Great Encounters

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

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Is 60 the new 40?

The bestselling author of a biography about Michelle Obama, and longtime award-winning reporter for The Washington Post, Liza Mundy argues being sixty-something is in fact a "sweet spot" for some women, at least in terms of career progression. In a recent article for The Atlantic, called Playing the Granny Card, she says that ageing for women might not, after all, be a barrier to success in the workplace. She cites women coming into their own later in life - the likes of US Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, German chancellor Angela Merkel and the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde. Is this just the preserve of the wealthy and the privileged? Or is the evidence the sixties might be a new `prime' for many women? Kathryn meets one of America's foremost journalists writing on family, gender and work issues.

From Nine To Noon on 23 Jul 2015

Martin Howells: southern theatre and Chunuk Bair

South Island theatre director of a new production of Once on Chunuk Bair by Maurice Shadbolt, which is being staged at the Air Force Museum in Christchurch, to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the stand on the Gallipoli peninsula.

From Saturday Morning on 18 Jul 2015

Climate change group's win against the Dutch Government

Climate activists in the Netherlands scored a major victory in the courts last week, with the government being ordered to slash greenhouse gas emissions. The court in The Hague has told Dutch authorities to cut emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020 on 1990 levels. Large parts of the Netherlands are below sea level and the environment group Urgenda argued that any rise in the sea level could have a huge impact on the country. One of the founders of Urgenda is Marjan Minnesma, who has twice been voted Netherlands' greenest entrepreneur.

From Nine To Noon on 30 Jun 2015

Joshua Oppenheimer: killing and silence

Copenhagen-based American filmmaker Dr Joshua Oppenheimer has worked for over a decade with militias, death squads and their victims to explore the relationship between political violence and the public imagination. His new documentary, The Look of Silence, is a companion piece to his Oscar-nominated film The Act of Killing and will screen at the 2015 New Zealand International Film Festival.

From Saturday Morning on 27 Jun 2015

Russell Gray: DNA and language

Professor Russell Gray, FRSNZ, is the Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany.

From Saturday Morning on 20 Jun 2015

Vincent O'Sullivan: poets and poetry

Dunedin novelist, biographer, playwright, short story writer, and New Zealand Poet Laureate, whose new collection, Being Here: Selected Poems, covers the range of his poetry from 1973 to new work published for the first time.

From Saturday Morning on 06 Jun 2015

Dave Goulson: bumblebees and flowers

Professor of biology at the University of Sussex, founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, and author of A Sting in the Tale, and A Buzz in the Meadow.

From Saturday Morning on 06 Jun 2015

Peter Pomerantsev: Putin’s Russia

Senior fellow at the Legatum Institute who spent nine years as a television producer in Russia. He writes for The Atlantic and the London Review of Books, and is the author of Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: Adventures in Modern Russia.

From Saturday Morning on 30 May 2015

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

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