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Mental health funding a must for suicide prevention

Mental health funding a must for suicide prevention Mental health funding a must for suicide prevention, 4.29 MB
Thu 25 May 2017

Discussions around the mental health sector and issues of under-funding are becoming increasingly relevant with the election right around the corner, and more-so with the upcoming Budget announcement for 2017. bFM reporter Katie Doyle catches up with the Green Party's Julie Anne Genter for more.
 

Fuck Off Fascism Week: Is it okay to punch a Nazi?

Fuck Off Fascism Week: Is it okay to punch a Nazi? Fuck Off Fascism Week: Is it okay to punch a Nazi? , 18.03 MB
Wed 24 May 2017

If you’ve been listening to The Wire much over the past couple of days, then you’ll know we’re currently in the midst of Fuck Off Fascism Week. Each day on the show we unpack different ideas around the concept of fascism, including its history, how it exists today, and how it interacts with the media and the arts. Today on the show, we look at a question that was making the rounds on everyone’s social media feeds earlier this year, after the video of a white nationalist getting punched went viral - is it okay to punch a Nazi? We speak to Avigail Allen, the co-founder of the antifascist group Dayenu, as well as Randy Cohen, who wrote The Ethicist column for the New York Times for 12 years, to find out their perspectives on the subject.  

 

The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday 24 May, 2017

The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday 24 May, 2017 The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday 24 May, 2017, 108.89 MB
Wed 24 May 2017

This week on the show, Ximena and Adam pose the question, ‘is it okay to punch a Nazi?’ as their contribution to Fuck Off Fascism Week. They also hear from Sam Fraser-Baxter for Dear Science, who tells them about New Zealand’s first city to go underwater back in 2015, as well as the co-founder of The Backbone Collective, a national coalition for domestic abuse survivors that's currently focusing its efforts on critiquing the functioning of the Family Court.  

The Backbone Collective, two months in

The Backbone Collective, two months in The Backbone Collective, two months in , 17.86 MB
Wed 24 May 2017

The Backbone Collective is a national coalition for domestic abuse survivors, which is currently focusing its efforts on the Family Court. They’ve recently released some damning research about the functioning of the Family Court, which prompted a response from the Family Court Principal Judge Ryan, the Minister for Justice and the Law Society, all of whom disagreed with the Collective’s findings. Co-founder Deborah McKenzie speaks to 95bFM reporter Caitlin McIlhagga about the response the Collective has received so far, the strategy behind how they're approaching the issues and where they think we should go from here.

Dear Science: New Zealand’s first city to go underwater

Dear Science: New Zealand’s first city to go underwater Dear Science: New Zealand’s first city to go underwater, 24.13 MB
Wed 24 May 2017

Sam Fraser-Baxter is back again this week for Dear Science. This week we chat to him about South Dunedin, and how it became New Zealand’s first city to go underwater back in June 2015 when it experienced massive flooding. We also talk to him about how the frequency and severity of  extreme weather events like this can be linked to global warming, and about why we as a nation kinda suck at tackling this problem head-on.

Fuck Off Fascism: Fascism, Propaganda and Media

Fuck Off Fascism: Fascism, Propaganda and Media Fuck Off Fascism: Fascism, Propaganda and Media , 21.3 MB
Tue 23 May 2017

Fascism and propaganda has a long history going back to Nazi Germany and has continued right up to today with the alt-right and the use of social media and memes such as Pepe the frog. However, how does fascist propaganda work? And has the mainstream media contributed to the rise of the alt-right movement and so-called fascist political parties. Reporter Sam Smith spoke to Auckland University media and communications lecturer Gavin Ellis about fascist propaganda and the wider relationship between the alt-right and the media.

Grime4Corbyn has lit up the UK election!

Grime4Corbyn has lit up the UK election! Grime4Corbyn has lit up the UK election! , 11.62 MB
Tue 23 May 2017

The UK election has been pretty dull so far, however a new voter registration movement called Grime4Corbyn has lit up the campaign. Reporter Sam Smith explores the latest social media political craze. 

Mining returns to Bougainville, 20 years after its civil war.

Mining returns to Bougainville, 20 years after its civil war. , 15.36 MB
Tue 23 May 2017

Mack speaks with David Parham, a non-renewable resource analyst at the sustainability accounting standards board, about the implications of renewed mining in Bougainville. 

The Wire with Mack: Tuesday May 23, 2017

The Wire with Mack: Tuesday May 23, 2017 The Wire with Mack: Tuesday May 23, 2017, 101.35 MB
Tue 23 May 2017

Check out the full podcast for this week's Tuesday show, where we speak to former NZ Herald editor Gavin Ellis about fascism in the media as part of Fuck Off Fascism Week, Marama Fox about mental health funding, an energy analyst about sustainable mining in Papua New Guinea's Bougainville. Also featuring Green Desk with Lilly Peacocke and a special report into #Grime4Corbyn by Sam. 

The Wire with Amanda: Monday 22nd May, 2017

The Wire with Amanda: Monday 22nd May, 2017 The Wire with Amanda: Monday 22nd May, 2017, 104.21 MB
Mon 22 May 2017

This week, we look into the Opportunities Party’s New Cannabis Policy. We have our weekly live chat with the Green Party, this week talking to co-leader James Shaw about parental leave and the new Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. We speak to AUT Pacific Media Centre’s Kendall Hutt live for all the latest in Pacific News for Southern Cross. And we have our first installment of Fuck Off Fascism Week, looking at the historical roots and contemporary form of fascism. All of this on the full podcast right here.