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New research looks at re-growing human teeth

New research looks at re-growing human teeth New research looks at re-growing human teeth, 9.33 MB
Wed 12 Apr 2017

Researchers from the University of Otago are well on their way to developing new biomaterials that will help grow new teeth. The research offers huge potential for people with dental health problems, and has just received an explorer grant from the Health Research Council. Ximena caught up with researchers Azam Ali and Karl Lyons to talk about the biomaterials, how they work & why this research is so significant.

Critical Conversations: Examining how digital technology structures our everyday lives

Critical Conversations: Examining how digital technology structures our everyday lives Critical Conversations: Examining how digital technology structures our everyday lives, 10.12 MB
Wed 12 Apr 2017

Our lives are increasingly mediated by digital technologies and online structures. This in turn dictates the information we might be exposed to, the relationships we might have, and other ways in which we live. A new series of talks at AUT intends to look at the way in which algorithms & data interact with and shape our everyday lives. The series, called Critical Conversations, is split into three talks - space, origins & intimacy - and each involve a different theorist/ academic paired with an artist/ technologist. Ximena caught up with the curator of the event, Luke Munn, to learn more about the theme of the series and to chat about what to expect to come out of each conversation.

How's business? Booming!!

How's business? Booming!! How's business? Booming!! , 21.42 MB
Tue 11 Apr 2017

Last week Recorded Music New Zealand released their latest market report which revealed a second consecutive year of growth in New Zealand's music industry after more than a decade of decline. Reporter Sam Smith reports on the situation and speaks to industry insiders as to what it all means. 

Media and conflict: a tricky situation

Media and conflict: a tricky situation Media and conflict: a tricky situation , 20.18 MB
Tue 11 Apr 2017

The war in Syria is in its 6th year, and as a war, it has been plagued by the spread of propaganda, misinformation and competing narratives, as the parties involved attempt to control the information war taking place alongside the conflict on the ground. However, how exactly does the media cover conflict? What barriers do they face? And who should we believe when there are so many different versions of events? Reporter Sam Smith speaks to University of Auckland political studies lecturer Maria Armoudian about the role of the media during war and conflict. 

New Guinea's elusive dog finally shows its face

New Guinea's elusive dog finally shows its face New Guinea's elusive dog finally shows its face, 22.55 MB
Tue 11 Apr 2017

Mack speaks with one of the researchers behind the discovery of a New Guinea dog thought to have no longer existed in the wild for the past 50 years.

The Wire with Mack: Tuesday April 11, 2017

The Wire with Mack: Tuesday April 11, 2017 The Wire with Mack: Tuesday April 11, 2017, 102.09 MB
Tue 11 Apr 2017

Check out the full podcast for this week's Tuesday show, where we speak to Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox about the latest in Māori issues, Sam has a report on the recent boom in New Zealand music revenue, we look at the reemergence of an elusive New Guinea dog, and more. 

Israeli police block Palestinian March of Return commemorations

Israeli police block Palestinian March of Return commemorations Israeli police block Palestinian March of Return commemorations, 3.12 MB
Mon 10 Apr 2017

Israeli police have blocked this year's annual Palestinian March of Return. The police have denied the organisers a permit, saying there is a shortage of officers to oversee the march. However, Palestinian leaders in Israel see this as yet another effort to silence their resistance. bFM reporter Amanda Jane Robinson took a look at the 1948 Nakba and the history of the March of Return.

The Wire with Amanda: Monday 10th April, 2017

The Wire with Amanda: Monday 10th April, 2017 The Wire with Amanda: Monday 10th April, 2017, 111 MB
Mon 10 Apr 2017

Amanda Jane Robinson and producer Ben Goldson bring you The Wire for Monday 10th April. We hear from Professor Paul Moon and National President of the New Zealand Union of Student Associations Jonathan Gee about whether or not free speech is in danger on the University campus. We talk to representatives from the Avondale Business Association and the Salvation Army talking about whether banning beggars from store fronts is an effective solution. We have our weekly chat with the Green Party, this week talking to co-leader Metiria Turei about the initial party list and US air strikes in Syria. As usual we have AUT Pacific Media Centre’s Kendall Hutt talking all about the latest in Pacific news for Southern Cross. We take a look into the history of the Palestinian March of Return. And lastly, we have Trish Grant from the Inclusivity Education Action Group talking about support for student with disabilities.

Should business owners be able to ban storefront begging?

Should business owners be able to ban storefront begging? Should business owners be able to ban storefront begging?, 9.95 MB
Mon 10 Apr 2017

95bFM reporter Ben Goldson speaks to Avondale Business Association chairman Duncan MacDonald and Salvation Army Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit’s Lieutenant Colonel Ian Hutson about whether business owners should be able to banning beggars from store fronts.

Is free speech under threat?

Is free speech under threat in NZ? Is free speech under threat in NZ?, 6.78 MB
Mon 10 Apr 2017

An open letter claiming free speech is under threat in New Zealand attracted the signatures of 27 prominent New Zealanders earlier this year. This followed calls for a review of hate speech legislation and the voluntary de-registration of the short-lived Auckland University European Students Association. To get both sides of the story, bfm producer Ben spoke with the man behind the open letter, Dr Paul Moon, and the National President of the New Zealand Union of Students Associations.