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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.

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 Wire with Zoë: Monday, January 11, 2021

The Wire with Zoë: Monday, January 11, 2021 The Wire with Zoë: Monday, January 11, 2021, 103.69 MB
Mon 11 Jan 2021

Welcome back to the first Wire of 2021! On the show today: 

Zoë brings a report on the mob of pro-Trump extremists stormed the Capitol. She also speaks to senior lecturer at Auckland University Dr. Maria Armoudian about how the environment where an event like this can happen festered, and Philadelphia residents Sarah Thompson and Marshall Johnston on the difference in police response at Capitol Hill to the Black Lives Matter protests, and their thoughts on how Joe Biden will fare in bridging the deep political divide in the United States. 

Then, Aneeka interviews Emilie Rakete from People Against Prisons on the Waikeria Prison protest. 

Finally, Jess interviews Dr Neal Curtis on the state of democracy in the U.S. and the banning of Trump from social media platforms. 

Whakarongo mai! 

The State of Democracy in the United States w/ Dr. Neal Curtis

The State of Democracy in the United States w/ Dr. Neal Curtis Neal Curtis , 46.27 MB
Mon 11 Jan 2021

Manuy are calling for Trump's impeachment following pro Trump rioters storming the Capitol last week after the current president encourgaed his supporters to contest the result of the 2020 Presidential Election.

Jess talked to Dr. Neal Curtis, an associate professor in media and communication at The University of Auckland, about what factors reinforce white supremacy and entitlement, social media's role in spreading disinformation, and Trumps ban on several platforms.

The interview starts by discussing what has led to the current state of democracy in the United States. 

The Wire with James: December 18th, 2020

The Wire with James: December 18th, 2020 The Wire with James: December 18th, 2020, 104.34 MB
Fri 18 Dec 2020

Join James, Lyric and Jade for the final wire of 2020, where they play some of their best pieces from this year, ranging from pigs to the depths of the music industry.

The Thursday Wire with Justin: December 17th 2020

The Thursday Wire with Justin: December 17th 2020 The Thursday Wire with Justin: December 17th 2020, 99.75 MB
Thu 17 Dec 2020

On their weekly chat, Justin and Health Minister Andrew Little talked about the government's COVID vaccination programme and a deal over Ihumātao.

International Desk reports on the updates on Brexit.

The Thursday Wire showcases the best of 2020, including Ayana talking to Minister Damien O'Conor over RECP, the Auckland Central candidates' debate, and a January interview with Dr Siousxie Wiles on coronaviruses.

Labour's Andrew Little: 17th December 2020

Labour's Andrew Little: 17th December 2020 Labour's Andrew Little: 17th December 2020, 10.55 MB
Thu 17 Dec 2020

Justin and Health Minister Andrew Little talked about the government's COVID-19 vaccination programme, and a then-potential agreement over the future of Ihumātao.

Justin's International Desk: December 17th 2020

Justin's International Desk: December 17th 2020 Justin's International Desk: December 17th 2020, 18.38 MB
Thu 17 Dec 2020

International Desk updates on Brexit, as the transition period between the UK and the EU will end on December 31st.

The Wire with Karanama: December 16, 2020

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Wed 16 Dec 2020

It's the final Wednesday Wire of 2020! Today on the show we look at some of the best stories that Bronnie, Felix and Karanama have covered this year, alongside a special 'best of' Dear Science. 

Firstly, we look into some of the most interesting and outright bizaare stories from Marcus Jones and Allan Blackman on Dear Science

Then we replay Felix's report on each political parties youth policies in the build up to the October election

We then look into Bronnies interview with Michael Apathy on Climate Anxiety

Karanama then plays his interview with Tai Tupou, from the I AM HOPE foundation on bullying and mental health in schools

And finally, we re-listen to Felix's report on the leadership of former head of the National Party Todd Muller 

See you in 2021!

The Wire with Jemima: December 15, 2020

The Wire with Jemima: December 15, 2020 The Wire with Jemima: December 15, 2020, 104.3 MB
Tue 15 Dec 2020

This week we bring you the best of the Tuesday Wire this year! 

Jemima recaps her piece on the core issues for american voters leading up to the US Presidential Election with University of Waikato politics lecturer Justin Phillips. 

Hanna covers the continuing issue that is the differing referendum provisions for Māori Wards and Local Councils. She plays her conversation with Toni Boynton from Te Rōpū Tautoko Maori about this issue.

We also run through some of our favourite pieces from 95bFM's 2020 Election Coverage, such as the "competency vs. celebrity" debate in the Auckland Central seat, whether New Zealand’s emssions targets are up to scratch, and the successful End of Life Choice referendum. 

The Wire with Zoë: Monday, December 14, 2020.

The Wire with Zoë: Monday, December 14, 2020. , 106.54 MB
Mon 14 Dec 2020

It’s Monday in the 95bFM studio and the last Wire of the year for Zoë, Aneeka, and Jess! Together they recap their stand out pieces from a full on year of news. Whakarongo mai!

First up, Zoë plays her interview with the Green Party co-leader James Shaw about the Green School controversy of August this year. 

Then Aneeka plays her piece on period poverty in Aotearoa with Dr. Terry Flemming. 

Next, Zoë plays her interview with Chlöe Swarbrick about the cannabis referendum, back when it was still all up in the air. 

Then she plays her Black Lives Matter Auckland solidarity protest report from June 14th of this year. 

Then Jess plays her piece with Dr. Julie McArthur on New Zealand’s Climate Emergency Declaration. 

Finally, Aneeka shares her Bird of Year interview (the most heated election of 2020!) with Forest & Bird’s Lisa Lawrence.

Oh, they share some top news stories of the year too, including the Australian bush fires, Madame COVID 19 (remember her?) and the U.S. election. 

 

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: 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

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