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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.

The Thursday Wire with Justin: December 10th 2020

The Thursday Wire with Justin: December 10th 2020 The Thursday Wire with Justin: December 10th 2020, 96.97 MB
Thu 10 Dec 2020

On their weekly chat, Justin and Minister Responsible for SIS and GCSB Andrew Little discussed about the Royal Commission report into the Christchurch terror attack and its recommendations.

Ayana spoke to National's broadcasting and ethnic communities spokesperson on the report's recommendation to strengthen censoring racist content on film, video and media.

Justin talked to Auckland University's Chris Wilson on the report's effectiveness on preventing the spread of right-wing extremism.

Neighbourhood Watch reports on the federal government's failure to extend a cashless debit card scheme for welfare reciepients, protests against a NSW gas well project, and a failed attempt to block police and prison officers to participate in the Sydney Mardi Gras.

An Overview of the Stats NZ Housing Report: December 9, 2020

An Overview of the Stats NZ Housing Report: December 9, 2020 An Overview of the Stats NZ Housing Report: December 9, 2020, 11.43 MB
Wed 9 Dec 2020

Felix takes a look at the Stats NZ "Housing in Aotearoa" report which was released on Tuesday. The report covers New Zealand's current housing market and compares to data from previous years, with pretty dire implications for renters.

The Wire with Felix: December 9, 2020

The Wire with Felix: December 9, 2020 The Wire with Felix: December 9, 2020, 99.71 MB
Wed 9 Dec 2020

On Today's Wire:

On Dear Science with Allan Blackman we're talking pandas, stars and salmon.

Felix spoke to Act's Brooke van Velden about End of Life Choice and Pharmac.

Karanama spoke to Isabella Lenihan-Ikin from NZUSA about poverty alleviation during the holidays.

Finally, Felix looks at Stats NZ's Housing in Aotearoa Report.

Act's Brooke van Velden on End of Life Choice and Pharmac: December 9, 2020

Act's Brooke van Velden on End of Life Choice and Pharmac: December 9, 2020 Act's Brooke van Velden on End of Life Choice and Pharmac: December 9, 2020, 25.89 MB
Wed 9 Dec 2020

Felix spoke to deputy leader of The Act Party, Brooke van Velden, about progress on the End of Life Choice Act, as well as the importance of a review of Pharmac.

Student Poverty Alleviation w/ Isabella Lenihan-Ikin: December 9, 2020

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Wed 9 Dec 2020

Karanama spoke to Isabella Lenihan-Ikin, National President of the New Zealand University Students Association, about student poverty alleviation during the holiday season and beyond

The Wire with Jemima: December 08, 2020

The Wire with Jemima: December 08, 2020 The Wire with Jemima: December 08, 2020, 101.52 MB
Tue 8 Dec 2020

This week on the Tuesday Wire, Jemima speaks to Māori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer about her party re-entering parliament and what goals she has this parliamentary term. 

Noah speaks to Rachel Simpson from Business New Zealand about their recent survey which recorded the effect of the border closure on businesses.

Hanna talks to Tania Sawicki Mead from Just Speak about their opposition to Diane Hunt’s petition which seeks to amend the Sentencing Act and Parole Act to automatically decline parole for offenders who murder police officers.  

Jemima has her fortnightly catch up with Minister for Women Jan Tinetti about the latest government action on issues facing women in Aotearoa. 

Noah talks to John Duffy, the Chief Executive of Consumer New Zealand, about their annual round of testing on sunscreens sold in Aotearoa. 

Finally, Jemima rounds out the show with a chat with Otago University researcher Francesca Goodman-Smith who has completed a study on the motivations behind food waste. 

Border Restrictions Harming Businesses: December 8, 2020

Border Restrictions Harming Businesses: December 8, 2020 Border Restrictions Harming Businesses: December 8, 2020, 7.3 MB
Tue 8 Dec 2020

A recent survey from Business NZ has found many businesses to be struggling with border restrictions. Business owners find it difficult to bring in workers from overseas due to a confusing system with tight restrictions. Noah spoke to Manager for Education, Skills and Immigration at Business New Zealand, Rachel Simpson, who ran the survey.

Which Sunscreens Are Safe This Summer w/ Consumer NZ: 8 December, 2020

Which Sunscreens Are Safe This Summer w/ Consumer NZ: 8 December, 2020 Which Sunscreens Are Safe This Summer w/ Consumer NZ: 8 December, 2020, 4.92 MB
Tue 8 Dec 2020

Every year Consumer NZ tests whether different sunscreen brands live up to their packaging. The latest round of testing has just been released, revealing that five out of ten brands are making inaccurate claims. Noah spoke to CEO of Consumer NZ, Jon Duffy, about the new findings.

The Māori Party has Returned to Parliament: December 08, 2020

The Māori Party has Returned to Parliament: December 08, 2020 The Māori Party has Returned to Parliament: December 08, 2020, 9.78 MB
Tue 8 Dec 2020

News and Editorial Director Jemima Huston caught up with Māori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer to hear about how the transition into parliament had been going for the party. The discuss the call to recognise Te Tiriti o Waitangi in the Parliamentary Oath, how grassroots cultural change within the House can be made and what goals Debbie has for this parliamentary term. 

 

Saving Money: A Food Waste Reduction Motivator w/ Francesca Goodman-Smith: December 08, 2020

Saving Money: A Food Waste Reduction Motivator w/ Francesca Goodman-Smith: December 08, 2020 Saving Money: A Food Waste Reduction Motivator w/ Francesca Goodman-Smith: December 08, 2020 , 6.89 MB
Tue 8 Dec 2020

A University of Otago study surveyed just over a thousand people people about food waste. News and Editorial Director Jemima Huston spoke to Industry Representative of the Otago University Food Waste Research Team Francesca Goodman-Smith about the study. They discuss the finding that saving money is a key motivator behind food waste reduction and why food waste campaigns should focus on this.

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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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.

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.

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