Podcasts 

Our podcast programme started in 2006 with the Egypt: Beyond the Tomb exhibition. You will find here a complete list of our previous podcasts and links to download them.

Science Express – June 2014 – Science and Civilisation in China

What caused the decline of science and technology in 15th-century China, when modern science was developing rapidly in the West? Duncan Campbell discusses the explanations given by famous historian Joseph Needham.

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Science Express – May 2014 – How do we best manage our natural resources?

Freshwater ecologist Mike Joy explores the impact of New Zealand’s rapidly expanding primary industries on our water resources.

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Science Express – April 2014 – Tsunami Risks: New Research

Geophysicist Dr William Power and natural hazards scientist Dr Graham Leonard discuss GNS Science’s new tsunami report.

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Science Express – March 2014 – Communicating Science

The Science Media Centre’s Dacia Herbulock talks about the challenges and opportunities scientists face when communicating their science. How do they increase their profile and look for new ways to gain better public understanding?

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Science Express – October 2013 – Autism Spectrum Disorder – new research

What is the role of gut bacteria in autism? Microbiologist Dr Mike Taylor discusses research into Autism Spectrum Disorder, which now affects 1% of the population.

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Science Express – September 2013 – Cook Strait earthquakes – how likely is a big one? 

Earthquake expert Russ Van Dissen discusses the effect the Cook Strait quakes are having on the chances of a big one rocking Wellington. He also talks about the behind-the-scenes work being done to minimise a potential quake’s impact.

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Science Express – August 2013– Submarine Mining? Phosphate on the Chatham Rise

Why should a 25-million-tonne phosphate deposit on the seabed between Banks Peninsula and the Chatham Islands be mined? Dr Robin Falconer presents a case for undersea mining on the Chatham Rise.

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Science Express – July 2013 – Genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer

Genetic counsellor Alison McEwen discusses her research with New Zealand women at risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Genetic testing is in the media spotlight after Angelina Jolie’s discovery that she carries a BRCA1 gene mutation and her resulting decision to undergo a double mastectomy.

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Science Express  – June 2013  – Bird Flu: Coming to a town near you?

What’s the threat of bird flu in New Zealand this winter? Dispel the myths, and get the facts from expert virologist Dr Sue Huang.

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Science Express  –  May 2013  –  A day in the life of a Googler

Be inspired by Mary's ascent and success as a woman in the tech industry for 15 years who has managed vital, cutting edge, large scale network deployment at Google.

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Science Express – April 2013 – An ecological view of cats

Join former DSIR (Department of Scientific and Industrial Research) scientist John Flux to learn where domestic cats fit in the complex hierarchy of good and bad predators.

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Forum for the Future: Multiculturalism with bi-cultural foundations

Canadian expert Professor John Berry joins Chris Laidlaw and race relations commentator Joris de Bres and Claudia Orange to discuss issues of bi-cultural and multi-cultural relationships.

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Science Express - November 2012 - The Flight of the Godwit

Every spring, bar-tailed godwits make the 11,000-kilometre journey from Alaska to New Zealand. Phil Battley talks birds and migration in this month’s Science Express.

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Science Express - October 2012 - Sea-Level Rise in New Zealand

Andy Reisinger and Dan Zwartz discuss the interplay between climate change observations and models, looking in particular at the issue of sea-level rise.

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Science Express - September 2012 - Mad on Radium: New Zealand in the Atomic Age

Science writer Rebecca Priestley talks about New Zealand’s little-known love affair with nuclear science and technology.

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Science Express - July 2012 - End of Oil? No Fraccin' Way!

Dave Bennett – a former chief executive and current director of Kea Petroleum – presents this month’s Science Express.

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Science Express – May 2012 – Rena – The oil spill

Coastal science expert Dr Chris Battershill compares the Rena oil spill to similar events overseas, and reviews its impact on the coastal marine environment.

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Science Express – April 2012 – From stress to strength

Feeling the pressure? Learn how to bounce back from the stresses of daily life with clinical psychologist and resilience expert Gaynor Parkin.

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Science Express – March 2012 – Riding the waves to a new energy future

Get a digestible dose of science with Te Papa’s Science Express! Ocean energy expert Dr John Huckerby presents the latest wave and tidal energy projects.

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Science Express – August 2011 – Coal, Kyoto, and inconvenient truths

Coal is abundant and cheap. It fuelled the industrial revolution – and still underpins 21st-century industry. The difficulties and costs of moving to a low coal/low carbon economy are underappreciated and understated. Mission control, we have a problem

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Science Express – July 2011 – Can organics feed the world?

Steffan Browning received the Jon Manhire Award in 2008 for his ‘outstanding contribution to the organic sector’. He’s a spokesperson for the organics industry and co-chairperson of the Soil and Health Association of New Zealand among other key roles.

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Science Express – March 2011 – Understanding autism

Autism Spectrum Disorders include a range of life-long developmental disabilities affecting people’s social and communication skills – and their general ability to make sense of the world. Professor Jeff Sigafoos will answer common questions about ASD and describe his current research.

