Best Of The Week

A web-only programme featuring highlights from from the Radio New Zealand schedule.

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  • Best of the Week for 27 February 2015 ( 1h 33′ 57″ )

    12:00 This week.....a Syrian analyst and expert on ISIS says a decision to send New Zealand troops to Iraq to help in the fight against Islamic State will not go un-noticed, A radical new theory suggests that our heartbeat could be responsible for Alzheimer's disease, New figures show police are making little progress in their battle to prevent domestic violence, the furore in the media over the movie Fifty Shades of Grey, A new study finds that two thirds of smokers will die from a smoking-related illness, we go to Mead Stream Gorge - is one of New Zealand's geological wonderlands, the sublime talent of singer songwriter Marlon Williams, and a size diversity activist who believes the pursuit of happiness is not size dependent.

  • Best Of The Week - 20 February 2015 ( 1h 27′ 21″ )

    18:00 Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 20 February. This week..... we hear from a journalist who six years ago this month raised questions about the case against Mark Lundy, what happens when a big American studio insists on doing some major tampering with your movie?, standup veteran and QI panelist Alan Davies with Wallace Chapman on comedy and performing ahead a series of gigs in July, Nights tries to find out if Marx is still relevant, Country Life takes us to a commercial produce market in Chennai India where New Zealand apples are on sale, a 140 year old family hat business that's still going strong from This Way Up, a war reporter who was shot at point blank range in Afghanistan - her story from Nine to Noon, Our Changing World takes us to bare, remote, wind-swept rocks that are seabird heaven, Music 101 asks 'why are good love songs so difficult to write'? and more.

  • Best of the Week - 13 February 2015 ( 1h 26′ 53″ )

    12:00 Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 13 February. This week.....should we be leaving coal in the hole to save the planet; we travel to Japan to compare their quake recovery with Christchurch; using comedy to battle with two fights of cancer; working with the criminally insane behind the gates of Gomorrah; the employer promoting equality in the workplace; Shakti Ethnic Women's Refuge opens in Wellington; the long history behind the annual Pirongia Boxing Day Races; a history of vaccinations and the reasons why some people choose not to; and we're at the first NZ Wanderlust festival - a mix of yoga and music.

  • Best of the Week - 13 February 2015 ( 1h 26′ 53″ )

    12:00 Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 13 February. This week.....should we be leaving coal in the hole to save the planet; we travel to Japan to compare their quake recovery with Christchurch; using comedy to battle with two fights of cancer; working with the criminally insane behind the gates of Gomorrah; the employer promoting equality in the workplace; Shakti Ethnic Women's Refuge opens in Wellington; the long history behind the annual Pirongia Boxing Day Races; a history of vaccinations and the reasons why some people choose not to; and we're at the first NZ Wanderlust festival - a mix of yoga and music.

  • Best of the Week- 6 February 2015 ( 1h 30′ 28″ )

    12:00 Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 6th February. This week.....the strong reaction in the media to recent comments made by Booker prize-winning author Eleanor Catton, the pleasures and perils of ageing, film director Anthony McCarten on the film about physicist Stephen Hawking, tourists loading up on duty free liquor cause problems in Queenstown, a project to create a bi-lingual, bi-national, Hebrew-Arabic tribute to Lorde's music, a six-week voyage to Antarctica to study the top predators in the Southern Ocean, a landmark ruling in Germany to protect mens rights to urinate standing up, whats involved in photographing crime scenes, and the Lauder Ukelele Festival.

  • Best of the Week - 30 January 2015 ( 1h 31′ 03″ )

    12:00 Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 23 January. This week...a survivor remembers the horrors of Auschwitz; the media, the summer and what makes news; should we be paying for organ donations; a US Army Ranger tells of leaving service as a conscientious objector; learning from nature's use of insulin; penguin state housing on Matiu Somes Island; Spectrum tours what's left of the Featherston WW1 training camp; a new exercise craze perhaps - yoga on water and the art of selling NZ.

  • Best of the Week - 23 January 2015 ( 1h 5′ 49″ )

    12:00 Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 23 January. This weekwhat are media commentators looking forward to for 2015; changing farming habits to cope with drought; controversy for some about parents sending their pakeha children to kohanga reo; relief from summer hayfever and allergy symptoms; making vintage planes from scratch; Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richard's foray into writing children's books; and turning your body into artwork with tattoos.

  • Best of the Week - 24 December 2014 ( 1h 34′ 17″ )

    12:00 Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 26th December. This week.....Former Radio New Zealand newsreader Chris Whitta and Spiritual Outlook host Mike Gourley on how they've adapted to everyday life after having a stroke, a project that seems to have found a radical solution to the problem of food waste, the work of community volunteers, celebrations marking the introduction of Christianity in New Zealand by the Reverend Samuel Marsden, its been a big year for the Black Caps Captain Brendon McCullum, the man behind the Morning Report birdcalls, and the Christmas truce of 1914 when soldiers laid down their weapons to play football.

  • Best of the Week - 19 December 2014 ( 1h 38′ 38″ )

    12:00 Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 19 December. This week.....insights into how and why the Sydney seige happened; alone on air - when a guest walks out of an interview; from whale killers to whale counters - the end to whale hunts in NZ; Marcus du Sautoy on the symmetry of maths; testing IQ on robins; farming food at school; milking the community cow benefits everyone; cooking slow food with no power and no smoke; and RZA on herding members of the Wu Tang Clan for a 20th anniversary album release

  • Best of the Week - 12 December 2014 ( 1h 27′ 39″ )

    12:00 Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 12 December. This week.....advertising and news - now "sponsored content"; are global trade deals "a monstrous assault on democracy"; designs to help hospital workers; US comedian Bill Burr; feeding the homeless in Napier; getting power from solar panelled roads; mapping the genome of tuatara; the efforts to be trashfree and behind music royalties in NZ