectations of others, and what it takes to be happy in her new book, Screw you Dolores: A Wicked Approach to Happiness

3:30 Pretty Asian Theatre - Lynda Chanwai-Earle
"Do you even like being Chinese? I'm a banana and proud!" The play Lantern by Renee Liang explores one Chinese family's dysfunctional struggle with being "yellow on the outside and white on the inside." Lynda is in Auckland to hear from the cast of P.A.T. (Pretty Asian Theatre).

4:06 The Panel - Matt Nippert and Josie Pagani
The Royals have arrived, and with their front-facing car seat; poetry for men; shall we just forget about cycling on our roads and re-double efforts to create separate cycle ways? Global warming; selling TV shows to North Korea and World Smile Day.