Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm for Thursday 4 December 2014

1:10 Best song ever written - The Wall of Death - Richard Thompson

Chosen by Tricia Thompson of Taranaki.

1:20 Our New Zealand A to Z - Temuka

Jeremy Talbot's family has been farming in the area since the 1860's.
Chris Van der Werff is the CEO of New Zealand Insulators.
Juliette Stevenson is the kaiwhakahaere or manager of Arowhenua Whanau Services.

2:10 Sam Clark - New Zealand record skydive

A group of 35 skydivers have set a New Zealand record.  The parachutists from all around the country made history when they created a snowflake over Lake Taupo as the sun set last night.

Paul talks to the organiser Sam Clark. 

Sam Clark sky diving

 

2:20 Switching off' pain

We explore new research that claims scientists have found a new way to 'switch off' pain. That's everything from a headache to chronic pain. And it could help the development of non-addictive drugs. Paul talks with Saint Louis University researcher, Professor Daniela Salvemini from  Missouri. 

2:30 NZ Reading: Like Travellers, Gone Places by Gregory O'Brien

Read by Gregory O'Brien, first published by Vintage in 'The Best New Zealand Fiction, Volume Two'.

2:45 Feature album - 360 Degrees of Billy Paul - Billy Paul (1972)

3:10 Locksport -  Derek Robson

Locksport turns picking locks into a competitive sport; and it's not just practiced by locksmiths or burglars either. Derek Robson runs a monthly locksport get-together and Simon Morton from This Way Up meets him and the other hackers picking locks.

3:30 Nanogirl

Michelle Dickinson is the winner of the 2015 Prime Minister's Science Media Communication Prize. By day she runs the University of Auckland's nanomechanical testing lab, by night she's Nanogirl, teaching kids that science doesn't have to be boring. To find out more, Justin Gregory meets this science superhero in a suburban backyard.

Stories from Our Changing World.

3:35 Lady Astor

In December 1919, the first woman took her seat in the British parliament. Her name was Lady Nancy Astor and she had been born in America. Louise Hidalgo of BBC Witness listens back through the BBC archives, and talks to her grandson David Astor about his memories of her.

3:45 The Panel Pre-Show - Zara Potts