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Listen back to features and interviews from 95bFM's daily news & current affairs show. Your hosts Joe Wickins, Casper McGuire, Emilia Sullivan, Stella Huggins, and Liam Hansen focus on the issues of Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere in independent-thinking bFM style. Weekdays 12-1pm on 95bFM.

Auckland Pride Solidarity w/ Intersex Aotearoa’s Jelly O’Shea: 8 February, 2023

Auckland Pride Solidarity w/ Intersex Aotearoa’s Jelly O’Shea: 8 February, 2023 Auckland Pride Solidarity w/ Intersex Aotearoa’s Jelly O’Shea: 8 February, 2023, 11.11 MB
Wed 8 Feb 2023

On Saturday February 18th, Auckland Pride will be marching in solidarity with our intersex community. 

This year, the festival is encouraging the rainbow community and its allies to elevate important issues for our Intersex community in our fight for progress and educate ourselves in variations of sex characteristics. 

News & Editorial Director Jessica Hopkins spoke to Jelly O’Shea from Intersex Aotearoa, an organisation that looks to affirm and advocate on behalf of people born with variations of sex characteristics, otherwise known as intersex, about this kaupapa. 

We started off our interview discussing why it is important to hold space for the Intersex community during pride

The Wire with Jessica: 8 February, 2023

The Wire with Jessica: 8 February, 2023 The Wire with Jessica: 8 February, 2023, 32.7 MB
Wed 8 Feb 2023

Our weekly catch up with the ACT Party returns for 2023. This year, we’ll be hearing from ACT Party MP Karen Chhour. 

News & Editorial Director Jessica Hopkins speak to Jelly O’Shea from Intersex Aotearoa about their collaboration with Auckland Pride this year. 

And Liam Hansen interviews Iokapeta Magele-Suamasi about The Ōyster in Ōtara, a newly revamped art exhibition space in the town centre. 

Auckland’s flood response w/ ACT’s Karen Chhour: 8 February, 2023

Auckland’s flood response w/ ACT’s Karen Chhour: 8 February, 2023 Auckland’s flood response w/ ACT’s Karen Chhour: 8 February, 2023, 7.71 MB
Wed 8 Feb 2023

 

In the lead up to the 2023 General Election, The Wire will be speaking to ACT Party MP Karen Chhour about the political hot potatoes of today and tomorrow. 

For their first interview, News and Editorial Director Jessica Hopkins asked Chhour about why she got into politics and ACT’s thoughts on the inquiry into the Auckland floods.

National's Cost of Living Plan w/ Shane Reti: February 7, 2023

National's Cost of Living Plan w/ Shane Reti: February 7, 2023 National's Cost of Living Plan w/ Shane Reti: February 7, 2023, 25.41 MB
Tue 7 Feb 2023

With the election coming up this year we’re starting to see the formation of concrete policy platforms with one major topic this election being the cost of living.

Prime Minister Hipkins calls their approach a focus on ‘bread and butter issues’ whereas National has come out with a 5-point plan to ‘get inflation under control’.

Casper discussed this plan with National's Shane Reti, beginning by asking him to explain the first point, a proposal to end the reserve bank’s dual mandate.

Perpetual Land Leases w/ Elizabeth Kerekere: February 7, 2023

Perpetual Land Leases w/ Elizabeth Kerekere: February 7, 2023 Perpetual Land Leases w/ Elizabeth Kerekere: February 7, 2023, 15.68 MB
Tue 7 Feb 2023

This week on the Tuesday Wire, Milly speaks to Elizabeth Kerekere from the Green Party about perpetual land leases, an outdated law that has some big consequences for Maori land owners. 

Liberal and Realist Approaches to Ukraine War w/ Robert Patman: February 7, 2023

Liberal and Realist Approaches to Ukraine War w/ Robert Patman: February 7, 2023 Liberal and Realist Approaches to Ukraine War w/ Robert Patman: February 7, 2023, 21.52 MB
Tue 7 Feb 2023

With Germany and the US agreeing to send main battle tanks to Ukraine, attention is being brought to the major foreign policy approaches that ideologicaly inform such decisions.

