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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.

Fire safety with Asthma and Respiratory NZ and Fire and Emergency NZ: January 14, 2021

Fire safety with Asthma and Respiratory NZ and Fire and Emergency NZ: January 14, 2021 Fire safety with Asthma and Respiratory NZ and Fire and Emergency NZ: January 14, 2021, 27.87 MB
Thu 14 Jan 2021

Ayana talks to the Chief Executive of Asthma and Respiratory NZ Letitia Harding about yesterday's Papakura scrap metal fire and the health impacts of smoke inhilation. Ayana then talked to the National Advisor of Risk Management for Fire and Emergency NZ about fire safety this summer. 

Anonymous MIQ Workers: January 14, 2021

Anonymous MIQ Workers: January 14, 2021 Anonymous MIQ Workers: January 14, 2021, 10.61 MB
Thu 14 Jan 2021

Ayana talked to two New Zealand Defence Force MIQ workers. They wished to remain anonymous, Ayana reads out their comments on the experiences they have had. 

The Thursday Wire with Justin: 14th January 2021

The Thursday Wire with Justin: 14th January 2021 The Thursday Wire with Justin: 14th January 2021, 101.45 MB
Thu 14 Jan 2021

Justin spoke to three former editors of student magazines about the Voyager New Zealand Media Awards' decision to not include the Student Journalist of the Year category before the organizers reversed the decision.

Ayana discussed with Letitia Harding, the Chief Executuive of Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ, and Fire and Emergency's Todd O'Donoghue about the health warnings around the Papakura fire.

She also talked to two members in Managed Isolation and Quarantine facilities about their experiences.

Student Journalist of the Year Award: January 21st 2021

Student Journalist of the Year Award: January 21st 2021 Student Journalist of the Year Award: January 21st 2021, 19.2 MB
Thu 14 Jan 2021

The Voyager New Zealand Media Awards 2021 has reversed its decision to axe the Student Journalist of the Year award.  Before the decision was announced, Justin spoke to former student magazine (co-)editors Cameron Leakey (Craccum, University of Auckland), Sinead Gill (Critic, University of Otago), and Kirsty Frame (Salient, Victoria University of Wellington) on their thoughts on the decision.

Act's Brooke van Velden on New COVID-19 Strains and Drug Testing: January 13, 2021

Act's Brooke van Velden on New COVID-19 Strains and Drug Testing: January 13, 2021 Act's Brooke van Velden on New COVID-19 Strains and Drug Testing: January 13, 2021, 31.59 MB
Wed 13 Jan 2021

Felix spoke to deputy leader of The Act Party, Brooke van Velden, about the impact the new drug testing bill has had on summer festivals, as well as whether the government can handle the new COVID-19 strains.

The Wire with Felix: January 13, 2021

The Wire with Felix: January 13, 2021 The Wire with Felix: January 13, 2021, 87.88 MB
Wed 13 Jan 2021

On today's Wire:

On Dear Science with Marcus Jones we’re looking forward to a new year of science stories, with a bit of an overview of what stories to look out for in 2021.

Then Felix has his weekly chat with Brooke van Velden from the act party, where they talk about drug testing and covid strains.

Lyric spoke with Karaitiana Taiuru about a Māori cultural guideline he constructed for brand owners in response to cultural appropriation.

The Wire with Jemima: January 12, 2021

The Wire with Jemima: January 12, 2021 The Wire with Jemima: January 12, 2021, 23.5 MB
Tue 12 Jan 2021

The Tuesday Wire is back! Following the news regarding the poor water quality of beaches around Auckland and the devastating shark attack in Waihi, Jemima looks into how you can make sure you are safe when swimming this summer. She speaks to Surf Life Saving New Zealand's Northern Region Chief Executive Matt Williams and Land Air Water Aotearoa’s ‘Can I swim here?’ Science Lead Arrnna Madarasz-Smith about this. 

Hanna talks to Council of Trade Union’s National Secretary Melissa Ansell Bridges about fair pay agreements and the organisation’s survey on work life balance. 

To wrap it up, Monday Wire producer Aneeka Moheed speaks to the National Party’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown about the conditions at Waikeria prison and his party's perspective on the recent uprising there. 

Swimming Safely This Summer: the risks at Auckland beaches w/ Surf Life Saving NZ: January 12, 2020

Swimming Safely This Summer: the risks at Auckland beaches w/ Surf Life Saving NZ: January 12, 2020 Swimming Safely This Summer: the risks at Auckland beaches w/ Surf Life Saving NZ: January 12, 2020, 8.28 MB
Tue 12 Jan 2021

With many beaches around Auckland being polluted and not safe to swim, as well as a devastating shark attack also making headlines within the last week, many Aucklanders are likely concerned about how to be safe when swimming at the beach this summer. News and Editorial Director Jemima Huston speaks with Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s Northern Region Chief Executive Matt Williams about the risks when swimming at the beach. They touch on the Waihi shark attack, whether you should swim without lifeguards and what impact water quality has on swimming safety. 

Check out safeswim.org.nz to find out which Auckland beaches are not polluted and safe to swim at. 

This is part one of a two part piece. Part two looks at the science behind assessing water quality in an interview with LAWA's ‘Can I swim here?’ Science Lead Anna Madarasz-Smith. Listen here

 

Swimming Safely This Summer: assessing water quality w/ Land Air Water Aotearoa: January 12, 2021

Swimming Safely This Summer: assessing water quality w/ Land Air Water Aotearoa: January 12, 2021 Swimming Safely This Summer: assessing water quality w/ Land Air Water Aotearoa: January 12, 2021, 9.3 MB
Tue 12 Jan 2021

Another important consideration when heading to a beach for a swim this summer is the quality of our water. For a scientific perspective on water quality, I spoke with Land Air Water Aotearoa’s ‘Can I swim here?’ Science Lead Anna Madarasz-Smith. Anna speaks on how water quality is assessed by LAWA, how the pubic can find information on polluted waterways and what impact potentially toxic algae can have on people and animals. 

Check out www.lawa.org.nz to get regularly updated water quality data for your local beach or waterway. The website can also tell you whether waterways are safe for your dog!

This is part one of a two part piece. Part one looks at the risks the public can face when swimming at the beach in an interview with Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s Northern Region Chief Executive Matt Williams. Listen here.

Waikeria Uprising w/ Emilie Rāteke and Simeon Brown: January 11/12, 2021

Waikeria Uprising w/ Emilie Rāteke and Simeon Brown: January 11/12, 2021 Waikeria Uprising w/ Emilie Rāteke and Simeon Brown: January 11/12, 2021, 38.8 MB
Tue 12 Jan 2021

Sixteen inmates in Waikeria prison in the Waikato protested for six days before surrenduring on January 3rd. They were allegedly protesting the extremely poor living conditions in the prison such as dirty drinking water, unclean laundry and food hygeine malpractice. Aneeka spoke to Emilie Rāteke, from People against Prisons Aotearoa, and Simeon Brown, the spokesperson for Corrections from the National Party, about the uprising and the prison system in the country.

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.

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

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.


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

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.

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

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. 

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

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