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.
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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.
Wellington Bus Drivers are on strike. Changes made to contracts by operator Tranzit have caused unionised drivers to take strike action in an effort to get tranzit around the negotiating table. The union says strike action will continue until tranzit begins discussions with workers over better condition.
Thomas Nash, along with Laura O’Connell Rapira, Max Harris and Nina Hall have established an organisation called New Zealand Alternative aiming to widen the public conversation around Aotearoa New Zealand’s role in the world. The press release announcing the event stated the "organisation will do research, policy development and advocacy to help shape a truly independent, values-driven foreign policy for Aotearoa as a South Pacific country". It’s first publication was released this morning, titled Aotearoa New Zealand and Conflict Prevention. Angus Coker Grant spoke with Thomas Nash to find out more and started by asking what exactly the New Zealand Alternative is. Just a note to remember, this interview was conducted yesterday and speaks of the launch as being ‘tomorrow’ but it was in fact this morning.
The ocean is awash with plastic. Giant patches of discarded plastic items, bottles, bags are forming in oceans like the Pacific. Plastic pieces are killing off wildlife that swallow or get choked by them. What can be done about the mounds of plastic that is killing off our ocean life? Maria Armoudian spoke with Charles Moore, founder of the ALGALITA Marine Research and Education Institute.
Former Malaysia deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim has returned to Malaysian politics after winning a by-election two weeks ago. Justin looks into the history of Malaysia and the relationship between Anwar and his mentor/friend/enemy/current Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
This week, Conor looks into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. We look at his previous career, political opinions, the circumstances behind his killing and why major players in the international community have been hesitant to outrightly condemn Saudi Arabia
This week on the Greendesk, Jack talks with Mikhail Prokopenko, a professor of computer science at the University of Sydney about creating cities with multiple city centres to cut down commute times.
Jack spoke with Prokopenko about how his computer models may help us understand the unintended consequences of transforming our cities, and even details a blueprint on how we can build a better city here in Auckland.