Great Encounters

The full length interviews selected from Radio New Zealand National's feature programmes during the week.

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Linda Tirado - Down and Out in Utah and Washington DC

8:40 AM.In her book Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America Linda Tirado writes eloquently of the millions of people in her home country the US who work hard, yet still struggle. She knows because she was one of the working poor. After one of her blog posts went viral in 2013, Tirado wrote a book. Then some in the media began to question Tirado's story and her right to speak on behalf of the downtrodden.

Gary Bolles: education and work parachutes

8:35 AM.Co-founder of who writes and lectures frequently on the future of work and learning. He is visiting New Zealand as a guest of Callaghan Innovation to deliver his talk, How To Thrive In Disruptive Times, to local business people.

Charles Foster: being a beast

8:12 AM.Kim Hill talks to veterinarian, lawyer and passionate naturalist Charles Foster, who took on the neuro-scientific and literary challenge of living like a fox, badger, otter, deer and swift to write his latest book, Being a Beast.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy

9:33 AM.Joe Cannataci is the United Nations' first Special Rapporteur for the right to privacy. Appointed last year, he's wasted no time in laying into what he's described as an Orwellian level of state surveillance of citizens by CCTV and other means. He's been particularly critical of the UK which is currently legislating to allow bulk hacking and interception of data, saying countries should be scaling back surveillance of their own people. He also says it's regrettable that so many people willingly sign away their digital rights through their use of social media. Joe Cannataci is a professor of law at the University of Malta where he is the Head of the Department of Information and Policy. He is speaking at events in Wellington tomorrow and Auckland on Thursday as a guest of the New Zealand Privacy Commissioner.

Vivian Gornick: re-reading, love, and living alone

10:05 AM.Kim Hill talks to the New York journalist, essayist, critic and author about her memoirs Fierce Attachments (1987) and The Odd Woman & the City (2015).

Environment Minister fronts up on water

9:09 AM.Water: Who owns it? Should there be a `price' on it? And what are the rights and interests of Maori in it? The government insists that no one owns water - and regional councils allocate the right to use it. However a Waitangi Tribunal ruling in 2012 found that Maori have traditional rights and interests in fresh water guaranteed by the Treaty of Waitangi. The government has ruled out a national settlement for water, or a national water allocation for iwi, holding talks instead with the Freshwater iwi leaders group.Meanwhile there's growing unease about large-scale water extraction for sale overseas by commercial companies. Not to mention the on-going issue of water quality in our rivers and lakes. Consultation on the governments Next Steps for Freshwater plan closed last month. Nine to Noon speaks to Environment Minister, Nick Smith.

Drugs and warfare

7:12 PM.From Vikings high on mushrooms to soldiers on speed in Vietnam... Historian Lukasz Kamienski traces the relationship between drugs and war.

James Rhodes: madness, medication and music

9:10 AM.Charlotte Graham interviews the acclaimed British concert pianist, writer and television presenter who tells his story in Instrumental: a Memoir of Madness, Medication and Music.

Bill Phillips- Kiwi inventor of the MONIAC

11:26 AM.The life of New Zealand original thinker, the late Bill Phillips who invented a revolutionary computing machine, has been thoroughly documented in a new book, A Few Hares to Chase. The book, written by a former head of the Reserve Bank, Alan Bollard canvases the life and economics of Bill Phillips, from his roots on a Dannevirke farm to POW camps in war time, to him mixing it with the British intellectual world.

Matthew Desmond: eviction, poverty and profit

10:10 AM.Toby Manhire interviews Matthew Desmond, co-director of the Justice and Poverty Project at Harvard University, and author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

The future of Te Reo

7:08 AM.Professor Paul Moon has just written a book documenting the history of Te Reo in Aotearoa once the first colonists arrived in Aotearoa. He takes Wallace on a journey through the Maori language and the struggle it had to survive. A struggle, he says, is nowhere near over.

Barbara Brookes: a history of New Zealand women

9:10 AM.Guest host Philippa Tolley interviews Barbara Brookes, Professor of History at the University of Otago, about her new book A History of New Zealand Women.

6.40pm Sat 9 April 2016: Ombudsman seeks to clear complaint backlog

9:30 AM.Judge Boshier discusses his plans to resolve complaints much faster, and why he ruled that the Prime Minister must release his texts from Rachel Glucina in the pony tail case.

6.06pm Sat 9 April 2016: Robert McChesney - A Citizenless Democracy

11:05 AM.With new technologies replacing jobs at an ever increasing rate and big money playing a bigger and bigger part in our politics are we facing a future of mass unemployment and an all but disenfranchised populace? Authors Robert McChesney and John Nichols believe we are and in their new book People Get Ready: The Fight Against A Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy they provide evidence for that dystopian vision and a set of proposals for how it can be avoided. Robert McChesney is Research Professor in the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Oamaru weaver Sue McLean on creating heirlooms of the future

11:26 AM.In the south island town of Oamaru, Sue and Rod McLean run a business weaving short runs of traditionally inspired fabric with their 100 year old weaving system - the Hattersley Domestic, circa 1918.

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