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

Lawyers representing Afghani villagers say ‘Tirgiran Village’ doesn’t exist

Lawyers representing Afghani villagers say ‘Tirgiran Village’ doesn’t exist Lawyers representing Afghani villagers say ‘Tirgiran Village’ doesn’t exist, 13 MB
Wed 29 Mar 2017

New information has emerged that suggests the NZ Defence Force made factual inaccuracies in their rebuttal to Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson’s new book, Hit & Run. The lawyers representing villagers from Khak Khuday Dad and Naik, who were allegedly attacked by the SAS in a 2010 raid, say the village the NZDF claims the raid took place in actually doesn’t even exist. Ximena speaks to one of the lawyers, Deborah Manning, for further detail about this new information.

Report: Is marijuana actually a viable farming alternative to cows?

Report: Is marijuana actually a viable farming alternative to cows? Report: Is marijuana actually a viable farming alternative to cows? , 11.38 MB
Wed 29 Mar 2017

Replace cows with cannabis. These are the recent comments made by esteemed entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson, on his most recent visit to New Zealand. He suggests if marijuana were to be legalised, dairy farmers could replace sections of their land designated for cows, over to industrial growing of cannabis.Adam Jacobson explores these issues in a recent report. 

Upcoming festival celebrates Auckland’s diversity

Upcoming festival celebrates Auckland’s diversity Upcoming festival celebrates Auckland’s diversity , 9.5 MB
Wed 29 Mar 2017

This weekend, the Auckland International Cultural Festival will be returning for its 18th year. The free event is happening from 10am-5pm at the Mt Roskill Memorial Park, and will offer the public a diverse range of cultural and culinary experiences. Ximena speaks to event organiser Cara Cantrell about what Aucklanders can expect from this weekend’s festival.

Hansel, Gretel and the Nazis; Fairy tales roles in war time stories

Hansel, Gretel and the Nazis; Fairy tales roles in war time stories Hansel, Gretel and the Nazis; Fairy tales roles in war time stories , 19.69 MB
Wed 29 Mar 2017

A newly released book titled ‘War, Myths and Fairy Tales’ investigates the connections between war stories and fairy tales through a critical examination of global literature. Adam Jacobson speaks with the book’s co-author and contributor, Sara Buttsworth about the release of the new work and what stories it examines.

The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday March 29, 2017

The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday March 29, 2017 The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday March 29, 2017, 117.95 MB
Wed 29 Mar 2017

Check out the full show from Wednesday 23rd March, where Ximena & Adam take a look at cannabis instead of cows, talk with Human Rights Lawer Deborah Manning, AUT’s Allan Blackman joins us again live in the studio for Dear Science and more

New Zealand's pacific policies - time for a reset?

New Zealand's pacific policies - time for a reset? New Zealand's pacific policies - time for a reset?, 8.92 MB
Tue 28 Mar 2017

Mack speaks to former New Zealand representative to the United Nations, Michael Powles, about a new article he's co-authored with daughter, Anna. 

The Wire with Mack: Tuesday March 28, 2017

The Wire with Mack: Tuesday March 28, 2017 The Wire with Mack: Tuesday March 28, 2017, 106.53 MB
Tue 28 Mar 2017

Check out the full podcast for this week's Tuesday show, where we speak to Michael Powles about the prospects of a 'reset' on New Zealand's Pacific relations, Jane McCrae about a new book she's put out on Māori Oral Traditions, take a look at talks between China's Premier and Bill English, and more. 

Māori Oral Tradition: he Kōrero nō te Ao Tawhito

Māori Oral Tradition: he Kōrero nō te Ao Tawhito Māori Oral Tradition: he Kōrero nō te Ao Tawhito , 9.33 MB
Tue 28 Mar 2017

Reporter Sam Smith speaks to author and researcher Jane McRae about her new book "Māori Oral Tradition: he Kōrero nō te Ao Tawhito. Through the book, McRae introducers readers to the distinctive oral style and language of the traditional compositions, acknowledges the skills of the composers of old and explores the meanings of their striking imagery and figurative language. 

Trade the talk of the town following China visit

Trade the talk of the town following China visit Trade the talk of the town following China visit, 4.37 MB
Tue 28 Mar 2017

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Auckland this week looks to result in the opening of trade relations between New Zealand and China. Mack tried to find out what all the fuss was about. 

Tackling migrant labour exploitation

Tackling migrant labour exploitation Tackling migrant labour exploitation, 9.39 MB
Mon 27 Mar 2017

The Human Trafficking Research Coalition released a report late last year detailing Migrant labour exploitation in NZ. It found foreign workers were mistreated in key industries, such as construction, hospitality and agriculture. bfm producer Ben speaks with the co-ordinator of the Union network of Migrants, Dennis Maga. 

