Great Encounters

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

Displaying audio 1 - 15 of 193 in total

  • 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

  • Gayle Souter-Brown: healing landscapes ( 37′ 26″ )

    Landscape and urban design consultant, founder of Greenstone Design, and author of Landscape and Urban Design for Health and Well-Being: Using Healing, Sensory and Therapeutic Gardens

    From Saturday Morning on 20 Sep 2014

  • Margaret Lock: dementia and aging ( 41′ 57″ )

    Professor Emerita in Social Studies in Medicine at McGill University in Montreal and author of The Alzheimer Conundrum: Entanglements of Dementia and Aging.

    From Saturday Morning on 13 Sep 2014

  • Alan Cooper: exploring human history ( 47′ 40″ )

    Director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA at the University of Adelaide who has been awarded a Laureate Fellowship by the Australian Research Council, using ancient micro biomes and genomes to study human origins, disease and Aboriginal genetics.

    From Saturday Morning on 06 Sep 2014

  • John Lanchester: speaking money ( 48′ 20″ )

    British journalist and author whose new book is How to Speak Money: What the Money People Say - and What They Really Mean.

    From Saturday Morning on 30 Aug 2014

  • Helen Garner: murder and men ( 44′ 25″ )

    Australian author, screenwriter and journalist known for her novels and non-fiction works, the latest of which is This House of Grief: The Story of a Murder Trial.

    From Saturday Morning on 23 Aug 2014

  • Poet Michele Leggott on exploring light and darkness ( 21′ 53″ )

    Michele Leggott, former New Zealand Poet Laureate (2007–2009), is a finalist in the poetry section of this year's New Zealand Post Book Awards for her collection, Heartland.

    From Nine To Noon on 19 Aug 2014

  • Alex Monro: paper history ( 45′ 29″ )

    Writer on historic and contemporary China whose first book is The Paper Trail: An Unexpected History of the World's Greatest Invention.

    From Saturday Morning on 16 Aug 2014

  • NoViolet Bulawayo 'We Need New Names' ( 29′ 59″ )

    Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo on her 2013 Man Booker prize short-listed debut novel 'We Need New Names', which also won the LA Times Book Award for First Fiction and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award in 2014. NoViolet is the first ever black African woman to be nominated for the Man Booker prize. She was born and raised in Zimbabwe and is the current Stegner Fellow at Stanford University in California. She is a guest at the 2014 Christchurch Readers and Writers Festival: The Stars Are Out Tonight: Friday 29 August, 7.30pm and We Need New Names: Saturday 30 August, 2pm.

    From Nine To Noon on 14 Aug 2014

  • Paul Roy: Filipino slum life ( 31′ 22″ )

    New Zealand filmmaker whose latest six-part observational series, The Slum, follows the lives of slum dwellers over six months in Manila's Tondo district and will screen on the Al Jazeera English network.

    From Saturday Morning on 09 Aug 2014