Great Encounters

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

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Mothers' Darlings

11:30 AM.Some two million American servicemen spent time on Pacific Islands between 1942 - 1945/1946 - and it's estimated that about two thousand babies were born as a result of relationships with local women.

Stella Duffy: in Ngaio Marsh's world

8:08 AM.Stella Duffy is a New Zealand writer and theatre-maker based in London. She has just been awarded an OBE for her services to the arts and she is also writing a new Ngaio Marsh novel, based on four chapters of an uncompleted novel by the late New Zealand crime writer. Stella Duffy is also co-director of the global Fun Palaces campaign for wider participation in all forms of arts, science and culture (1-2 October).

Anna Marbrook: from waka hourua to Hotel Europa

10:05 AM.Anna Marbrook has a career spanning over 25 years as a director, series director and creator of theatre, film and television. She recently collected a world medal at the New York Film and Television Awards for Te Mana o te Moana - The Pacific Voyagers. She is guest director at Toi Whakaari for the graduate production of Hotel Europa by Goran Stefanovski (15-22 June).

Is taking fish oil a waste of time and money?

9:42 AM.Fish oil is a popular supplement for people keen to prevent heart attacks and cardiovascular disease. Auckland University's Dr Andrew Grey has compiled the best studies on fish oil from the world's most prestigious scientific journals. He says they are wasting their money.

Philip Armstrong: sheep

9:05 AM.Kim Hill talks to the Head of the Department of English at the University of Canterbury, and co-director of New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies about his new book, Sheep.

Richie Poulton: 40 years of Dunedin health and development

9:05 AM.Kim Hill talks to the Director of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, which has followed the lives of more than 1000 people born in that city in 1972 and 1973. A four-part television documentary series based on the research, Why Am I, is available now at TVNZ OnDemand, and will screen on TV ONE, from 31 May.

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.

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