Dear Science: Reversing the aging process, the world’s first artificial sun & a racist professor

Dear Science: Reversing the aging process, the world’s first artificial sun & a racist professor Dear Science: Reversing the aging process, the world’s first artificial sun & a racist professor, 39.87 MB
Wed 29 Mar 2017

AUT’s Allan Blackman joins us again live in the studio for Dear Science. Today he talks to Ximena about how scientists have found a way to reverse the ageing process, how scientists in Germany have switched on the world’s largest “artificial Sun” for the first time, and also about how the University of Melbourne has removed the name of a controversial professor from one of its buildings on campus.

Marama Fox on Ture Whenua, inter-party fighting and Hit & Run

Marama Fox on Ture Whenua, inter-party fighting and Hit & Run Marama Fox on Ture Whenua, inter-party fighting and Hit & Run, 11.73 MB
Tue 28 Mar 2017

This week with Marama Fox we discuss cotroversy over Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill, the Māori Party's relationship with Mana and the unrest over the release of Jon Stephenson and Nicky Hager's book Hit & Run

Green Desk: Ocean Agency

Green Desk: Ocean Agency Green Desk: Ocean Agency , 10.46 MB
Tue 28 Mar 2017

This week on the Green Desk, Lilly speaks to Richard Vevers the founder of the Ocean Agency in Sydney. They have teamed up with partners like Google, UNESCO and NOAA to overcome the challenges facing our oceans today, particularly the coral reefs. 

Eugenie Sage on Afghanistan raids inquiry, Vivid Economics report, and budget responsibility rules

Eugenie Sage on Afghanistan raids inquiry, Vivid Economics report, and budget responsibility rules Eugenie Sage on Afghanistan raids inquiry, Vivid Economics report, and budget responsibility rules , 8.21 MB
Mon 27 Mar 2017

Greem MP Eugenie Sage joins Wire host Amanda Jane Robinson to talk about the call for inquiry into claims NZ soldiers were involved in Afghanistan raids, the findings of the Vivid Economics Net Zero report, and the Green Party's new budget responsibility rules as they partner with the Labour party. 

Southern Cross: Pasifika, malu, and the climate rally

Southern Cross: Pasifika, malu, and the climate rally Southern Cross: Pasifika, malu, and the climate rally, 6.83 MB
Mon 27 Mar 2017

Pacific Media Centre's Kendall Hutt speaks with host of The Wire Amanda Jane Robinson about Pasifika, malu, and the climate rally.

Jami-Lee Ross on Nicky Hager's latest release 'Hit and Run' and equal pay bill

Jami-Lee Ross on Nicky Hager's latest release 'Hit and Run' and equal pay bill Jami-Lee Ross on Nicky Hager's latest release 'Hit and Run' and equal pay bill, 24 MB
Fri 24 Mar 2017

Tess and Ximena speak about the allegations in Nicky Hager’s book ‘Hit and Run’ with National MP, Jami-Lee Ross, where he admits some civilian casualties did actually occur. They also touch on the equal pay bill drawn from the member's ballot earlier this week.

Neighbourhood Watch: The Racial Discrimination Act, Tony Abbott's confidence about same-sex marriage, and staff sleeping at airports

Neighbourhood Watch: The Racial Discrimination Act, Tony Abbott's confidence about same-sex marriage, and staff sleeping at airports Neighbourhood Watch: The Racial Discrimination Act, Tony Abbott's confidence about same-sex marriage, and staff sleeping at airports, 13.23 MB
Fri 24 Mar 2017

95bFM reporter, Tess, speaks with Radio Adelaide's Nicole Wedding about changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, former prime minister Tony Abbott's confidence about a push for a postal ballot on same-sex marriage, and staff at one of Australia's busiest airports setting up camp and sleeping at work.

Dear Science: Hidden meth, reaching absolute zero, and replicating the infamous Milgram Experiment

Dear Science: Hidden meth, reaching absolute zero, and replicating the infamous Milgram Experiment Dear Science: Hidden meth, reaching absolute zero, and replicating the infamous Milgram Experiment, 32.59 MB
Thu 23 Mar 2017

AUT’s Allan Blackman joins us again live in the studio for Dear Science. This week, he talks to Ximena about how police have uncovered a new way that methamphetamine is being smuggled into New Zealand, new discoveries in finding the maximum speed of cooling, and also news that researchers in Poland have replicated the infamous Milgram Experiment, where a shockingly high number of participants were found willing to electrocute an innocent person.  

 

Andrew Little on the Hager-Stephenson allegations, OECD, and Labour's Maori MPs

Andrew Little on the Hager-Stephenson allegations, OECD, and Labour's Maori MPs Andrew Little on the Hager-Stephenson allegations, OECD, and Labour's Maori MPs, 13.23 MB
Thu 23 Mar 2017

Labour leader Andrew Little is in studio for our weekly chat. This week, we discuss the Hager-Stephenson allegations, environmental concerns expressed in the OECD report, and Labour's Maori MPs. 

Green Desk: Science and contemporary art

Green Desk: Science and contemporary art Green Desk: Science and contemporary art, 21.04 MB
Tue 21 Mar 2017

This week on the Green Desk, Lilly speaks to Temp founder Naomi McCleary about their latest work.