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Listen back to features and interviews from 95bFM's daily news & current affairs show, The Wire. Your hosts Reuben McLaren, Conor Mercer, Lillian Hanly, Lachlan Balfour and Kelly Enright focus on the issues of Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere, in independent-thinking bFM style. Weekdays 12-1pm on 95bFM.

Are we doing enough to curb drug driving?

Are we doing enough to curb drug driving? Are we doing enough to curb drug driving?, 17.18 MB
Fri 15 Jun 2018

New figures released by the AA show that drug-impaired drivers are the cause of more fatal accidents on our roads than drink drivers.

It is understood to be the first time in recorded history that the stats have gone this way.

And, while cannabis is highly reflected in the research, meth and even prescription drugs are also to blame for some of New Zealand’s high road toll.

Stewart had a chat with AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen about the news, asking him what the figures show us and whether it's surprising. 

Is it 'Wright' for RMA breaches to be criminal?

Is it 'Wright' for RMA breaches to be criminal? Is it 'Wright' for RMA breaches to be criminal?, 13.58 MB
Fri 15 Jun 2018

Kelly spoke with Mark Wright, a University of Canterbury College of Business and Law doctoral student, who has worked both as a Crown prosecutor in Auckland and Rotorua, and as a lawyer prosecuting environmental non-compliance cases in Tauranga. He knows his stuff and is currently reviewing the RMA’s sanctioning regime and looking at alternatives on how to reprimand breaches that do not necessarily need to be classed as criminal offences.

A Woman's Work: Gender Inequality In The Workplace

A Woman's Work: Gender Inequality In The Workplace A Woman's Work: Gender Inequality In The Workplace, 6.93 MB
Fri 15 Jun 2018

On Tuesday, five public service chief executive jobs were filled internally by male candidates. The jobs were not advertised, nor were interviews conducted with the five candidates. The decision has been criticised for creating gender inequality in the job market.

New Director, Lillian Hanly, spoke with the chief executive of The National Council of Women, Gill Greer, to get her perspective on the matter of women working in the public and private sector.

 

The Wire with Lachlan: Thursday 14th June

The Wire with Lachlan: Thursday 14th June The Wire with Lachlan: Thursday 14th June, 128.8 MB
Thu 14 Jun 2018

First up on today’s Wire, Jemima speaks with Tania Sawicki Mead from Justspeak about the Government’s plans for a new 500 bed prison at Waikeria. Neutral corner returns on the summit between Kim Jong un and Donald Trump. Andrew Little joins Lachlan for their regular chat where they discuss the three strikes law. Jemima speaks with Chris Farrelly from the Auckland CIty Mission about their new detox beds. Finally, This Day in History looks at the end of the Falklands War.

Just Speaking about Waikeria Prison

Just Speaking about Waikeria Prison Just Speaking about Waikeria Prison, 7.12 MB
Thu 14 Jun 2018

Minister for Corrections, Kelvin Davis, has annunced that a 500 bed prison, including a 100 bed mental health unit, in Waikeria will replace the old prison. Jemima spoke with Just Speak spokesperson, Tania Sawicki Mead, about the new government's plans. Just Speak is represents the youth and rangatahi voice in criminal justice conversations. 

Neutral Corner: Summit in Singapore

Neutral Corner: Summit in Singapore Neutral Corner: Summit in Singapore, 19.51 MB
Thu 14 Jun 2018

Neutral Corner examines the meeting between American President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un.

This Day in History: 1982

This Day in History: 1982 This Day in History: 1982, 19.52 MB
Thu 14 Jun 2018

This Day in History takes us back to 1982, for the surrender of Argintinian troops stationed in the Falkland Islands.

Mission possible: Detox

Mission possible: Detox Mission possible: Detox, 7.54 MB
Thu 14 Jun 2018

The City Mission will receive $16.7 million in funding from the government to improve and expand their detoxification services. Jemima talked to Auckland City Missioner, Chris Farrelly, about how this funding will be used and why it is so important for Auckland. 

The Wire with Reuben: Wednesday 13 June 2018

The Wire with Reuben: Wednesday 13 June 2018 The Wire with Reuben: Wednesday 13 June 2018, 100.26 MB
Wed 13 Jun 2018

On Dear Science with AUT’s Allan Blackman we talk abour organic molecules on Mars; a device can produce water out of thin air and Professor Margaret Brimble is First NZ woman to become a fellow of The Royal Society of London. Reuben interviews the chief executive of Amnesty International about possible war crimes committed by the US led coalition on Syria. Darashpreet speaks to Keren Segal about fusion power. Reuben also speaks to the founder of Housing First about the program’s beginnings and its criticisms. Darshpreet also has a report on the US North korea Singapore summit. Lastly, Lucy speaks to RNZ reporter Phil Pennington about combustible building cladding in Auckland.

Auckland Council Clear Grenfell Tower Cladding as Safe

Auckland Council Clear Grenfell Tower Cladding as Safe Auckland Council Clear Grenfell Tower Cladding as Safe, 14.79 MB
Wed 13 Jun 2018

1 year on from the awful Grenfell Tower fire in London, the Auckland Council have declared that the highly combustible aluminium polyethylene filled cladding is safe for use in Aucklands buildings.

