Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm for Thursday 14 July 2016

1:10 First song

 Robotic Stingray

Robotic Stingray Photo: Karaghen Hudson and Michael Rosnach

1:15 Part Stingray, Part Robot

Yesterday on the show we spoke with Submarine designer, Lucy Collins, and one of the questions she was asked was whether submarine design has ever tried to emulate the flexi-torso techniques used by sea creatures to displace water more effectively.

Our next guest works on exactly this kind of thing. Professor Kit Parker of Harvard University looks to the natural world for engineering inspiration... and has built a robotic stingray, which imitates the movement of a living stingray.

1:35 Poet, Hera Lindsay Bird

Hera Lindsay Bird's poetry is making waves both in New Zealand and overseas. She talks about her eponymous debut collection of poetry.

1:40 Favourite album

2:10 Theatre Critic:  Dione Joseph

Badjelly The Witch - at The Pumphouse, Takapuna, until 23rd Jul

Purapurawhetu - at The Herald Theatre until 16th Jul

2:20 Geoffonomics: The price of clean, green electricity

Can we have clean, green electricity without blowing the power bills?

We are supposed to be weaning ourselves off fossil fuels by the 2nd half of this century but can we do it without the lights going out and our power bills exploding?

Economist Geoff Simmons from the Morgan Foundation discusses the economics of renewable energy.

2:30 The history of New Zealand comedy

Victoria University law historian, Grant Morris looks at the beginnings of New Zealand comedy.

New Market cathedral

New Market cathedral. Photo: Supplied

2:45 The Reading

3:10 Masterpieces with Jeff Thomson

Jeff Thomson is one of New Zealand's most highly regarded sculptors. He's exhibiting in this year's Sculpture on the Gulf, which he's been a part of since its inception. He's here for Masterpieces, to tell us about his favourite New Zealand sculpture.

3:25 The Expats: Helen Simmons in Oslo

Helen Simmons has lived in the Norwegian capital for 12 years, and loves the changing seasons, but the very short winter days can take their toll.

Frogner Park, Oslo

Frogner Park, Oslo Photo: Wikipedia

3:30 Science and environment stories

Stories from Our Changing World.

3:45 The Panel Pre-Show

Music played in this show

JESSE MULLIGAN : AFTERNOONS & THE PANEL 1 - 5pm
Thursday 14th July

JESSE'S SONG:
ARTIST: Che Fu
TITLE: Waka
COMP: Che Fu Ness
ALBUM: 2b S.Pacific
LABEL: BMG

FAVOURITE ALBUM:
ARTIST: Calexico
TITLE: The Black Light
COMP: Joey Burns, John Convertino
ALBUM: The Black Light
LABEL: Quarterstick

ARTIST: Calexico
TITLE: Minas De Cobre (For Better Metal)
COMP: Joey Burns
ALBUM: The Black Light
LABEL: Quarterstick

ARTIST: Calexico
TITLE: Missing
COMP: Joey Burns
ALBUM: The Black Light
LABEL: Quarterstick

ADDITIONAL SONG:
ARTIST: Vashti Bunyan  
TITLE: Diamond Day
COMP: Vashti Bunyan
ALBUM: Just Another Diamond Day
LABEL: Philips

THE PANEL HALF TIME SONG:
ARTIST: Chainsmokers
TITLE: #Selfies
COMP: Andrew Taggart
ALBUM: Digital Single
LABEL: Dim Mak