2021 VOYAGER AWARDS WINNER - BEST EPISODIC PODCAST.
The shady, controversial and sometimes downright villainous characters of New Zealand history, presented by William Ray.
Killer Conductor: the story of Eric Mareo - Part 2
When flamboyant orchestra conductor Eric Mareo was convicted of murder for a second time, the judge raised grave concerns about the verdict with the Attorney General. So, did 1930s prejudice and sensationalist media sentence an innocent man to death?
Killer Conductor: the story of Eric Mareo - Part 1
Kiwis rose to their feet and cheered when the flamboyant orchestra conductor Eric Mareo was found guilty of murdering his wife in 1936. But 85 years later, the verdict seems less certain. Was justice done? Or was Mareo an innocent man? RNZ's Black Sheep podcast investigates.
Escape Artist: the story of George Wilder
George Wilder is an accidental folk hero. He never sought the spotlight, but his three escapes from prison in the 1960s made him a national sensation. Black Sheep investigates his story.
Slaver: the story of Thomas McGrath
In 1863 half the population of a small Tongan island called 'Ata boarded a ship captained by Thomas McGrath. They were never seen again. In this episode, Black Sheep investigates the story of a slave raid which destroyed a small civilisation.
Governor: the story of Sir George Grey - Part 2
In the second of Black Sheep's two part episode on Sir George Grey, Aotearoa is launched into the worst conflicts of the New Zealand Wars. For more on the Waikato War, watch and listen to Stories of Tainui.
Governor: the story of Sir George Grey - Part 1
Sir George Grey led Aotearoa into some of the worst conflicts of the New Zealand Wars. But at the beginning of his career many saw him as a defender of indigenous rights - including some Māori! So... What happened?
This is my favourite podcast. I’m so glad they are making more again! I get excited when I see there is a new episode. Thank you so much RNZ and William Ray!!
I have listened to all the episodes of series 1, 2 and 3 so far, with my adolescent children. The usual question at the end is: “Why we don't learn about these people at school?”. And in my opinion, that is the best compliment you can have. You guys have helped me in opening their curiosity into the importance of history and the importance of critical thinking. Please keep going!
So glad you’re back!