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Hyer's Highlights: Gun Control in the USA

18th February 2018 | Politics

Hyer's Highlights: Gun Control in the USA

The United States is not #1 in much. They are, however, #1 in mass incarceration and mass shootings.

On February 14th, at least 17 people, mostly children, were left dead after a 19-year-old man opened fire at a high school campus in Parkland, Florida. It is the deadliest school shooting since 26 were killed at Connecticut school Sandy Hook in 2012.


In retrospect, Sandy Hook marked the end of the US gun control debate, because once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over. Since that day, there have been 1600 mass shootings since.

As of now, thousands more Americans have been killed by guns since 1968 than in all US wars in history. Thoughts and prayers are now insufficient. The only possibly productive action is gun control.

The debate over guns is becoming more agonising and infuriating as each mass shooting occurs. Some people say there’s no hope. But the conversation must still be had, out of the respect for the victims, and for those who survived and have taken to social media to plead for change.

On Benji Hyer’s Sunday show, Bridget, from Florida, says that she lives in fear that it could so easily happen at her school, or indeed any across America.

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Benji Hyer on Gun Control in the USA

Benji Hyer responds to listener Bridget, from Florida, who says that she lives in fear that this incident could have so easily happened at her school. (5 minutes)

Hyer's Highlights: Facebook's Peak

18th February 2018 | Politics

Hyer's Highlights: Facebook's Peak

On the surface, Facebook is one of the most successful businesses in history.

The overall picture is one of astonishing wealth and success. “The social network is increasing revenues at more than 50% a quarter, and earnings per share at more than 70%, making its profitability and growth light-years ahead of the average US-listed company” according to the Financial Times.

Yet despite this, the long-term picture looks very different. In fact, Facebook is accumulating numerous challenges, such as a decline is users and engagement. This week, the BBC’s media editor wrote an article titled ‘Eight reasons Facebook has peaked’.

Some listeners agreed that Facebook has become a mere utility – something we use because we have to, but not because we want to. Listener Dan wrote in to Benji Hyer’s show to say that he thinks "that most people use Facebook despite hating it" and they get frustrated with the social media site.

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Benji Hyer on Facebook's Peak

Benji Hyer responds to listener Dan who says that he thinks that most people use Facebook despite hating it. (4 minutes)

Matthew Stiles | Space X Falcon Launch

8th February 2018 | Politics

Matthew Stiles | Space X Falcon Launch

On his radio show every Thursday, Matthew Stiles breaks down some of the most contentious new stories from the past week and answers the questions you can’t quite work out the answers to…

Elon Musk seems vindicated after his Falcon Heavy rocket successfully launched a Tesla into space to the tune of David Bowie’s greatest hits.

The new rocket is effectively three Falcon 9’s strapped together, and is the second most powerful rocket available; with its re-usable thrusters it seems to be a giant step for mankind’s space exploration ambitions.


But, is this a new era of space travel? In this segment of his show, Matt looks at the history of space exploration from the ‘Space Race’ to today, and he assesses Elon’s desire for humankind to ascend – quiet literally – to becoming an interstellar species.

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Matthew Stiles | Space X Falcon Launch

Matthew Stiles looks at the history of space exploration and assesses Elon Musk's desire for humankind to become an interstellar species. (9 minutes)



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