Great Encounters

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

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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

Dr Magdalena Harris on eradicating Hepatitis C

Dr Magdalena Harris is a former drug user who is now an academic in social research for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine. Getting clean led her to pick up her abandoned studies – achieving a PhD looking at the experience of living with Hepatitis C in New Zealand and Australia


From Nine To Noon on 28 Jul 2015

Pronouncing Māori words

Finnian Galbraith is a 15-year-old Kapiti College student whose Year 10 school speech 'The importance of correctly pronouncing Maori words' has attracted over two hundred thousand of views on YouTube.

From Saturday Morning on 25 Jul 2015

Arapata Hakiwai

Arapata Hakiwai is the Kaihautu at Te Papa Tongarewa leading Matauranga Maori and the museum's engagement with iwi. He manages the Repatriation Programme, responsible for the recent return of human remains from Vienna.

From Saturday Morning on 25 Jul 2015

Is 60 the new 40?

The bestselling author of a biography about Michelle Obama, and longtime award-winning reporter for The Washington Post, Liza Mundy argues being sixty-something is in fact a "sweet spot" for some women, at least in terms of career progression. In a recent article for The Atlantic, called Playing the Granny Card, she says that ageing for women might not, after all, be a barrier to success in the workplace. She cites women coming into their own later in life - the likes of US Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, German chancellor Angela Merkel and the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde. Is this just the preserve of the wealthy and the privileged? Or is the evidence the sixties might be a new `prime' for many women? Kathryn meets one of America's foremost journalists writing on family, gender and work issues.

From Nine To Noon on 23 Jul 2015

Martin Howells: southern theatre and Chunuk Bair

South Island theatre director of a new production of Once on Chunuk Bair by Maurice Shadbolt, which is being staged at the Air Force Museum in Christchurch, to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the stand on the Gallipoli peninsula.

From Saturday Morning on 18 Jul 2015

Climate change group's win against the Dutch Government

Climate activists in the Netherlands scored a major victory in the courts last week, with the government being ordered to slash greenhouse gas emissions. The court in The Hague has told Dutch authorities to cut emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020 on 1990 levels. Large parts of the Netherlands are below sea level and the environment group Urgenda argued that any rise in the sea level could have a huge impact on the country. One of the founders of Urgenda is Marjan Minnesma, who has twice been voted Netherlands' greenest entrepreneur.

From Nine To Noon on 30 Jun 2015

Joshua Oppenheimer: killing and silence

Copenhagen-based American filmmaker Dr Joshua Oppenheimer has worked for over a decade with militias, death squads and their victims to explore the relationship between political violence and the public imagination. His new documentary, The Look of Silence, is a companion piece to his Oscar-nominated film The Act of Killing and will screen at the 2015 New Zealand International Film Festival.

From Saturday Morning on 27 Jun 2015

Russell Gray: DNA and language

Professor Russell Gray, FRSNZ, is the Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany.

From Saturday Morning on 20 Jun 2015

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