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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.

Festival Drug Testing with NZ Drug Foundation Ben Birks Ang: December 3, 2020

Festival Drug Testing with NZ Drug Foundation Ben Birks Ang: December 3, 2020 Festival Drug Testing with NZ Drug Foundation Ben Birks Ang: December 3, 2020, 21.69 MB
Thu 3 Dec 2020

Ayana talked to the Deputy Executive Director of the New Zealand Drug Foundation on the new legislation legalising the testing of drugs at festivals this summer. The NZ Drug Foundation has been working with Know Your Stuff over the past three years and it will be different this summer.

The Thursday Wire with Justin: December 3 2020

The Thursday Wire with Justin: December 3 2020 The Thursday Wire with Justin: December 3 2020, 100.04 MB
Thu 3 Dec 2020

On their weekly chat, Justin and Health Minister Andrew Little discussed about pill testing at festivals, health sector review, the government's climate emergency declaration, and New Zealand's relations with China.

Ayana spoke to the Drug Foundation's Deputy Executive Director Ben Birks Ang on how new legislation on fesitval pill testing will affect their operations.

Justin talked to Splore Festival's director John Minty on how drug testing will be conducted on site given its now legal.

Ayana chatted with two young festival drug users on how they view the changes.

Festival Drug Testing Festival Director and Users: December 3, 2020

Festival Drug Testing Festival Director and Users: December 3, 2020 Festival Drug Testing Festival Director and Users: December 3, 2020, 14.76 MB
Thu 3 Dec 2020

Justin spoke to Splore Festival Director John Minty on the practical steps to implement festival drug testing and Ayana spoke to a couple festival drug users and their views on the changes.

Labour's Andrew Little: 3rd December 2020

Labour's Andrew Little: 3rd December 2020 Labour's Andrew Little: 3rd December 2020, 28.94 MB
Thu 3 Dec 2020

Justin spoke with Health Minister Andrew Little on pill testing in festivals, health system reform, the government declaring a climate emergency, and New Zealand's reaction to Chinese foreign spokesperson Zhao Lijian posted a doctored image of an Australian soldier on Twitter.

What Does a Climate Emergency Declaration Do? w/ Felix: December 2, 2020

What Does a Climate Emergency Declaration Do? w/ Felix: December 2, 2020 What Does a Climate Emergency Declaration Do? w/ Felix: December 2, 2020, 7.79 MB
Wed 2 Dec 2020

Felix reports on what the Government's Climate Emergency Declaration actually means: (by itself, not much).

Act's Brooke van Velden on Pill Testing and Sick Leave: December 2, 2020

Act's Brooke van Velden on Pill Testing and Sick Leave: December 2, 2020 Act's Brooke van Velden on Pill Testing and Sick Leave: December 2, 2020, 9.51 MB
Wed 2 Dec 2020

Felix spoke to deputy leader of The Act Party, Brooke van Velden, about the new drug testing bill, as well as how they feel about the extensions being granted to minimum sick leave next year.

The Wire with Felix: December 2, 2020

The Wire with Felix: December 2, 2020 The Wire with Felix: December 2, 2020, 103.89 MB
Wed 2 Dec 2020

Today on The Wire:

On Dear Science with Marcus we’re talking about protein structures, Oxford's Covid vaccine, and the collapse of a 57 year old telescope.

Felix spoke to deputy leader of the Act party - Brooke Van Velden about the new pill testing bill and sick leave.

Karanama spoke to Carmen Parahi from Stuff about the media company's recent apology in regards to how they've treated Māori

Felix reports on New Zealand's climate emergency declaration and what it actually means.

Racial Bias in Journalism w/ Carmen Parahi: December 2, 2020

Bias in Journalism w Carmen Parahi 2-12-20.mp3 mp3, 23.05 MB
Wed 2 Dec 2020

Media giant Stuff have issued a public apology and a commitment to do better in how they portray Maori. Karanama spoke to Carmen Parahi, Pou Tiaki editor for Stuff, about how monocultural journalism has hurt Maori, and how Stuff plans to improve following this historic move

Māori Wards w/ Te Rōpū Tautoko Māori

Māori Wards w/ Te Rōpū Tautoko Māori Māori Wards w/ Te Rōpū Tautoko Māori, 18.06 MB
Tue 1 Dec 2020

While Māori representation in Parliament is guaranteed by the Māori seats, no similar guarantee exists at the level of local government. In fact, the Local Electoral Act 2001 requires proposed Māori wards be put to referendum if 5% of local voters request it. General wards are not subject to such a clause. 

ActionStation and Te Rōpū Tautoko Māori are calling on the government to amend this provision, making the law governing Māori wards equal to that which governs general wards.

Hanna spoke to Toni Boynton from Te Rōpū Tautoko Māori about the group's mahi, and what Māori representation means for local government policy, partnership under the Treaty of Waitangi, and democracy itself.

Increasing Youth and Māori Votes: December 1, 2020

Increasing Youth and Māori Votes: December 1, 2020 Increasing Youth and Māori Votes: December 1, 2020, 5.67 MB
Tue 1 Dec 2020

The Electoral Commission has revealed that this year's election had a huge increase in the youth vote and the Māori vote. Noah spoke to Chief Electoral Officer Alicia Wright about what the Commission did differently this year.

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