Ximena Smith and producers Will Parsonson and Reuben McLaren bring you bFM's daily news & current affairs show, including Dear Science with AUT Chemistry professor Allan Blackman.
The Wire is 95bFM's long-running daily bastion of news, current affairs and views through the bFM lens.
A recently-recovered perpetual student, Ximena has somehow found time to host The Wire, juggling it with her day job as bFM's News & Editorial Director. Ximena loves a bit of the latest media, politics and technology news, but is up for reporting on anything & everything that might pique her interest or tickle her fancy.
Producer Will talks to Newsroom columnist and political commentator Rod Oram about how the tech industry will impact Kiwi jobs. We delve in to the discussion around automatons and their effect on the economy, as well as looking at how New Zealand can sit at the forefront of positive technological and economic growth.
On Dear Science this week, AUT’s Allan Blackman discusses a 600 year old interstellar mystery involving light explosions over Korea which has recently been solved, new nanomachine technology which might hold the key to curing cancer and claims by a conspiracy theorist that the end of the world is nigh as a mysterious planet is about to collide with Earth.
Ahead of the election, producer Jack Marshall spoke to New Zealand business journalist Rob Oram about the state of New Zealand’s tax system and how the Labour and National's policies will shape the future New Zealand.
Yesterday National announced a new policy to crackdown on meth dealing among gangs. The policy includes a roll out of new police powers which will enable police to search gang members property without a warrant. Police minister Paula Bennett says drugs such as meth and the gangs that peddle them are a scourge on society. In outlining the policy Bennet defended the hard line approach taken saying serious criminals and gang members have fewer human rights than others. Reporter Sam Smith spoke to Canterbury University sociologist Jarrod Gilbert about the policy.
The East Coast has had a long history with music, from the Herbs up in Ruatoria to New Zealand’s current largest music festival - Rhythm and Vines. We caught up with Rugged and Wylde from Wairoa about their new studio at the Gaiety theatre and where coastal hip-hop is heading.
Continuing our election coverage, this week we take a look at the economy and work. Producer Jack Marshall speaks to Aucklander's to get their thoughts on the future of work, while reporter Mack Smith talks to Eric Crampton from the NZ Initiative to see how he thinks the economy is faring.
Kelly chats with national MP Jami-Lee Ross about the current state of tertiary education and what the government has done in this sector over the past 9 years. They also delve into Labour's recently announced tertiary education policy package and explore the pros and cons, from a current student and MP perspective.