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Updates on The Cannabis Referendum: 1st of May, 2020

Updates on The Cannabis Referendum: 1st of May, 2020 Updates on The Cannabis Referendum: 1st of May, 2020, 6.77 MB
Fri 1 May 2020

The government released the final draft bill on cannabis that the public will be voting on in the upcoming referendum. Laura Kvigstad fills you in on the updates and what kind of changes are in this bill. 

Poll Position: Mental Health Changes Amongst A Pandemic: 1st of May, 2020

Poll Position: Mental Health Changes Amongst A Pandemic: 1st of May, 2020 Poll Position: Mental Health Changes Amongst A Pandemic: 1st of May, 2020, 6.25 MB
Fri 1 May 2020

In another segment of Poll Position, we ask the bFM listeners: Has your mental health been impacted by Covid 19? We get a range of perspectives from anxiety over what the future holds to some who have found lockdown to be a reprieve from the noise of daily life... 

As always, a reminder that if you've experienced a negative fluctuation in your mental health at this time, that's entirely normal and valid. What's important for all of us at this time is to find the support we need whether that is reaching out to lifeline or your network of loved ones, please take steps to look after yourselves. 

The Thursday Wire: April 30, 2020

The Thursday Wire: April 30, 2020 The Thursday Wire: April 30, 2020, 105.31 MB
Thu 30 Apr 2020

Andrew Little tells us about what Level 3 looks like for him, as well as announcements by the government this week about commercial property tenants, and border closures. Mary-Margaret speaks to Zoe Kounadis for Neighbourhood Watch, and they discuss rhetoric by the Australian government that China should be reprimanded for COVID-19, as well as stockpiling of essential medicines by Clive Parker. We hear today's Epidemic Response Committee notes, in which we heard from the Women’s Refuge and the City Mission as well as Police Commissioner Andrew Foster. Mary-Margaret brings a quick summary of the most recent cretaceous period discovery. Finally, we hear the final part of the discussion between Oscar Perress and Samuel Miller McDonald on national emergencies and changing systems.

When Emergency Arrives, What are we Left With? With Samuel Miller McDonald; 30 April, 2020

When Emergency Arrives, What are we Left With? With Samuel Miller McDonald When Emergency Arrives, What are we Left With? With Samuel Miller McDonald, 22.09 MB
Thu 30 Apr 2020

Oscar Perress was able to talk to Samuel Miller McDonald, a journalist, writer and student currently based in the UK for his studies at Oxford. Though talking for over an hour, their discussion around Covid-19 can be understood as a discussion on a need for systems change.


When Covid-19 arrived on the shores of the UK, Miller McDonald wrote an op-ed for The Guardian detailing common patterns that emerge from national emergencies and how these could possibly occur again with Covid-19. Oscar started by asking Miller McDonald to explain those patterns and whether they were likely to emerge, if they hadn't already, with Covid-19?

They also discussed conceptualising a response to the climate crisis from Covid-19 and reflected on Politics’ place in creating our reactions to Covid-19. You can find the rest of this series written by Oscar Perress, online by bCast or on air through out the next 2 weeks. You can also access the op-ed mentioned in this piece on The Guardian, titled ‘We can't let the coronavirus lead to a 9/11-style erosion of civil liberties’. Miller McDonald’s other work is accessible on www.samueljmm.com.

Epidemic Response Committee notes: April 29, 2020

Epidemic Response Committee notes: April 29, 2020 Epidemic Response Committee notes: April 29, 2020, 10.44 MB
Wed 29 Apr 2020

As we step into level three this week, today’s Epidemic Response Committee looks into medical and health industries. On the agenda we hear from a range of voices from Des Gorman who is a professor at the University of Auckland's School of Medicine, the College of Midwives, and Community Support Workers Network as well as Medical specialist, Sarah Dolton and Chair of General Practice Owner Advocates, GenPro, Tim Molloy. Molloy in particular has discussed in recent weeks the rise in demand, and expectations for general practice owners over the last few years. The rise in demands has not seen a rise in funding for the industry. We can expect this to be a focal point in today’s discussions.

The Big Q: Is the COVID-19 pandemic changing governance in the United States? April 29, 2020

The Big Q: Is the COVID-19 pandemic changing governance in the United States? April 29, 2020 The Big Q: Is the COVID-19 pandemic changing governance in the United States? April 29, 2020, 16.86 MB
Wed 29 Apr 2020

The United States has been hit the hardest by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Over one million people have been infected, while there have been over 58,000 deaths. Is the COVID-19 pandemic changing governance in the United States? Is it bringing about a different form of federalism? Maria Armoudian spoke with Sanford Levinson.

For more head to www.thebigq.org 

The Wednesday Wire: April 29, 2020

The Wednesday Wire: April 29, 2020 The Wednesday Wire: April 29, 2020, 113.35 MB
Wed 29 Apr 2020

On Dear Science with Marcus Jones we talk about low oxygen levels in Covid19 affected patients, and how hype around a certain drug is derailing other trials for a cure.

With that context on drug research, I speak to Russell Brown about reporting on a possible effective treatment for Covid19 that’s been found in Iran and the process in which this should be reported on.

We hear briefly from the Deputy Prime Minister Winson Peters on the announcement that the Ministry of Health had advised the government early on to close the borders even to NZ citizens.

We have our regular Epidemic Response Committee notes and today the committee is hearing from medical professionals and the severe underfunding of the health sector.

We take a look back at the refugee camps in Greece speaking to another NGO on how mothers and babies fair in the camps, along with the increased risk of Covid19.

Justin's International Desk: Celebrating Ramadan under Rāhui: 28th April 2020

Justin's International Desk: Celebrating Ramadan under Rāhui: 28th April 2020 Justin's International Desk: Celebrating Ramadan under Rāhui: 28th April 2020, 15.59 MB
Tue 28 Apr 2020

International Desk reports on how Muslims around the world are celebrating the holy month of Ramadan under national lockdowns.

Additional reporting by Israa Zafiri.

The Tuesday Wire with Justin: 28th April 2020

The Tuesday Wire with Justin: 28th April 2020 The Tuesday Wire with Justin: 28th April 2020, 96.55 MB
Tue 28 Apr 2020

The Wire team gives a quick reminder on how does level 3 look like.

Monday Wire's Sherry Zhang has her weekly chat with Green Party co-leader James Shaw.

International Desk reports on Muslims celebrating Ramadan home and abroad.

Laura Kvigstad and Jessica Hopkins have notes from today's parliamentary Epidemic Response Committee.

On Greendesk, Bronwyn Wilde spoke to Xcraft's Philip Solaris about their unmanned sea vessel to police illegal overfishing in New Zealand and the Pacific.