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National Services – United we stand: opportunities for museums worldwide – Nick Poole

Thursday 21 October 2010
In October 2010 we toured Nick Poole (UK), Chief Executive of the Collections Trust to Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin for a series of free public talks, 'United we stand: opportunities for museums worldwide'.

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Science Express – June 2010 – Nanotechnology – the tiny way towards a bigger future

Thursday 3 June 2010
Delve into the fascinating world of nanotechnology – the science of the ultra-small – with Dr Richard Tilley of Victoria University.

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Science Express – May 2010 – High Temperature Superconductivity – New Zealand at the helm

Thursday 6 May 2010
Explore the revolutionary technology of superconductors with Dr Jeff Tallon and Dr Bob Buckley, world leaders in superconductor research, and recent winners of the inaugural Prime Minister's Science Prize.

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Science Express - April 2010 - The Forecasting seasonal climate, can we beat a coin-toss?

Thursday 1 April 2010
How do we make a seasonal climate forecast for a place like New Zealand? What's predictable and what's not? Is the weather getting more extreme and harder to predict? Atmospheric scientist James Renwick takes you under the bonnet of the climate system.

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Science Express - March 2010 - The Evolution of New Zealand Birds

Thursday 4 March 2010
Come and hear the latest research findings from scientists David Penny and Gillian Gibb. Their studies on the moa, seabirds, and song birds challenge historical theories on the evolution of New Zealand birds.

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Meet Audrey Eagle, Botanical Artist - 2 October 2009

2 October 2009
Audrey Eagle stationeryTe Papa Press Publisher Claire Murdoch talks to botanical artist Audrey Eagle, author of the Montana medal-wining Eagle's Complete Trees and Shrubs of New Zealand, about her remarkable life and work at the October 2009 launch of her new stationery range. An exclusive event hosted by the Friends of Te Papa.

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Science Express - July 2009 – Rocket science - Peter Beck

Thursday 2 July 2009
Peter Beck, the head of local rocket science company Rocket Lab, discusses New Zealand’s role in the global space industry.

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Science Express - June 2009 – Dark energy - Matt Visser

Thursday 4 June 2009

Join Professor Matt Visser for a discussion about dark energy and the acceleration of the universe. How good is the data, and are the alternatives any better? Proudly supported by GNS Science and the Royal Society of New Zealand, Wellington Branch.

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Science Express - April 2009 – Is Science Just Mysticism in a Lab Coat? - Bernard Beckett

Thursday 2 April 2009
Are we living in an era when we believe everything scientists tell us? How do stories influence science, and vice versa? Explore these issues with award-winning author Bernard Beckett.

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Art After Dark - September 2008 - Rita in Writing

Friday 21 November 2008
Join Jill Trevelyan, author of Rita Angus: An artist’s life and co-curator of the exhibition, Philip Norman, Montana Award winning biographer of Douglas Lilburn, and Gordon Ogilvie, writer of the acclaimed Denis Glover: his life, in a discussion chaired by Lydia Wevers.

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Rita Angus Symposium - Rita and Theo: background to a portrait - Emeritus Professor Michael Dunn

Friday 21 November 2008
This presentation looks into the relationship between Rita Angus and Theo Schoon, focusing especially on the portrait of Theo Schoon that Rita Angus painted in the 1940s.

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Rita Angus Symposium - Angus and modernism - Wystan Curnow

Friday 21 November 2008
In the 1960s, the destiny of modern art in New Zealand art appeared to rest with McCahon, Woollaston and Angus. This paper re-examines that view from the perspective of the present.

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Rita Angus Symposium - Introduction - Jonathan Mane-Wheoki and Lydia Wevers

Friday 21 November 2008
Te Papa, in association with the Friends of Te Papa, presented a one-day symposium on 13 September 2008, in association with the Rita Angus: Life & Vision exhibition.

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Science Express - November 2008 - Why Critical Thinking is Critical to Your Health and Happiness - Vicki Hyde

Tuesday 18 November 2008
Vicki Hyde, New Zealand’s keenest con-spotter, explains how critical thinking can protect your mind, body, and wallet from dodgy products, email scams, and psychic ‘exploitainment’ programmes.

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Science Express - October 2008 – A New Edge to New Zealand? - Gerard van Bohemen and Dr Bryan Davy

Friday 24 October 2008
Where does New Zealand’s official boundary end? Two years ago New Zealand took the results of a 10-year research study to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, in a bid to determine our extended continental shelf (ECS). The word is now out.

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Science Express - September 2008 - Youth Crime, a hot election issue - Dr Fiona Beals

Tuesday 30 September 2008
Dr Fiona Beals, an Education Studies lecturer at Victoria University, discusses how youth crime is represented by government, the media, and academics.

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Science Express - August 2008 - Functional foods - Dr Roger Lentle

Tuesday 12 August 2008
‘Functional foods’ are foods with added nutritional benefit. But do we need them? Dr Roger Lentle, Associate Professor in Clinical Nutrition at Massey University, discusses the issues.

