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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.

The State Housing Crisis w/ AAAP's Ricardo Menendez March: January 15, 2020

The State Housing Crisis w/ AAAP's Ricardo Menendez March: January 15, 2020 The State Housing Crisis w/ AAAP's Ricardo Menendez March: January 15, 2020, 22.85 MB
Wed 15 Jan 2020

The waiting list for public housing continues to grow as nearly 14,500 households live in motels, on the street, or are close to losing their homes. The government's original target of 6400 state homes is simply not enough to meet the growing demand. Auckland Action against Poverty has called on the government to triple its state housing targets to match. Felix Walton spoke with AAAP Coordinator Ricardo Menendez March.

Year of the Seabird w/ Forest & Bird's Geoff Keey: January 15, 2020

Year of the Seabird w/ Forest & Bird's Geoff Keey: January 15, 2020 Year of the Seabird w/ Forest & Bird's Geoff Keey: January 15, 2020, 10.19 MB
Wed 15 Jan 2020

Forest & Bird declared 2020 to be the year of the seabird. They estimate that up to 14,000 individual seabirds were captured by commercial fishing boats over the past year, many of which are already under threat. Felix Walton spoke with Forest & Bird spokesperson Geoff Keey.

The Wire with Justin: 14th January 2020

The Wire with Justin: 14th January 2020 The Wire with Justin: 14th January 2020, 93.04 MB
Tue 14 Jan 2020

Justin talked to Paul Buchanan about how the current situation in the Middle East affect US foreign policy and regional security.

Louis talked to Victoria University's Peter Thompson about the lack of a government media policy.

Justin looks into the presidential election in Taiwan over the weekend and what could it mean for cross strait relations between Taiwan and China.

Justin's International Desk: 14th January 2020

Justin's International Desk: 14th January 2020 Justin's International Desk: 14th January 2020, 13.11 MB
Tue 14 Jan 2020

Justin talks to Paul Buchanan, the Director of 36th-Parallel, a geopolitical risk and strategic assessment consultancy, about how the current confrontation between the US and Iran could affect American foregin policy and regional security against terrorism.

 

Justin's International Desk: 14th January 2020

Justin's International Desk: 14th January 2020 Justin's International Desk: 14th January 2020, 12.45 MB
Tue 14 Jan 2020

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has been re-elected for her second term after beating Kaohsing Mayor, Kuomintang's Han Kuo-yu and James Soong of the People First Party.  This election has been characterized as a generational divide, between the younger generation's sense of belonging to Taiwan and the older generation's desire to build stronger bonds with China.

Justin talks to Professor Tsai Chia-hung of the National Chengchi University in Taipei on this generational divide and what's next for the Kuomintang, and Professor Alex Tan of Canterbury University on how Tsai's re-election will change cross-strait relations between Taiwan and China.

The Wire with Sherry: January 13th, 2020

The Wire with Sherry: January 13th, 2019 The Wire with Sherry: January 13th, 2019, 73.71 MB
Mon 13 Jan 2020

On the first wire of 2020!

We are back with our weekly chat with Green party co-leader James Shaw. The Minister attended the climate change conference in Madrid (COP25) in December 2019 and we caught up on criticisms surrounding lack of substantial action and indigenious inclusivity. We also talked about proposed changes to the carbon emissions trading schemes, and the roll out of climate change education in schools.

Next, Sherry talks to Adelaide freelance writer and journalist Jemah Finn on the Australian bushfires and climate change protests. 

Finally Deb discusses with Playwright Stanley Makuwe on his new play Black Lover, about a NZ expat who became prime minister of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). 

Australian bush fires w/ Jemah Finn: January 13th, 2020

Australian bush fires w/ Jemah Finn: January 13th, 2020 Australian bush fires w/ Jemah Finn: January 13th, 2020, 21.34 MB
Mon 13 Jan 2020

Kangaroo Island, off the coast of Adelaide, was temporarily closed over the weekend with almost half of the island burnt through by the Ravine fire (around 170,000 hectares). The Victoria and New South Wales fires have also merged into a mega-blaze. 

Since the fires began in September, at least 28 people have died with thousands of homes damaged. According to the WWF, 1.25 billion animals have also perished. Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has been particularly criticised for taking a holiday while the country was struggling with the fires. In total 15 million acres have since been incinerated. 

Jemah Finn is a freelancer writer and journalist, currently based in Adelaide, South Australia. Sherry caught up with her to get an update on the Australian bushfires and how the community has been. She also attended the climate change protest in Adelaide on Friday the 10th, which saw almost 3 thousand attending protesting in response to the bush fires.

Black Lover: New Play by Stanley Makuwe: January 13th, 2020

Black Lover: New Play by Stanley Makuwe: January 13th, 2020 Black Lover: New Play by Stanley Makuwe: January 13th, 2020, 13.68 MB
Mon 13 Jan 2020

Black Lover is a new play from Auckland-based Zimbabwean playwright Stanley Makuwe, which looks at the little-known story of Sir Garfield Todd, a New Zealand expat who became prime minister of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) from 1953 - 1958. The play takes it's name - 'black lover' -  from a nickname given to Todd by the white minority rulers because of his work advocating for racial equality. The Auckland Theatre Company will hold the world premiere of the show at Q Theatre as part of the Auckland Arts Festival 2020.

