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Listen back to features and interviews from 95bFM's daily news & current affairs show, The Wire. Your hosts Amanda Robinson, Mack Smith, Ximena Smith (no relation), Jogai Bhatt and Tess Barnett focus on the issues of Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere, in independent-thinking bFM style. Weekdays 12-1pm on 95bFM.

This Week's Bits: Sunday, 28th of May, 2017

This Week's Bits: Sunday, 28th of May, 2017 This Week's Bits: Sunday, 28th of May, 2017, 36.09 MB
Sun 28 May 2017

Has the election year influenced the choices made in the 2017 budget?

Has the election year influenced the choices made in the 2017 budget? Has the election year influenced the choices made in the 2017 budget?, 9.92 MB
Fri 26 May 2017

Releasing a budget is one of the most important things a Government can do. Budgets decide what sectors get money, and essentially outline the causes that are significant to a nation. Joel Thomas spoke to Victoria Woodman, a politics academic from Auckland University. They had a chat about the 2017 budget, the reasons behind particular budgetary decisions, and how people respond to them.

The Wire with Tess: Friday 26 May, 2017

The Wire with Tess: Friday 26 May, 2017 The Wire with Tess: Friday 26 May, 2017, 101.17 MB
Fri 26 May 2017

This week, Tess and Joel chat to a politics expert about the government’s 2017 budget and what it means for New Zealanders, we also have our weekly chat with National MP, Jami-Lee Ross, about the budget and where National stands in response to the critical comments about the budget. We have our usual weekly feature, Neighbourhood watch for all the latest in Australian news, this week with Radio Adelaide's Jordan Curtis. And lastly, our Fuck Off Fascism feature, all about the relationship between Fascism and the arts. All of this on the full podcast here.

Fuck Off Fascism week: Fascism and the arts

Fuck Off Fascism week: Fascism and the arts Fuck Off Fascism week: Fascism and the arts, 23.35 MB
Fri 26 May 2017

If you’ve been listening to The Wire much over the past couple of days, then you’ll know we’re currently coming to the end of Fuck Off Fascism Week. Each day on the show we’ve unpacked different ideas around the concept of fascism, including its history, how it exists today, and how it interacts with the media and the arts. Today on the show, we look at the relationship between the arts and Fascism, musical protests and propaganda. We speak to Dr. Ciara Cremlin, a sociology professor at the University of Auckland who chats to us about how the arts ties into Fascism historically and today.

Fuck off Fascism Week: modern day fascism

Fuck off Fascism Week: modern day fascism Fuck off Fascism Week: modern day fascism, 10.52 MB
Thu 25 May 2017

Fuck off Fascism Week continues on the Wire: every day this week we’ll be talking to academics, activists and other insightful voices about the concept of fascism and its return to the global political conversation. Today, Wire Producer Harry looks into just what constitutes a fascist state, what exactly makes a modern day fascist, and talks with Giacomo Lichtner from Victoria University about fascism in today's political climate.

South Auckland and the media

South Auckland and the media South Auckland and the media, 9.77 MB
Thu 25 May 2017

Talking Southern Auckland recently published a piece highlighting the bias, binary labels and language employed when covering issues pertaining to South Auckland - and the impact this has on the communities and individuals that inhabit it. Wire host Jogai Bhatt caught with the author of the piece, Te Waha Nui journalist Brandon Ulfsby, to learn a little more about the nuances of reporting on South Auckland in a mainstream media landscape.

Mental health funding a must for suicide prevention

Mental health funding a must for suicide prevention Mental health funding a must for suicide prevention, 4.29 MB
Thu 25 May 2017

Discussions around the mental health sector and issues of under-funding are becoming increasingly relevant with the election right around the corner, and more-so with the upcoming Budget announcement for 2017. bFM reporter Katie Doyle catches up with the Green Party's Julie Anne Genter for more.
 

Fuck Off Fascism Week: Is it okay to punch a Nazi?

Fuck Off Fascism Week: Is it okay to punch a Nazi? Fuck Off Fascism Week: Is it okay to punch a Nazi? , 18.03 MB
Wed 24 May 2017

If you’ve been listening to The Wire much over the past couple of days, then you’ll know we’re currently in the midst of Fuck Off Fascism Week. Each day on the show we unpack different ideas around the concept of fascism, including its history, how it exists today, and how it interacts with the media and the arts. Today on the show, we look at a question that was making the rounds on everyone’s social media feeds earlier this year, after the video of a white nationalist getting punched went viral - is it okay to punch a Nazi? We speak to Avigail Allen, the co-founder of the antifascist group Dayenu, as well as Randy Cohen, who wrote The Ethicist column for the New York Times for 12 years, to find out their perspectives on the subject.  

 

The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday 24 May, 2017

The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday 24 May, 2017 The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday 24 May, 2017, 108.89 MB
Wed 24 May 2017

This week on the show, Ximena and Adam pose the question, ‘is it okay to punch a Nazi?’ as their contribution to Fuck Off Fascism Week. They also hear from Sam Fraser-Baxter for Dear Science, who tells them about New Zealand’s first city to go underwater back in 2015, as well as the co-founder of The Backbone Collective, a national coalition for domestic abuse survivors that's currently focusing its efforts on critiquing the functioning of the Family Court.  

