Great Encounters

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

Displaying audio 1 - 15 of 217 in total

  • Bernard Haykel: Islamic State ( 37′ 40″ )

    Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Director of the Institute for Transregional Studies at Princeton University, and a leading expert on the theology of Islamic State.

    From Saturday Morning on 28 Feb 2015

  • Resilience and why some people cope with trauma better ( 21′ 30″ )

    This week marked the 4th anniversary of the Christchurch and Canterbury earthquake. New research from the University of Otago in Christchurch with earthquake survivors is shedding some light on the question of what makes some people cope better with trauma than others. A group of psychiatrists and psychologists from the University have been studying a group of more than 100 Cantabrians exposed to high levels of stress during the earthquakes who coped well. They compared this group against a group of patients with post-earthquake trauma, being treated by the Adult Specialist Services Earthquake Treatment Team, or ASSETT, set up by the Canterbury DHB. Dr Gini McIntosh from the Otago University is part of the research team, and one of the psychologists with ASSETT.

    From Nine To Noon on 24 Feb 2015

  • Allan Ropper: neurological rabbit holes ( 35′ 40″ )

    Professor at Harvard Medical School, Raymond D. Adams Master Clinician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and author of Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole.

    From Saturday Morning on 21 Feb 2015

  • Roger Lentle: probiotics and faecal transplants ( 49′ 08″ )

    Professor of Digestive Biomechanics at the College of Health, Massey University, an Associate Investigator at the Riddet Institute, and leader of the Digesta Group, are acknowledged world leaders in the study of gut motility and mixing within the gut cavity.

    From Saturday Morning on 14 Feb 2015

  • Sir Harold Marshall - Acoustical science ( 22′ 22″ )

    Sir Harold Marshall is an award-winning and ground breaking acoustic architect who loves Bach. Knighted for services to acoustical science, the stunning new ultra-modern concert hall the Philharmonie de Paris is the latest in a long line of prestigious projects he's been involved with. Sir Harold explains why it is in fact the "great grandchild" of Christchurch's Town Hall.

    From Sunday Morning on 08 Feb 2015

  • Anna Smaill: music and memory ( 32′ 36″ )

    English literature and music graduate whose debut novel, The Chimes, is set in a future Britain where people's memories are controlled by music.

    From Saturday Morning on 07 Feb 2015

  • Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden: quantum biology ( 50′ 17″ )

    Professors of physics (Al-Khalili) and molecular genetics (McFadden) at the University of Surrey, who collaborated on the new book, Life on the Edge.

    From Saturday Morning on 31 Jan 2015

  • Retired Christchurch Coroner, Richard McElrea ( 18′ 21″ )

    Richard McElrea recently retired after 21 years as the Christchurch Coroner. Over that time he has presided over hundreds of inquests, including the 2010 Fox Glacier plane crash which killed nine people, and the 2003 plane crash near at Christchurch airport, in which seven Crop and Food Staff, and a pilot died when their chartered plane crashed - the Piper Navajo Chieftain aircraft crashed near Christchurch Airport on June 6, 2003.

    From Nine To Noon on 28 Jan 2015

  • Jamie Brisick: Peter Drouyn and Westerly Windina ( 34′ 29″ )

    Former professional surfer whose new book is Becoming Westerly: the Transformation of Surfing Champion Peter Drouyn into Westerly Windina.

    From Saturday Morning on 24 Jan 2015

  • Secretary of the US Air Force, Deborah Lee James ( 18′ 57″ )

    Secretary of the U.S Air Force, Deborah Lee James, is trying to change the culture of  the her organisation to make it fairer and more open. Ms James overseeing 700,000 active duty and reserve airmen and a $110 billion US annual budget, at a time when the US is once again entrenched in foreign conflicts. Deborah Lee James was an assistant secretary of defence in the Clinton administration, and was previously a senior executive at a major defence contractor, among numerous other roles. She is visiting Christchurch en route to Antarctica, where New Zealand and the United States have various joint operations and projects.

    From Nine To Noon on 22 Jan 2015

  • Jane Gleeson-White : accountancy and capitals ( 48′ 49″ )

    Australian author of the prize-winning 2011 book Double Entry: How the Merchants of Venice Shaped the Modern World, and new book Six Capitals: the Revolution Capitalism Has to Have - or Can Accountants Save the Planet?

    From Saturday Morning on 06 Dec 2014

  • Andrew Roberts: Napoleon ( 48′ 30″ )

    British historian, public speaker and Doctor of Philosophy whose most recent book is Napoleon the Great.

    From Saturday Morning on 29 Nov 2014

  • Cooperative model proposed for business, public services ( 11′ 15″ )

    Peter Hunt is the founder and chief executive of Mutuo an NGO that promotes cooperative and mutual businesses in the UK. He was a keynote speaker at a Cooperative Research Conference taking place in Wellington this weekend.

    From Sunday Morning on 23 Nov 2014

  • Atul Gawande: being mortal ( 42′ 52″ )

    American surgeon and writer, whose new book is Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End.

    From Saturday Morning on 22 Nov 2014

  • New Zealand's Candidate for the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for the 2016 election - Robert Martin ( 27′ 33″ )

    Robert Martin is a disability advocate and New Zealand's Candidate for the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for the 2016 election. Robert Martin was born in New Zealand in 1957. He was a forceps baby and because of complications at his birth was left intellectually handicapped. He grew up largely in institutions and felt outside of society, but he has gone on to be an advocate for people with disabilities. A book has just been released about his life, Becoming a Person, The Biography of Robert Martin by John McRae.

    From Nine To Noon on 17 Nov 2014