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Listen back to features and interviews from 95bFM's daily news & current affairs show, The Wire. Your hosts Louis Macalister, Jemima Huston, Zazi Hewlett, Justin Wong and Jessica Hopkins focus on the issues of Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere, in independent-thinking bFM style. Weekdays 12-1pm on 95bFM.

Vaximate w/ Dane Dougan: January 20, 2022

Vaximate w/ Dane Dougan: January 20, 2022 Vaximate w/ Dane Dougan: January 20, 2022, 18.09 MB
Thu 20 Jan 2022

Joe speaks to the Chief Executive of Autism New Zealand, Dane Dougan, about a new online tool called Vaximate. Vaximate supports autistic people navigate the vaccination process.

Retooling the Traffic Light System w/ Professor Michael Baker: January 20, 2022

Retooling the Traffic Light System w/ Professor Michael Baker: January 20, 2022 Retooling the Traffic Light System w/ Professor Michael Baker: January 20, 2022, 18.49 MB
Thu 20 Jan 2022

Joe speaks to Professor Michael Baker from the University of Otago ahead of Cabinet's announcment today regarding the traffic light system in Northland, as well as whether or not we need to retool the guidelines in order to help protect us from the Omicron variant.

Red Cross support for Tonga: January 20, 2022

Red Cross support for Tonga: January 20, 2022 Red Cross support for Tonga: January 20, 2022, 22.48 MB
Thu 20 Jan 2022

Justin spoke to the New Zealand Red Cross' Acting General Manager International Vivienne Euini about the latest situation in Tonga and the service the organisation is helping to provide.

Political Commentary w/ Prof Jennifer Curtin: January 20, 2022

Political Commentary w/ Prof Jennifer Curtin: January 20, 2022 Political Commentary w/ Prof Jennifer Curtin: January 20, 2022, 19.38 MB
Thu 20 Jan 2022

Justin talked to Professor Jennifer Curtin of the University of Auckland on policy lessons from Australia on handling Omicron, Tonga, and the traffic light system.

Justin's International Desk: January 20, 2022

Justin's International Desk: January 20, 2022 Justin's International Desk: January 20, 2022, 7.74 MB
Thu 20 Jan 2022

International Desk reports on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson facing severe pressure on his leadership as more Conservative MPs are supporting a no-confidence motion after it was revealed he attended lockdown-breaching parties.

The Thursday Wire with Justin: January 20, 2022

The Thursday Wire with Justin: January 20, 2022 The Thursday Wire with Justin: January 20, 2022, 100.47 MB
Thu 20 Jan 2022

Producer Joe Wickins talked to Otago University's Professor Michael Baker on New Zealand's next steps on the pandemic and preparing for an Omicron outbreak.

He also talked Dane Dougan from Autism New Zealand about Vaximate, an online tool to help autistic people with the vaccinatioin process.

International reports on embattled British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Justin spoke to Red Cross's Vivienne Euini on the situation in Tonga and the organisation's aid campaign.

He also spoke to Professer Jennifer Curtin of the University of Auckland for some political commentary on the week's biggest stories.

ACT's Brooke van Velden on Goals for 2022, Omicron and Tonga: January 19, 2022

ACT's Brooke van Velden on Goals for 2022, Omicron and Tonga: January 19, 2022 ACT's Brooke van Velden on Goals for 2022, Omicron and Tonga: January 19, 2022, 16.1 MB
Wed 19 Jan 2022

As it's 95bFM's first week back for the year, News and Editorial Director Jemima Huston speaks to Brooke van Velden about her party's goals for 2022. They also discuss the inevitable Omicron outbreak in Aoteroa and the volcanic eruption and tsunami disaster in Tonga. 

The Wire with Jemima: January 19, 2021

The Wire with Jemima: January 19, 2021 The Wire with Jemima: January 19, 2021, 94.53 MB
Wed 19 Jan 2022

This week on the Wednesday Wire, we start with Dear Science with Allan Blackman who joins us live in the studio for our first show of the year. Today Christina Huang asks Allan about the link between cataracts and dementia, the nutritional value of huhu bugs, and a clue on mars that could hint at past life on the planet.

Jemima Huston interviews ACT Party Deputy Leader Brooke van Velden about her party’s goals for 2022, the inevitable Omicron outbreak in New Zealand and the Tonga volcanic eruption and tsunami disaster. 

Christina talks to Dr Xaviour Walker from the University of Otago about the disaster in Tonga and the subsequent health impacts that will affect the Tongan people. 

Christina wraps up the show with a conversation with Associate Professor Leah Watkins about a recent study of marketing, where researchers found kids are exposed to one brand almost every minute.

New Research on Children's Exposure to Advertising Emerges w/ Leah Watkins: January 19, 2022

New Research on Children's Exposure to Advertising Emerges w/ Leah Watkins: January 19, 2022 New Research on Children's Exposure to Advertising Emerges w/ Leah Watkins: January 19, 2022, 20.38 MB
Wed 19 Jan 2022

Advertising: it's a huge part of our day-to-day lives, even when we're not actively consuming. Concerningly, it seems many children are now frequently exposed to the oversaturation of brands and marketing in our lives. A new study from the University of Otago has found children are exposed to five hundred and fifty four brands a day, which equals to almost one brand every sixty seconds. This study is the first glimpse into how children are exposed to marketing on a daily basis.

Christina spoke with Associate Professor Leah Watkins, who co-led the study, about what these results mean for consumer culture and our society.