The council have produced a list naming all the buildings with the cladding which include 7 Auckland hospital buildings and Auckland universities OGGB building.

Lucy Austin spoke with RNZ reporter Phil Pennington to find out more. 

James Shaw on Zero Carbon 2050 & the Declaration for Ambition

James Shaw on zero carbon 2050 & the Declaration for Ambition James Shaw on zero carbon 2050 & the Declaration for Ambition, 12.84 MB
Mon 25 Jun 2018

Climate Change Minister James Shaw joins Reuben again this week to discuss the Declaration for Ambition on climate change signed by 23 nations, including New Zealand, promising to boost climate targets by 2020 and calling on other nations to follow suit. They also talk about the country wide roadshow set up by the Ministry for the Environment to discuss the Zero Carbon BIll with the public and to take submissions.

Zero Tolerance: The United States’ brutal immigration policies, explained

Zero Tolerance: The United States’ brutal immigration policies, explained Zero Tolerance: The United States’ brutal immigration policies, explained, 23.34 MB
Mon 25 Jun 2018

With reports of indefinite detentions and children being separated from their families at the United States border, Maria Armoudian explore how we got here, what the legal and political ramifications are and what happens next for America with Kevin Johnson and David Kyle.


The big q website: www.thebigq.org
 

Do we need a Minister for Sex Workers? June 22, 2018

Do we need a Minister for Sex Workers? June 22, 2018 Do we need a Minister for Sex Workers? June 22, 2018, 19.42 MB
Fri 22 Jun 2018

A couple of weeks ago, an open letter to the Government was released by Hamilton sex worker Lisa Lewis calling for an election of a Minister of Prostitution. The letter carried the names of Lewis and 25 others. The letter was also written with the help of conservative group Family First. 

Stewart spoke with Dame Catherine Healy, the national coordinator of the New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective, about whether a new minister is something worth looking into.

Neighbourhood Watch: deportation and public broadcasting: June 22, 2018

Neighbourhood Watch: deportation and public broadcasting: June 22, 2018 Neighbourhood Watch: deportation and public broadcasting: June 22, 2018, 11.94 MB
Fri 22 Jun 2018

A town’s plea for mercy for a deported asylum seeker family has gone unheard, as the courts uphold their deportation; world cup coverage by telecommunications company Optus was so bad they had to give the rights back to the television station they bought them from; and the right-wing animosity towards public broadcaster ABC was laid bare at a meeting of Liberal Party members on the weekend.

 

 

Jami-Lee Ross on fuel tax fights and softening laws: June 22, 2018

Jami-Lee Ross on fuel tax fights and softening laws: June 22, 2018 Jami-Lee Ross on fuel tax fights and softening laws: June 22, 2018, 19.58 MB
Fri 22 Jun 2018

This week National Party MP Jami-Lee Ross joins Kelly to chat about the debacle that went down in the House on Wednesday night debating the regional fuel tax bill. They also discuss the softening laws on foreign investors and how National view the government and their promises. 

The Swedes have got it wrong

The Swedes have got it wrong The Swedes have got it wrong, 21.94 MB
Thu 21 Jun 2018

Our Wire Worry week is sex work. The Swedish model of sex work has been adopted by a number of countries including Ireland quite recently and has been criticised as being unsafe for sex workers. Lachlan spoke with Dame Catherine Healy about the Swedish model and its problems, and why decriminalisation is a better, safer, model.

A Little bit of Andy with Lachlan

A Little bit of Andy with Lachlan A Little bit of Andy with Lachlan, 23.17 MB
Thu 21 Jun 2018

Lachlan speaks with Andrew Little for their regualr chat. This week they discuss rehabilitation in prisons.

Can democracy function if societies don’t understand politics?

Can democracy function if societies don’t understand politics? Can democracy function if societies don’t understand politics?, 19.3 MB
Thu 21 Jun 2018

Why do so many people seem to know so little about politics? What does that mean for democracy? And what can be done about it? Professor Arthur Lupia discusses these concerns with Maria Armoudian.


The Big Q Website: www.thebigq.org
 

Dear Science: music for babies, flat earthers and what's wrong with psychology experiments

Dear Science: music for babies, flat earthers and what's wrong with psychology experiments Dear Science: music for babies, flat earthers and what's wrong with psychology experiments, 31.62 MB
Wed 20 Jun 2018

 

Today on Dear Science, your favorite AUT Professor Allan Blackman discusses why playing Mozart to babies in the womb is the most stimulating option (although we don't know the extent of stimulation or even if it's beneficial) - and how, oddly enough, Shakira and Adele don't seem to have any impact of foetuses. 

We also prove - yet again - to flat earthers that their theory is dated, since a Greek physicist already made it clear in 240BC that the earth is, indeed, round. 

Finally, we delve into murky waters as Allan hints psychology research experiments are flawed - in the light of new revelations on the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment of 1971. 

Jenny Marcroft on Kauri Dieback

Jenny Marcroft Jenny Marcroft, 12.18 MB
Wed 20 Jun 2018

Jenny Marcroft takes us through the latest developments in the fight against Kauri Dieback.