Great Encounters

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

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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

Harry McQuillan: 50 years of Iran

Nelson orchardist with a PhD in geology who spent many years geologically mapping vast tracts of the Zagros Mountains in Iran, and now conducts annual spring and autumn tours there.

From Saturday Morning on 12 Sep 2015

Matthew Yeomans: advising on communicating sustainability

Matthew Yeomans is the author of the annual Social Media Sustainability Index, which analyses how the world's biggest companies use social media to communicate how sustainable they are. He runs Sustainly, a media consultancy that advises companies and brands on how to communicate their sustainability in an authentic way. Matthew Yeomans is visiting New Zealand as the keynote speaker at Project NZ: Telling Good Stories, a conference organised by the Sustainable Business Network.

From Nine To Noon on 02 Sep 2015

Ron Crosby: kupapa

Blenheim author and former court lawyer, whose interest in exploring the bush and back country areas of New Zealand led to an interest in writing on New Zealand history. His new book is Kupapa: the Bitter Legacy of Maori Alliances with the Crown.

From Saturday Morning on 29 Aug 2015

Demographer Paul Spoonley on the Silver Revolution

The number of over 65's will double in the next decade. Demographer Paul Spoonley asks if we are really prepared.

From Nine To Noon on 25 Aug 2015

Lisa Reihana: pursuing Venus

Artist of Nga Puhi descent who works in multimedia, photography and sculpture, discussing her 26-metre-long video projection, In Pursuit of Venus [infected], depicting British explorers and Pacific people meeting on a Tahitian landscape.

From Saturday Morning on 22 Aug 2015

Unlocking the secrets of Ancient DNA

Recent breakthroughs in DNA technology have allowing scientists to reconstruct the full genome of extinct animals, and learn so much more about the way they lived. Professor Craig Millar of Auckland University discusses the fascinating world of ancient DNA, and new discoveries including how New Zealand birds evolved.

From Nine To Noon on 18 Aug 2015

John Kirkhope: Powers of the Queen

Notary Public and visiting research fellow at Plymouth University, who fought a freedom of information case to access papers showing the extent of the Queen and Prince Charles's secretive power of veto over laws in the UK.

From Saturday Morning on 15 Aug 2015

Billy Murphy: the law in Baltimore

Founder of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy in Maryland, who represents the family of Freddie Gray, who suffered a fatal spinal injury while in Baltimore police custody.

From Saturday Morning on 08 Aug 2015

Paul Moon - Remarkable New Zealanders

Dr Paul Moon discusses his new book Face to Face - featuring conversations with 12 remarkable New Zealanders including Sir Bob Jones, Sir Richard Hadlee, Patricia Grace and Michael Houston.

From Sunday Morning on 02 Aug 2015

Nancy Gibbs: TIME and presidents

Managing editor of TIME magazine, who has written over a hundred TIME cover stories, and visted in New Zealand as a guest of Fulbright NZ, on their John F Kennedy Memorial Fellowship.

From Saturday Morning on 01 Aug 2015

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