Great Encounters

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

Displaying audio 1 - 15 of 202 in total

  • 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

  • Mike Dickison: moa bones ( 25′ 44″ )

    Dr Mike Dickison is Curator of Natural History at the Whanganui Regional Museum. He will talk about the museum's moa collection and 3D scanning project, the illicit trade in moa bones, and the Wiki Wednesday project for updating Wanganui pages. www.wrm.org.nz

    From Saturday Morning on 15 Nov 2014

  • Bestselling crime author Patricia Cornwell ( 24′ 9″ )

    Patricia Cornwell is one of the world's bestselling crime authors. Her novels have been translated into thirty-six languages in more than 120 countries and have won numerous prestigious awards. She is widely known for her popular book series featuring medical examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta. The novels includes a lot of forensic science detail. Flesh and Blood is her 22nd Scarpetta novel, and involves the pursuit of a serial sniper who leaves no incriminating evidence except fragments of copper. Patricia Cornwell has written fiction and non-fiction, including a definitive book about Jack the Ripper. She is a licensed helicopter pilot and scuba diver, and actively researches the cutting-edge forensic technologies that inform her work. Patricia Cornwell lives and works in Boston.

    From Nine To Noon on 11 Nov 2014

  • Doug Wilson: from big pharma to children's books ( 36′ 28″ )

    Former head of Medicine and Regulatory Affairs for pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim who now writes stories for children, including the successful Tom Hassler series.

    From Saturday Morning on 08 Nov 2014

  • Steven Pinker: writing and style ( 47′ 50″ )

    Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University and author of ten books, most recently The Sense of Style: the Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.

    From Saturday Morning on 01 Nov 2014

  • Evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk on fantasy of Paleo ( 18′ 41″ )

    Are our bodies and brains truly at odds with modern life? Many diets and self-help books are predicated on the notion that our behaviour and bodies evolved under a certain set of circumstances, from which we deviate to our peril. Implicit in that idea is the assumption that humans in a modern society aren't evolving any more, that we have somehow freed ourselves from evolution, or at the very least, that evolution always requires so long to act that we can't expect to have adapted to our current circumstances. Dr. Marlene Zuk says popular theories about how our ancestors lived and why we should emulate them are often based on speculation, not scientific evidence, and they reflect a basic misunderstanding about how evolution works. She says there was never a time when everything about us - our bodies, our minds, and our behaviour - was perfectly in synch with the environment. Dr. Zuk is a Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of the book Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live. Dr. Zuk is visiting New Zealand for a series of Allan Wilson Centre lectures.

    From Nine To Noon on 31 Oct 2014

  • Lloyd Spencer Davis: penguins ( 28′ 20″ )

    Stuart Professor of Science Communication and director of the Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago, and author of Professor Penguin: Discovery and Adventure with Penguins.

    From Saturday Morning on 25 Oct 2014

  • Historian and author Jock Phillips ( 27′ 58″ )

    Jock Phillips is the architect and passion behind Te Ara, the online encyclopedia of New Zealand. The last segment of Te Ara, themed 'Creative and Intellectual Life' , has just been launched featuring poets, writers, musicians and film-makers who have contributed to New Zealand's cultural history. It's 12 years since the beginning of the project, and the completion of the last segment also marks Jock Phillips' retirement. Last night, he received a Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement for non-fiction at a function at Premier House.

    From Nine To Noon on 24 Oct 2014

  • Justin O'Sullivan: cellular organisation ( 35′ 36″ )

    Senior research fellow at the Liggins Institute, whose work at Gravida, an inter-institutional, inter-disciplinary virtual research network involves new discoveries about cellular organisation.

    From Saturday Morning on 18 Oct 2014

  • Former Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard ( 34′ 10″ )

    Julia Gillard tells us about her controversial ascent to the top, sexism and the enmity between her and Kevin Rudd. She became Australia's first woman Prime Minister in June 2010, after a brutal coup in which she unseated Kevin Rudd in his first term of government. Her subsequent three years in power were dogged by controversy, infighting and leadership tensions before she was finally dumped as leader and Kevin Rudd reinstated. Julia Gillard has written a memoir, called "My Story".

    From Nine To Noon on 16 Oct 2014

  • Karen Armstrong: religion and violence ( 41′ 26″ )

    Britain's foremost scholar of world religion, author of Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence, and founder of the Charter for Compassion.

    From Saturday Morning on 11 Oct 2014

  • Peter Williams - Life in the Law ( 22′ 1″ )

    Peter Williams QC is a well-known name and face to New Zealanders. One of our greatest barristers, Peter Williams has defended some of New Zealand's most infamous criminal cases, including: Terry Clark (Mr. Asia) and Arthur Allan Thomas. He has been a constant advocate for change in the penal system and has campaigned to rehabilitate prisoners, rather than imprisoning them. He joins Wallace on Sunday Morning to talk about some of his more notorious cases and his life spent working in the law.

    From Sunday Morning on 05 Oct 2014

  • David Ifill: black cab driver ( 30′ 43″ )

    London taxi driver previously interviewed by Kim Hill in his black cab on a Saturday Morning programme in June 2006.

    From Saturday Morning on 04 Oct 2014

  • Peter Mullan: Scotland, politics, anxiety ( 43′ )

    Scottish actor (Top of the Lake, My Name is Joe) and director (The Magdalene Sisters, Neds), who is visiting New Zealand for the Big Screen Symposium.

    From Saturday Morning on 27 Sep 2014

  • Elspeth Sandys - novelist and writer has released a new memoir ( 29′ 27″ )

    Novelist and short story writer, Elspeth Sandys has published eight novels and two collections of short stories, and has written extensively for the BBC and Radio New Zealand. Her novel River Lines was a finalist in the Orange Prize. She's just published a memoir called What Lies Beneath, which tells the story of her out-of-wedlock birth; her adoption, her difficult relationship with her adoptive mother, her exhaustive search for her birth family, and how all of this has impacted on her life.

    From Nine To Noon on 24 Sep 2014