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 - 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

  • Best of the Week for 5 December 2014 ( 1h 25′ 28″ )

    12:00 Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 5 December. This week - contradictions in the reasons for selling off state houses; the leaking of official reports to the media; wildlife wars - the clash between humans and wild animals; understanding War World One through an exhibition "More than a War"; the German-born scientist winning the 2014 Rutherford Medal plays favourites; the annual clean-up of Wellington harbour reveals some interesting rubbish; picking locks for fun and dexterity; the delights of travelling in Ethiopia and Dr Ropata releases an album.

  • Best of the Week - 28 November 2014 ( 1h 23′ 30″ )

    12:00 Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 28th November. This week - efforts to protect our computer networks from cyber attacks, media coverage of the resignation of the CEO of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority over sexual harassment claims, how sexism in Australia affects women's career choices, the development of advanced robots, Being Mortal - a doctors view on ageing, illness and what matters in the end, the work of one of the pioneers of the computer graphics industry which revolutionised the way we watch films, petunias unravel the secrets of how plants turn colour on and off, we go glamorous camping, and head to the party at the New Zealand Music Awards.

  • Best of the Week - 21 November 2014 ( 1h 37′ 00″ )

    12:00 Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 21 November. This week.....the media's delight at munted punters at the races; China's educational testing - how much is too much; will Google Glass information impact decision making in life and death events; studying moa bones and their extinction; the faecal pill to implant good microbes into your gut; using Tesla coils to make music; remembering Malcolm X's Oxford Union debate 50 years ago; exotic sheep breeds in southern Hawke's Bay; what makes a pigeon fast and Lyttelton based band The Eastern sends an audio postcard from Stewart Island.

  • Best of the Week - 14 November 2014 ( 1h 55′ 07″ )

    12:30 Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 14 November. This week..... a conversation that 'wound up' climate change campaigners and skeptics, one of the world's bestselling crime authors, promoting Maori culture in an authentic and down to earth way by a Whakatane based tourism venture, the first ever attempt to probe the inner workings of a major faultline before it ruptures, a pioneering Maori novelist and short story writer who has written about his early life for the first time, a poet and biographer who tells the story of living with chronic pain, common household poisons, website design that caters to the needs of consumers with low vision, the man politicians, sports stars and pop icons call when they get into trouble, Jak the rodent dog who has given up the hunt after losing a leg at the age of 90 (in his years) and the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra as they record and produce their first full-length album.

  • Best of the Week - 7 November 2014 ( 1h 41′ 56″ )

    12:00 Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 7 November. This week.....from teenage dropkick to walking around New Zealand on foot - Brando Yelavich on facing challenges; cafe culture and our obsession with coffee; debunking grammar gripes with a new guide to better writing; is the art of cartooning dying out; improving stroke recovery with virtual reality; Oscar-winning film sound mixer Mike Hedges on advances in sound; Country Life visits the general store in the King Country's Kakahi; reaheating pasta and other carbs for less calorie intake; the female world number one poker player giving back to social justice casues and throbbing engines meet in Wellington for a Biker's Bit of a Do.

  • Best of the Week - 31 October 2014 ( 1h 31′ 35″ )

    12:00 Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 31 October. This week.....how the media have tackled stories on housing affordability; comic genius Eddie Izzard on hard work and confidence; what a menu tells you about the restaurant and how your food is presented; innovative chef and food writer Yotam Ottolenghi; remembering Christchurch's Lancaster Park; unionist Helen Kelly and her activist start in life; the Timaru speedskating training duo; the quake cats of Christchurch and the upside of downsizing to a tiny home.

  • Best of the Week - 24 October 2014 ( 1h 34′ 09″ )

    12:00 Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 24 October. This week.....is the media response to the threat of Islamic State as serious as it should be; the future for 3D bio-printing new body parts with your own cells; Kidnapped by the Taliban - Dr Dilip Joseph tells his story of fear, hope and rescue; film director David Cronenberg's new novel Consumed; the Polish children of Pahiatua; aquarium fish calming you down before the dentist chair; what the secret police saw - the inner workings of the KGB during the Cold War; what happened to young conscientious objectors of World War One and a New Zealand history of tramping.

  • Best of the Week - 17 October 2014 ( 1h 30′ 14″ )

    12:00 Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 17 October. This week.....migrant workers complain of ill treatment in NZ workplaces; Julia Gillard's memoir of being Australia's first woman prime minister; finding new ways to combat antibiotic resistance; encouraging more Maori into becoming surgeons; fashion designers flourishing in Dunedin; taking advantage of the high-tech marijuana industry in the US; Mike McRoberts on reporting from warzones; chlorine bleach and Bubbles Week; remembering the Rural Education Activities Programme or REAP; in session with Grammy and Oscar winning songwriter Ryan Bingham and Kiwi songwriting legends Dave Dobbyn and Don McGlashan play favourites with Kim Hill.