Justin Wongand producer Joe Wickins brings you bFM's daily news & current affairs show including a regular chat with the Labour Party's Health Minister Andrew Little, and Neighbourhood Watch with Radio Adelaide’s Zoe Kounadis.
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Joe speaks to Professor Michael Baker from the University of Otago ahead of Cabinet's announcment today regarding the traffic light system in Northland, as well as whether or not we need to retool the guidelines in order to help protect us from the Omicron variant.
International Desk reports on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson facing severe pressure on his leadership as more Conservative MPs are supporting a no-confidence motion after it was revealed he attended lockdown-breaching parties.
As it's 95bFM's first week back for the year, News and Editorial Director Jemima Huston speaks to Brooke van Velden about her party's goals for 2022. They also discuss the inevitable Omicron outbreak in Aoteroa and the volcanic eruption and tsunami disaster in Tonga.
This week on the Wednesday Wire, we start with Dear Science with Allan Blackman who joins us live in the studio for our first show of the year. Today Christina Huang asks Allan about the link between cataracts and dementia, the nutritional value of huhu bugs, and a clue on mars that could hint at past life on the planet.
Jemima Huston interviews ACT Party Deputy Leader Brooke van Velden about her party’s goals for 2022, the inevitable Omicron outbreak in New Zealand and the Tonga volcanic eruption and tsunami disaster.
Christina talks to Dr Xaviour Walker from the University of Otago about the disaster in Tonga and the subsequent health impacts that will affect the Tongan people.
Christina wraps up the show with a conversation with Associate Professor Leah Watkins about a recent study of marketing, where researchers found kids are exposed to one brand almost every minute.
Advertising: it's a huge part of our day-to-day lives, even when we're not actively consuming. Concerningly, it seems many children are now frequently exposed to the oversaturation of brands and marketing in our lives. A new study from the University of Otago has found children are exposed to five hundred and fifty four brands a day, which equals to almost one brand every sixty seconds. This study is the first glimpse into how children are exposed to marketing on a daily basis.
Christina spoke with Associate Professor Leah Watkins, who co-led the study, about what these results mean for consumer culture and our society.
This morning on RNZ's Morning Report, Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said that Aotearoa’s traffic light system is less suited to the Omicron variant than the Delta variant and will need to be adjusted. News and Editorial Director Jemima Huston speaks to Dr David Welch, a virus mutation expert at the University of Auckland, about what these adjustments may be and why they are necessary. Also, as the government is set to announce any changes to the public health repsonse in the coming weeks Jemima asks Dr Welch whether "weeks" is too long to wait to prepare for a major community outbreak of Omicron in Aotearoa.