Stewart Sowman and producers Olivia Holdsworth and Grace Watson bring you bFM's daily news & current affairs show 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.
Stewart Sowman-Lund is in his final year of a Law and Arts degree, and a radio reporter for Newstalk ZB. He’s been at 95bFM since 2017, and has spent much of his time covering entertainment news despite being told not to. When not giving his opinion on something, he’ll most likely be found drinking coffee.
Sherry spoke to Human Rights watch reporter for Indonesia Andreas Harsono on the rise of political islam. Theyalso speak on discrimination between minority religions, LGBTQ community, the ethnic Chinese and the 2019 Indonesian elections, one of the largest democratic processes.
This week on the Monday Wire, Sherry interviews Cotton On workers on strike over the living wage in Auckland. Jemima speaks to Green Party co-leader James Shaw about the government's progress on the climate crisis and compulsory Aotearoa history in schools. Southern Cross is back with the latest in Pacific news. Lachlan talks to Dr Natalie Walker about vaping as a way to quit smoking. Finally, Sherry speaks to Human Rights Watch reporter Andreas Harsono about the rise of political Islam in Indonesia.
How has internet titan Google changed our knowledge, our politics, and our lives over the last two decades? Siva Vaidhyanathan, media studies professor at the University of Virginia and author of “The Googlization of Everything — and Why We Should Worry”, argues that Google affects the information we gather, jeopardises our personal privacy, and hinders public projects. Vaidhyanathan spoke to Maria Armoudian about the impact of Google.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced plans to make the teaching of New Zealand history compulsory in schools this morning. Ardern says this will "reset a national framework so all learners and ākonga are aware of key aspects of New Zealand history and how they have influenced and shaped the nation.”
Deb spoke to Education Minister Chris Hipkins about the planned changes, who started by explaining how New Zealand history is currently approached in schools.
Justin discussed with Justice Minister Andrew Little on recent government announcements on making New Zealand history compulsory at schools and new mental health initiatives, as well as abortion law reform and National leader Simon Bridges' recent trip to China.
Deb talked to Educational Minister Chris Hipkins in more detail on making New Zealand history a compulsory subject at schools.
International Desk gave an update on Hong Kong and Justin talked to two high school students who organized class boycotts.
And on Neighbourhood Watch, Australian correspondent Zoe covered the federal government's decision to drug test welfare recipients and a protest in front of Victoria's state parliament in Melbourne against a new highway for destroying aboriginal land.