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Care workers pay increase: Monumental win for female dominated industry

Care workers pay increase: Monumental win for female dominated industry Care workers pay increase: Monumental win for female dominated industry, 4.38 MB
Wed 19 Apr 2017

A monumental equal pay settlement has been achieved, giving aged care workers a well deserved pay rise of 42% over the next 4 years. The proposed settlement comes after finding of gender bias were discovered within the industry. 95bFm Reporter Adam Jacobson speaks with Industrial Services Manager of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, Cee Payne, about why this is not only a substantial achievement for the industry, but also for gender equality in pay.

Democracy in despair: Erdogan's sweeping new powers

Democracy in despair: Erdogan's sweeping new powers Democracy in despair: Erdogan's sweeping new powers, 10 MB
Wed 19 Apr 2017

In a referendum in the weekend, Turkey chose to grant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers. The country’s long-standing parliamentary system has been abolished in favour of an executive presidency, which will merge the roles of the president and the prime minister and could potentially keep Erdogan in office until 2029. Ximena speaks to Stephen Hoadley from the University of Auckland’s political studies department about the significance and meaning of the move.  

People’s Mental Health Review: A closer look

People’s Mental Health Review: A closer look People’s Mental Health Review: A closer look , 5.63 MB
Wed 19 Apr 2017

A new report reviewing kiwis experiences with mental health services is set to be launched later this afternoon. The report summarises key themes raised in  more than 500 stories submitted to the People’s Mental Health Review, and also contains four key recommendations based on these themes. Ximena speaks to report author & ActionStation spokesperson Marianne Elliott for a preview of the findings.

Scientists Unite: The March for Science

Scientists Unite: The March for Science Scientists Unite: The March for Science , 7.97 MB
Wed 19 Apr 2017

This Saturday scientists across the globe are marching in unison. Their aim, to celebrate science as pillar of human freedom and prosperity; while fighting back against ga growing agenda in politics which aims to spread misinformation and anti-science views. 95bFm Reporter Adam Jacobson speaks with March for Science New Zealand spokesperson, Cindy Hall, about the what exactly the movement is, and the reasons for its inception.

The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday April 19, 2017

The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday April 19, 2017 The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday April 19, 2017, 51.04 MB
Wed 19 Apr 2017

This week, Ximena & Adam cover the historic pay increase for aged care workers, examine the recent re-election of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the sweeping new powers being granted to him; took a closer look at the newly released People’s Mental Health Review and spoke to a key organiser for the March for Science; a movement aiming to celebrate science as pillar of human freedom and prosperity in a world of anti-science politics. They are also joined by AUT's Allan Blackman for Dear Science; talking through controversial topics such as fluoride and alternative medicine.

The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday April 19, 2017

The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday April 19, 2017 The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday April 19, 2017, 101.55 MB
Wed 19 Apr 2017

On the Wednesday show this week, Ximena & Adam take a look at the some of the biggest stories of the day, such as historic pay equity deal announced yesterday, the People's Mental Health report & the referendum in Turkey last weekend. Allan Blackman also makes an appearance for Dear Science, where he dispels a few science myths & discusses a new Netflix show's controversial depiction of suicide. 

Mumps epidemic hits Auckland

Mumps epidemic hits Auckland Mumps epidemic hits Auckland, 4.6 MB
Tue 18 Apr 2017

Mack speaks with Auckland University associate professor Nikki Turner who says people should make sure they are immunised following a spate of mumps cases. 

The Wire with Mack: Tuesday April 18, 2017

The Wire with Mack: Tuesday April 18, 2017 The Wire with Mack: Tuesday April 18, 2017, 115.64 MB
Tue 18 Apr 2017

Check out the full podcast for this week's Tuesday show, where speak to Otago University's Robert Patman about the political minefield in the Korean peninsula, Marama Fox about Māori incarceration rates and gangs, Auckland University associate professor Nikki Turner about a mumps outbreak hitting Auckland, Victoria University’s Phil Lester about new research into cloning wasps to destroy their species, and more. 

Donald vs Kim: The Korean Peninsula standoff

Donald vs Kim: The Korean Peninsula standoff Donald vs Kim: The Korean Peninsula standoff , 23.59 MB
Tue 18 Apr 2017

Tension is building on the Koean Peninsula as the growing standoff between the U.S. and North Korea gathers steam. Reporter Sam Smith takes a closer look at the situation and whether war is coming to East Asia. 

Wasp busting: to clone or not to clone?

Wasp busting: to clone or not to clone? Wasp busting: to clone or not to clone? , 17.11 MB
Tue 18 Apr 2017

New Zealand has a wasp problem. The invasive insect is considered a pest and routinely eats honeydew before birds can get to it, kills native insects, and attacks and kills bees. However, a team of researchers from around the country are undertaking a ten-year project to develop new wasp busting technologies. Among the ideas being explored include developing genetically modified transgenic wasps that would return to nests and destroy their own communities. Reporter Sam Smith spoke to one of the leaders of the research project, Victoria University's Phil Lester.