Great Encounters

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

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Brain Train! You are what you exercise

There are no more excuses to stay on the couch! As well as being good for our bodies, modest exercise can increase memory by about 20% and make older brains look younger. Memory in early Alzheimer's patients, MS patients and Parkinson's patients can also benefit from physical activity. Professor Art Kramer from the University of Illinois, is a pioneer in the field of brain health. He is in New Zealand for the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference which is being held in New Zealand for the first time from 26th to 29th November.

From Nine To Noon on 27 Nov 2015

Melani Anae and Will 'Ilolahia: Polynesian Panthers

Dr Anae is Senior Lecturer and Director of Research of Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland; Will 'Ilolahia is the founder of the Waiata Artists Trust. Both were members of the Polynesian Panther Party, a civil rights movement started by the first New Zealand-born generation of Pacific peoples, and commemorated in the new edition of the book edited by Dr Anae with Lautofa Iuli and Leilani Tamu: Polynesian Panthers: Pacific Protest and Affirmative Action in Aotearoa New Zealand 1971-1981.

From Saturday Morning on 21 Nov 2015

Swords, sex and sibling rivalries, the 'James Plays' come to NZ

As a political thriller goes it's a classic plot: power plays, scandal, betrayals, and a star in the ascendant. Award-winning playwright, Rona Munro's historic 'James Plays', which are coming to the Auckland Festival in March 2016, have it all. Set in Scotland's bloody 15th century, the trilogy explores the reigns of three King James of Scotland. James I, II, & III. Each play stands alone as a cracking history of a neglected period; viewed together they shine a new light on the country's past and future.

From Nine To Noon on 17 Nov 2015

Ian Reid: bones and disease

Distinguished Professor in Medicine at the University of Auckland, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health Science, and a prominent figure in international bone research. This week the Royal Society of New Zealand awarded him the country's most prestigious science award, the Rutherford Medal, and he also received the Liley Medal from the Health Research Council of New Zealand, for his contribution to advancing the treatment of osteoporosis. In addition to the medals, he and his team won the top award of $500,000 at the Prime Minister's Science Prizes.

From Saturday Morning on 14 Nov 2015

Edmund de Waal: the power of porcelain

The porcelain creations of Edmund de Waal are exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. His 2010 memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance, was an international award-winning best-seller, and his new book, The White Road: a Pilgrimage of Sorts (Chatto & Windus), tells the story of his obsession with porcelain, and the history of this “white gold”.

From Great Encounters on 13 Nov 2015

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Piv Bernth: Danish TV

Head of Drama at Denmark's public broadcaster DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation). She was the creative force behind groundbreaking Scandinavian noir series The Killing, executive produced subsequent series The Bridge, and as Head of Drama at DR since 2012, she greenlit political series Borgen, and family drama The Legacy.

From Saturday Morning on 31 Oct 2015

Richard Fairgray: cartoons and dinosaurs

Comic book writyer and illustrator, and editor-in-chief of Square Planet Comics, best known for his series Blastosaurus and children's picture books, including new book Gorillas In Our Midst.

From Saturday Morning on 24 Oct 2015

Richard Newcomb: sense of smell

Chief scientist at Plant and Food Research, Professor of Evolutionary Genetics at the University of Auckland, and Principal Investigator at the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution. His main area of research is studying the sense of smell, using molecular approaches to understanding the evolution of chemical sensing.

From Saturday Morning on 17 Oct 2015

Patrick Evans and Kate De Goldi: writers and writing

Patrick Evans is the author of the first biography of the writer Janet Frame. His play based on his 2010 novel, Gifted, is playing at Wellington's Circa Theatre, and his new novel, The Back of His Head, is a satire on the making and manipulation of literary fame. Kate De Goldi is the author of many books, and ambassador for the first NZ Bookshop Day on 31 October. Her new novel is From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle.

From Saturday Morning on 10 Oct 2015

Andy Griffiths: children, reading and treehouses

Australian children's book author and comedy writer whose books include The Day My Bum Went Psycho, and the Just! series with illustrator Terry Denton. His latest series with Denton started in 2011 with The 13-Storey Treehouse, and is now up to the fifth book, The 65-Storey Treehouse.

From Saturday Morning on 03 Oct 2015

Effective Altruism, Doing Good Better

William MacAskill, as a Research Fellow at Cambridge University spent five years developing the philosophy of effective altruism, which applies data and scientific reasoning to the normally sentimental world of doing good. During the course of his research he concluded that many ways of making a difference achieve little, but by targeting our efforts on the most effective causes, we each have an enormous power to make the world a better place. In his book, Doing Good Better he introduces the principles underlying effective altruism and sets out a practical guide to increasing your impact through your charity, volunteering, purchases and choice of cause.

From Nine To Noon on 29 Sep 2015

Magda Szubanski on parenting, sexuality and character

One of Australia's best known performers (Kath and Kim, Babe) whose book, Reckoning: A Memoir, describes her journey of self-discovery from childhood to adulthood.

From Saturday Morning on 26 Sep 2015

Bringing back power to the people. Can civic duty ever be sexy?

What does it mean to be a good citizen and why does it matter? Eric Liu is the Founder of Citizen University an organisation that promotes and teaches good citizenship. He wants to re-imagine civics as the teaching of power, and help communities re-frame what's possible in politics. Eric Liu comes to New Zealand on October 3rd and will be a speaker at TEDx Christchurch.

From Nine To Noon on 24 Sep 2015

Hazel Petrie: slavery and Māori

Author of the first history of Maori war captives: Outcasts of the Gods? the Struggle Over Slavery in Maori New Zealand.

From Saturday Morning on 19 Sep 2015

Simon Nathan: James Hector - explorer, scientist, leader

Geologist and science historian who worked at GNS Science and Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, discussing his new biography, James Hector: Explorer, Scientist, Leader.

From Saturday Morning on 12 Sep 2015

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