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Listen back to features and interviews from 95bFM's daily news & current affairs show, The Wire. Your hosts Zoë Larsen Cumming, Jemima Huston, Bronwyn Wilde, Justin Wong and Oscar Perress focus on the issues of Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere, in independent-thinking bFM style. Weekdays 12-1pm on 95bFM.

Rip Currents w/ SLSNZ Adam Wooler: January 21, 2021.mp3

Rip Currents w/ SLSNZ Adam Wooler: January 21, 2021.mp3 mp3, 14.8 MB
Thu 21 Jan 2021

Ayana spoke to Chief Operations Operator of Surf Life Saving NZ Adam Wooler on a study released stating that 78% of New Zealand beach goers don't know how to identify a rip. There are around five drownings per year and 700 rescues due to rip currents.

The Thursday Wire with Justin: 21st January 2021

The Thursday Wire with Justin: 21st January 2021 The Thursday Wire with Justin: 21st January 2021, 91.85 MB
Thu 21 Jan 2021

Justin and Health Minister Andrew Little talked about COVID response, vaccines, security at Parliament, and drug testing at festivals.

Ayana talked to Surf Lifesaving NZ's Adam Wooler about rip currents.

She also spoke to Terry Bellamak of Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand on the lack of abortion service in South Auckland.

International Desk reports on the inauguration of US President Joe Biden.

No Abortion Services in South Auckland w/ ALRANZ Terry Bellamak: January 21, 2021.mp3

No Abortion Services in South Auckland w/ ALRANZ Terry Bellamak: January 21, 2021.mp3 mp3, 14.42 MB
Thu 21 Jan 2021

Ayana chatted to ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa President Terry Bellamak about the lack of abortion services in South Auckland, barriers to accessing healthcare, and safe spaces. 

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: January 20, 2021

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: January 20, 2021 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: January 20, 2021, 28.68 MB
Wed 20 Jan 2021

On Dear Science we’re talking about earth spinning one second faster, the history of foods travelling the world, and the systemic flaws of science.

Act's Brooke van Velden on the Vaccine Rollout and Shelly Bay: January 20, 2021

Act's Brooke van Velden on the Vaccine Rollout and Shelly Bay: January 20, 2021 Act's Brooke van Velden on the Vaccine Rollout and Shelly Bay: January 20, 2021, 22.94 MB
Wed 20 Jan 2021

This week on our weekly catch up with the Act Party, Felix spoke to Brooke van Velden about gang violence and Shelly Bay, but first they talked about the uncertainty surrounding the vaccine rollout:

 

Otago's Dr. Damien Scarf on Social Media Usage and Sleep: January 20, 2021

Otago's Dr. Damien Scarf on Social Media Usage and Sleep: January 20, 2021 Damien Scarf on Social Media Usage and Sleep: January 20, 2021, 15.15 MB
Wed 20 Jan 2021

University of Otago's Dr. Damien Scarf recently published a study that looked into the mental wellbeing impacts of social media and sleep. Surprisingly, he found that social media was a lot less impactful than many assume. Felix spoke to Dr. Scarf about the study, first asking for a bit of an outline of what it was all about.

Therapeutic Benefits of Microdosing on LSD w/ Karanama Ruru

LSD Report krur.mp3 mp3, 13.08 MB
Wed 20 Jan 2021

Karanama looks into local and international studies that have analysed the potential benefits to mental health that microdosing on LSD can deliver

The Wire with Felix: January 20, 2021

The Wire with Felix.mp3 mp3, 124.77 MB
Wed 20 Jan 2021

Today on the Wire, 

Allan Blackman is in for Dear Science, he chats to Felix and Karanama about the Earth spinning faster, a little "bite" of food history (get it?), and the systemic flaws in science

We have our weekly chat with the ACT party's Brooke Van Velden, this week Felix touches on the Covid vaccine rollout, gang violence and Shelly Bay

Karanama delivers a report on the potential theraputic benefits of micodosing on LSD

And lastly Felix speaks to Dr Damien Scarf from the University of Otago about a study conducted on social media quantity and sleep quality

The Wire with Jemima: January 19, 2021

The Wire with Jemima: January 19, 2021 The Wire with Jemima: January 19, 2021, 98.4 MB
Tue 19 Jan 2021

Today on the Wire, Hanna speaks to James Renwick, a climate scientist from the Victoria University of Wellington, about the difference between offsetting and reducing emissions.

