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Listen back to features and interviews from 95bFM's daily news & current affairs show, The Wire. Your hosts Amanda Robinson, India Essuah, Ximena Smith, Harry Willis and Joel Thomas focus on the issues of Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere, in independent-thinking bFM style. Weekdays 12-1pm on 95bFM.

The Possible Indictment of the Trump Campaign: The Legal Details

Michael Horowitz on Trump's Legal Fumbles Michael Horowitz on Trump's Legal Fumbles, 10.31 MB
Wed 24 Jan 2018

Michael Horowitz is the Dean of the Atenisi Institute in the Kingdom of Tonga. His background is in political and social science before completing an interdisciplinary phd from the college of public affairs at portland state university. He has been in Tonga for 22 years now, and has held summer residencies at all the major universities in New Zealand. Currently he is visiting AUT university as part of a joint architectural project for a new building on one of the Atenisi campuses. Next week however, he will be presenting a discussion on the Possible Indictment of the Trump Campaign, and outlining the legal details. He came into bFM this morning for a chat with Lillian Hanly who started by asking what the talk was about.

The talk is being held at AUT University on Tuesday the 30th January at 12pm, in room WF214 at the AUT Business School. 

Photo credit: USA Today

The future of Mental Health in NZ

The future of Mental Health in NZ The future of Mental Health in NZ, 6.8 MB
Wed 24 Jan 2018

Following the Labour government's announcement for a formal review of the mental health system, there has been a lot of discussion as to what can be done for the future of NZ's mental health system. Producer Will speaks to Marianne Elliot from The peoples mental health review about how the governments plan is looking to change how kiwis adress mental health.

 

Oxfam: A new billionaire every two days

Oxfam: A new billionaire every two days Oxfam: A new billionaire every two days, 28.15 MB
Tue 23 Jan 2018

“Reward Work Not Wealth”, that is the title of Oxfam’s newest wealth and inequality report.

According to the report, 82% of the wealth generated last year went to the richest one percent of the global population, while the 3.7 billion people who make up the poorest half got nothing.

Oxfam NZ adds that the situation in New Zealand isn't much better: Of the wealth created last year, the richest 1% own 28%, while the poorest 30% of the population received less than 1%.

Reuben McLaren spoke to Rachael Le Mesurier to find out more.

The Wire with Reuben: Tuesday 23rd January

The Wire with Reuben: Tuesday 23rd January The Wire with Reuben: Tuesday 23rd January , 110.05 MB
Tue 23 Jan 2018

Reuben hosts The Wire with young blood Mark Casson lending a hand.

Firstly,  a new report by Oxfam about the growing gap between rich and poor has been released, Reuben speaks to Oxfam New Zealand CEO Rachael Le Mesurier to find out more.

On the Green Desk, Conor Mercer learns about seismic testing in the Māui's dolphin habitat, off the coast of the Taranaki.

Discussions about Paul Moon's new book continue, now with Mike Hosking even weighing in yesterday. We hear more from Lillian Hanly's report on Te Reo.

Producer Mark Casson speaks to Anthony Hawke from Hapai Te Hauora about the new Instant Kiwi app and the risks of gambling.

Instant Kiwi app: Gambling with addiction?

Instant Kiwi app: Gambling with addiction? Instant Kiwi app: Gambling with addiction?, 21.7 MB
Tue 23 Jan 2018

Addiction and gambling has always been a major problem in society, but what happens when gambling is normalised in the online sphere?

Lotto New Zealand have recently launched an add-on to their gambling app, allowing them to sell Instant Kiwi products to consumers. Critics argue, apps like this are problematic, as gambling becomes hugely accessible at all times.

Mark Casson speaks to Anthony Hawke, from Hapai Te Hauora about the risks of online gambling.

The Realm of New Zealand in the 21st Century

The Realm of New Zealand in the 21st Century The Realm of New Zealand in the 21st Century , 13.23 MB
Mon 22 Jan 2018

A new book looking into the role of the sovereign, governor-general, and crown in New Zealand has been published. This Realm of New Zealand is a comprehensive account of how the Queen, governor-general, and the Crown interact with our democratically elected leaders under New Zealand’s unwritten constitution. The authors also examine some of the key issues to be considered should NZ become a republic. Sam Smith spoke to the book’s co-author Professor Janet McLean. 

A new year, an ongoing battle to save Ihumatao.

A new year, an ongoing battle to save Ihumatao. , 7.92 MB
Mon 22 Jan 2018

The campaign to save sacred land at Ihumatao in Mangere is moving to the environment court. SOUL decided to take legal action against Heritage New Zealand after they approved Fletcher Building application to destroy wahi tapu and archaeological sites on the land marked for development. No settlement was reached and the case is now moving to the environment court. No sort of development can occur on the whenua until the environment court process is settled. Sam Smith spoke to SOUL spokesperson Pania Newton about the latest developments.

 

The problem with getting news on Facebook

The problem with getting news on Facebook The problem with getting news on Facebook, 25.66 MB
Mon 22 Jan 2018

Over the past few months, Facebook has come under fire for its role in presenting news to the public. There’s been criticism that it creates a bubble of information that’s curated by algorithms based on user’s values. This has caused issues in users receiving potentially false but self-affirming information, causing problems in news consumption worldwide.
Joel spoke to Dr Neal Curtis, a published author, media theorist and professor at Auckland University, and News Director Lillian Hanley about this.

