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An inter-generational look at RNZ's iconic documentary series, Spectrum, which captured the essence of New Zealand from 1972 to 2016.

Airing time: Saturdays, 9am

https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/spectrum



RNZ's Spectrum was an iconic documentary series which captured the essence of New Zealand from 1972 to 2016.


After listening to Spectrum episodes for the first time, 17yr old Cian, shares his insights, thoughts and opinions on what he has just heard. 
Includes replays of the original Spectrum episode, by permission from RNZ. 

 

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'Queen Victoria's Incredible Journey' - RNZ, 1982

An amazing document was 'discovered' in one of the research libraries by the Spectrum team.In Queen Victoria's own handwriting, it details how she visited this country incognito in 1882, disguised as a Highland Gentleman.

Duration: 00:52:12 | Date: 10 November, 2018

'King's Shilling' - RNZ, 1981 Pt. 2: Sandbags And Singing Wire

In April 1918 George Lee was shipped from England to the Western Front in Belgium and the realities of life behind the sandbags. In conversation with Jack Perkins he gives a vividly detailed, intensely human account of the concluding stages of World War One.

Duration: 00:47:15 | Date: 3 November, 2018

"Kings Shilling" - RNZ, 1981 Part 1: They Taught Us How To Kill Men But Not Lice

In April 1918 George Lee was shipped from England to the Western Front in Belgium and the realities of life behind the sandbags. In conversation with Jack Perkins he gives a vividly detailed, intensely human account of the concluding stages of World War One.

Duration: 00:50:50 | Date: 27 October, 2018

"The Stan Graham Murders" - RNZ, 1977

Compiled from official sources combined with eye-witness accounts, some previously untapped, this is a graphic reconstruction of New Zealand`s most famous manhunt in 1941, produced by Jack Perkins.

Duration: 00:50:49 | Date: 20 October, 2018

"How to Record Your Grandfather" - RNZ, 1982

History is not only a written record of events, it also resides in people's memories. Through the audio recorder, this resource of memory can be preserved for today's and future generations. Over a period of years, the Spectrum team developed techniques for recording oral history and many of these can be applied by the amateur within, or without, the circle of family and friends. Here, then, is a kitset from Alwyn Owen and Jack Perkins of the Spectrum Tea

Duration: 00:38:15 | Date: 13 October, 2018

"Whina Cooper 1978 Pt 2 of 2" - RNZ

Herea Te Tangata Ki Te Whenua : Bind the people to the land.
The life and story of land activist and noted Maori leader Whina Cooper, interviewed by Alwyn Owen.

Duration: 00:36:20 | Date: 6 October, 2018

"Whina Cooper 1978 Part 1 of 2" - RNZ

Herea Te Tangata Ki Te Whenua : Bind the people to the land.
The life and story of land activist and noted Maori leader Whina Cooper, interviewed by Alwyn Owen.

Duration: 00:00:00 | Date: 29 September, 2018

"Far Out and Feminist" - RNZ, 1988

Deb Nation looks back at the 1977 Christchurch United Women's Convention with the key players, including Sister Pauline O'Reagan, Alison Cooper, Nedra Johnson, Jane Chatwin and Jenny Heal. It was a time of change, choice and chances and a controversy raged over the presence of male reporters at the conference.
John Bishop recalls his eviction by lesbian feminists.

Duration: 00:39:37 | Date: 22 September, 2018

"Hanging 10 on The Internet" - RNZ, 1995

This 1995 episode of Spectrum looks at some of the phenomena associated with the Internet such as multimedia technology, video-conferencing, electronic mail, remote shopping, World-Wide Web etc.

Duration: 00:33:56 | Date: 15 September, 2018