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Listen back to features and interviews from 95bFM's daily news & current affairs show, The Wire. Your hosts Jemima Huston, Mary-Margaret Slack, Lillian Hanly, Lachlan Balfour and Laura Kvigstad focus on the issues of Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere, in independent-thinking bFM style. Weekdays 12-1pm on 95bFM.

Drug Drive Testing with Fiona Hutton: Friday the 17th of May

Drug Drive Testing with Fiona Hutton: Friday the 17th of May Drug Drive Testing with Fiona Hutton: Friday the 17th of May, 11.44 MB
Fri 17 May 2019

Drug driving is an issue that the Aotearoa is yet to get a grasp on. While drug impairment resulted in seventy-one deaths on our roads last year, it has been acknowledged by both the minister of police & minister of transportation that there is no “clear linear relationship” between the presence of a drug and potential impairment. This does not only concern currently illegal drugs, it includes prescription medication, as there is no line drawn in the sand as to how we regulate driving under any of these substances, & with the referendum on cannabis legalisation approaching, its time to speak up fast. So a public consultation into safety testing for drug driving has been launched by the government, hoping to conclude on the 28th of June to get a general consensus on the public opinion. I spoke with Fiona Hutton, Senior Lecturer at the School of Social and Cultural Studies at Victoria university of Wellington, to discuss this issue around testing drug driving.

 

The Wire with Laura: 17th of May, 2019

The Wire with Laura: 17th of May, 2019 The Wire with Laura: 17th of May, 2019, 106.86 MB
Fri 17 May 2019

A chat with Akala: May 16, 2019

A chat with Akala: May 16, 2019 A chat with Akala: May 16, 2019, 42.32 MB
Thu 16 May 2019

Akala was raised in Camden, north-west London with Scottish, English and Jamaican whakapapa. He positions himself as having been racialised as black despite being raised by his white solo-mum. Akala is a rapper, a historian, a political thinker and now an author. He was in Aotearoa this week for events in Christchurch, Dunedin and the Auckland Writers Festival (which is still going). Lillian Hanly was lucky enough to spend some time with him before he gave his talk on his new book Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire. They sat outside Aotea Center just after Akala had finished speaking to a huge group of students about Shakespeare - because, on top of his work on race and class, and holding two honourary doctorates, he owns The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company. This is a 'music theatre production company aimed at exploring the social, cultural and linguistic parallels between the works of William Shakespeare and that of modern day hip-hop artists'. A number of people actually came up during the interview asking for his autograph.

As Akala positions himself in most interviews, Lillian decided to start the interview by positioning herself - as a Pākehā woman raised with Te Reo Māori as her first language. This positioning she also believes is important as it is the lens through which she sees the world, and informs the work she does. While reading Natives in preparation one of the first things that jumped out at her was Akala’s statement in the introduction, “I was born into these currents, I did not create or invent them and I make no claims to objectivity. I find the whole idea that we can transcend our experiences; and take a totally unbiased look at the world to be totally ridiculous, yet that’s what many historians and academics claim to do.” News media too, claim objectivity, states Lillian. This is where the interview begins.

For reference, the Charles W. Mills quote reads as follows, “But in a racially structured polity, the only people who can find it psychologically possible to deny the centrality of race are those who are racially privileged, for whom race is invisible precisely because the world is structured around them, whiteness as the ground against which the figures of other races -­ those who, unlike us, are raced - appear.” - The Racial Contract, p.76.

 

Photo credit: British GQ

Conor Knell on how Brexit is impacting Ireland: May 16, 2019

Conor Knell on how Brexit is impacting Ireland: May 16, 2019 Conor Knell on how Brexit is impacting Ireland: May 16, 2019, 8.49 MB
Thu 16 May 2019

Conor Knell chats to Stewart Sowman-Lund from Northern Ireland. How is the ongoing Brexit saga impacting the region?

Privacy Commissioner Report with Ricardo Menendez: May 16, 2019

Privacy Commissioner Report with Ricardo Menendez: May 16, 2019 Privacy Commissioner Report with Ricardo Menendez: May 16, 2019, 9.55 MB
Thu 16 May 2019

An investigation by the Privacy Commissioner has revealed Ministry of Social Development employees have spied on beneficiaries suspected of being in an undeclared relationship. Olivia Holdsworth spoke to Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson Ricardo Menendez to find out more about the implications of the report and began by asking about the report itself.

 

The Wire with Stewart: May 16, 2019

The Wire with Stewart: May 16, 2019 The Wire with Stewart: May 16, 2019, 100.45 MB
Thu 16 May 2019

Stewart Sowman-Lund hosts the Thursday Wire and it's another packed show.

On the show today:

  • Producer Liv talks to Ricardo Menendez-March about the Ministry for Social Development spying on beneficiaries
  • Producer Grace speaks to Peter O’Connor, educational spokesperson for Child poverty action group
  • Then Grace speaks to, Claire Amos, principal at Albany Senior high school about the overhaul of the NCEA examination system.
  • After that, 95bFM reporter Conor Knell is back. This week, Stewart's talking to him about the impact that Brexit is having on Ireland.

Plus a heated discussion on the state of high school education! It's The Thursday Wire with Stewart, Liv and Grace.

