Lachlan Balfour and producers Ben Goldson and Jemima Huston bring you bFM's daily news & current affairs show, including our U.S. news feature State of the States with a correspondent from WNYU News, a look at This Day in History, as well as a regular chat with Labour Minister Andrew Little.
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Lachlan Balfour is a law and arts student who's been at bFM since mid-2017. When he's not reading cases you can find him tweeting about British politics, prison reform and complaining about public transport.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Democracy today is dominated by election campaigns, lobbyists, media, and political commentators, all using language to influence the way the public thinks about and interprets public issues. Despite this, many believe that propaganda and manipulation aren’t problems for society. In this two-part interview, Jason Stanley discusses how propaganda works in democratic societies with Maria Armoudian.
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.
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.
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.
Shari Nevalagi created the organisation Rise Up for Homelessness. She's a solo mother of two children, both with autism, and has autism herself. She spends time volunteering with homeless Whānau and neurodiverse Whānau in Tāmaki Makaurau, and is currently working in Manurewa helping to provide rough sleepers with food and support.
Lillian Hanly spoke with Shari following the news that Mayor Phil Goff has announced a 'homelessness count', and talked with her about her concerns.