India Essuah and producers Mack Smith and Sam Smith bring you bFM's daily news & current affairs show, including the Green Desk with Lilly Peacocke, plus a weekly chat with Māori Party's co-leader, Marama Fox.
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India Essuah is about to finally wrap up her sociology and film studies degree, having taken time off to try out food writing halfway through. She started volunteering at 95bFM earlier this year and likes news because you always leave a shift having learnt about something... new. Other interests include watching Mad Men, knitting, and snacking.
Last week it was announced that the production of Mana magazine would be put on hold indefinitely by its owner, Mana Productions, who says at this stage they do not intend to continue publishing it. For the past three years, the magazine’s license has been held by Kōwhai Media - who employed journalist Leonie Hayden as its editor - but this month the license returned to Mana Productions. Producer India spoke with former editor Leonie Hayden about the importance of Mana magazine, Kōwhai’s unsuccessful bid to buy the title and her new project with The Spinoff.
The Australia West Papua Association is pushing for action from Australia, authoring an open letter to Julie Bishop asking for her party to put pressure on the Indonesian government after around 150 Papuans have been arrested for peaceful protest with reports that both abuse and torture have occurred. Reporter Jack Marshall spoke with Joe Collins, a spokesperson from the Australian West Papua Association and began by asking what these arrests highlight in West Papua.
New Auckland University research has looked into the dangers of wearing headphones as a pedestrian and the link to pedestrian deaths. The research from the School of Population Health has shown that pedestrians who listen to music through earphones are significantly impaired in their ability to localise warning signals above the noise of traffic and trains around them. The research was co-authored by Associate Professor Grant Searchfield. Reporter Sam Smith spoke to him about the research.
Check out the full podcast for this week's Tuesday show, where we speak to Marama Fox about the Ture Whenua bill's setback, the Australian West Papua Association about their call to the Australian government following the arrests of 150 Papuan protestors, an expert in New Zealand aid policy about Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee's talk of removing the word aid, an Auckland University associate professor about new research into the dangers of pedestrians wearing headphones, and more.
With 122 member states in favour, the UN's Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons has been officially aproved. However, the treaty has been criticised, by countries with nuclear weapons, as well as their close allies.
For more, 95bfm producer Ben spoke with Dr Lyndon Burford, of the Disarmement and Security Centre.
With the coming election in September, we're seeing a lot of new young people in the political scene. Producer Reuben McLaren spoke to Brooke van Velden, a public relations consultant standing in the Auckland Central electorate for the ACT party.