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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.

The Ministry of Social Development slammed for wrongful debt recovery: Wednesday, 4th July 2018

The Ministry of Social Development slammed for wrongful debt recovery: Wednesday, 4th July 2018 The Ministry of Social Development slammed for wrongful debt recovery: Wednesday, 4th July 2018, 21.33 MB
Wed 4 Jul 2018

 

The High Court ruled against the Ministry of Social Development in a case of wrongful debt recovery. 

The MSD was asking a solo mother of two to repay more than a $100,000 of perceived benefit, after finding out the mom had contracted loans and used a credit card. 

The High Court's jugement, which should have lasting effects, reminded the MSD that loans, which constitute debt, cannot be classified as income. 

Our producer Lisa Boudet speaks with barrister Catriona MacLennan about the implications of this ruling and the current mind frame of the MSD.

Fight the power: exploring the connections between music and politics

Fight the power: exploring the connections between music and politics Fight the power: exploring the connections between music and politics, 19.78 MB
Tue 3 Jul 2018

Music and politics have always had a strong relationship going back to the days of the Civil Rights Movement, the anti-war movement, and campaigns to combat racism. These days, artists such as Childish Gambino are pushing the boundaries visually and musically when it comes to using their art as a political vehicle. Sam Smith spoke with Patrycja Rozbickya about the intersection between music and politics.

The Wire with Mary-Margaret: Tuesday July 3rd

The Wire with Mary-Margaret: Tuesday July 3rd The Wire with Mary-Margaret: Tuesday July 3rd, 44.88 MB
Tue 3 Jul 2018

Sam Smith talks to a politics lecturer from Aston University about an article she wrote on Childish Gambino’s poignant video ‘This Is America’. Mary-Margaret asks the Council of Trade Unions Vice-President about how the gender pay principles announced by the government last night will impact pay equity. In his international segment this week, Conor Knell does some myth busting about farm attacks in South Africa. Laura Kvigstad learns about a new alcohol interlock sentence initiated by the government due to the prevalence of drink driving. Our greendesk friend Jack Marshall learns about new research into how Australian moths use magnetic fields to migrate.

International News with Conor: Mythbusting Farm Murders and Violent Crime in South Africa

International News with Conor: Mythbusting Farm Murders and Violent Crime in South Africa International News with Conor: Mythbusting Farm Murders and Violent Crime in South Africa, 24.61 MB
Tue 3 Jul 2018

In international news this week, a new study has been released saying that farm murders are down in South Africa, contrary to the rhetoric spread by conservative and far right commentators overseas. Conor looks into this and other problems surrounding South Africa's violent crime rate to work out what's true and what is simply ideological dogma

Pay Equity: Government Strategy

Pay Equity: Government Strategy Pay Equity: Government Strategy, 3.52 MB
Tue 3 Jul 2018

The government last night announced five principles that are crucial in New Zealand for achieving pay equity. They are: freedom from bias and discrimination, transparency and accessibility, acknowledging the relationship between paid and unpaid work, sustainability, and participation and engagement. Mary-Margaret spoke to the Council of Trade Unions vice-president Rachel Mackintosh about how this will help to close the gender pay gap. She started by asking her to explain some of the more specific principles.

No more brews and BMWs

No more brews and BMWs No more brews and BMWs, 3.67 MB
Tue 3 Jul 2018

From July 1st, anyone convicted of two or more drink-driving offences within five years, or any first time offenders caught driving more than 3 point 2 times the legal alcohol limit will be subject to an alcohol interlock sentence. This is a device that prevents people who are intoxicated from driving. Laura Kvigstad spoke with The CEO of No One Ever Stands Alone, Leah Abrams, on the matter, asking what her thoughts were on the recent change.

Two Degrees to Warm

Two Degrees to Warm Two Degrees to Warm, 15.19 MB
Mon 2 Jul 2018

The United Nations has recently revealed a new report that shows the growing certainty that two degrees of warming will have a servere impact for humanity. Producer Damian Rowe spoke to Dr Alex Macmillan about its implications to New Zealand and the changes that will need to be made on the Zero Carbon Bill.

More Time for Medical Students

More Time for Medical Students More Time for Medical Students, 10.87 MB
Mon 2 Jul 2018

The Government has announced an extension on the life-time limit on student loans for medical students from 8 years to 10 years. Producer Damian Rowe spoke to Te Oranga president Chayce Glass on the implications this will have for students and for Maori, Pasifika and rural students.

 

The Wire with Reuben: Monday 2nd July

The Wire with Reuben: Monday 2nd July The Wire with Reuben: Monday 2nd July, 122.98 MB
Mon 2 Jul 2018

Damian talks to Dr Alex Macmillan from OraTaiao about the new UN climate change report that indicateswe've been sitting on our hands for too long.

Reuben speaks to Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson about the government's record investment into sustainable transport and the push to implement stock monitoring cameras after footage of a sharemilker repeatedly beating cows came to light.

Laura Kvigstad speaks to Emilie Rakete from People Against Prisons Aotearoa about the recent Ministry of Justice report that is projecting a rise of four thousand prisoners over the next decade.

