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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: How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted prisons? January 18, 2021

The Big Q: How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted prisons? January 18, 2021 The Big Q: How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted prisons? January 18, 2021, 19.58 MB
Mon 18 Jan 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges in prisons and for prisoner rights all over the world, Prison crowding and sub-standard living conditions have created ideal breeding grounds for the virus. How has the pandemic threatened the human rights of the incarcerated all over the world? Doug Becker speaks with Steve Swerdlow and John Raphling.

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The Big Q: Has an authoritarian slide taken place under Donald Trump? January 12, 2021

The Big Q: Has an authoritarian slide taken place under Donald Trump? January 12, 2021 The Big Q: Has an authoritarian slide taken place under Donald Trump? January 12, 2021, 19.07 MB
Tue 12 Jan 2021

The events of the past week in the United States were pressured by a President who has shown little regard for democratic norms and principles since his election in 2016. Has an authoritarian slide taken place under Donald Trump? How will this impact the Presidency in the long-term? Doug Becker speaks with Andrew Rudalevige and George C. Edwards III about Trump’s authoritarian legacy.


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The Big Q: Was the seizing of the US Capitol an attempted coup? January 11, 2021

The Big Q: Was the seizing of the US Capitol an attempted coup? January 11, 2021 The Big Q: Was the seizing of the US Capitol an attempted coup? January 11, 2021, 46.39 MB
Mon 11 Jan 2021

On January 6, a mob emboldened by US President Donald Trump seized control of the US Capitol Building in Washington D.C. in an attempt to block the transition of the Presidency to Joe Biden. These events resembled a coup. How much did this coup attempt resemble others internationally? Is this the beginning of an era of undemocratic actions against peaceful transitions following elections? Doug Becker speaks with Anne Meng and Naunihal Singh.

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The Big Q: What does it mean to decolonise the language around arms control? January 7, 2021

The Big Q: What does it mean to decolonise the language around arms control? January 7, 2021 The Big Q: What does it mean to decolonise the language around arms control? January 7, 2021, 20.41 MB
Thu 7 Jan 2021

How much of the discourse on nuclear proliferation and other arms control is dominated by western notions, and in particular, a civilisation clash? What would a decolonisation of the discourse on arms control mean for the future of nuclear non-proliferation? Doug Becker speaks with Ritu Mathur. 

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The Big Q: Will a COVID-19 vaccine bring the pandemic under control? January 7, 2021

The Big Q: Will a COVID-19 vaccine bring the pandemic under control? January 7, 2021 The Big Q: Will a COVID-19 vaccine bring the pandemic under control? January 7, 2021, 18.69 MB
Thu 7 Jan 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has reached a new high in infections across the US, across Europe and around the world. But good news is on the horizon with the development of several vaccines. But how quickly will the vaccines be distributed? What principles will guide their distribution? And how will the pandemic change public health discourses in the US and around the world? Doug Becker speaks with Mark Peterson and Heather Wipfly.

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The Big Q: Can peace come to the Western Sahara? January 6, 2021

The Big Q: Can peace come to the Western Sahara? January 6, 2021 The Big Q: Can peace come to the Western Sahara? January 6, 2021, 38.09 MB
Wed 6 Jan 2021

In November last year, a near three decade old ceasefire in the disputed region of Western Sahara was broken and war resumed. This territory has been a tinderbox of conflict since Spain decolonised in 1975. What are the roots of this conflict? Why has conflict reignited? What are the potential pathways to a resolution? Doug Becker speaks with R. Joey Huddleston, Randi Irwin, Stephen Zunes and Jacob Mundy.

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The Big Q: Will the Biden administration re-join the Iran nuclear deal? December 7, 2020

The Big Q: Will the Biden administration re-join the Iran nuclear deal? December 7, 2020 The Big Q: Will the Biden administration re-join the Iran nuclear deal? December 7, 2020, 38.28 MB
Mon 7 Dec 2020

President-elect Joe Biden campaigned on a promise to return to normalcy. At the start of his campaign, he proposed that the US return to the Iran nuclear deal, an agreement which President Donald Trump withdrew the US from in 2018. What complications will the US face in returning to the agreement? Doug Becker speaks with four experts about a possible return to the agreement under Biden.

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The Big Q: Are women leaders doing better in their COVID response? November 30, 2020

The Big Q: Are women leaders doing better in their COVID response? November 30, 2020 The Big Q: Are women leaders doing better in their COVID response? November 30, 2020, 38.38 MB
Mon 30 Nov 2020

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, national governments have shown distinctly different approaches with different levels of success. But it appears that nations lead by women have a better record than their male counterparts. Doug Becker speaks with four experts about the popular media narrative that countries led by women are performing better with COVID.

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The Big Q: Has peace come to Nagorno-Karabakh? November 24, 2020

The Big Q: Has peace come to Nagorno-Karabakh? November 24, 2020 The Big Q: Has peace come to Nagorno-Karabakh? November 24, 2020, 21.98 MB
Tue 24 Nov 2020

On September 27th, 2020, fighting along the so-called line of control between Azerbaijan and the region of Nagorno-Karabakh broke out. Azerbaijani forces advanced throughout the month and Armenian resistance struggled to hold territory. On November 10, the two sides agreed to a peace agreement that has been brokered by Russia. Doug Becker speaks with Richard Giragosian and Robert English about the peace agreement and why both sides signed it.

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The Big Q: The US Election 2020: A Crisis of legitimacy? November 23, 2020

The Big Q: The US Election 2020: A Crisis of legitimacy? November 23, 2020 The Big Q: The US Election 2020: A Crisis of legitimacy? November 23, 2020, 43.47 MB
Mon 23 Nov 2020

Was the 2020 US election conducted properly? Will mail-in ballots be counted and will that count be allowed to stand? Will the US Supreme Court decide the final outcome? And what, in any case, will become of American democracy? In this urgent and timely event, University of Auckland lecturers use the lenses of law, political science, and psychology to explain this contested election and discuss the implications of the final outcome.

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