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RNZ: Great Ideas

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A series about the ideas that shape the world we live in, recorded in collaboration with New Zealand universities.

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A series about the ideas that shape the world we live in, recorded in collaboration with New Zealand universities.

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RNZ: Great Ideas

Latest release on Oct 31, 2017

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A series about the ideas that shape the world we live in, recorded in collaboration with New Zealand universities.

Rank #1: Great Ideas - Part 4 'The Reformation'

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The Reformation has had a major influence on thought and ideas far and above its religious beginnings. Megan Whelan talks with Dr Geoff Troughton, Professor Kathryn Walls and Dr Derek Woodard-Lehman.

Jan 21 2017

48mins

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Rank #2: Great Ideas - Part 3: 'Art Fashion and Literature'

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Megan Whelan look at how revolutions shape – and are shaped by – fashion, literature and the visual arts, with Dr David Maskill, Dr Margaret Medlyn and Dr James Meffan.

Jan 14 2017

50mins

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Rank #3: Great Ideas - Part 12: 'We have eggs don't we?'

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In the final episode of this series, three experts discuss the future of food - whether we will all be eating crickets, what is a balanced meal anyway, and will turmeric save us all?

Oct 31 2017

33mins

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Rank #4: Great Ideas - Part 10: 'As if born to'

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Great Ideas looks at the future of families - with more single people, more multi-generational families, and a more multi-cultural New Zealand, what happens to our family law?

Oct 17 2017

33mins

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Rank #5: Great Ideas - Part 9: 'The really big leap'

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This week, Great Ideas looks at the future of communication - how we'll be chatting, and what language we'll be doing it in. And could your fridge teach you te reo?

Oct 10 2017

32mins

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Great Ideas - Part 12: 'We have eggs don't we?'

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In the final episode of this series, three experts discuss the future of food - whether we will all be eating crickets, what is a balanced meal anyway, and will turmeric save us all?

Oct 31 2017

33mins

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Great Ideas - Part 11: 'The quarter acre dream is over'

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Great Ideas looks at the future of Tamaki Makaurau - its housing, its transport, its population and its health.

Oct 24 2017

32mins

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Great Ideas - Part 10: 'As if born to'

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Great Ideas looks at the future of families - with more single people, more multi-generational families, and a more multi-cultural New Zealand, what happens to our family law?

Oct 17 2017

33mins

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Great Ideas - Part 9: 'The really big leap'

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This week, Great Ideas looks at the future of communication - how we'll be chatting, and what language we'll be doing it in. And could your fridge teach you te reo?

Oct 10 2017

32mins

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Great Ideas - Part 8: 'Find your niche'

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This week, Great Ideas looks at how technology might impact the work that we do, where we do it, and how we survive when we can't work.

Oct 03 2017

34mins

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Great Ideas - Part 7: 'You have to actually climb trees'

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In the first episode of Great Ideas season 2, Megan Whelan discusses the future of leisure with three experts from AUT. Once the robots have taken all of our jobs, what will we do with all that time?

Sep 27 2017

34mins

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Great Ideas - Part 6 'Darwin's Origin of the Species'

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Charles Darwin's theories did not really 'come out of the blue'- there were others working with the same ideas and theories. Megan Whelan leads a discussion with Dr Rebecca Priestly, Associate Professor Joe Zuccarello and Professor Joe Bulbulia.

Feb 04 2017

49mins

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Great Ideas - Part 5: 'Democracy and its Discontents'

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"Government of of the people, by the people, and for the people” – so goes Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. But does that describe 21st century democracy?

Jan 28 2017

52mins

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Great Ideas - Part 4 'The Reformation'

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The Reformation has had a major influence on thought and ideas far and above its religious beginnings. Megan Whelan talks with Dr Geoff Troughton, Professor Kathryn Walls and Dr Derek Woodard-Lehman.

Jan 21 2017

48mins

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Great Ideas - Part 3: 'Art Fashion and Literature'

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Megan Whelan look at how revolutions shape – and are shaped by – fashion, literature and the visual arts, with Dr David Maskill, Dr Margaret Medlyn and Dr James Meffan.

Jan 14 2017

50mins

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Great Ideas - Part 2: 'Every Language is a World'

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Megan Whelan looks at how language shapes – and is shaped by – our understanding of the world, with Dr Sasha Calhoun, Professor Paul Warren and Associate Professor Stephen Epstein.

Jan 07 2017

50mins

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Great Ideas - Part 1: 'Rebellion and Revolution'

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Would the founding fathers have approved of Donald Trump? Probably not, says the panel in episode one of Great Ideas, a new RNZ podcast series in collaboration with Victoria University.

Dec 21 2016

45mins

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