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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: Why do human rights campaigns fail in China? May 25, 2020

The Big Q: Why do human rights campaigns fail in China? May 25, 2020 The Big Q: Why do human rights campaigns fail in China? May 25, 2020, 21.73 MB
Mon 25 May 2020

Why have so many human rights campaigns, such as Free Tibet and the Falun Gong, failed in China? Why have others such as better environmental protection and HIV/Aids care fared better? What have the costs been on political movements with the more successful campaigns? What activism can work in the authoritarian country? Maria Armoudian speaks with Stephen Noakes.

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The Big Q: How do we ride the emotional rollercoaster of difficult times? May 18, 2020

The Big Q: How do we ride the emotional rollercoaster of difficult times? May 18, 2020 The Big Q: How do we ride the emotional rollercoaster of difficult times? May 18, 2020, 19.42 MB
Mon 18 May 2020

How do we ride the emotional rollercoaster of difficult times? Lillian Ng talks to Marthinus Bekker about building emotional resilience.

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The Big Q: What psychological challenges do children and young people face amidst the time of COVID-19? May 14, 2020

The Big Q: What psychological challenges do children and young people face amidst the time of COVID-19? May 14, 2020 The Big Q: What psychological challenges do children and young people face amidst the time of COVID-19? May 14, 2020, 19.81 MB
Thu 14 May 2020

What psychological challenges do children and young people face amidst the time of COVID-19? In this podcast, Lillian Ng speaks with Hiran Thabrew and Melanie Woodfield about ways that families can support their children and adolescents.

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The Big Q: What is the role of psychological first aid in times of crisis? May 11, 2020

The Big Q: What is the role of psychological first aid in times of crisis? May 11, 2020 The Big Q: What is the role of psychological first aid in times of crisis? May 11, 2020, 14.93 MB
Mon 11 May 2020

What is the role of psychological first aid in times of crisis? Lillian Ng explores ways to support psychological wellbeing with Kerry Gibson and Zubeida Mahomedy.


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The Big Q: Coronavirus: How do we respond to fear and anxiety amidst threat and uncertainty? May 4, 2020

The Big Q: Coronavirus: How do we respond to fear and anxiety amidst threat and uncertainty? May 4, 2020 The Big Q: Coronavirus: How do we respond to fear and anxiety amidst threat and uncertainty? May 4, 2020, 19.68 MB
Mon 4 May 2020

What are the psychological States of COVID-19? How do we respond to fear and anxiety amidst threat and uncertainty? In this podcast, psychiatrists Lillian Ng and Rob Shieff discuss fear, anxiety and our responses to them.

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The Big Q: Is the COVID-19 pandemic changing governance in the United States? April 29, 2020

The Big Q: Is the COVID-19 pandemic changing governance in the United States? April 29, 2020 The Big Q: Is the COVID-19 pandemic changing governance in the United States? April 29, 2020, 16.86 MB
Wed 29 Apr 2020

The United States has been hit the hardest by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Over one million people have been infected, while there have been over 58,000 deaths. Is the COVID-19 pandemic changing governance in the United States? Is it bringing about a different form of federalism? Maria Armoudian spoke with Sanford Levinson.

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The Big Q: How can we recognise misinformation and disinformation? April 27, 2020

The Big Q: How can we recognise misinformation and disinformation? April 27, 2020 The Big Q: How can we recognise misinformation and disinformation? April 27, 2020, 21.1 MB
Mon 27 Apr 2020

The great promises of the internet to offer inter-connectedness and the spread of great ideas has brought great challenges in discerning fact from fiction. In this discussion, Damaso Reyes discusses some of the ways that we can identify misinformation and disinformation. Reyes is a researcher, speaker and trainer in the field of media and information literacy. An experienced journalist, his specialties include providing professional development training for educators and journalists around the world, teaching them how to better understand the (mis)information landscape and spot, and fight against, disinformation. Maria Armoudian spoke to him about the perceived proliferation of misinformation and so-called “fake news.”

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The Big Q: What does it mean to have an equitable and sustainable food system? April 21, 2020

The Big Q: What does it mean to have an equitable and sustainable food system? April 21, 2020 The Big Q: What does it mean to have an equitable and sustainable food system? April 21, 2020, 24.03 MB
Tue 21 Apr 2020

Saru Jayaraman and Raj Patel have studied the food system and what it means to have an equitable and sustainable system. What are the problems in the system and what are the solutions? Maria Armoudian discusses the food system with them.


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The Big Q: What is the role of the WHO in the COVID-19 pandemic? April 13, 2020

The Big Q: What is the role of the WHO in the COVID-19 pandemic? April 13, 2020 The Big Q: What is the role of the WHO in the COVID-19 pandemic? April 13, 2020, 29.7 MB
Mon 13 Apr 2020

The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. What exactly does this mean? What is the relationship between countries and the WHO, and how does it promote cooperation on a global issue like the COVID-19 pandemic? Doug Becker speaks with Heather Wipfli. 

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The Big Q: What is the science behind sleep? April 6, 2020

The Big Q: What is the science behind sleep? April 6, 2020 The Big Q: What is the science behind sleep? April 6, 2020, 23.92 MB
Mon 6 Apr 2020

Scientists are still trying to understand the mysteries of our slumber. Why do we sleep? What is its purpose? And what actually happens during sleep? Maria Armoudian explores the science behind sleep with Marcos G. Frank and Graham H. Diering.

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