Great Encounters

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

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Dementia care

Professor June Andrews of the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling is the author of 'Dementia: The One-Stop Guide: Practical advice for families, professionals, and people living with dementia and Alzheimer's Disease' (Profile Books).

From This Way Up on 23 May 2015

Clive James: life and mortality

Writer and television presenter, whose books include essays, criticism, travel writing, translations, novels, autobiography and poetry. His latest poetry collection is Sentenced to Life.

From Saturday Morning on 23 May 2015

Promising cancer immunotherapy created in Wellington

Promising cancer immunotherapy created in Wellington

From Nine To Noon on 21 May 2015

Carol Ann Duffy: poems, wives and children

Professor of Contemporary Poetry and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Britain's poet laureate, visiting New Zealand for the 2015 Auckland Writers Festival.

From Saturday Morning on 16 May 2015

David Mitchell: extended web version

Author of six novels, most recently The Bone Clocks, and translator with his wife Keiko Yoshida of The Reason I Jump, written at the age of 13 by autistic child Naoki Higishida. David Mitchell will visit New Zealand for the 2015 Auckland Writers Festival, and a WORD Christchurch Autumn Season event.

From Saturday Morning on 09 May 2015

Obesity set to be NZ's number one health problem by next year

Ron Dunham is the Chief executive of Lakes District Health and is also Chair of the National Chief Executives Group.

From Nine To Noon on 06 May 2015

Lance Price: Narendra Modi's India

BBC political correspondent for many years, worked at 10 Downing Street as deputy to Alistair Campbell, and was the Labour Party's Director of Communications during 2000 and 2001. He has returned to journalism, and is the author of The Modi Effect: Inside Narenda Modi's Campaign to Transform India.

From Saturday Morning on 02 May 2015

If they're so good, why haven't electric cars taken off yet?

Electric vehicles have long been touted as the answer to many environmental problems from the potential to make a serious dent in emissions which harm human health and warm the planet - to reducing the demand on diminishing oil supplies. But after years of being talked up as a great alternative to the combustion engine, so far electric vehicles have yet to take hold in any market in the world, even as prices become more comparable with those of other new vehicles. So when might there be a tipping point for electric vehicles and what kind of infrastructure do countries need to make that happen? Chris Binns is the City of Sydney's manager of strategy and assets who, in 2009 made a plan to cut the city's vehicle fleet emissions by 20 percent in five years. That target's been exceeded by introducing electric cars and hybrid-diesel trucks and Chris Binns is in our Auckland studio. And there with him is the chief executive of Mighty River Power, Fraser Whineray who is leading the corporate charge for adoption of electric vehicles and charging stations

From Nine To Noon on 01 May 2015

Eugene Rogan : the Ottomans

Associate Professor of the Modern History of the Middle East and Fellow of St Antony's College at the University of Oxford. He is the author of The Fall of the Ottomans: the Great War in the Middle East.

From Saturday Morning on 25 Apr 2015

Working longer is not a retirement plan for baby boomers

An increasing number of baby boomers are including working in their later years as part of their retirement plan but US labour economist Teresa Ghilarducci says that is no plan at all. Professor Ghilarducci says many people are in denial about how good their health and energy will be, and whether they'll still be wanted.

From Nine To Noon on 09 Apr 2015

Damon Gameau: sugar surfeit

Australian author and 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. He documents the results in That Sugar Book, and That Sugar Film, which receives its New Zealand premiere during the 2015 NZIFF Autumn Events programme.

From Saturday Morning on 04 Apr 2015

Bryan Stevenson: equal justice

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, an Alabama-based non-profit organisation that has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, and exonerating innocent prisoners on death row. He is a professor at New York University School of Law, and the author of a memoir about his working life, Just Mercy.

From Saturday Morning on 21 Mar 2015

Marilyn Waring: 40 years of feminism

Professor of Public Policy at AUT University who spoke at the International Women's Day Celebration Breakfast at Parliament.

From Saturday Morning on 07 Mar 2015

Bernard Haykel: Islamic State

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

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

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