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Investing in tackling domestic and sexual violence in Aotearoa: May 20, 2019

Investing in tackling domestic and sexual violence in Aotearoa: May 20, 2019 Investing in tackling domestic and sexual violence in Aotearoa: May 20, 2019, 18.36 MB
Mon 20 May 2019

The government has announced a $320 million funding boost for sexual and family violence support services in what is the biggest funding announcement of its kind. Around one million New Zealanders experience sexual or family violence each year and Jacinda Ardern has made it a priority of the so called ‘wellbeing budget’.

Lachlan spoke with head of the Women’s Refuge Dr Ang Jury about the announcement, finding out about its effects on both her organisation and violence rates in general.

A new union for lawyers: May 20, 2019

A new union for lawyers: May 20, 2019 A new union for lawyers: May 20, 2019, 20.74 MB
Mon 20 May 2019

The Aotearoa Legal Workers Union is a new union that has been launched to advocate for people in the legal profession, particularly young people. Jemima spoke with interim President Hayley Cole.

The Big Q: Can we save the planet from a sixth mass extinction? May 20, 2019

The Big Q: Can we save the planet from a sixth mass extinction? May 20, 2019 The Big Q: Can we save the planet from a sixth mass extinction? May 20, 2019, 17.08 MB
Mon 20 May 2019

Planet Earth has faced five mass extinctions in its lifetime. Now we may be facing the sixth. What have we learned from the previous mass extinctions that can help us avoid a total collapse? Can humanity rescue the planet that it has imperiled? Maria Armoudian talks to Annalee Newitz and Elizabeth Kolbert about how we can avoid a sixth mass extinction.


The Big Q website: www.thebigq.org
 

The Wire with Jemima: May 20, 2019

The Wire with Jemima: May 20, 2019 The Wire with Jemima: May 20, 2019, 103.93 MB
Mon 20 May 2019

This week on the Monday Wire, Jemima speaks to Green Party co-leader James Shaw about the Emissions Trading Scheme, climate policy in the Pacific and the cannabis referendum. Southern Cross is back with the latest in Pacific news. Lachlan talks to Dr Ang Jury from Women's Refuge about the government's recent sexual and family violence funding. Jemima waps it up with Hayley Coles from the new Aotearoa Legal Workers Union to discuss what the union has planned for the legal profession. 

Drug Drive Testing with Fiona Hutton: Friday the 17th of May

Drug Drive Testing with Fiona Hutton: Friday the 17th of May Drug Drive Testing with Fiona Hutton: Friday the 17th of May, 11.44 MB
Fri 17 May 2019

Drug driving is an issue that the Aotearoa is yet to get a grasp on. While drug impairment resulted in seventy-one deaths on our roads last year, it has been acknowledged by both the minister of police & minister of transportation that there is no “clear linear relationship” between the presence of a drug and potential impairment. This does not only concern currently illegal drugs, it includes prescription medication, as there is no line drawn in the sand as to how we regulate driving under any of these substances, & with the referendum on cannabis legalisation approaching, its time to speak up fast. So a public consultation into safety testing for drug driving has been launched by the government, hoping to conclude on the 28th of June to get a general consensus on the public opinion. I spoke with Fiona Hutton, Senior Lecturer at the School of Social and Cultural Studies at Victoria university of Wellington, to discuss this issue around testing drug driving.

 

The Wire with Laura: 17th of May, 2019

The Wire with Laura: 17th of May, 2019 The Wire with Laura: 17th of May, 2019, 106.86 MB
Fri 17 May 2019

This day in history: 17th May, 2019

This day in history: 17th May, 2019 This day in history: 17th May, 2019, 14.48 MB
Fri 17 May 2019

This day in history goes back to 1973 for the beginning of the Watergate hearings.

IV w/ Sisonke Msimang - writer, mama and bear: May 17, 2019

IV w/ Sisonke Msimang - writer, mama and bear: May 17, 2019 IV w/ Sisonke Msimang - writer, mama and bear: May 17, 2019, 36.03 MB
Fri 17 May 2019

Sisonke MSimang is a writer and anti-racism activist, though on her Twitter it states, writer, mama, and bear. Of South African whakapapa, her work is focussed on race, gender and democracy. Born and raised in exile as the daughter of freedom fighters working to bring down apartheid in South Africa, the government had labelled her father as a terrorist. Currently living in Perth Australia, Sisonke is in Tāmaki Makaurau this week for the Auckland Writers Festival speaking tomorrow at Aotea Center on her book Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home. Lillian Hanly spoke with Sisonke about terrorism and freedom fighting, national identity, racism, privilege, the importance of stories and the concept of home. Sisonke starts by explaining her book and why she wrote it.

The Big Q: What is the celebrity industrial complex? May 16, 2019

The Big Q: What is the celebrity industrial complex? May 16, 2019 The Big Q: What is the celebrity industrial complex? May 16, 2019, 29.99 MB
Thu 16 May 2019

What is the celebrity industrial complex? How does it impact our democracies, our culture and our society? Joining Maria Armoudian to discuss the celebrity industrial complex, and the issues that arise from it, are Joshua Gamson, David Gilles, and P. David Marshall.

The Big Q website: www.thebigq.org 

A chat with Akala: May 16, 2019

A chat with Akala: May 16, 2019 A chat with Akala: May 16, 2019, 42.32 MB
Thu 16 May 2019

Akala was raised in Camden, north-west London with Scottish, English and Jamaican whakapapa. He positions himself as having been racialised as black despite being raised by his white solo-mum. Akala is a rapper, a historian, a political thinker and now an author. He was in Aotearoa this week for events in Christchurch, Dunedin and the Auckland Writers Festival (which is still going). Lillian Hanly was lucky enough to spend some time with him before he gave his talk on his new book Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire. They sat outside Aotea Center just after Akala had finished speaking to a huge group of students about Shakespeare - because, on top of his work on race and class, and holding two honourary doctorates, he owns The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company. This is a 'music theatre production company aimed at exploring the social, cultural and linguistic parallels between the works of William Shakespeare and that of modern day hip-hop artists'. A number of people actually came up during the interview asking for his autograph.

As Akala positions himself in most interviews, Lillian decided to start the interview by positioning herself - as a Pākehā woman raised with Te Reo Māori as her first language. This positioning she also believes is important as it is the lens through which she sees the world, and informs the work she does. While reading Natives in preparation one of the first things that jumped out at her was Akala’s statement in the introduction, “I was born into these currents, I did not create or invent them and I make no claims to objectivity. I find the whole idea that we can transcend our experiences; and take a totally unbiased look at the world to be totally ridiculous, yet that’s what many historians and academics claim to do.” News media too, claim objectivity, states Lillian. This is where the interview begins.

For reference, the Charles W. Mills quote reads as follows, “But in a racially structured polity, the only people who can find it psychologically possible to deny the centrality of race are those who are racially privileged, for whom race is invisible precisely because the world is structured around them, whiteness as the ground against which the figures of other races -­ those who, unlike us, are raced - appear.” - The Racial Contract, p.76.

 

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