When a pandemic strikes, people tend to have alarm and terror as their base response. Dr D unpacks what is observable in the behaviour of society in moments of terror. Is panic more contagious than Covid-19? In times of self-isolation, there may very well be opportunities to attend to the needs of the human soul. Suffering doesn’t always need to go to waste, connecting with loved ones is a deliberate act. Can we bring ourselves to be introspective in this situation?

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Wherever you are in the world, Silicon Valley has led the charge when it comes to setting the standard of entrepreneurship the world over… including what work culture looks like, and how systems are created. But have they slipped up when it comes to innovation? That’s a thought Alexandre Lazarow expands on in his new book, ‘Out-Innovate: How Global Entrepreneurs–from Delhi to Detroit–Are Rewriting the Rules of Silicon Valley’. Gareth has a conversation about innovation in business with this author and venture capitalist.

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Following his return to South Africa, Colin has had the coronavirus test done and he details what that was like. Now lecturing in New York at Yale, he feels like he’s back at university and is a man reinvigorated. Tito Mboweni’s 2020 Budget Speech… what should we like, and what should we apprehensive about? With the Covid-19 outbreak and its seismic effects on the world economy, what timelines are we actually looking at in terms of entering a recession?

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Don’t let the trappings of Twitter, ‘fake news’, or being stuck in traffic every day fool you… there’s been no better time to be alive than right now – as the Editor of HumanProgress.org, Marian Tupy and his team believe, and prove this through their website that shows how the state of humanity has improved in almost every way over time. Building the site on the premise that the media misuse data to paint an overly negative picture of development, Marian chats to Gareth about the good that’s happening all around us.

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The world truly is Pearl Thusi’s oyster… she is flying high right now with the launch of ‘Queen Sono’ – a Netflix series with powerful punches and kicks! There are so many exciting changes she chats to Gareth about in this conversation: Adopting a daughter, major career successes, how she now deals with social media, and even new management. Get an unfiltered and authentic glimpse into the life of the TV presenter and actress here.

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Clout legend, Cindy Alter reveals all – from singing on all of Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s early songs, to her producer being an utter scumbag. She unpacks how she feels about performing her hit songs ‘Save Me’ and ‘Substitute’. It’s 2020 and Cindy is still making music and keeping it real.

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Former executive mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba has had anything but a quiet and slow past couple of months. After a much-speculated exit from the DA, he has his eyes set on continuing with political service through The People’s Dialogue. He sets the record straight on several stories involving him in this conversation with Gareth Cliff. He also shares his thoughts on some hot-button issues, and discusses where his focus will lie in the next few months.

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Here’s a love story that defies time, countries and basically everything in between. Shirley Lewis and Leon Swanepoel first met and fell in love as teenagers. They each soon went their separate ways after high school, had successful careers, relationships, moved and had families. But, 60 years after they first laid eyes on each other – they got back into communication and sparks started flying again! This is certainly an interview bound to make you feel giddy inside… Shirley and Leon share their story of a thriving relationship, at 84 years old.

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Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson, undoubtedly one of the greatest scientific influencers today, has attracted one of the world’s largest online followings with his fascinating, widely accessible insights into science and our universe. So when Gareth Cliff gets an opportunity to pick his brain, gear up for a masterclass on getting your mind expanded and positively impacted like you never thought it could. Off the back of his new book, ‘Letters from an Astrophysicist’, he discusses the world of physics, chemistry, and so much more.

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Mteto Nyati says he’s always known that he’s wanted to fix and build things. And, “fix and build things” is exactly what he’s done in his career as one of South Africa’s top CEOs. He’s steered the likes of Microsoft SA and MTN SA, to his current position at the helm of Altron. What makes a man of this calibre? How does he keep going? What does he have his eyes set on already, for the future? The CEO and author of ‘Betting on a Darkie’ answers these questions himself.

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