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State of the States

Star US investigative journo Jason Leopold gives 95bFM the dirt on the most amazing, powerful and pretty good country in the Universe. This guy has a Wikipedia page WITH references, so you know you’re in good hands.

Oil Wells That Ends Well? State of the States: April 23rd, 2020

Oil Wells That Ends Well? State of the States: April 23rd, 2020 Oil Wells That Ends Well? State of the States: April 23rd, 2020, 7.66 MB
Thu 23 Apr 2020

Although it seems as if US oil prices are back up again after the first negative prices in history, should we be relieved? US President Donald Trump is talking about it as if it is a technical and isolated blip. But economists say otherwise.

How can a price be negative? What is an "oil future"? How sustainable really is the oil industry, if it exists precariously from "bust to boom"? How integral is the continuous supply of oil to American society?

Rachel Simpson reports on the negative price of oil futures on this week's instalment of State of the States.

Should we all be heading to Cushing, Oklahoma with any container we can find to collect some oil and get paid for it? Unfortunately, that's not exactly how it works. 

And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County
Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking
Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away

- John Prine (RIP)

State of the States: April 16th, 2020

State of the States: April 16th, 2020 State of the States: April 16th, 2020, 10.7 MB
Thu 16 Apr 2020

Trump's fallen out with the World Health Organisation, conservatives are gathering in the thousands in Michigan to protest stay-at-home orders, Harvard researchers have found links between being exposed to pollution and risk of Covid-19 death, the Navajo Nation is becoming a Covid-19 hotspot not unlike New York...

This week in State of the States with Rachel Simpson.

"Kathy, I'm lost," I said, though I knew she was sleeping
I'm empty and aching and I don't know why
Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike
They've all come to look for America

- Paul Simon

State of the States w/ Dr Paul Taillon: April 9th, 2020

State of the States w/ Dr Paul Taillon: April 9th, 2020 State of the States w/ Dr Paul Taillon: April 9th, 2020, 20.09 MB
Thu 9 Apr 2020

And now for State of the States...

In breaking news, Bernie Sanders has dropped out of the US presidential race. Lillian Hanly recaps his campaign.

But, with the democratic primary being muted compared to the pandemic, a movement beyond Bernie Sanders appears to be happening.

With the number of strikes rapidly growing across the United States, COVID-19 is turning out to be an unprecedented labour crisis.

Rachel Simpson speaks to Dr Paul Taillon, a senior history lecturer at the University of Auckland. He specialises in working people and the labour movement in the United States and has written on gender, race and unionism in the States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They speak about the increase in worker solidarity despite push back from corporates and the government, how grassroots strikes are organised despite social distancing regulations, and whether a general strike may be imminent.

State of the States: Net neutrality?

State of the States: Net neutrality? State of the States: Net neutrality?, 14 MB
Thu 23 Nov 2017

Today Nick and Harry are talking the FCC’S moves to change rules on the rights of internet providers. They also touch on the recent revelations of sexual misconduct on Capitol Hill.

State of the States: Trump, NBC and the NFL

State of the States: Trump, NBC and the NFL State of the States: Trump, NBC and the NFL, 20.76 MB
Thu 12 Oct 2017

This week Harry and Nick talk Trump's comments on the NBC, and the escalating narrative with the NFL.

State of the States: Defining terrorism and internet advertising regulation

State of the States: Defining terrorism and internet advertising regulation State of the States: Defining terrorism and internet advertising regulation, 18.36 MB
Thu 5 Oct 2017

This week we talk to our US correspondant Nick Sawhney on Facebook's blunder with Russian sponsored advertising during last year's election. We also discuss terrorism in the states in the wake of the latest shooting in Las Vegas.

State of the States: Fourth Healthcare failure and Trump's NFL debacle

State of the States: Fourth Healthcare failure and Trump's NFL debacle State of the States: Fourth Healthcare failure and Trump's NFL debacle, 24.53 MB
Thu 28 Sep 2017

State of the States is back with Nick Sawhney from WNYU - we are talking Healthcare dead in the water, North Korea tensions and Trump's debacle dragging out his NFL comments

State of the States: Bannon banned from the White House

State of the States: Bannon banned from the White House State of the States: Bannon banned from the White House, 19.59 MB
Thu 24 Aug 2017

This week Harry and Nick chat Steve Bannon's dismissal and immediate return to Breitbart News. We also talk senate majority leader Mitch McConnell's private disapproval of Trump.

State of the States: Trump and the white nationalists

State of the States: Trump and the White Nationalists State of the States: Trump and the White Nationalists, 24.82 MB
Thu 17 Aug 2017

State of the States is back, this week speaking with Nick Sawhney our regular correspondent from WNYU on the white nationalist conflict in Charlottesville, and touching base on that Scaramucci scandal.

State of the States: Are North Korea and the US on the brink of war?

State of the States: Are North Korea and the US on the brink of war? State of the States: Are North Korea and the US on the brink of war?, 16.54 MB
Thu 10 Aug 2017

As this week has seen political tensions rise to boiling point between North Korea and The United States, we speak with international relations expert at the University of Otago, Robert Patman on whether anyone has anything to worry about.