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The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday July 19, 2017

The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday July 19, 2017 The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday July 19, 2017, 114.35 MB
Wed 19 Jul 2017

This week on the show, Ximena & Will are joined by a new producer, Reuben, now that Adam has left us for the world of ~paid~  journalism. They dive deep into a diverse range of topics, including a new youth policy from The Opportunities Party that proposes all 18-23 year-olds receive $200 per week, an upcoming criminal justice election forum happening at Auckland University tomorrow night, and the prospect of making moshpits female-friendly spaces. AUT’s Allan Blackman also rocks by the studio for some hectic Dear Science banter about storing video in DNA, and NZ First’s Tracey Martin lays out the argument for why there should be a referendum on abolishing the Māori seats in parliament.

Who's telling 'porkies' now?

Who's telling 'porkies' now? Who's telling 'porkies' now?, 36.71 MB
Tue 18 Jul 2017

We speak to lawyer Graeme Edgeler about The Taxpayers' Union 'invoicing' Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei, saying she must pay back the "money she stole from taxpayers", before she can have any credibility as a Member of Parliament. They put the figure at $57,000 but Edgeler says that number doesn't add up.

The statment is referring to Turei's admission that when she was a solo mum in the early 90's she lied to WINZ about her living situation so that her benefit wouldn't get cut. 

We then speak to the Executive Director of The Taxpayers Union about Edgeler’s concerns with the figures, and our own calculations which showed the figure to be much lower.

Is SoundCloud about to evaporate for good?

Is SoundCloud about to evaporate for good? Is SoundCloud about to evaporate for good? , 16.47 MB
Tue 18 Jul 2017

Following on from the Spotify fake artists story last week, this week it is fellow music streaming site SoundCloud that is under the spotlight, with questions over its future coming to the fore. Reporter Sam Smith spoke to Public Address blogger Russell Brown about the future of SoundCloud and the state of music streaming. 

The Wire: Tuesday July 18, 2017

The Wire: Tuesday July 18, 2017 The Wire: Tuesday July 18, 2017 , 104.46 MB
Tue 18 Jul 2017

This week on Tuesday Wire we looked at Metiria Turei's "benefit fraud" allegations, Winston Peters wanting a referendum on the Maori seats, the future of SoundCloud and lots more. 

Politicians quizzed on disability issues

Politicians quizzed on disability issues Politicians quizzed on disability issues, 5.34 MB
Tue 18 Jul 2017

Last week, advocacy organisation The Disabled Persons Assembly held a pre-election forum in Wellington where politicians took questions from voters on their approach to disability policy.

I spoke with Green candidate Teall Crossen who spoke at the debate about what the attendees' major concerns were and the policies their party would implement if in Government.

The Cloud Beneath the Sea

'The Cloud Beneath the Sea' 'The Cloud Beneath the Sea', 10.89 MB
Tue 18 Jul 2017

A new book on submarine cables explores their influence on the world, through communication flows, economic forces and environmental impact.

Maritime lawyer Douglas Burnett is the author of The Cloud Beneath the Sea, which examines all this within an international legal framework - reporter Mack Smith spoke with him about the new book.

The Wire with Amanda: Monday 17th July, 2017

The Wire with Amanda: Monday 17th July, 2017 The Wire with Amanda: Monday 17th July, 2017, 117.4 MB
Mon 17 Jul 2017

This Monday on The Wire, producer Jack Marshall speaks with Tertiary Education Union organiser Shaun Scott about the recently proposed staff cuts at Otago University. Amanda chats to Green Party co-leader James Shaw about the Party's AGM and families package announcement. Pacific Media Centre's Kendall Hutt gives us an update on the Papua New Guinea elections for Southern Cross. And Jack talks to Dr Simon Pollard about education, bugs, and junk science. 

Otago University looks to get rid of staff

Otago University is getting rid of staff Otago University is getting rid of staff, 17.34 MB
Mon 17 Jul 2017

Otago University is looking to cut around 200 jobs. Producer Jack Marshall spoke to Tertiary Education Union organiser Shaun Scott talking about the proposed staff cuts at Otago University and how this might effect the students and staff. 

Science Simon talks bugs, pseudo science and bad jokes

Science Simon talks bugs, pseudo science and bad jokes Science Simon talks bugs, pseudo science and bad jokes, 51.61 MB
Mon 17 Jul 2017

Science? Bees? Killer insects taking over cockroaches to grow their children inside of? Look no further than Science Simon! Producer Jack Marshall has a yarn with Dr Simon Pollard from the University of Canterbury about fake science, his love of bugs and teaching, and even throws in a couple bad jokes into the mix.

This Week's Bits: Sunday, 16th of July, 2017

This Week's Bits: Sunday, 16th of July, 2017 This Week's Bits: Sunday, 16th of July, 2017, 38.09 MB
Sun 16 Jul 2017

Hannah Ross gives you the low down of this weeks best bFM news bits.