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The Big Q

This is where you can find content created by the Project for Media in the Public Interest (PMPI). 

PMPI is a project that came out of The University of Auckland to provide a space for scholarly discussions about issues in society today. The premise behind it is to provide information to the public without the influence of larger corporations that may have other interests at play. 

95bFM News is part of a content sharing agreement with the site as a means of supporting more space for critical investigations. 

The Big Q: What is behind the growing tension in the Middle East? January 20, 2020.

The Big Q: What is behind the growing tension in the Middle East? January 20, 2020. , 22.76 MB
Mon 20 Jan 2020

Following the US drone strike that killed an Iranian general in Iraq and Iran shooting down a Ukrainian passenger airliner, international concerns over security and legality have arisen, while in Iran, protests against the government’s response to the attack on the airliner have intensified. What are the international and local responses to the tensions between the US and Iran? How did we reach this point of crisis? How do these attacks threaten peace and stability in the Middle East? Doug Becker speaks with Nader Hashemi, Asli Ü. Bâli, and Nayereh Tohidi. 

The Big Q website: www.thebigq.or 

The Big Q: Was the killing of Qasem Soleimani legal under international law? January 13, 2020

The Big Q: Was the killing of Qasem Soleimani legal under international law? January 13, 2020 The Big Q: Was the killing of Qasem Soleimani legal under international law? January 13, 2020, 41.69 MB
Mon 13 Jan 2020

On January 3, the United States used a drone to kill Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. The Iranian’s retaliated with missile strikes against US military assets in Iraq. Under what legal authority did the US kill Soleimani? Are targeted assassinations legal under international law? Doug Becker discusses the laws of war and the current tensions between the US and Iran with Mark Drumbl, Hannah Garry, and Hamoud Salhi.

The Big Q website: www.thebigq.org 

The Big Q: How have social movements changed in the twenty-first century? December 16, 2019

The Big Q: How have social movements changed in the twenty-first century? December 16, 2019 The Big Q: How have social movements changed in the twenty-first century? December 16, 2019, 23.78 MB
Mon 16 Dec 2019

How have social movements changed in the twenty-first century and how have new communication technologies facilitated that change? What makes some social movements sustainable and successful while others are more short-term? What is the future for social movements? Maria Armoudian discusses these pressing questions with James M. Jasper, Todd Wolfson, and Anita Lacey.

The Big Q website: www.thebigq.org 

The Big Q: What fundamental changes do we need from societies and the economic system to stem climate change induced collapsed? December 9, 2019

The Big Q: What fundamental changes do we need from societies and the economic system to stem climate change induced collapsed? December 9, 2019 The Big Q: What fundamental changes do we need from societies and the economic system to stem climate change induced collapsed? December 9, 2019, 35.63 MB
Mon 9 Dec 2019

Why do sustainable business initiatives so often fail? What fundamental changes do we need from societies and the economic system to stem climate change-induced collapsed? What economic systems might work on a planet with a finite capacity to sustain life?

The Big Q website: www.thebigq.org 

The Big Q: Is Google dangerous? December 2, 2019

The Big Q: Is Google dangerous? December 2, 2019 The Big Q: Is Google dangerous? December 2, 2019, 9.28 MB
Mon 2 Dec 2019

How has internet titan Google changed our knowledge, our politics, and our lives over the last two decades? Siva Vaidhyanathan, media studies professor at the University of Virginia and author of “The Googlization of Everything — and Why We Should Worry”, argues that Google affects the information we gather, jeopardises our personal privacy, and hinders public projects. Vaidhyanathan spoke to Maria Armoudian about the impact of Google.

The Big Q website: www.thebigq.org 

The Big Q: How has Trump's foreign policy affected the Ukraine peace process? November 25, 2019

The Big Q: How has Trump's foreign policy affected the Ukraine peace process? November 25, 2019 The Big Q: How has Trump's foreign policy affected the Ukraine peace process? November 25, 2019, 18.77 MB
Mon 25 Nov 2019

Since March 2014, Ukraine has been in the grips of a bloody civil war in the Eastern part of its country. Forces loyal to Kyiv fight forces loyal to Moscow, with international interference a primary feature of this conflict. How has the Trump Administration’s foreign policy complicated ongoing peace efforts in Ukraine? We examine the causes of this conflict. 

The Big Q website: www.thebigq.org 

The Big Q: How did radical movements change in the 21st Century? November 18, 2019

The Big Q: How did radical movements change in the 21st Century? November 18, 2019 The Big Q: How did radical movements change in the 21st Century? November 18, 2019, 24.08 MB
Mon 18 Nov 2019

The 21st century has already witnessed revolutions in Ukraine, Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, alongside other uprisings and transformational movements that reach all over the world. Although these movements had their roots in earlier movements and revolutions, they are different from their predecessors. For one, these movements are increasingly non-violent, and secondly, they are less ideologically driven. Maria Armoudian discusses how revolutions have changed this century with Leandro Vergara-Camus, John Foran, and Jack A. Goldstone.

The Big Q website: www.thebigq.org 

The Big Q: Can we avoid the looming climate wars? November 11, 2019

The Big Q: Can we avoid the looming climate wars? November 11, 2019 The Big Q: Can we avoid the looming climate wars? November 11, 2019, 19.84 MB
Mon 11 Nov 2019

Our options as a humanity may be dwindling in the face of climate change. The coming changes may completely alter the world as we know it with collapsed ecosystems, mass immigration of climate refugees, and more devastating wars over basic necessities such as food and water. Maria Armoudian speaks to veteran journalist Gwynne Dyer about the scenarios we face with climate change and the options for humanity.

The Big Q website: www.thebigq.org 

The Big Q: What solutions are there to climate change? November 4, 2019

The Big Q: What solutions are there to climate change? November 4, 2019 The Big Q: What solutions are there to climate change? November 4, 2019, 23.23 MB
Mon 4 Nov 2019

As California burns, oceans rise, storms intensify, and Greenland’s glacier’s melt, we explore solutions to the climate change problem with Stanford Professor Marc Jacobson. He is the author of the just-released study "The health and climate impacts of carbon capture and direct air capture."

The Big Q website: www.thebigq.org 

The Big Q: What does Canada's election result mean for Canada and the world? October 28, 2019

The Big Q: What does Canada's election result mean for Canada and the world? October 28, 2019 The Big Q: What does Canada's election result mean for Canada and the world? October 28, 2019, 35.09 MB
Mon 28 Oct 2019

Canadians have spoken with their ballots. What does Canada’s election result mean for climate change, for the future of the Arctic, for LGTBQ rights, ethics, and for Canada’s role in the world? Doug Becker speaks with Steven Lamy, Marc O'Reilly, and Lisa Burke.