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This is where you can find content created by the Project for Media in the Public Interest (PMPI). 

PMPI is a project that came out of The University of Auckland to provide a space for scholarly discussions about issues in society today. The premise behind it is to provide information to the public without the influence of larger corporations that may have other interests at play. 

95bFM News is part of a content sharing agreement with the site as a means of supporting more space for critical investigations. 

The Big Q: Can we avoid the looming climate wars? November 11, 2019

The Big Q: Can we avoid the looming climate wars? November 11, 2019 The Big Q: Can we avoid the looming climate wars? November 11, 2019, 19.84 MB
Mon 11 Nov 2019

Our options as a humanity may be dwindling in the face of climate change. The coming changes may completely alter the world as we know it with collapsed ecosystems, mass immigration of climate refugees, and more devastating wars over basic necessities such as food and water. Maria Armoudian speaks to veteran journalist Gwynne Dyer about the scenarios we face with climate change and the options for humanity.

The Big Q website: www.thebigq.org 

The Big Q: What solutions are there to climate change? November 4, 2019

The Big Q: What solutions are there to climate change? November 4, 2019 The Big Q: What solutions are there to climate change? November 4, 2019, 23.23 MB
Mon 4 Nov 2019

As California burns, oceans rise, storms intensify, and Greenland’s glacier’s melt, we explore solutions to the climate change problem with Stanford Professor Marc Jacobson. He is the author of the just-released study "The health and climate impacts of carbon capture and direct air capture."

The Big Q website: www.thebigq.org 

The Big Q: What does Canada's election result mean for Canada and the world? October 28, 2019

The Big Q: What does Canada's election result mean for Canada and the world? October 28, 2019 The Big Q: What does Canada's election result mean for Canada and the world? October 28, 2019, 35.09 MB
Mon 28 Oct 2019

Canadians have spoken with their ballots. What does Canada’s election result mean for climate change, for the future of the Arctic, for LGTBQ rights, ethics, and for Canada’s role in the world? Doug Becker speaks with Steven Lamy, Marc O'Reilly, and Lisa Burke. 

The Big Q: Scars of the past: How important is historical memory in politics? October 21, 2019

The Big Q: Scars of the past: How important is historical memory in politics? October 21, 2019 The Big Q: Scars of the past: How important is historical memory in politics? October 21, 2019, 41.86 MB
Mon 21 Oct 2019

How important is historical memory in politics? What can we learn about how our memories of the past are manipulated to change current and future politics? What can we learn from “memory entrepreneurs” in places like the former Yugoslavia? How did they try to change understandings about the past to influence the future? Doug Becker speaks with Jelena Subotic, Brent Steele, and Brent Sasley about the importance of memory in political settings.

The Big Q website: www.thebigq.org 

The Big Q: What is the future of US foreign policy under Trump? October 14, 2019

The Big Q: What is the future of US foreign policy under Trump? October 14, 2019 The Big Q: What is the future of US foreign policy under Trump? October 14, 2019, 40.38 MB
Mon 14 Oct 2019

On September 10, 2019, Donald Trump fired his national security advisor John Bolton. Bolton
insisted he resigned. Trump says he doesn’t need a real national security advisor because he is his
own advisor. Given this, what is the future of US foreign policy under Donald Trump? What are the
practical implications of this position? What are the implications of this for foreign policy challenges
the US faces? Doug Becker speaks with Jeffrey Fields, Robert Williams, Peter F. Trumbore, and
Nicholas Rostow.

The Big Q website: www.thebigq.org 

The Big Q: The Golden State Killer case: Are our data rights slipping away? October 7, 2019

The Big Q: The Golden State Killer case: Are our data rights slipping away? October 7, 2019 The Big Q: The Golden State Killer case: Are our data rights slipping away? October 7, 2019, 17.85 MB
Mon 7 Oct 2019

Last year, a 72-year-old former police officer named Joseph D’Angelo was arrested for a spate of rapes and murders attributed to the elusive Golden State Killer between 1976 and 1986. D’Angelo’s arrest has raised profound questions about ethical uses of DNA and how popular DNA testing and genealogical services can be used or misused without the user’s knowledge. Maria Armoudian speaks to Ellen Wright Clayton, Mark Rothstein, and Dennis McNevin about how DNA and other private data can be used and misused in law enforcement, healthcare and employment.

The Big Q website: www.thebigq.org 

The Big Q: How bad is the crisis facing our oceans?

The Big Q: How bad is the crisis facing our oceans? The Big Q: How bad is the crisis facing our oceans? , 33.87 MB
Mon 30 Sep 2019

With sea-level rise, coastal flooding, garbage patches, and coral bleaching, how bad is the crisis facing our oceans? Maria Armoudian speaks with Karina Nielsen, Stephen Palumbi, and Scott Doney. 

The Big Q website: www.thebigq.org 

The Big Q: Is our economy undermining the green revolution? September 23, 2019

The Big Q: Is our economy undermining the green revolution? September 23, 2019 The Big Q: Is our economy undermining the green revolution? September 23, 2019, 9.69 MB
Mon 23 Sep 2019

Are some green solutions unhelpful for the environment or, worse, do they actually harm it? In her book Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution, journalist Heather Rogers explores whether ‘green’ products such as carbon offsets, organic food, biofuels, and eco-friendly cars work in offsetting the effects of climate change. Maria Armoudian spoke to Rogers about whether earth-friendly products can save the planet.

The Big Q Website: www.thebigq.org 

The Big Q: Is Google Dangerous? September 16, 2019

The Big Q: Is Google Dangerous? September 16, 2019 The Big Q: Is Google Dangerous? September 16, 2019, 18.46 MB
Mon 16 Sep 2019

How has internet titan Google changed our knowledge, our politics, and our lives over the last two decades? Siva Vaidhyanathan, media studies professor at the University of Virginia and author of “The Googlization of Everything — and Why We Should Worry”, argues that Google affects the information we gather, jeopardises our personal privacy, and hinders public projects. Vaidhyanathan spoke to Maria Armoudian about the impact of Google.

The Big Q website: www.thebigq.org 

The Big Q: What are the realities facing our water? September 9, 2019

The Big Q: What are the realities facing our water? September 9, 2019 The Big Q: What are the realities facing our water? September 9, 2019, 26.55 MB
Mon 9 Sep 2019

While water is a basic human right, some three billion people face water scarcity and some countries are running out of water. Maria Armoudian explores the realities of water with Barbara Cosens and Rick Hogeboom.

The Big Q Website: www.thebigq.org