Growing up in Hillbrow in the 1960s, John Hunt was able to experience a part of South African society than none of us can really comprehend. This time in his life has inspired his latest book, ‘The Boy Who Could Keep A Swan In His Head’. He and Gareth discuss the novel, and why reading is still such a vital part of life.

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South African-born artist Adam Broomberg has a very different take on the world as we think we know it. In SA currently for a new exhibition at the Goodman Gallery called ‘Bandage the Knife not the Wound’, Gareth chats to him about how he made his way into the industry, the state of photography today with the rise of the smartphone, and what privacy means in the greater scheme of things.

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Widely known for her compelling interviews, Ruda has a career that spans decades of conversations with prominent South Africans about their life choices and about how change has affected them. It is because of these experiences that she has penned it all into her new book titled, ‘Tell Me Your Story’. She chats to Gareth about this and shares some of the lessons she’s learned from her interviews. Then, they both reveal the launch of a new CliffCentral.com podcast series, hosted by the legendary journalist.

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There’s no more befitting adjective for sports journalist Udo Carelse’s career than “illustrious”. With more than 20 years of experience under his belt and having worked for some of the biggest broadcasting brands in South Africa, he shares some of his favourite stories with Gareth, including his memories of the two working together in the past. And of course, what does Udo think about the state of sports and some of its stars today? Hear him sound off on the likes of what is happening at the South African Football Association (SAFA) and Tiger Woods.

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Lawyer, activist and model Thando Hopa is fuelled by her mission to change perceptions of beauty in the media and remind people that they are enough as they are. In this interview, Gareth unpacks her mission through a conversation around what representation means, the power and pain that perception carries, and intersectional issues. As someone who is breaking boundaries in her life and through the work that she does – particularly for encouraging conversations about albinism – find out how important her identity is to her and more on what she dubs “the tyrannical nature of identity politics”.

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Karyn Maughan has become renowned not only for her professional and groundbreaking reporting (particularly in the crime and justice field), but also for the empathy and forthright information she brings to her stories. Gareth sits down with her to discuss how she has navigated some of the biggest moments in her career so far… from keeping her composure in court, reporting on the Oscar Pistorius case, to going toe-to-toe with Bathabile Dlamini, and her exit from eNCA.

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Kagiso Modupe is an established actor who has been an essential character on the soap opera Scandal! After 13 years he has bid farewell to the show, and is embracing new challenges and roles for his talents. He and Gareth speak about his new book ‘Along Came Tsakani’, which discusses marriage, commitment, equality and the roles of the sexes in modern society.

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They say that the youth is the future. Well if the youth in question are like the kids participating in the Nelson Mandela Debating Challenge, then it’s in good hands. Gareth chats to this bright bunch of kids about what the legacy of Madiba means to them, and what the future of education looks like as we celebrate the great man’s centenary.

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Co-host of 947’s afternoon show Greg Aldridge has a budding career that boldly shows his passions for radio and broadcasting. Gareth gets to know him better, highlighting his achievements that have led him to the ‘Greg & Lucky’ show. Find out what makes the former Rhodes University student tick, being the youngest of four kids and self-confessed “mistake” in his family, and even his deep interest in history.

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Tumi Morake makes a long overdue return to the CliffCentral studios, and brings with her Ndumiso Lindi. The two have a new show together, ‘Married But Not To Each Other’, which they are excited about. It explores the controversy of marriage, and nobody can explore the obvious sensitivities like these two. But Tumi also has much to catch us up on from a personal side since moving to Jacaranda, and of course she spares nothing in retelling her stories.

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