The Wire with Joel: Monday 22nd January, 2018

The Wire with Joel: Monday 22nd January, 2018 The Wire with Joel: Monday 22nd January, 2018, 104.89 MB
Mon 22 Jan 2018

Joel Thomas hosts The Wire with Sam Smith as producer in which:

We hear from Duncan Grieve who’s stepping down as editor of The Spinoff about why he’s making this decision and the background of the organisation.

We hear from University of Auckland Professor Janet McLean about a new book she has co-authored on the role and place of the Crown and Sovereign in New Zealand.

We get response to the controversial comments about Te Reo from Paul Moon.

We talk to Dr. Neal Curtis about how social media works as an education an information platform and what issues arise out of this model.

And we check in with SOUL to get the latest on the battle to save Ihumatao from development.

Turkey's troubles

Turkey's troubles Turkey's troubles, 8.02 MB
Fri 19 Jan 2018

Reporter Conor Knell speaks to Doctor of International Politics at Auckland University, Thomas Gregory, on the state of democracy in Turkey. 

Dear Science: Rats, Bees and Fungi

Dear Science: Rats, Bees and Fungi Dear Science: Rats, Bees and Fungi, 30.99 MB
Wed 24 Jan 2018

On todays Dear Science with AUT's Allan Blackman, we talk about how rats maybe arent to blame for the black plague. We delve into the world of nicotine based pesticides and how Bunnings has banned them to stop the needless death of bees. Finally we talk about a new type of concrete that can be crossed with fungi to create self repairing materials for infrastructure... Now thats some cool science

Tracey Martin on education and the official name change of Oranga Tamariki

Tracey Martin Tracey Martin, 20.42 MB
Wed 24 Jan 2018

Tracey is at Rātana today so we spoke with her this morning while she was on the way there, she was driving Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and they’d stopped to get coffee in Levin. Lillian Hanly started by asking how it would work when Peters steps up to be Prime Minister. 

Oil exploration & Maui's dolphin

Oil exploration & Maui's dolphin Oil exploration & Maui's dolphin, 24.07 MB
Tue 23 Jan 2018

This week on the Green desk, Conor speaks with David Tong of the World Wildlife Fund.

They talk about the New Zealand government’s decision to offer a block contract for seismic oil exploration in the Taranaki,and the effects this could have on the Maui’s dolphin. He starts off by asking how far the habitat reaches, and how their current endangered state arrose.

Jami-Lee Ross on muddled numbers and highway petitions

Jami-Lee Ross on muddled numbers and highway petitions Jami-Lee Ross on muddled numbers and highway petitions, 20.98 MB
Fri 19 Jan 2018

This week we continue our weekly chat with National Party MP, Jami-Lee Ross. Kelly asks him to explain the error Treasury made in relation to the numbers of children forecast to be lifted out of poverty. They also discussed the transport projects National would like to see the government commit to in the coming year. And finally, Jami-Lee goves his congrats to Prime Minister Ardern after her pregnancy announcement!

Neighbourhood Watch: Tasmanian roadkill campaign and Australia day polls

Neighbourhood Watch: Tasmanian roadkill campaign and Australia day polls Neighbourhood Watch: Tasmanian roadkill campaign and Australia day polls, 11.25 MB
Fri 19 Jan 2018

This week in Neighbourhood Watch with Nicole Wedding from Radio Adelaide, we talk about a campaign being undertaken in Tasmania to save 500,000 wildlife from death by car. We then chat about a poll that showed half of Australians are impartial to changing the date of the renowned Australia Day. 

Dear Science: Don't ingest bad things

Dear Science: Don't ingest bad things Dear Science: Don't ingest bad things, 8.18 MB
Wed 17 Jan 2018

Today on Dear Science with AUT's Allan Blackman, we talk about potentially poisonous fillings, whether chromium is a trace element, and finally we talk about a new type if water which is said to be infused with rainbows... Sounds legit.

Tracey Martin on finishing up the first 100 days of government

Tracey Martin Tracey Martin, 16.69 MB
Wed 17 Jan 2018

Tracey is back to work now after a brief break where she stayed at home, parliament doesn’t start up until the week of the 29th of Jan but we had a little chat to see what she needs to do before then.

Boat noise hinders marine life communication

Boat noise hinders marine life communication Boat noise hinders marine life communication , 7.14 MB
Tue 16 Jan 2018

Today on The Green Desk, Producer Conor speaks with Associate Professor Craig Radford about new research suggesting that ship noise reduces the communication space of marine animals.

 

Chlöe Swarbrick on her summer, the future, and languages in schools

Chlöe Swarbrick on her summer, the future, and languages in schools Chlöe Swarbrick on her summer, the future, and languages in schools, 29.78 MB
Mon 15 Jan 2018

Chlöe came in studio to have a chat about spending her summer in Spain, reading Bernie Sanders book, upcoming politics in 2018, and what her thoughts are on The National Party's bill which would enforce compulsory second language teaching in school.

Dear Science: heroes, whisky, coffee, and gold

Dear Science: heroes, whisky, coffee, and gold Dear Science: heroes, whisky, coffee, and gold, 33.93 MB
Wed 20 Dec 2017

We wrap up this year of Dear Science with AUT's Allan Blackman and some day drinking in the studio. Also on the menu: talks about the late soviet military officer who saved us from nuclear war, whether or not you should water down your whisky (spoiler alert: yes), the consequences of handing the responsibility of a university research to the wrong people, and how the gold of the ring on your finger came about. Finally, we mention all the great scientists who unfortunately passed away in 2017.