Best Of The Week
A web-only programme featuring highlights from from the Radio New Zealand schedule.
12:00 PM.Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 27 May. This week.....the life of the working poor in the United States, the media are now reaping the benefit of people revealing all on social media, growing tensions in the road versus rail debate in Northland, what its like working for five winters in Antarctica, how space weather affects earth, we join a farrier at work, an interview with one of the most successful jazz pianists in the world ahead of his first show here, the wierd world of competitive tickling, and the music created by the Eiffel Tower .
12:00 PM.Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 20 May. This week.....where you live in this country could be critical to your chances of getting skin cancer and surviving it, a moving interview with an author who'se written her last book while dying of melanoma-related brain cancer, are employers doing enough to embrace a workforce thats getting dramatically older, a damning report on decades of under reporting on fish catches in our waters, the Panama Papers back in the headlines after a team of New Zealand journalists scanned the raw data, how rail fatalities affect the other victims - the train drivers themselves, the big risks of space debris, a new geological period marked by our impact on the planet, the fascinating history of bananas, Hungarian refugee and pianist Lili Kraus who toured remote rural areas and contributed to this country's cultural scene over many years.
12:00 PM.Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 6 May. This week... Kim Hill with a British novelist who's latest book is a "cover version" of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Mark Weldon's departure from Mediaworks dissected, a Princeton-based NZ composer talks about sexism in the industry, Ghanaian hip-hop, and her newfound love of the mbira, the revival of taonga puoro or traditional Maori musical instruments, what can be done to get New Zealand businesses a better trade deal with China? the challenges facing Maori in the health system today, we hear about two rural awareness campaigns that could save lives, is social media ruining outdoor adventuring? we hear about Waikato Museum's current exhibition "Te Whaanau Maarama - The Heavenly Bodies", a royal albatross chick thats been getting a lot of attention lately and a Jazz pianist and vocalist talks about her new album and an anxiety disorder that prevented her from even touching a piano.
12:00 PM.Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 6 May. This week.....Scholar, activist and political theorist Noam Chomsky talks about politics, society and the death of the American dream, can the experimental new funding model social bonds help New Zealand's most vulnerable? Mixed messages and home truths in the media on soaring house prices, the global effects of the world's increasing population, the French doctor instrumental in founding Doctors without Borders who's also a successful novelist, mechanical doping - professional cycling's latest way of cheating, the genetic impacts of crop domestication, marine archaeologists find the wreck of the Endeavour, the politics and music of Unity Pacific's Tigilau Ness .
12:30 PM.Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 29 April. This week..... we remembered those who served in world wars on ANAZC day morning and RNZ National also reflected on the battles which shaped history here in Aotearoa, the biggest name in newspapers and online news is now doing twice-daily TV-style news bulletins, but are they eating TV's lunch? how is Fiji coping two months after Cyclone Winston? the founder of local music mag 'Rip It Up' reflects on the career and musical output of Prince, we hear from a Hillsborough stadium survivor and chairman of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign following an inquest concluding this wek that the victims were unlawfully killed, a profile of Rotorua fashion designer and boutique fashion seller Adrienne Whitewood, why we sleep badly when we travel, we meet British concert pianist, writer and television presenter James Rhodes and poetry while you wait.
12:00 PM.Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 22 April. This week..... media coverage on the issue of banning beggars from our city streets , an expose on poverty and housing in the United States, what's working and what's not in educating children with special needs, the work of a rural adult literacy trust, the use of anti-depressants is skyrocketing in New Zealand, the thrill of poring over maps, we have some laughs with comedian Rhys Darby, a live performance by Dave Dobbyn and his band for world record day , a documentary on the life of a New York heiress who was a true renaissance woman, and a tribute to Sir Noel Coward.
12:00 PM.Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 15 April. This week.....it was the biggest ever leak of newsworthy information and the biggest collaboration between media organisations - but the New Zealand media were out of the loop on the publication of the Panama Papers, a former Waikato dairy farmer who operates the biggest legal cannabis operation in the US, is surgery the ultimate placebo? A young Muslim black woman is representing New Zealand at a commonwealth leaders programme, walking better could stave off knee surgery, a book on the history of New Zealand women, playwright Roger Hall on his life and influences, chart topping musician Tiki Taane recreates his one man show live , bull semen for hair care products, and celebrating mangrove forests.
12:00 PM.Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 8 March. This week....New Zealand's role in helping the rich and powerful hide their wealth, how do journalism and public relations co-exist, Apple vs the FBI - and the war over encryption, broadcaster Niva Retimanu on her transformation from an overweight, drinking, smoking and junk food consumer to a marathon runner, we go out on Akaroa Harbour to research Hector's Dolphins - the world's smallest and rarest, musician Paul McLaney puts Shakespeare's Soliloquies to song , and charting New Zealand's social history through three decades of home movies.
12:30 PM.Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 1 April, this week.. the war on drugs is deemed a failure, how can media respond in ways that doesn't give the perpetrators of terrorist acts the publicity they want? a vet who's pretty quick with the snip, portraying aviatrix Jean Batten on stage, a man described as a Pakeha priest among Maori who is about to celebrate 50 years in the priesthood, what is adblocking all about? a book about women of the Catlins, celebrated cartoonist Tom Scott shares a few of his favourite things, how have misguided theories of finance led to an unhealthy relationship between debt and the modern economy? we hear about a marae-based geology workshop and the 13 year old star of the new Taika Waititi film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
12:00 PM.Highlights from RNZ National's programmes for the week ending Friday 25 March. This week.... An RNZ Insight Investigation uncovers evidence the Transport Accident Investigation Commission has been underfunded for more than a decade, the fight for justice for convicted murderer Teina Pora by a former policeman turned private investigator, the fuss over our 5 dollar note finding favour overseas wasn't quite what it seemed in the media, a highly acclaimed book by a doctor confronting his own death, whats involved in saving the Kakapo, the creation of a nature sanctuary in Nelson, a plagiarism scandal rocks the crossword puzzle world, research into how being a southpaw or a rightpaw affects everything - including the way you vote, a survey on the health of marine life on the Waitara reef, what it takes to create a good TV soap opera, and we go to the 24th Pasifika festival in Auckland.