Makuwe says he would like all New Zealanders to know the story of Todd, and explains why in this interview.

The Wire with Laura: 20th of December, 2019

The Wire with Laura: 20th of December, 2019 The Wire with Laura: 20th of December, 2019, 99.63 MB
Fri 20 Dec 2019

On the final wire of the year...

 The National Party’s, Denise Lee, joins Laura Kvigstad and, rather than keeping us up to date on National news they look back at what has happened in the world of politics for the National party.

Next, Producer Rachel Simpson is looking back to an interview she did with the University of Auckland politics professor, Maria Armoudian, about the Mueller Report. 

After that, Laura goes way back to a report in April on capital gain tax following coalition governments decision not to implement one. 

And Finally, Producer Benjamin J Goldson looks back at his favourite neutral corner of the year where he looks at the media coverage around Iran violating the nuclear deal.

The Wire with Stewart: December 19, 2019

The Wire with Stewart: December 19, 2019 The Wire with Stewart: December 19, 2019, 105.41 MB
Thu 19 Dec 2019

It's the last Thursday Wire for 2019!

Join host Stewart Sowman-Lund for his final show ever on 95bFM. Joining him for the ride are producers Mary-Margaret and Justin. On today's show, we take a look back at the year that was 2019 - and gaze nerevously towards 2020. 

Here's some of what features in this 'best of' edition of the Thursday Wire.

  • Andrew Little speaks after the Christchurch mosque attacks; 
  • Ben Thomas recapping the Budget debacle; 
  • Privacy Commissioner John Edwards on tenant rights;
  • Discussion on cannabis law reform; and
  • A quickfire look at the top international stories of the year.

All that plus some thrilling talkback, almond banter, and an analysis of Summer vs Winter Christmases. 

It's the Thursday Wire! 

Neighbourhood Watch: January 23, 2020

Neighbourhood Watch: January 23, 2020 Neighbourhood Watch: January 23, 2020, 20.22 MB
Thu 23 Jan 2020

Zoe Kounadis from Radio Adelaide updates us on the fires and tells us about some dodgy money grants from MPs to sports clubs as well as a government review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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 

Emissions Trading Scheme & Housing Crisis: January 20th, 2020

Emissions Trading Scheme & Housing Crisis: January 20th, 2020 Emissions Trading Scheme & Housing Crisis: January 20th, 2020, 34.23 MB
Mon 20 Jan 2020

This week Sherry continues the discussion on the Emissions Trading Scheme with Green Party co-leader James Shaw. He responds to some criticisms brought up by Sherry from economist Geoff Bertram on the proposed ETS Bill. Secondly, they also discusses the public housing crisis and the lack of affordable homes. 

But first, Sherry begins by asking James to respond to Geoff’s critisms regarding the lack of transparency in the proposed ETS bill. 

The National Party with Denise Lee: 17th of January, 2020

The National Party with Denise Lee: 17th of January, 2020 The National Party with Denise Lee: 17th of January, 2020, 22.34 MB
Fri 17 Jan 2020

The National Party's Denise Lee joins host, Laura Kvigstad. This week they chat about the concerns of the politicisation of the police and the recent debate that has sparked around the rising minimum wage. 

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: January 15, 2020

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: January 15, 2020 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: January 15, 2020, 35.59 MB
Wed 15 Jan 2020

On Dear Science with AUT's Allan Blackman we are talking about scientific anniversaries and what happens when a science paper is retracted.

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 

Climate Change updates: January 13th, 2020

Climate Change updates: January 13th Climate Change updates: January 13th, 23.29 MB
Mon 13 Jan 2020

We are back with our weekly chat with Green party co-leader James Shaw. The Minister attended the climate change conference in Madrid (COP25) in December 2019 and we caught up on criticisms surrounding lack of substantial action and indigenious inclusivity. We also talked about proposed changes to the carbon emissions trading schemes, and the roll out of climate change education in schools.  

The National Party with Denise Lee: 20th of December, 2019

The National Party with Denise Lee: 20th of December, 2019 The National Party with Denise Lee: 20th of December, 2019, 25.25 MB
Fri 20 Dec 2019

For the last wire of the year, National MP, Denise Lee joins us to recap her year in National. She tells us about the highs and lows of the year and lets us know what she's looking forward to as we head into the election year, 2020. 

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: December 18, 2019

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: December 18, 2019 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: December 18, 2019, 38.35 MB
Wed 18 Dec 2019

Today on Dear Science Allan talks about a new discovery of the lowest point on land, storing data with DNA on everyday objects and Ransomeware damaging not only the functionality of Ukrainian servers but effecting the ability to produce medicine by a Pharmaceutical company.