 

How Omicron Could Change Aotearoa's Public Health Response w/ Dr David Welch: January 18, 2022

How Omicron Could Change Aotearoa's Public Health Response w/ Dr David Welch: January 18, 2022 How Omicron Could Change Aotearoa's Public Health Response w/ Dr David Welch: January 18, 2022, 9.22 MB
Tue 18 Jan 2022

This morning on RNZ's Morning Report, Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said that Aotearoa’s traffic light system is less suited to the Omicron variant than the Delta variant and will need to be adjusted. News and Editorial Director Jemima Huston speaks to Dr David Welch, a virus mutation expert at the University of Auckland, about what these adjustments may be and why they are necessary. Also, as the government is set to announce any changes to the public health repsonse in the coming weeks Jemima asks Dr Welch whether "weeks" is too long to wait to prepare for a major community outbreak of Omicron in Aotearoa. 

Justin's International Desk: January 20, 2022

Justin's International Desk: January 20, 2022 Justin's International Desk: January 20, 2022, 7.74 MB
Thu 20 Jan 2022

International Desk reports on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson facing severe pressure on his leadership as more Conservative MPs are supporting a no-confidence motion after it was revealed he attended lockdown-breaching parties.

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman January 19, 2022

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman January 19, 2022 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman January 19, 2022, 35.27 MB
Wed 19 Jan 2022

The first Dear Science of 2022! This week, Christina was joined in studio by AUT Professor Allan Blackman. They discussed the link between cataracts and dementia, the nutritional value of huhu grubs (not for the faint-hearted!), and a hint that life could have previously existed on Mars.

ACT's Brooke van Velden on Goals for 2022, Omicron and Tonga: January 19, 2022

ACT's Brooke van Velden on Goals for 2022, Omicron and Tonga: January 19, 2022 ACT's Brooke van Velden on Goals for 2022, Omicron and Tonga: January 19, 2022, 16.1 MB
Wed 19 Jan 2022

As it's 95bFM's first week back for the year, News and Editorial Director Jemima Huston speaks to Brooke van Velden about her party's goals for 2022. They also discuss the inevitable Omicron outbreak in Aoteroa and the volcanic eruption and tsunami disaster in Tonga. 

Becoming the Leader of the National Party w/ Christopher Luxon: December 17, 2021

Becoming the Leader of the National Party w/ Christopher Luxon: December 17, 2021 Becoming the Leader of the National Party w/ Christopher Luxon: December 17, 2021, 10.09 MB
Fri 17 Dec 2021

Throughout 2021, the National Party has had a regular slot on the Friday Wire and Christopher Luxon has been our contributing politician. Former Friday Wire host Noah Ferguson-Dudding has interviewed Luxon every week since March and spoke to him last on November 12th. Since then, Luxon has become the new Leader of the National Party. 

In this interview Noah asks about Luxon’s previous statements made to 95bFM that he did not want to be leader of the National Party, whether the National Party has diverse representation, and the media's focus on Luxon’s faith. 

Best of Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman and Marcus Jones: December 15, 2021

Best of Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman and Marcus Jones: December 15, 2021 Best of Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman and Marcus Jones: December 15, 2021, 19.58 MB
Wed 15 Dec 2021

On the final Wednesday Wire for 2021, we rounded up some of the coolest stories from Dear Science this year! 

James spoke to AUT Professor Allan Blackman about how sustainable electric vehicles really are, and a new plastic that contains enzymes that can break it down.

Frances spoke to AUT professor Marcus Jones about how homosexuality may have evolved. She also spoke to Allan about how cows can be potty-trained, just like toddlers!

Labour's Andrew Little: December 9th, 2021

Labour's Andrew Little: December 9th, 2021 Labour's Andrew Little: December 9th, 2021, 21.52 MB
Thu 9 Dec 2021

Justin spoke to Health Minister Andrew Little about the interim report from the review into PHARMAC, and releasing unvaccinated Māori data for the rest of the North Island to the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency.

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: December 8, 2021

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: December 8, 2021 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: December 8, 2021, 29.74 MB
Wed 8 Dec 2021

On this week's Dear Science, Allan joined Christina live in the studio! This week, they spoke about the Running of the Bulls being used to study crowd behaviour, and how spaceflight impacts mice and humans.

ACT's Brooke van Velden on Political Highlights of 2021, Goals for Next Year, and Summer Plans: December 8, 2021.

ACT's Brooke van Velden on Political Highlights of 2021, Goals for Next Year, and Her Summer Plans: December 8, 2021. , 13.53 MB
Wed 8 Dec 2021

This week Zazi talks to Brooke about her favourite political moments of the year, goals for next year, as well as her plans for summer.

In the first half, Brooke discusses what she thinks were some political highlights of 2021 (so far). Brooke shares what she is most proud of, what she thinks were some highlights from the Government and the National Party, as well as if she believes ACT could have performed better in any areas, this year. 

In the second half, Zazi speaks to Brooke about her future goals for 2022, asking Brooke what she would like to see get tackled next year.

And finally, Zazi asks Brooke about her summer plans. Brooke tells Zazi what she is keen to do over the December and January period, whether she is wanting to leave Auckland after the city had more than a hundred days of lockdown, as well as if she is going to go to any summer festivals.

Justin's International Desk: December 2, 2021

Justin's International Desk: December 2, 2021 Justin's International Desk: December 2, 2021, 11.33 MB
Thu 2 Dec 2021

International Desk reports on the aftermath of unrest in the Solomon Islands, as New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea deployed peacekeepers.

Justin spoke to Griffith University's Dr Tess Newton Cain about the situation.

Labour's Andrew Little: December 2, 2021

Labour's Andrew Little: December 2, 2021 Labour's Andrew Little: December 2, 2021, 21.35 MB
Thu 2 Dec 2021

Justin spoke to Health Minister Andrew Little about the traffic light system and the government's plan for the Omicron variant.