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Science Express - July 2008 - Hard-plastic bottles – Are they harming our health? - Ian Shaw

Wednesday 09 July 2008
Reusing plastic bottles can cause chemicals to leach into food and drink. Is this harmful and what are the safe alternatives? Explore the research with Professor Ian Shaw.

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Science Express - June 2008 - Energy solutions to halt global warming - Ralph Sims

Wednesday 09 July 2008
Ralph Sims, Professor of Sustainable Energy at Massey University, discusses New Zealand’s role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Science Express - May 2008 - Colossal squid - Steve O'Shea

Friday 2 May 2008
World-renowned marine biologist Dr Steve O'Shea discusses the findings from the examination of the colossal squid.

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Whales | Tohora - Rawiri Paratene, advocate for whales

Friday 18 April 2008
Listen to Rawiri talk about being a trustee for SPWRC, and his first encounter with a whale “eye to eye”, in an interview recorded during the South Pacific Whales Research Group Consortium meeting last February.

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Science Express - April 2008 - The World of whales - What lies beneath?

Monday 7 April 2008
What do we really know about whales? Te Papa’s Collection Manager, Marine Mammals, Anton van Helden, takes an in-depth look at current whale research.

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Science Express - March 2008 - Exposing Art Forgery

Friday 28 March 2008
From ‘paintergate' to the Mona Lisa, there is a long history of art works created and falsely attributed to another artist to gain a higher sale price. What scientific advances are helping to identify fakes, and what does a gallery do if they find a fake in their collection? Dr Christine Prior (GNS Science) and Denis Dutton (University of Canterbury) discuss the issues.

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Whales | Tohora - Interview of Viliamo Iese

Wednesday 26 March 2008
Viliamo Iese talks about whale research and cultural attitudes to whales in Tuvalu, in an interview made during the South Pacific Whales Research Group Consortium meeting last February.

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Whales | Tohora - Interview of Michael Poole of the SPWRC

Friday 14 March 2008
Opening our series of podcasts about whales, Michael Poole of the South Pacific Whales Research Consortium tells us about his whale research on the island of Mo'orea, Tahiti.

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Science Express - November 2007 - Storm in a Milk Bottle: A1 versus A2 Milk with Keith Woodford.

Thu, 06 Dec 2007
Keith Woodford from Lincoln University presents research about A1 and A2 milk and discusses if they can be harmful.

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Science Express - October 2007 - In Search of Ancient New Zealand with Hamish Campbell and George Gibbs.

Thu, 06 Dec 2007
Geologist Dr Hamish Campbell and entomologist Dr George Gibbs debate the conflicting theories of New Zealand's origins.

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The Scots - Episode Three: Donald McNaughton Stuart of Knox Church, Dunedin

Fri, 28 Sep 2007
Sean Brosnahan talks about Dr Donald McNaughton Stuart (1819?-94), a much-loved Presbyterian minister of Knox Church in Dunedin.

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The Scots - Episode Two: Glengarry, the Highland Chief

Fri, 28 Sep 2007
Sean Brosnahan talks about the story behind the Highland chief, Alexander Ranaldson MacDonell, 17th Chief of Glengarry (1834-62), the last of his line who is buried in Dunedin's southern cemetery.

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Science Express – September 2007 – Globalisation with Dr Gael Lagadec.

Wed, 12 Sep 2007
Dr Gael Lagadec from the Uiversity of New Caledonia discuss the issues around Globalisation.

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The Scots, Episode One: The Otago Settlers Museum

Fri, 28 Sep 2007
Sean Brosnahan discusses the Scottish roots of their collection and early settler John Buchanan (1804?-80) and his warm and welcoming family.

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Science Express - June 2007- Justice - a basic human need? With Tony Taylor

Wed, 29 Aug 2007
Emeritus Professor Tony Taylor discusses whether laws and justice are required in any society to ensure that basic human needs are met, but is justice itself a basic human need?

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Science Express - May 2007 - The Scientific Origins of God with Lloyd Geering.

Wed, 29 Aug 2007
Lloyd Geering discusses the relationship between God and science.

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El Armarna: City of the Sun

Mon, 19 Mar 2007
In this podcast we explore the history behind the site of El Armana and the significance the Pharoah Ahkenaten had on Egyptian society during his time as ruler.

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Ancient Egyptian Myth

Fri, 2 Feb 2007
Learn about ancient egyptian myth and the Legend of Osiris

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The display of human remains at Te Papa

Mon, 1 Jan 2007
Dr Seddon Bennington and Te Taru White, Chief Executive and Kaihautu of Te Papa discuss some of the issues surrounding the display of mummies and other human remains in museums.

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The Egyptian Collection at Te Papa

Sat, 9 Dec 2006
Ross O'Rourke discusses Te Papa's Egyptian collection and what you will find in our latest exibition Egypt: Beyond the tomb.

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