Damian Rowe also speaks to Chayce Glass from the Maori Medical Students' Association, Te Oranga, about the student loan cap extension and what it will mean for medical students.

Tertiary funding with Sandra Grey: June 29, 2018

Tertiary funding with Sandra Grey: June 29, 2018 Tertiary funding with Sandra Grey: June 29, 2018, 19.46 MB
Fri 29 Jun 2018

The Minister for Education, Chris Hipkins, has announced a $31.7 million boost into the tertiary education sector, which the government says will increase the quality of lifelong learning opportunities. It comes after a budget which saw no extra money for tertiary institutes.

The Tertiary Education Union have welcomed the announcement, saying the increase will help to stabilise the sector whilst essential work is done to reform it and the way it is funded.

Stewart had a chat this morning with Sandra Grey, the National President of the Tertiary Education Union, about why this funding injection was so important, and started by asking her what this announcement actually means for tertiary institutes?

Neighbourhood Watch: Manus Island and "bad" Kiwis

Neighbourhood Watch: Manus Island and "bad" Kiwis Neighbourhood Watch: Manus Island and "bad" Kiwis, 13.04 MB
Fri 20 Jul 2018

Today on Neighbourhood Watch with Rachel McDonald from Radio Adeliade, Kelly finds out why so many kiwis are being deported from Australia. They then discuss the anniversary of, and continual, injustice occurring on Manus Island and the government's indifference to this.

Simeon Brown on mental health and bi-partisanship

Simeon Brown on mental health and bi-partisanship Simeon Brown on mental health and bi-partisanship, 18.53 MB
Fri 20 Jul 2018

Kelly talks to National Party MP Simeon Brown about work that National and the Greens may be undertaking together in the mental health sector. 

A Little bit of Andy with Lachlan: July 19, 2018

A Little bit of Andy with Lachlan: July 19, 2018 A Little bit of Andy with Lachlan: July 19, 2018, 27.96 MB
Thu 19 Jul 2018

Andrew Little came into bFM this morning for his regular chat. This week, he and Lachlan discussed youth being remanded into police cells and the human rights commissioners appointment process.

Dear Science: July 19, 2018

Dear Science: July 19, 2018 Dear Science: July 19, 2018, 34.75 MB
Wed 18 Jul 2018

Today on Dear Science, AUT's Allan Blackman tells us about "neutrino" (and no one really seems to understand what he is talking about). We also talk about a new method used to bring back to life 130-year-old daguerrotype photographs. Finally, Allan shares this breaking news: the concept of bread is actually much older than we thought. 

The Big Q: How does trauma affect people and society? July 18, 2018

The Big Q: How does trauma affect people and society? July 18, 2018 The Big Q: How does trauma affect people and society? July 18, 2018, 26.95 MB
Wed 18 Jul 2018

Trauma has profound and lifelong physical and psychological effects on its survivors. It can damage the mind, the brain, and stunt development. What exactly is trauma? How does it affect us individually and as a society? And how can trauma survivors recover from these experiences? Maria Armoudian speaks with Charles Figley, Richard Chefetz, and Daniel Siegel. 


The Big Q Website: www.thebigq.org
 

Interview w/ Greens Co-Leader & Climate Change Minister James Shaw: July 17th, 2018

Interview w/ Greens Co-Leader & Climate Change Minister James Shaw: July 17th, 2018 Interview w/ Greens Co-Leader & Climate Change Minister James Shaw: July 17th, 2018, 17.3 MB
Tue 17 Jul 2018

This week on the Green Desk, we’re keeping it kakariki. Jack Marshall chats with Greens co-leader and Climate Change Minister James Shaw. Public consultation on the Net Zero-Carbon bill is coming to an end, so Jack asked Minister Shaw what this bill will look like going forward.

 

The Big Q: Are hacking, fake news, and paid trolls destroying democracy? July 16, 2018

The Big Q: Are hacking, fake news, and paid trolls destroying democracy? July 16, 2018 The Big Q: Are hacking, fake news, and paid trolls destroying democracy? July 16, 2018, 21.26 MB
Mon 16 Jul 2018

Hacking, fake news, and paid trolls have become more common over the last few years, with many internal and external forces attempting to corrupt, or at least influence, both information online and what makes the news. Chris Tenove and Jennifer Forestal discuss whether these phenomena are destroying democracy with Maria Armoudian.


The Big Q Website: www.thebigq.org
 

Wire Worry Week- AUT refugee mentoring: July 13, 2018

Wire Worry Week- AUT refugee mentoring: July 13, 2018 Wire Worry Week- AUT refugee mentoring: July 13, 2018, 14.46 MB
Fri 13 Jul 2018

Kelly chats with Lian-Hong Brebner from AUT about a programme that pairs up current university students with Year 13 students with a refugee background. 

Worry Week: Friday July 13, 2018

Worry Week: Friday July 13, 2018 Worry Week: Friday July 13, 2018, 14.46 MB
Fri 13 Jul 2018

Neighbourhood Watch: July 13, 2018

Neighbourhood Watch: July 13, 2018 Neighbourhood Watch: July 13, 2018, 14.89 MB
Fri 13 Jul 2018

Kelly chats with Rachel McDonald from Radio Adelaide to catch up on the news across the ditch.