Great Encounters

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

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6:06 pm Saturday 26 July: Great Encounters

From Saturday Morning: Alex Gibney: Cycling Lies

Alex Gibney is an American filmmaker, whose documentaries include the Oscar-nominated Enron: the Smartest Guys in the Room, the Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side, Client 9: the Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, We Steal Secrets: the Story of Wikileaks, and Silence in the House of God (all of which he has discussed previously on Saturday Morning with Kim Hill). His new film, The Armstrong Lie, about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, will screen during the New Zealand International Film Festivals in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch, Nelson, Hamilton, and Palmerston North.

From Nine to Noon: Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller: The Galapagos Affair

Filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller tell the remarkable true story of two Germans who moved to an uninhabited Galapagos island in the 1930s in the hope of creating some kind of Eden. Berlin physician Freidrich Ritter and his lover Dore Strauch envisioned a paradise of solitude and subsistence living. Instead word spread, they were called "The Adam and Eve of the Galapagos", more people arrived and life on the island of Floreana became survival of the fittest. Danya Goldfine and Dan Geller have unearthed home movies taken on the island, using them as a basis for their film The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden, which is screening at The New Zealand International Film Festival.

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  • 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

  • Derek Grzelewski: extreme New Zealand ( 48′ 55″ )

    Writer, filmmaker, former professional fly-fishing guide, founder of the Wanaka Flyfishing Academy, host of the Trout Diaries podcast, and author of new book, Going to Extremes: Adventures in Unknown New Zealand.

    From Saturday Morning on 05 Jul 2014

  • Medical pioneer Sir Patrick Eisdell Moore aged 96, on getting So Old, So Quick. ( 21′ 58″ )

    Sir Patrick Eisdell Moore is a New Zealand medical pioneer and So Old So Quick is his memoir. He is 96. Sir Pat graduated in medicine from Otago University in 1941, and then went on to serve as a medical officer in World War Two. He was the only Pakeha in the 28th Maori Battalion. Upon returning home his medical career kicked into high gear as an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist - and a trailblazer in research and treatment of the deaf. Sir Pat was pro-active in many community health initiatives and for a time he travelled annually to the East Cape area to run clinics for local children and their families with ear problems, he was a pioneer of cochlear implants and established Auckland's Hearing House. And he was the first person in the world to perform an eardrum transplant. Sir Pat is married to Beth who is 94 - they have four sons - two successful in the medical field and two lawyers - Anthony is a pathologist, Tim a radiologist and University professor in the US, Simon was recently sworn in as a High Court Judge, and Chris is the President of the New Zealand Law Society. So Old So Quick - The memoirs of a NZ medical pioneer, published by Castle under the Rampart imprint, RRP $34.95


    From Nine To Noon on 30 Jun 2014

  • Lotta Dann: stopping drinking ( 34′ 38″ )

    New Zealand journalist who deciding to stop drinking alcohol and started the anonymous blog, Mrs D is Going Without, which is also the title of her new memoir.

    From Saturday Morning on 28 Jun 2014

  • World-renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall ( 32′ 7″ )

    World-renowned conservationist, primatologist, ethologist and United Nations Messenger of Peace, Dame Jane Goodall talks to Kathryn about her extraordinary life. Jane Goodall's work with the Gombe chimpanzees in Tanzania during the 1960s brought ground-breaking knowledge of the species and the close evolutionary and behavioural bonds shared between chimpanzees and humans. Her observations of watching chimpanzees use sticks to collect termites for food dispelled the belief that only humans create tools.

    From Nine To Noon on 19 Jun 2014

  • Simon Coley: fair trade and farmers ( 33′ 22″ )

    Simon Coley of All Good Organics on how sourcing cola from Sierra Leone helped them win world's Fairest Fair Trader.

    From Saturday Morning on 14 Jun 2014

  • Curioseum - a collection of short stories ( 23′ 22″ )

    Curioseum - a collection of short stories from behind the scenes at Te Papa. Adrienne Jensen is editor of "The Curioseum" - a collection of extraordinary stories and poems from some of New Zealand's best writers. It's inspired by cool stuff you can find at Te Papa, edited by Adrienne Jenson, with lots of illustrations by award-winning Sarah Laing. Wellington author Jo Randerson wrote the chapter 'Things from other Places'.

    From Nine To Noon on 10 Jun 2014

  • Michael Lewis - Flash Boys ( 37′ 3″ )

    When you think Wall Street an image jumps to mind. A bustling trading floor of alpha males in the trading pit yelling at the screens and on phones. That world doesn't exist. The real trading is in heavily guarded boxes in bland buildings in the suburbs, by computer.

    From Sunday Morning on 08 Jun 2014

  • The NZ team working on cutting edge tissue engineering ( 14′ 51″ )

    The CReATE group at Otago University's Centre for Bioengineering and Nanomedicine is a multidisciplinary research team using cell-biology, biomaterials science and engineering. The aim is to combine a patients own cells with biomaterials to repair or regenerate damaged tissue following trauma or disease.

    From Nine To Noon on 03 Jun 2014

  • Janette Sadik-Khan: transport revolution ( 30′ 8″ )

    New York City's commissioner of transportation under Mayor Bloomberg, and leader of many innovative projects.

    From Saturday Morning on 31 May 2014

  • Michael Crowley on creative writing in prisons ( 27′ 26″ )

    British writer, academic and former youth justice worker and probation officer Michael Crowley talks about the power of creative writing in rehabilitating prisoners. For the past 15 years, Michael has worked in a range of roles in Britain with young offenders and people at risk of offending, using writing as a technique to change thinking and behavior to prevent crime, and create empathy with victims. He has written a handbook for people working in the field, called Behind the Lines, and is in Wellington to deliver workshops to writers, Corrections and Probation staff.

    From Nine To Noon on 29 May 2014

  • Sheila Natusch: octogenarian life ( 35′ 22″ )

    New Zealand historian and natural science writer who has authored more than 30 books.

    From Saturday Morning on 24 May 2014

  • Stemming ballooning healthcare costs - Sir Malcolm Grant ( 17′ 53″ )

    The chair of Britain's National Health Service - Sir Malcolm Grant - who is visiting New Zealand to share his experience of trying to reduce future healthcare costs without compromising care.

    From Nine To Noon on 08 May 2014