Where are the bodies of Otago's four executed murderers? Bruce Munro digs up a halloween mystery of gruesome hangings, lost graves and headless ghosts.
We need to face the "yicky bits'' of history, including New Zealand's use of capital punishment, urges historian Prof Tom Brooking.
It's the deal breaker for most of us in our workplaces. Yet examples of it are all over the shop. So, what is great leadership today? Bruce Munro takes a look.
Based on an academic journal article by University of Otago historian Assoc Prof Alex Trapeznik, Bruce Munro recounts the role Kiwi soldiers played in the West’s forgotten Russian war of intervention after the 1917 Revolution.
Peter Stupples has come to a controversial conclusion about art’s role in revolution. It is a conviction with origins in his eavesdropping for British military intelligence in the 1950s, writes Bruce Munro.
Bruce Munro asks a psychologist and a sociologist to distil the wisdom and trends from three years of the popular Otago Daily Times weekend magazine element, Five Questions With.
Gene editing has the potential to reshape us and our world forever.
Whatever happened to the lunatic fringe? Bruce Munro surveys the seeming demise of small party politics in New Zealand and asks what it means.
Two hundred years after her death, Jane Austen’s books are still a hugely popular source of delight and insight. Bruce Munro talks to Dr Paul Tankard about Austen, her appeal and the difficulty of knowing oneself.
The Government is saving a packet as New Zealanders turn to crowdfunding for timely and lifesaving health care. Or is it?
Curing sloppy thinking and confronting fascism are among poetry’s much-needed powers, Sue Wootton tells Bruce Munro ahead of National Poetry Day.
Monash University Museum of Art director Charlotte Day talks about Kiwi artist Francis Upritchard's exhibition that opens in Dunedin on Saturday.
Below the surface of New Zealand's glowing job growth statistics lies a darker world, writes Bruce Munro.
Forced migration is the new, hot topic in global foreign policy but it's of little relevance to ordinary Kiwis, right? Wrong, writes Bruce Munro.
Campbell Patterson’s first Frances Hodgkins Fellowship exhibition is an abstracted reflection on the urge to escape a bleak decade, he tells Bruce Munro.
Pat Langhorne is a compelling case for the power and value of a curious mind.
It seems strange that the New Zealanders most disadvantaged by colonisation are among Royalty's biggest fans. Bruce Munro lifts the lid on Maoridom's fierce fondness for the Queen.
Is John Broughton royalty?
Faced with the grim prospect of a world without antibiotics, we're discovering microbes could be more important to our health than even our genes.
Dr Monica Gerth wants to become bacteria’s equivalent of a horse whisperer.