Jemima brings you a special on the drug testing legislation brought in at the end of 2020 and the lack of services available at festivals this summer due to limited resources. Jemima speaks to some Rhythm and Alps festival goers to hear their thoughts on drug checking. Then, the Rhythm and Alps Director Alex Turnball talks about whether festivals should have drug testing and the process of getting a drug checking service like Know Your Stuff on board. Jemima also hears from a source who works in a shop that sells DIY drug testing kits about their popularity this summer. Finally, she chat to Sarah Helm, the Executive Director of the New Zeland Drug Foundation, about Know Your Stuff’s recent figures on drug testing and what needs to happen to ensure that Know Your Stuff has the resources to be present at all festivals. 

Offsetting vs Reducing Carbon Emissions w/ James Renwick

Offsetting vs Reducing Carbon Emissions w/ James Renwick Offsetting vs Reducing Carbon Emissions w/ James Renwick, 31.1 MB
Tue 19 Jan 2021

While New Zealand has a target to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, net zero emissions can be achieved without transformative change through measures which merely seek to offset emissions. New Zealand has continued to garner criticism for inaction on climate change, and was recently excluded from the Climate Ambition Summit. This raises the question of whether New Zealand's climate policy reflects the urgency of the situation. 

Hanna spoke to James Renwick, a climate scientist from Victoria University, about the efficacy of offsetting emissions through tree planting, and whether we should instead seek to reduce emissions.

The Big Q: What impact will the US rejoining the Paris Climate Accord have? January 25, 2021

The Big Q: What impact will the US rejoining the Paris Climate Accord have? January 25, 2021 The Big Q: What impact will the US rejoining the Paris Climate Accord have? January 25, 2021 , 20.21 MB
Mon 25 Jan 2021

One of the first actions Joe Biden took on the first day of his presidency was to return the United States to the Paris Climate Accords. This follows Donald Trump taking the US out of the agreement while in office. What does this move mean for the agreement itself? What actions should the US take to have the greatest immediate impact to address the climate crisis? What next steps should nations take to strengthen global action to address climate change? Doug Becker speaks with Pamela Chasek, Shannon Gibson and Larry Schweiger.

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Labour's Andrew Little: 21st January 2021

Labour's Andrew Little: 21st January 2021 Labour's Andrew Little: 21st January 2021, 24.17 MB
Thu 21 Jan 2021

Justin spoke with Health Minister Andrew Little on the government's COVID response, vaccine rollout, festival drug testing, and parliament security.

Justin's International Desk: January 21st 2021

Justin's International Desk: January 21st 2021 Justin's International Desk: January 21st 2021, 22.61 MB
Thu 21 Jan 2021

International Desk reports on US President Joe Biden's inauguration, and recaps the worst and best moments of the Trump presidency.

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: January 20, 2021

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: January 20, 2021 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: January 20, 2021, 28.68 MB
Wed 20 Jan 2021

On Dear Science we’re talking about earth spinning one second faster, the history of foods travelling the world, and the systemic flaws of science.

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.

For more stories like this head to www.thebigq.org 

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: January 13, 2021

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: January 13, 2021 Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: January 13, 2021, 20.21 MB
Wed 13 Jan 2021

On this week's Dear Science, Marcus takes us through an overview of what science-y stories to keep our eyes on this year.

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.

For more stories like this head to www.thebigq.org