Fees Free NCEA with CPAG: May 16, 2019

Fees Free NCEA with CPAG.mp3 mp3, 14.09 MB
Thu 16 May 2019

Grace speaks with Peter O'Connor, education spokesperson for Child Poverty Action Group, about the government's decision to ban NCEA fees. The decision means students will no longer have to pay over seventy dollars per year to take the qualifications.

NCEA changes with Claire Amos: May 16, 2019

NCEA changes with Claire Amos.mp3 mp3, 19.57 MB
Thu 16 May 2019

Grace speaks with Claire Amos, Principal at Albany Senior Highschool about the changes being made to NCEA. The changes include increasing the number of end of subject examinations and lowering the year level students need to be to begin the first twenty credits available to year seven.

Tenancy Discrimination w/ Rashmi Raorane: 15 May, 2019

Tenancy Discrimination w/ Rashmi Raorane: 15 May, 2019 Tenancy Discrimination w/ Rashmi Raorane: 15 May, 2019, 7.77 MB
Wed 15 May 2019

Sherry does some investigative journalism following up claims a woman was denied a rental because ‘indians are dirty.’ She talks to Rashmi Raorane, who shares her experience with discriminatory landlords, and tries to reach out to the property manager of the place Rashmi was trying to rent. 

The Wire with Lillian: May 15, 2019

The Wire with Lillian: May 15, 2019 The Wire with Lillian: May 15, 2019, 106.64 MB
Wed 15 May 2019

On The Wire today!

On Dear Science we talk about the theory of relativity, different types of ice and RoundUp being blamed for cancer. 

Sherry follows up with Rashmi Raorane, the hopeful tenant who was allegedly denied a property because "indians are dirty".

And finally, our final episode of Economic Anxiety with Rod Oram, Part 7 where we throw some random questions out there.

Neighbourhood Watch with Zoe Kounadis: 24th of May, 2019

Neighbourhood Watch with Zoe Kounadis: 24th of May, 2019 Neighbourhood Watch with Zoe Kounadis: 24th of May, 2019, 16.09 MB
Fri 24 May 2019

The National Party with Denise Lee: 24th of May, 2019

The National Party with Denise Lee: 24th of May, 2019 The National Party with Denise Lee: 24th of May, 2019, 36.98 MB
Fri 24 May 2019

Labour's Stuart Nash on Budget Day and Bullying: May 23, 2019

Labour's Stuart Nash on Budget Day and Bullying: May 23, 2019 Labour's Stuart Nash on Budget Day and Bullying: May 23, 2019, 10.51 MB
Thu 23 May 2019

This week, Minister for Police, Fisheries, Revenue, and Small Business Stuart Nash is here filling in for Andrew Little. Minister Nash talked with host Stewart Sowman-Lund about the Government’s wellbeing budget a week out from Budget Day. Are there going to be any surprises?

Plus, a new report has revealed parliament is a toxic worksplace… with a systemic bullying problem. What does Minister Nash make of it all? 

 

The Green Desk: May 21, 2019

The Green Desk: May 21, 2019 The Green Desk: May 21, 2019, 18.69 MB
Tue 21 May 2019

At the Green Desk, We had the privilige of talking to the organisers of the upcoming student climate strikes about our no longer impending climate crisis and climate action. 

The Big Q: Can we save the planet from a sixth mass extinction? May 20, 2019

The Big Q: Can we save the planet from a sixth mass extinction? May 20, 2019 The Big Q: Can we save the planet from a sixth mass extinction? May 20, 2019, 17.08 MB
Mon 20 May 2019

Planet Earth has faced five mass extinctions in its lifetime. Now we may be facing the sixth. What have we learned from the previous mass extinctions that can help us avoid a total collapse? Can humanity rescue the planet that it has imperiled? Maria Armoudian talks to Annalee Newitz and Elizabeth Kolbert about how we can avoid a sixth mass extinction.


The Big Q website: www.thebigq.org
 

The Southern Cross: May 20, 2019

The Southern Cross: May 20, 2019 The Southern Cross: May 20, 2019, 23.82 MB
Mon 20 May 2019

This week on the Southern Cross, Jemima and Lachlan speak to Pacific Media Watch contributing editor Michael Andrew. They discuss the Australian election, the Papua New Guinea government turmoil, the New Caledonian elections, the University of the South Pacific's abuse allegations, and the UN Secretary General's visit to New Zealand. 

The ETS and Pacific Climate Policy w/ James Shaw: May 20, 2019

The ETS and Pacific Climate Policy w/ James Shaw: May 20, 2019 The ETS and Pacific Climate Policy w/ James Shaw: May 20, 2019, 20.07 MB
Mon 20 May 2019

With the recent introduction of the Zero Carbon Bill in parliament and reforms to the Emissions Trading Scheme, Jemima spoke to Green Party co-leader James Shaw about climate policy. They began by discussing the Emissions Trading Scheme, the affect of New Zealand's climate policies on the Pacific and the cannabis referendum. 

Neighbourhood Watch with Zoe Kounadis: 17th of May, 2019

Neighbourhood Watch with Zoe Kounadis: 17th of May, 2019 Neighbourhood Watch with Zoe Kounadis: 17th of May, 2019, 10.23 MB
Fri 17 May 2019

The National Party with Denise Lee: 17th of May, 2019

The National Party with Denise Lee: 17th of May, 2019 The National Party with Denise Lee: 17th of May, 2019, 36.33 MB
Fri 17 May 2019