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.
Following the completion of Auckland's new bus netwroks, Auckland Transport has recently removed all alcohol advertising from its infrastructe and networks. Producer Damian Rowe spoke to Auckland Transport's media advisor James Ireland and executive director for alcohol healthwatch Dr Nikki Jackson about the implications of this decison to ban the booze ads on the bus.
Following Lachlan Balfour's interview with Kathryn Aucamp about the Samoa House library, 95Bfm producer Oscar Perress attended the opening of Samoa House and talked to host and guests about the importance of having creative spaces following the closure the fine arts and creative industry libraries at Auckland University.
Journalist Alison Mau has built a glittering career on fighting for the underprivileged and underrepresented. A former television news-anchor, she’s since hosted and reported for shows such as Fair Go, Breakfast and Seven Sharp, and more recently co-hosted RadioLive’s drive programme.
Since February of this year, she’s led a team of journalists at Stuff.co.nz, investigating sexual harassment nationwide as part of the #MeToo movement. Stewart Sowman-Lund spoke with Ali to talk about her work looking into abuses of power, and starting by asking her whether the ongoing Kavanaugh trial in America is the sort of story that inspires her to keep investigating stories affecting women.
Recent research by BPAC and The University of Otago reports on patterns of medicines prescribed to children in New Zealand between 2010 and 2015. Amongst the many findings, an increase of Fluoxetine prescriptions for children over the age of 12 drew much attention. David Woods was involved in the research and is a Professional Teaching fellow at the University's school of Pharmacy. He spoke on the purpose of the research and put some findings into context.
Eleven thousand calls were made to the Ministry of Social development benefit fraud hotline resulting in just over 400 convictions. The ministry can investigate people without their knowledge, often asking associates personal questions about the person’s life. Over 3000 of these calls were accusations a person was in a relationship in the nature of marriage, which can result in their individual benefits being stopped if the Ministry finds they are dependant on the other person. Lachlan spoke with Ricardo Menéndez March from Auckland Action Against Poverty about the system and its flaws.
First up on the Wire, Ben discusses the recent media reaction to the walkout by students at Fraser high School. Oscar then speaks with Ellie Craft about women in urbanism and inclusive cities. Andrew Little joins lachlan for their weekly chat, this week discussing the low rate of convictions for rape charges and the Bail Act. Lachlan also speaks with Ricardo Menendez March from Auckland Action Against Poverty about the invasive nature of benefit fraud investigations. Finally, This Day in History looks at the 1988 formation of the national league for democracy in Myanmar.
Reporter Oscar Perress spoke to Ellie Craft of Women in Urbanism about how we can design our cities to better suit the needs of all, especially those who are underrepresented in the professional structures charged with upgrading Auckland and other cities across Aotearoa.