To get a sense of two dominant international relations theories in play in these decisions I spoke to Robert Patman, professor of international relations at the University of Otago.

Rare Binary Star System w/ Dr Jan Eldridge: February 7, 2023

Rare Binary Star System w/ Dr Jan Eldridge: February 7, 2023 Rare Binary Star System w/ Dr Jan Eldridge: February 7, 2023, 17 MB
Tue 7 Feb 2023

This week on the Tuesday Wire, Milly speaks to Dr Jan Eldridge from the University of Auckland about a unique binary star system created by a weak supernova. She talks with Jan about what this binary star system means and what makes it so special. 

The Tuesday Wire w/ Casper: 7 February, 2023

The Tuesday Wire w/ Casper: 7 February, 2023 The Tuesday Wire w/ Casper: 7 February, 2023 , 97.66 MB
Tue 7 Feb 2023

This week on the Tuesday Wire, Joel Rindelaub joins Casper and Milly in the studio for Dear Science, Casper has his weekly catch up with Shane Reti on National's five-point plan to tackle the cost of living crisis. Elizabeth Kerekere from the Green party talks to Milly about perpetual land leases, with the greens taking action to halt the outdated law at some point this year. Casper gains insight on the Liberal and Realist approaches to the war in Ukraine, speaking with Robert Patman from the University of Otago. Jan Eldridge and Milly speak about a rare binary star system, the topic of a recently published paper.  

The Wire w/ Joe: February 3, 2023

The Wire w/ Joe: February 3, 2023 The Wire w/ Joe: February 3, 2023, 109.25 MB
Fri 3 Feb 2023

This week on The Wire for Rāmere Friday!

David brings us City Counselling with Shane Henderson as they talk about clean up efforts in West Auckland after last week’s floods.

Joe looks into Acute Mental Health units remaining in the shadows, he speaks to Associate Professor Ruth Cunningham from the Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington on the matter. Joe also looks into mammogram coverage targets missing for the third year in a row, he speaks to Adele Gautier, Research manager at The Breast Cancer Foundation on this issue.

Joe also speaks to Alexandra Xanthaki a UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights and Professor of Laws at Brunel University London, United Kingdom, about the commending of the IOC for considering admission of Russian and Belarusian athletes as neutral contestants.

Daniel looks into ChatGPT and how AI impacts humanity, he speaks to Nir Eisikovits, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts in Boston on the topic. He also speaks to Kyle Lewis, founder and researcher at Think Tank Autonomy about a 4 day work week.

That's us for the Friday Wire!

Why we need to fight for a shorter working week w/ Kyle Lewis: February 3, 2023

Why we need to fight for a shorter working week w/ Kyle Lewis: February 3, 2023 Why we need to fight for a shorter working week w/ Kyle Lewis: February 3, 2023 , 16.35 MB
Fri 3 Feb 2023

 

The shorter working week is a powerful and practical solution to problematic trends. For example Burnouts, automation, gender inequality and climate change. The shorter working week is a simpel ideal to give us an utopian perspective for a better world. Working 4 days with the same pay, so people can enjoy their free time and still be more productive. 

Daniel spoke with Kyle Lewis. Writer of the book Overtime, why we need a shorter working week and founder of think tank Autonomy.

 

Dear Science w/ Joel Rindelaub: February 7, 2023

Dear Science w/ Joel Rindelaub: February 7, 2023 Dear Science w/ Joel Rindelaub: February 7, 2023, 26.61 MB
Tue 7 Feb 2023

This Week on Dear Science Casper and Milly are joined by Joel Rindelaub back in the studio. Joel gets to the bottom of what happens when you eat a lego head - with research that involves the acronyms SHAT and FART. They also discuss Exxon Mobil's historic and accurate research into the fossil fuel contributions to climate change as well as the power of the Fjord in storing and releasing carbon to act as its own temperature control. 

