Jonathan and Roman host energy consultant Shaun Nel. Shaun gives an extensive explanation of the implementation failures which led to the electricity failures in 2008 and the instability of the network ever since. The decrease in demand for power is discussed in juxtaposition to the massive investment in new energy generation from projects like Medupi and Kusile. There’s plenty of insight into the functioning of NERSA, the role of independent power producers, the use of coal versus nuclear or renewable, and the future of energy in your home.
Independent terrorism analyst Isaac Cohen joins the show to explore the history of ISIS and the ideology of the group and its fighters. Isaac explains the foundational principles of Islamic fundamentalism, Wahhabism, Salafism as well as terms like jizya and takfiri. The discussion touches on the plight of Syrian refugees, the ongoing abuse of Saudi women through male guardianship, military action as a solution, and a pragmatic approach to the Israel/Palestine situation.
The guest on this episode is Chris Chameleon like you’ve never heard him before. Roman and Jonathan explore a multiplicity of topics with the music legend, including his new album Firmament, Afrikaans culture, religion and hunting. Chris shares his close affinity for nature and the influence this has on his life in general. The discussion is lively and intense with plenty of intriguing debate around language, intelligence, and the human condition.
On this episode Jonathan and Roman host author, lecturer and consultant, Professor Rabelani Dagada. Dagada recounts his personal trials which led to his liberal beliefs and free market views. The discussion focuses on the blesser government of the ANC, the outcome and potential coalitions of the local general elections, the perceived skills shortage in South Africa, and the guest’s affinity for the only democratic state in the Middle East.
Dr Ross Tucker is a world renowned sports scientist who is currently most active in international rugby. Ross has for many years been involved with and provided insightful commentary, as well as interesting didactic views, on athletics, cycling and other sporting codes. Roman and Jonathan probe Ross for his views on intersex athletes, doping in cycling, and the case for an open drug market in sports.
The guest on this episode is advocate and free thinker Mark Oppenheimer. Jonathan and Roman chat to Mark about his recent encounter at Think!Fest in Grahamstown, in which he was silenced and denied his freedom to speak because of his race and purported family background. This attack on free speech is highlighted further in discussion around the deplatforming of Flemming Rose at UCT, the furore over Zapiro cartoons, and the reaction to various paintings of political actors and their genitalia. Mark unpacks the specifics of speech protected by the Constitution and the interpretation thereof, especially in light of the concepts of hate speech versus hurtful speech.
Roman and Jonathan host businessman, opinionista and all round maverick, Rich Mulholland. The conversation is broad and touches on everything from why you should masturbate several times a day, to whether businesses can discriminate against people with whom they disagree, and if there is a line on free speech. There’s extensive banter about the value of democracy, the qualifications of leaders, and the current state of capitalism, amongst others. The discussion is fast-paced, passionate and highly thought-provoking!
Roman and Jonathan speak to recovering adman Justin McCarthy. With election campaigning well underway, Justin gives his insights into the quality of marketing of each major political party – both past and present. They explore the meaning and lack thereof of many voting slogans presented to the public worldwide. The discussion also focuses on the issues with polling and market research with regards to election outcomes, a process which often seems to be very prone to getting it wrong.
Roman and Jonathan speak to South African-born, UK-based writer and editor Candice Holdsworth. Roman raises the myth of the gender wage gap and Jonathan ponders society’s aversion to the differences between the sexes. The discussion also focuses on third wave feminism, rape culture and more…
Roman and Jonathan host well-known evolutionary psychologist and academic Gad Saad. The Gadfather talks about his motivations for attacking the current wave of so-called ‘social justice’ and political correctness. Topics of discussion include the left in all their regressive glory, Justin Trudeau as the ultimate SJW Prime Minster, and the hugely popular Islamophobia industry…