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 - 22 May 2015

12:00 We hear from Sarah Chayes an expert in kleptocracy, anti-corruption and civil-military relations and author of 'Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security' speaking on Saturday Morning, from Nine to Noon two Wellington medical researchers who are preparing the ground for clinical human trials for their promising cancer immuno therapy, our Spectrum documentary this week takes us back 50 years to the construction of the Benmore Dam, we find out asbout a 70s photo exhibition and a new documentary on social housing, This Way Up explores age prediction websites and more.

Best of the Week - 15 May 2015

12:00 We hear from a science writer and a former editor for Nature magazine who's written most recently about invisibility, Mediawatch talks to a journalist who's investigated how some papers in the UK illegally acquired private information, our structural relationship with cement and concrete, we hear about the New Zealand Film Commission's project to digitise Kiwi feature films, Kathryn Ryan talks to a longtime fixture on the art, film and media scene also known for his work on the artist Len Lye, Afternoons finds out what really happens upstairs and downstairs in a large English estate, Spectrum visits Wellington's waterfront plaques and inlaid benches with quotes from some of New Zealand's finest writers and more.

Best of the Week - 8 May 2015

12:00 We go for a ride in Steve West's Tesla Model S electric car, one of only six in the country, Mediawatch reports on the backlash against dissent and disrespect on ANZAC day, Kim Hill talks with the leader of the team who were the first in the world to scan the brains of volunteers under the influence of LSD, Dunedin's Kane Strang presents his official debut collection of heavy hearted psychedelic pop songs from Music 101, our Voices programme talks with infamous rags to riches property magnates and brothel owners The Chow Brothers, British comedian Nish Kumar talks stand up and plays some of his favourite comedians on The Laugh Track, Dilbert comic strip creator Scott Adams from Nine to Noon, we hear from a rock icon complete with gothic makeup, guillotine and hangman's noose from Sunday Morning, Nights talks to a scientist compelled to prove the moon innocent of anything odd that happens to humans, Spectrum re visits an Auckland home bought in 1972 by a group of radical feminists espousing women's rights, Our Changing World meets Tasmanian Devils at Wellington Zoo and an Air Force work horse is about to be silenced as the RNZAF says goodbye to the last of it's Iroquois helicopters.

Best of the Week - 1 May 2015

12:00 some interviews from our Anzac Day coverage including an ineractive App which gives visitors to Gallipoli a full and informative experience, Ponytailgate - reaction to a political story that surged to the top of the news agenda here - and was widely reported overseas, the changing definitions of cowardice, Dame Alison Holst speaks of her early days in television in the mid 60's, a women's rights campaigner on misogyny in the Arab world, reducing methane emissions from livestock, we head to the Venice Biennale, and poet Sam Hunt with a track from an album with David Kilgour and the Heavy8's.

Best of the Week - 24 April 2015

12:00 The director of the Security Intelligence Service warns more people are being monitored because of their links to Islamic State, an Internet entrepreneur claims the internet has had a disastrous effect on our lives, is bankruptcy the only realistic option for dealing with a student loan, the legal and commercial issues around surrogacy, Birch Hill Ride honours the horses who left New Zealand for World War One, the fascinating work of a bear whisperer, the group Herbs are honoured at this years Taite Music Prize.

Best of the Week - 17 April 2015

12:00 This week..... the ethics of spying within New Zealand, the much-hyped launch of the new Paul Henry news show, The Family of Twelve - a group of New Zealand wineries working together, a blind runner and her world champion running guide take on the London marathon, studies into the active volcanic field Auckland is built on, a native forest trust celebrates the release of its 200th reared Kiwi chick, crackers made from spent grains used in beer making, and making it rain on stage for the musical Singin' in the Rain.

Best of the Week - 10 April 2015

12:00 Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 10th April. This week.....a long-serving reporter voices fears about journalism going digital, the demand and continuing unmet need for elective surgery, the filmmaker who went in front of the camera to explore the impact of a 40-teaspoon daily diet of sugar, eating only food presented as healthy, the challenges facing aid workers in some of the world's worst conflict and disaster zones, developing ways to detect new designer steroids used in sports doping, the growing popularity of cider in this country, a New Zealander who'se taught many stars of stage and screen in London has a book out offering tips to would be actors.

Best of the Week - 3 April 2015

12:00 Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 3 April. This week.....Insight looks at China's engagement with Pacific nations; Morning Report turns 40; how Maggie Thatcher helped a young gay Scottish man coping with an abusive life; regenerating an estate for manuka honey bees; Herbie Hancock on being the father of hip hop; trials to research our blood flow; The Good Wife's Eli Gold aka Alan Cumming on his violent upbringing; the travelling husband and wife veterinary de-sexing team; we hear about the waterski racing champs and recalling the great and dark days of cricket past with JR Reid

Best of the Week - 27 March 2015

12:00 Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 27 March. This week.....an historic win for the Black Caps in the Cricket World Cup; media reaction to the sacking of X Factor judges; the Panel discuss the St Bede's rowing story; the realities behind the War on Drugs; the current thinking on taking your full prescription of antibiotics; working to combat systemic rascism in the US; searching for one of our most at-risk seabirds - the Black Petrel; The Sound of Thunder - a gathering of BEARS pay homage to motorbike inventor John Britten and what's good eating at WOMAD.

Best of the Week - 20 March 2015

12:00 Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 20 March. This week.....how the media coped with the announcement of a potential poisoning threat to infant milk powder; food spies - protecting us all; exploring the impacts of digital weapons; central government's new Auckland management; understanding and rewriting our past through modern science; revisiting the chase to find moa on the West Coast; 48 hours of mind-altering drugs in Ireland; the deadly mating rituals of spiders; actor Alan Rickman - Causing Chaos; and highlights from WOMAD Taranaki.

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