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The Wire with Noah: September 3, 2021

The Wire with Noah: September 3, 2021 The Wire with Noah: September 3, 2021, 107.31 MB
Fri 3 Sep 2021

Another lockdown Friday Wire – presented by Jemima, made by Noah, Ilena and Justin.

Noah speaks to National's Christopher Luxon, Dr Raymond Nairn about Māori in the media, and Suzanne Loughlin about foreign aid in Afghanistan.

Ilena speaks to Professor Howard Fallowfield about sustainable wastewater recycling, National's Louise Upton about Māori vaccination, and finally councillor Pippa Coom.

Finally, Justin from the Thursday Wire brings us a story about the merchant navy.

Ta.

Level Four Lockdown on Auckland Businesses w/ Viv Beck: September, 2021

Level Four Lockdown on Auckland Businesses w/ Viv Beck: September, 2021 Level Four Lockdown on Auckland Businesses w/ Viv Beck: September, 2021, 8.87 MB
Thu 2 Sep 2021

The Level Four Lockdown has had a huge impact on Auckland's central city businesses - they have lost an estimated 45 million dollars in consumer revenue alone, according to business association Heart of the City. Conor speaks to the association's chief executive Viv Beck on what can the government do to support businesses during this time.

The Future of New Zealand's Climate Action w/ David Noone: September 2, 2021

The Future of New Zealand's Climate Action w/ David Noone: September 2, 2021 The Future of New Zealand's Climate Action w/ David Noone: September 2, 2021, 11.67 MB
Thu 2 Sep 2021

Climate change is not going away anytime soon, as outlined by the recent IPCC report. The 1.5 degrees celsius warming target is to supposed to be met by 2030, which in the scale of climate change, is just around the corner. What actions can New Zealand take to meet this target? Conor speaks to University of Auckland's Professor David Noone, looking at what New Zealand can do for the future of climate change. This interview is leading on from discussions from last week with Dr. Sara Mikaloff-Fletcher, which can be found here.

Labour's Andrew Little: September 2, 2021

Labour's Andrew Little: September 2, 2021 Labour's Andrew Little: September 2, 2021, 23.74 MB
Thu 2 Sep 2021

Justin and Health Minister Andrew Little talked about the government's Covid-19 response, Parliament sitting despite being under alerts level 3 and 4, backlogging surgeries under lockdown, and vaccinations for healthcare workers and the Māori and Pasifika communities.

The Thursday Wire: September 2, 2021

The Thursday Wire: September 2, 2021 The Thursday Wire: September 2, 2021, 100.62 MB
Thu 2 Sep 2021

On their weekly chat, Justin Wong and Health Minister Andrew Little talked about Parliament sitting under high alert levels, surgery backlogs, and vaccinations.

Auckland businesses say they need more government support to stay afloat during the lockdown - Producer Conor Head-McCarthy talked to Heart of the City's Viv Beck.

Justin also chatted with journalist Lillian Hanly about about the inherited neurodegenerative condition Huntingdon's Disease.

Conor spoke to the University of Auckland's David Noone on New Zealand's potential actions on climate change.

Testing for Huntington's Disease: September 2, 2021

Testing for Huntington's Disease: September 2, 2021 Testing for Huntington's Disease: September 2, 2021, 16.6 MB
Thu 2 Sep 2021

Would you get tested for a fatal disease that you have a fifty percent of inheriting from your parents?

It is a decision that journalist (and bFM's former news director) Lillian Hanly has to make.

The disease in question is Huntington's Disease, a genetic neurodegenerative condition that passes on from an affected parent.  The probability for their children inheriting the disease is fifty percent and it does not skip generations.

The condition affects part of the brain from working properly over time, impacting movement, behaviour, and cognition.  It will become harder to walk, talk, reason, and swallow for those who have the condition, and it is incurable.

Lillian is now facing the question in her new documentary Fifty Percent as her grandfather, the New Zealand artist Pat Hanly, and her biological mother all have the disease.

She spoke to Justin Wong.

 

Walking is Good for the Brain w/ Professor Thomas Nail: September 1, 2021.

Walking is Good for the Brain w/ Professor Thomas Nail: September 1, 2021. , 19.29 MB
Wed 1 Sep 2021

Earlier this week Thomas Nail, a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Denver in the United States, wrote an article titled: Why is walking so good for the brain? Blame it on the "spontaneous fluctuations".  

This article spoke about walking: how it affects our brains, and whether it could actually help students in school - to remember better, to think more creatively and help build more positive relationships between both students and teachers.

Given that New Zealand has gone back into lockdown we, as a result, are going on a lot more walks. Zazi wanted to speak to Thomas about this research to see if walking should continue to remain part of our daily lives, past the lockdown climate, as well as be incorporated into our education systems. 

Zazi began by asking Thomas what the connection is between walking and thinking.

ACT's Brooke van Velden on Virtual Parliament Sittings and Closed Butchers: September 1, 2021

ACT's Brooke van Velden on Virtual Parliament Sittings and Closed Butchers: September 1, 2021 ACT's Brooke van Velden on Virtual Parliament Sittings and Closed Butchers: September 1, 2021, 10.56 MB
Wed 1 Sep 2021

This week Zazi talks to Brooke about ACT refusing to have Parliament sit virtually and Butchers being closed during lockdown. 

On Friday, the National Party and the ACT Party rejected a proposal for a virtual Parliament, saying that democracy needs to be in-person to work. And as a result, in-person Parliament sittings have been conducted this week.

Zazi starts by asking Brooke why she thinks in-person Parliament sittings are necessary, even at level 3 and 4, when there is a virtual alternative. 

In the second half, Brooke goes on to talk about Butchers only being able to conduct contactless delivery during lockdown. She talks about supermarkets, lockdown restrictions, and the risk of transmission. 

The Wire with Zazi and Frances: September 1, 2021

The Wire with Zazi and Frances: September 1, 2021 The Wire with Zazi and Frances: September 1, 2021, 100.61 MB
Wed 1 Sep 2021

This week on the Wednesday Wire, Zazi Hewlett and Frances Wright continue to produce remotely from home as Auckland remains in Level 4 Lockdown, with Jemima hosting the show and bringing us the news. 

The show starts off with Frances having her regular segment Dear Science with Allan Blackman. This week Frances and Allan celebrate the life of Ernest Rutherford the week after what would have been his 150th birthday; discuss why Pluto is no longer considered a planet; and talk about the discovery of the world’s northernmost island.

Frances then speaks with both Deputy Controller for Auckland Emergency Management, Rachel Kelleher, and NIWA Meteorologist, Ben Noll, about the flooding in West Auckland.

Zazi talks to the Professor of Philosophy at the University of Denver in the United States, Thomas Nail, about the benefits walking has on the brain, and whether walking while learning could actually help students.   

Finally Zazi has her regular catch-up with ACT's Brooke van Velden, this week talking about ACT refusing to have Parliament sit virtually and Butchers being closed during lockdown. 

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: September 1, 2021

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: September 1, 2021 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: September 1, 2021, 25.78 MB
Wed 1 Sep 2021

On Dear Science this week Frances Wright talked with AUT Professor Allan Blackman, celebrating the life of Ernest Rutherford the week after what would have been his 150th birthday, discussing why Pluto is no longer considered a planet and the unlikely discovery of the world’s northernmost island.