Great Encounters

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

Displaying audio 1 - 15 of 188 in total

  • 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

  • Claire Hall: war in Vietnam ( 48′ 3″ )

    Writer and historian who managed the Vietnam War oral history and digital archiving project for the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, and authored the book No Front Line: Inside Stories of New Zealand's Vietnam War. (NB. George Babbington oral excerpt removed by request.)

    From Saturday Morning on 02 Aug 2014

  • Rolf de Heer: whose country? ( 37′ 48″ )

    Director, writer and producer Rolf de Heer has been involved with the creation of many Independent Australian films. His latest production, Charlie's Country won David Gulpilil the award for Best Actor at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

    From Saturday Morning on 26 Jul 2014

  • Real life Galapagos murder mystery ( 28′ 31″ )

    The real life murder mystery surrounding a group of Germans who tried to make an uninhabited Galapagos island their own utopia in the 1930s.

    From Nine To Noon on 24 Jul 2014

  • Alex Gibney: Lance Armstrong liar ( 33′ 54″ )

    American filmmaker, whose new documentary, The Armstrong Lie, about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, will screen during the New Zealand International Film Festivals.

    From Saturday Morning on 19 Jul 2014

  • Elizabeth Pisani: Indonesia ( 48′ 34″ )

    Journalist and author of the book Indonesia Etc: Exploring the Improbable Nation.

    From Saturday Morning on 12 Jul 2014