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.
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.
Sociolgist and University of Canterbury lecturer, Jarrod Gilbert has spoken out about how working alongside gangs could reduce crime. Jemima spoke with Jarrod about this and asked why some gang members are seeking change now.
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.
First up on today’s Wire, Jemima speaks Dr Jarrod Gilbert about working with gangs to reduce crime. Neutral corner returns on Trump’s recent executive order to reverse the separation of children and their families at the border. Andrew Little joins Lachlan for their regular chat where they discuss rehabilitation in prison. Our Wire Worry week is sex work and Lachlan talks to Dame Catherine Healy from the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective about the Swedish model and why decriminalisation is much better. Finally This Day in History looks at the Freedom Summer murders in 1964.
Maumahara Girlie is a contemporary theatre show at the Basement Theatre playing during the Matariki Festival from the 3rd - 7th July. Based on a script for Window Gallery by Mya Morrison Middleton who is of Ngai Tahu descent, it features a group of young Māori women grappling with shame and decolonisation, and the urbanisation of their identity, particularly in regards to disconnection and language. Lillian Hanly spoke with both Mya and Freddy Carr, of Ngai Tuhoe and Ngati Awa descent, who is one of the actors in the show, about some of the issues the script speaks to. We ended up having a conversation for almost half an hour. Lillian started by asking what the inspiration was for this story.
Scientists say we still have time to address climate change and we've made headway, but we still have a long way to go. What do we need to do to combat climate change, and how worried should we be about global warming? Maria Armoudian speaks with renowned climate scientist Michael E. Mann.
On Dear Science with AUT’s Allan Blackman we talk music for babies, flat earths, and the problems with psychology experiments.
Jenny Marcroft from NZ first gives us an update on the goings on with Kauri Dieback.
Our producer Darashpreet speaks to Cee Payne about the most recent development in the Nurses pay and working conditions negotiations, and then speaks with Richard Wagstaff from the Council of Trade Unions regarding the decision.
For Wire Worry Week, Lisa talks to Associate Professor Gillian Abel about the current health and safety situation in the sex work industry.
Finally, Lillian has a chat with writer of Maumahara Girlie Mya Morrison Middleton and performer Freddy Carr, a performance playing at BAsement Theatre in early July. This is just a snippet of the long interview, which is podcasted separately.