The Backbone Collective, two months in

The Backbone Collective, two months in The Backbone Collective, two months in , 17.86 MB
Wed 24 May 2017

The Backbone Collective is a national coalition for domestic abuse survivors, which is currently focusing its efforts on the Family Court. They’ve recently released some damning research about the functioning of the Family Court, which prompted a response from the Family Court Principal Judge Ryan, the Minister for Justice and the Law Society, all of whom disagreed with the Collective’s findings. Co-founder Deborah McKenzie speaks to 95bFM reporter Caitlin McIlhagga about the response the Collective has received so far, the strategy behind how they're approaching the issues and where they think we should go from here.

Neighbourhood Watch: Schapelle Corby being released back into Australia (as a national celebrity), Accusations against/sexism faced by Rebel Wilson, and AFL’s first female umpire

Neighbourhood Watch: Schapelle Corby being released back into Australia (as a national celebrity), Accusations against/sexism faced by Rebel Wilson, and AFL’s first female umpire Neighbourhood Watch: Schapelle Corby being released back into Australia (as a national celebrity), Accusations against/sexism faced by Rebel Wilson, and AFL’s first female umpire, 12.83 MB
Mon 12 Jun 2017

Shapelle Corby has been released back into Australia, now a part of the national collective memory. However, the Indonesian authorities are reluctant to release her from prison, fearing she may be a part of a syndicate.
Australian Actor rebel Wilson is facing accusations of lying about being a bogan, which are negatively affecting her career, when male actors face less flack for much more series accusations.
Finally, AFL has employed their first female umpire.

 

Jami-Lee Ross on the 2017 budget

Jami-Lee Ross on the 2017 budget Jami-Lee Ross on the 2017 budget, 19.74 MB
Fri 26 May 2017

Tess speaks to National MP Jami-Lee Ross about the 2017 budget which was announced yesterday. They discuss healthcare funding, for mental health, and the critical responses to the budget. We also talk about whether the tax cuts target the higher earning income bracket and ignore lower income brackets.

State of the States with Nick Sawhney

State of the States with Nick Sawhney State of the States with Nick Sawhney, 9.29 MB
Thu 25 May 2017

That's right, our weekly Thursday feature State of the States has returned! We have some exciting new correspondents we'll be working with from WNYU News, which is the news department of New York University's radio station. This week, we hear from Nick Sawhney, who spoke to Wire Producer Harry Willis earlier this morning. 

Andrew Little on Budget 2017

Andrew Little on Budget 2017 Andrew Little on Budget 2017, 11.11 MB
Thu 25 May 2017

Labour's Andrew Little is back for our weekly chat. This week, Jogai discusses the government Budget announcement and concerns in the mental health sector.

Marama Fox on funding the mental health sector.

Marama Fox on funding the mental health sector. , 10.23 MB
Tue 23 May 2017

This week with Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox we discuss the case for a mental health funding boost and the recommendations made in the People's Mental Health Report. 

Green Desk: Solar panels in the Himalayas

Green Desk: Solar panels in the Himalayas Green Desk: Solar panels in the Himalayas, 10.23 MB
Tue 23 May 2017

For The Green Desk this week, Lilly speaks with Keshav Krishna who is going to set up Solar Panels in the Himalayas. His GoFundMe campaign can be found here.

Southern Cross: Covering climate change, Indonesia's blasphemy law, and Timor Leste defamation case

Southern Cross: Covering climate change, Indonesia's blasphemy law, and Timor Leste defamation case Southern Cross: Covering climate change, Indonesia's blasphemy law, and Timor Leste defamation case, 11.49 MB
Mon 22 May 2017

AUT Pacific Media Centre's Kendall Hutt speaks with host of The Wire Amanda Jane Robinson about a study on how journalists cover climate change, free speech in the case of Indonesia's blasphemy law, and Timor Leste journalists facing jail for defamation over criticising the Prime Minister. 

James Shaw on parental leave and TPP11

James Shaw on parental leave and TPP11 James Shaw on parental leave and TPP11, 13.74 MB
Mon 22 May 2017

Green Party co-leader James Shaw joins Wire host Amanda Jane Robinson to talk about the party's new parental leave policy package and the updated Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement without the United States.

Neighbourhood Watch: Taxpayer funding, taxpayer fraud and leaked security report

Neighbourhood Watch: Taxpayer funding, taxpayer fraud and leaked security report Neighbourhood Watch: Taxpayer funding, taxpayer fraud and leaked security report, 15.54 MB
Fri 19 May 2017

Wire producer, Joel Thomas spoke to Radio Adelaide's Nicole Wedding for all the latest in Australian news. They talk about Christian Porter launching a probe into taxpayer funding of UFO group, ATO official Michael Cranston facing charges over son's alleged involvement in $165m fraud, and Manus Island: Leaked security report says M16, shotgun fired into detention centre.

Jami-Lee Ross on the new housing plan and the TPP

Jami-Lee Ross on the new housing plan and the TPP Jami-Lee Ross on the new housing plan and the TPP, 22.46 MB
Fri 19 May 2017

We speak to National MP, Jami-Lee Ross about the housing plan the government announced where they are planning to build 34,000 over the next decade. We also speak about the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement that appears to be going forward and what that means for New Zealanders.