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Lillian Hanly has recently finished her Masters, a wannabe exposé on John Key, and is now the News Director at bFM after volunteering since early 2014. In her spare time she'll be catching up on reading all the Noam Chomsky and Charles W. Mills books she wasn't able to in the past 5 five years of tertiary education, trying to make her second documentary film and lifeguarding at Bethells Beach. Ko Te Reo Māori te reo tuatahi a Lillian, he wahine Pākehā nō Aotearoa, Lillian is Pākehā and her first language is Māori. This upbringing highly influences the way she tells stories on the radio.
Senior Lecturer, Bruce Cohen explains what the process of cutting courses in the school of social sciences has been like and what he expects the ramifications will be for the deletions. To hear the full story click here.
Oscar spoke to Pippa Coom, the chair of the Waitemata Local Board about the proposed planning for the potential reinvigoration of Te Wai Orea Western Springs Park. Focussing in on it as the intersection of urban planning and democratic participation, We looked more into the processes than the details of the project itself, discussing the involvement of public in these processes, the health of our natural public spaces and the importance of holistic planning moving forward.
Maori students and staff of the University of Waikato flocked to the Office of the Vice-Chancellor Neil Quigley in their dozens on Tuesday, to protest the restructuring of New Zealand’s first independent school for Maori studies. The remodelling comes only 18 months after the faculty became independent. Both Maori students and their supporters gathered to sing waiata and protest peacefully, presenting their case to the Vice Chancellor with “aroha” and a Mana Maori that they hope will show they want to come to a resolution without any conflict. Truly Harding, a student at the University, spoke to reporter Tuwhenuaroa Natanahira today about what the restructuring means for those students taking Maori and Indigenous studies, and why the issue is so important for Modern Maori to get involved with.
This interview is a highly anticipated one. Lillian Hanly got to speak with Dr Cornel West and asked him to introduce himself with a one liner - he called himself a black intellectual freedom fighter. This encompasses his many roles as an American philosopher, political activist, author, social critic and commentator. He has been a professor at Harvard, Princeton and Yale Universities. He calls himself a jazz man in the world of ideas, and often speaks through his love of jazz and blues music. He’s even made a number of spoken word and hip hop albums. Other important things you might want to know about him is that he was in both the Matrix sequels. His work focuses on race, gender and class in American society. He is here in Auckland this week for an event called Polarised, a discussion between himself and Douglas Murray, a well known conservative and critic of Islam whose book The Strange Death of Europe gives firsthand accounts and criticisms of mass Islamic immigration and problems of multiculturalism in the EU. Lillian started by asking Dr. West about this event.
On The Wire today, Dear Science talks about Monsanto (and gets a bit heated) as well as breaking down spaghetti mysteries.
Next, Lillian Hanly spoke with Dr Cornel West ahead of his appearance in Auckland this Friday, we talked about free speech, democracy, utopian futures, and the importance of music. This one is a long one, but its a good one and we really recommend you tune in.
Darashpreet Johal talks to Liam Rutherford, one of the lead negotiators from the New Zealand Education Institute, about the teachers strike which was happening at the same time in Aotea Square. Then she spoke with Karl Vasau, principal of Rowendale School in Manurewa to find out how teachers are being affected.
This week, our resident Greendesk producer Jack Marshall learnt about the pressure that climate change puts on coastal areas in particular. He spoke to Professor Ilan Noy, Chair in the Economics of Disasters & Professor of Economics at Victoria University. Noy and his co authors have released a paper looking at how the Earthquake commission is already tackling the damage caused by climate change. To start, Noy gave an overview of what exactly their paper has looked at.
A prisoner who was originally detained in a North Island facility is seeking a Judicial Review in response to years of deliberate obstruction to his appeals against the Department of Corrections. Days before he was set to appear in Wellington’s High Court, he was taken to a different prison all the way down in Christchurch, and 9 boxes of his legal documents were seized. People Against Prisons Aotearoa have been advocating for this prisoner, and yesterday went public about Corrections’ treatment of him. Mary-Margaret spoke to their representative Emmy Rakete about the situation.
When former US President Barack Obama articulated his plan to destroy Islamic State he was invoking what is known in political philosophy circles as just war theory. However, at the same time, he alluded to the idea that a new conception of just war theory was needed. But what exactly is just war theory? Maria Armoudian discusses this political theory with Jeff McMahan, Heather Roff, and Thomas Gregory.