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: January 31, 2023

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: January 31, 2023 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: January 31, 2023, 33.6 MB
Tue 31 Jan 2023

This week on Dear Science, Spike and Milly sit down with Allan Blackman to dive deep into the scary world of lost radioactive substances, cancer smelling ants that can be trained in just 10 minutes, and the mass extinction that was discovered all by using mercury. 

City Counselling w/ Mike Lee: January 27, 2023

City Counselling w/ Mike Lee: January 27, 2023 City Counselling w/ Mike Lee: January 27, 2023, 26.1 MB
Fri 27 Jan 2023

Auckland Transport’s recommendation that people drive to Elton’s John tonight and tomorrow is leaving people bewildered. 

Also, Waiheke residents want to see a marine reserve created in the northern part of the island. However, they say DOC is dragging their feet on the issue.

David spoke to Councillor Mike Lee about the two topics.

Dear Science w/ Joel Rindelaub: January 24, 2023

Dear Science w/ Joel Rindelaub: January 24, 2023 Dear Science w/ Joel Rindelaub: January 24, 2023, 27.35 MB
Tue 24 Jan 2023

Today on Dear Science, Milly and Casper join an overseas Dr. Joel Rindelaub to recap the HUGE science of 2022! From volcanoes, to nuclear fission discoveries, all the way to outer space with the James Webb telescope, they're covering off what was a great year for science and ramping up for a 2023 of science discoveries. 

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: January 20, 2023

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: January 20, 2023 City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: January 20, 2023, 5.61 MB
Fri 20 Jan 2023

David brings us City Counselling with Shane Henderson, they start off by speaking about freedom camping laws.

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: January 17, 2023

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: January 17, 2023 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: January 17, 2023, 35.38 MB
Tue 17 Jan 2023

On the first Dear Science of the year Allan Blackman joins us to talk all things anti-ageing with some alarming evidence that we can reverse and speed up ageing. We also discuss the science of silky smooth chocolate, and the war in Ukraine's impact on atomic findings. 

City Counselling w/ Mike Lee: December 16, 2022

City Counselling w/ Mike Lee: December 16, 2022 City Counselling w/ Mike Lee: December 16, 2022, 21.3 MB
Fri 16 Dec 2022

On Friday 15th of December, Auckland Councillors discussed the Mayor’s draft proposal for the annual 2023/24 budget.

While the budget proposal passed and was sent for public consultation, it has proved controversial as it includes deep cuts to services and selling Auckland Airport shares.

Mayor Brown also caused controversy when he suggested Auckland Airport would be seeking capital investment before the Airport themselves announced it.

David spoke to Councillor Mike Lee about the topic

Menstruation tracking apps w/ Sarah Riley

Menstruation tracking apps w/ Sarah Riley Menstruation tracking apps w/ Sarah Riley, 16.47 MB
Mon 12 Dec 2022

Menstruation tracking apps: who's using them? For what, and when? Do they accommodate a diverse range of experiences and bodies? How do these apps perpetuate a narrow definition of what a 'normal' body is? Sarah Riley from Massey University speaks to Stella about her research on the topic, from a clinical health perspective.

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: December 9, 2022

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: December 9, 2022 City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: December 9, 2022, 17.02 MB
Fri 9 Dec 2022

Mayor Wayne Brown has released a draft proposal for the Auckland Council Group’s Annual Budget 2023/2024.

It consists of small rate rises, reduction in council spending, and asset sales. 

However, amongst a rush to balance the books, the cuts to council spending may place some key council services at risk

David spoke to Councillor Shane Henderon about the topic.

Cystic Fibrosis w/ Andrew Little: December 8th, 2022

Cystic Fibrosis w/ Andrew Little: December 8th, 2022 Cystic Fibrosis w/ Andrew Little: December 8th, 2022, 17.03 MB
Thu 8 Dec 2022

New Zealanders living with Cystic Fibrosis have recently revied a sense of relief thanks to the approval of funding Trikafta. 

The drug treats the underlying causes of the disease, but has been largely unattainable due to its high cost until now. 

This and more was covered in Tuva'as last chat with Health Minister Andrew Little for this year.