Lachlan Balfour and producers Ben Goldson and Jemima Huston bring you bFM's daily news & current affairs show, including our U.S. news feature State of the States with a correspondent from WNYU News, a look at This Day in History, as well as a regular chat with Labour Minister Andrew Little.
The Wire is 95bFM's long-running daily bastion of news, current affairs and views through the bFM lens.
Lachlan Balfour is a law and arts student who's been at bFM since mid-2017. When he's not reading cases you can find him tweeting about British politics, prison reform and complaining about public transport.
How does culture shape our understanding and treatment of mental illness? Maria Armoudian speaks with Roberto Lewis-Fernandez, Tanya Marie Luhrmann, and Andrew G. Ryder about culture and its impact on mental health.
Today on the Monday Wire we play our best bits from the year. Jemima gives an update on what Green Party co-leader James Shaw has been up to at COP24 and plays a clip from an interview with him on housing warrant of fitnesses. We play a clip of activist Mike Treen talking about his detainment in Isreal for the best of Southern Cross. Damian plays his favourite peice with Jeff Crabtree from the Zebra Collective about sexual harassment in the music industry. Ella is back to finally wrap up the year's crazy weather with Under the Weather. Justin plays two of his best pieces, one with Justice Minister, Andrew Little, on abortion reform and another with Nigel Hampton from the Howard League for Penal Reform on prisoner voting rights. Finally, Jemima plays two short clips from two of her favourite interviews. One with the Chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, Ruth Dreifuss, about drug regulation and another with High Court barrister and solicitor, Khylee Quince, about s 27 Sentencing Act 2002 cultural reports.
The coalition government announced the classification of two strains of synthetic cannabinoids as A-Class drugs. The change will also see punitive action on individual users lessened, with a diversion to rehabilitation services available under police discretion. Jenn spoke to Chief Executive of the NZ Mental Health Foundation, Sean Robinson, as well as Ross Bell, Executive Director of the NZ Drug Foundation about synthetic drugs and this new approach.
Te Roopu Nahinara, National Party Member Amy Adams joins Laura Kvigstad to speak about letting fees being banned and the speculation that the ban will raise the cost of rent. They briefly touch on the ethics around these fees.
She then tells us about the ministerial diaries being opened to the public next. She questions how transparent these diaries will be, keeping in mind that MP's can choose not to disclose certain information under the guise of concern for the public.
They then finish on the United Nations Migration Pact and why the National Party has chosen to not back government in signing it.
In Neighbourhood Watch, Radio Adelaide's Sam Smith joins us to discuss the decission to place an Australian space agency in Adelaide and what this will mean for the community. She then tells us about new laws on encrypted messaging in Australia that will allow police to apply for a warrant over suspicious activity to gain access to people's messages. It raises the age old question around the security of the state and the privacy of the individual.
First up, we talk with Te Roopu Nahinara, National Party Member Amy Adams on the recent decission to ban letting fees, National's lack of support for the United Nations Migration Pact and government announcing they will be opening ministerial diaries to the public for the sake of transparency.
After that, Jennifer Rose Tamati speaks with Shaun Robbinson from the Metal Health Foundation and Ross Bell from the New Zealand Drug Foundation on synthetic cannabis being deemed an A class drug.
Following that, Radio Adelaide’s Sam Smith fills us in on all the Aussie news. Sam discusses the choice to have Australia's space agency based in Adelaide and the new encryption laws that will allow police to apply for warrants for encrypted messages.
Finally, Grace Watson speaks with John Buttle, senior lecturer in criminology at AUT about media portrayal of the Grace Millane case.