09.04.20 Pt 1 – Bernie Sanders has dropped out of the race – nobody has told Joe Biden though. Is Obama ghosting Biden? Melania Trump might just be the mother of the year. The secret to being happy is to marry for money, forget love. Quarantine in the Bahamas is not a lockdown, stop complaining! The snitch who busted Bill Clinton has passed away… thanks for the blue dress.

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Tami and Scott give an introduction to the series. They discuss why Progress SA cares about academic freedom and why it took up the fight against academic authoritarianism at the University of Cape Town. They also discuss the state of academic freedom — worldwide and across South Africa — as context for the interviews that are to follow in the rest of the series.

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Scott chats to David Benatar, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cape Town. Benatar defines academic freedom and what kinds of activities count as violations of academic freedom. Should scholars be free to ignore postcolonial and critical race theory? What role does intellectual diversity have to play in the pursuit of truth? Benatar addresses these questions and ends with a discussion of UCT’s disinvitation of controversial journalist Flemming Rose.

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Tami speaks to Prof Jonathan Jansen, past Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State. They discuss the effect that student protests at South African universities since 2015 have had on academic freedom in the country. Does academic freedom mean that there should be a limitation on students’ right to protest? Should academic freedom be compromised in the interests of short-term political gain? They end with a conversation about the risk of state involvement in academic institutions’ decision making.

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Scott discusses democracy and the societal roles of universities with Prof Nuraan Davids, Professor of Education at Stellenbosch University and author of a new text on academic freedom in South Africa, Universities, Pedagogical Encounters, Openness, and Free Speech. Davids highlights the democratic importance of being willing to listen to all viewpoints in the classroom, even those which conflict with political correctness.

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Dr Max Price, past Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, has an opportunity to respond to criticism levelled at him by other guests interviewed in the series. Scott asks him about UCT’s legacy of academic freedom, and whether that legacy is now under threat. Price offers a different understanding of the concept of academic freedom to the one employed by other guests in the series.

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Time to level with each other, ok? You don’t have to prove you’re exercising at home during lockdown – we’ll know at the end when you roll out of your house if you did or not. I believe you’re working from home. Thanks to all the holidays, April was a write-off anyway, so we were only expecting 50% from you. Don’t feel bad if you’re not the most productive person on Earth – you’re not…

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Now living in France, Flip van der Merwe has stayed in touch with South Africa by listening to CliffCentral. Being a mountain of a man is hard enough at the best of times… now imagine being nearly 2 metres tall and having to be in lockdown in those tiny houses in France. How is life with his new partner in lockdown, and has he been able to connect with people back home? Basic human relations may need to evolve post Covid-19. Retirement was a no brainer for the former Springbok, and lockdown has been a time of solemn reflection for him.

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08.04.20 Pt 2 – Siya is now chomping at the bit to get out of lockdown – in the words of Al Gore, “It’s super serious!” South Africa has lost an icon… RIP Vinolia Mashego. Is everyone a yoga teacher now? The people have spoken, CliffCentral at the very least deserves a Nobel peace prize. What if your mom is starting to get passive aggressive with you because of cabin fever? If your lease is coming to an end, you better start looking for a bridge to live under. The truth is out… dolphins are sexist! There’s snow and ski resorts in Africa – Peter Peyper joins us to chat about his love of snow sports.

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08.04.20 Pt 1 – Gareth has learned how to use a knife in lockdown and that’s nice to hear. If your immune system is awful, you are at risk with Covid-19. Conspiracy theories are cannon fodder, but they are the opium of the masses… and who doesn’t like opium? Are people sending fewer or more dick pics in this time of being stuck at home? Once Squirrel Ramaphosa lets us out of lockdown, how will you dress? And burying people now feels like death itself.

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