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.
The United Nations Secretary-General has called Syria hell on Earth. How did it get this bad? What are the geopolitics at play? And what about the rest of the Middle East? Maria Armoudian discusses the ongoing crisis in Syria and the surrounding areas with Laurie A. Brand, Fred H. Lawson, Hamoud Salhi, and William Harris.
This week State Housing Action Network sent a letter to the Board and senior managers of the Housing New Zealand Corporation calling for their resignation. Jemima spoke with John Minto, the Convenor of SHAN, about why this letter was sent and why there needs to be a "transformational culture change" in HNZC. Jemima began the interview by asking, what SHAN's letter to HNZC is all about.
Today we look at conflict minerals and how the materials used to make the electronics that power our lives are often sourced from rebel controlled mines in the Congo. The minerals are often mined by women and children forced at gunpoint to find these minerals. Conor explores the problems surrounding this supply chain and what we can do to stop it
Producer Will Parsonson speaks with Dr Sue Belgrave, chair of the perinatal and maternal mortality review committee, working under the health quality and safety commission, about pregnancy and mortality in New Zealand. We touch on how the government could work to improve safety and standards for pregnant women and their children..
Climate change, pesticide contamination, soil-depletion, loss of land, power politics, mass pollinator die-offs, and a host of big business practices threaten the long-term availability of healthy food. In part one of this symposium on the future of food, Maria Armoudian speaks with a panel of experts about the problems facing our food and the politics of food insecurity.
Reuben McLaren speaks to Dr Liz Gordon, a social researcher who reckons that baily conditions are overly stringent and a relaxation of them will not lead to an increased risk to the public. This comes after Justice Minister Andrew Little signalled that bail laws might be changed, as the prison population has increased considerably.
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.
A University of Otago research team working to restore fertility in women who suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome has received a $5 million grant from the Health Research Council. Rebecca Campbell leads the team, and I spoke to her about what this means for women in New Zealand who have the syndrome. Mary-Margaret started by asking what the syndrome is and how it affects fertility.
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.