The Covid-19 lockdown has affected the global economy, but the life of citizens has been different on each continent. Laurel McCulloch of ‘Pumpkin Patch’ fame – who is now a New Zealand citizen living in Australia – joins us to discuss how living in the first world isn’t blissful during a global pandemic. How stringent is Australia’s lockdown? Laurel also shares a touching story surrounding the tragic mosque shooting in Christchurch.

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Can you fall in love with someone in two months? Are you able to love more than one person at a time? What if your intentions are pure, but you enter a reality show where it’s all about ratings? Is the magic of television lost if you understand the tricks of the trade? Lee Thompson from ‘The Bachelor’ talks about his mental health struggles after being thrust into stardom, and being part of a contrived idea of what love is. He gives us “the truth behind the rose”.

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What is the role of political commentary in society? Can humour address incompetence effectively? Should satire be restricted only to certain parts of society? Cartoonist Jeremy Nell (Jerm) has in the space of 12 months been de-platformed on Facebook, Vimeo and YouTube. Who decides which voices and opinions can be heard, and why is Jerm being marginalised? The satirist and content creator joins us to discuss his journey with cancel culture, and possible alternative platforms for content creators.

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When a 30-year habit ends, how does one adjust? As a man who loved radio so much that he failed a year in high school, Aki Anastasiou has pulled the curtain down on being the voice of traffic information in South Africa… so where to now? What other business interests does he have, how will he pivot as the future unfolds? What life lessons did other radio legends share with him over the years? One thing is for sure, Aki will never be forgotten in the hearts and minds of South Africans everywhere.

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Jackson Katz. How does gender-based violence fall on the shoulders of men in this day and age? This is what Gareth Cliff discusses with educator, filmmaker, and author Jackson Katz. He is also the Founder and President of MVP Strategies, and has a lot of insight to share to interrogate what a man truly is.

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Has the art of erotica been lost as it’s become commercialised? Some say the dismissal of sensuality as smut has led to relationships becoming stale and lifeless. What role does adult entertainment play in modern day society? Are dancers expressing feminine power, or are they victims of the commodification of their bodies? Is it all chaos and debauchery, or is decorum the name of the game as a dancer and strip club owner if you want to be the best? Money, power and sex… the holy trinity of the post-modern age.

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When we talk about sexual and gender-based violence, there’s always a lot mentioned about women… as victims, what they can do to protect themselves, etc. But what about the men? What are they doing to help fight this social pandemic?

Gareth Cliff speaks to a few men who are doing extraordinary work in the SGBV battle – Jackson Katz, Mark Ramsing, Charley Pietersen, Tumelo Mokowe and Jacques Rousseau.

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The ownership of a lethal weapon is often characterised as ‘men’s territory’… well Lynette Oxley is having none of that. Firearm training of young women is starting around the age of 11 now. The aim isn’t to create gung-ho gunslingers, the reality of the world means the safety of women is in their own hands. ‘Girls on Fire’ is allowing women to have a safety valve – should it ever come to that. Safety first, that’s the motto.

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The pandemic has been brutal for the arts, but Netflix and the digital revolution have allowed actors to continue to thrive, even during the global lockdown. Fulu Mugovhani – star of ‘Seriously Single‘ – divulges the pleasures of working with comedy legend Tumi Morake, and who she uses as a muse for her characters. She’s on screens in 183 countries now, but is her family proud of her? ‘Seriously Single’ is available on Netflix.

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A study conducted by global audit firm KPMG in 2014, found that sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) costs South Africa between R28.4bn and R42.4bn a year. It’s time for corporate South Africa to acknowledge that SGBV is not just a social risk… but a chronic political, market and financial risk that affects multiple industries, sectors and geographies.

Join Gareth Cliff in conversation with Hermien Botes, Head of Sustainability Engagement for Anglo American; Andrew Davies, MD of ICAS, providing health and wellness programmes and counselling services to corporate South Africa; and Nadine Mather from law firm Bowmans, who will look at constructive steps that employers can take to address SGBV in the workplace.

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