Launch in new window

DJ's Choice

You are here

The Wire with Joel Thomas

Latest bCasts • View all

Revenge of the Rich with Austin Mitchell

Revenge of the Rich with Austin Mitchell Revenge of the Rich with Austin Mitchell, 27.36 MB
Thu 24 Aug 2017

Following from his hit book from 1972 The Half Gallon Quarter Acre Pavlova Paradise, Austin Mitchell returns to the book shelves with his new book Revenge of the Rich. Here, Mitchell observes the rise, fall and consequences of Neoliberalism in New Zealand and Britain.

Giving young writers 'a leg up'

Giving young writers 'a leg up' Giving young writers 'a leg up', 15.14 MB
Tue 25 Jul 2017

Starling is an online journal which aims to give writers aged under 25 a platform to have their work published and possibly noticed by editors and festival directors hunting for fresh talent. 

India Essuah spoke to Starling's founder, poet Louise Wallace, about how they select work and how Starling has helped young authors find wider success.

Starling's winter issue is released today - click here to read it.

Fighting to keep tigers alive

Fighting to keep tigers alive Fighting to keep tigers alive, 8.7 MB
Tue 25 Jul 2017

Ahead of International Tiger Day on Saturday, the World Wildlife Fund is raising awareness for tiger conservation worldwide.

A United Nations report from last year shows tiger species have faced a 97 percent decline in population over the past century and some subspecies have already gone extinct due to animal poaching and trafficking.

Reporter Jack Marshall spoke to WWF Cambodia’s Rohit Singh, who is part of the WWF Tigers Alive Initiative there.

The Wire with India: Tuesday July 25th, 2017

The Wire with India: Tuesday July 25th, 2017 The Wire with India: Tuesday July 25th, 2017, 104.5 MB
Tue 25 Jul 2017

On today's Wire, producer Lucy Austin looks at a University of Auckland study that shows 4.5 percent of high school students have attempted suicide.

Reporter Mack Smith speaks to Professor Chris Clarkson about new excavations which place Aboriginal people in Australia between 5,000 and 18,000 years earlier than previously thought.

On the Green Desk reporter Jack Marshall speaks to World Wildlife Fund about the fight for tiger conservation, ahead of International Tiger Day.

Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox says the Government is failing to address the issue of homelessness.

Poet Louise Wallace also joins us to discuss the new issue of Starling Magazine which is out today, showcasing the work of talented young authors.

Digging deeper into Australia's past

Digging deeper into Australia's past Digging deeper into Australia's past, 11.86 MB
Tue 25 Jul 2017

A new archaeological dig in Australia’s north has discovered artefacts which show Aboriginal people inhabited the continent for thousands of years more than previously thought.

A team of archaeologists and local Aboriginal community members have excavated evidence that places people in Australia at least 65,000 years ago, pushing back the timing by about 5,000 to 18,000 years.

Reporter Mack Smith spoke to Queensland University Associate Professor Chris Clarkson, one of the lead authors behind the research.

Linking NZ's rates of poverty and youth suicide

Linking NZ's rates of poverty and youth suicide Linking NZ's rates of poverty and youth suicide, 13.95 MB
Tue 25 Jul 2017

One in 20 New Zealand high school students attempt suicide each year. A study conducted by the University of Auckland surveyed 9000 NZ high school students and revealed 4.5 percent of students had attempted suicide and 70 percent of these have made multiple attempts.

To find out more about these numbers, producer Lucy Austin spoke with a co-author of the study Associate Professor and paediatrician Simon Denny. 

The Wire with Amanda: Monday 24th July 2017

The Wire with Amanda: Monday 24th July 2017 The Wire with Amanda: Monday 24th July 2017, 104.86 MB
Mon 24 Jul 2017

This Monday on The Wire, we talk to the authors of two new books: Tears of Rangi by Anne Salmond and Revenge of the Rich by Austin Mitchell. We also have our weekly chat with AUT Pacific Media Centre's Kendall Hutt and talk to Metiria Turei from the Green Party aboout regulations for skilled migrant workers and #IAmMetiria. 

Tears of Rangi

Tears of Rangi Tears of Rangi, 10.76 MB
Mon 24 Jul 2017

Renowned anthropologist Dame Anne Salmond’s new book, Tears of Rangi, is a philosophical and historical exploration of interactions and colliding worlds. Beginning with an inquiry into the early period of encounters between Māori and Europeans in New Zealand, she then investigates such clashes and exchanges in key areas of contemporary life – waterways, land, the sea and people. Our world is defined by maps and calendars – making it seem that this is the nature of reality itself. But in New Zealand, concepts of whakapapa and hau, complex networks and reciprocal exchange, may point to new ways of understanding interactions between peoples, and between people and the natural world. Reporter Pearl Little speaks to Dame Salmond about the book.

Geoff talks Opportunities

Geoff talks Opportunities Geoff talks Opportunities, 15.23 MB
Fri 21 Jul 2017

Producer Kelly Enright talked to the Deputy Leader of The Opportunities Party, Geoff Simmons, on his career movements and political aspirations. They also chatted about the Opportunities Party's policies, and which coalitions those would thrive in. 

Medical records aren't dead

Medical records aren't dead Medical records aren't dead, 7.34 MB
Fri 21 Jul 2017

The use of medical records can be vitally important to researchers in the field. As we move towards digitised record keeping, health records and genetic information are increasingly being stored electronically. Joel spoke to Dr. Jon Cornwell from the Victoria University of Wellington about the digitisation of records, and the ethical and legal barriers surrounding their use.