The dirty, smelly Siberian peasant was a bizarre fixture at the richest, most extravagant court in the world, and for a time, he might have been the most powerful man in the Empire. Grigori Rasputin was a celebrity, a priest, a seducer of women and a healer. He was also impossible to kill…

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This sign language interpreted video has been adapted from the podcast ‘Blind History’ – created by CliffCentral.com and Taylor Blinds & Shutters.

The man who encouraged black farmers to buy land in the early 1900s, became one of the first black lawyers in South Africa, and attended Columbia and Oxford Universities before founding the ANC, has almost been forgotten to history, but part of the reason Blind History is here is to open our eyes to some of the history we have forgotten. Find out about Pixley ka Isaka Seme in this episode.

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There was once a great emperor, who ruled over the most cosmopolitan and rich empire. This emperor built skyscrapers, palaces, giant statues and ruled for half a century. This isn’t the start of a fairytale, and it isn’t the story you might expect. This emperor was a woman… and she ruled a millennium and a half ago – in China.

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With the advent of Covid-19, most of the world has had a sharp response to external factors, but what are the controllable factors which we have ignored for far too long? Though jobs have been lost en masse, is there any hope for the global citizenry as we leave the pandemic behind? What is the difference between complex and complicated modes of economic activity? Should we still have a desire to go back to what we once considered ‘normal’? John’s new book is called ‘FutureNEXT’ and is available now.

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In this special edition of Gareth’s Guests, Prof. David Block – astronomer and author, Emeritus Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand – gets to know the remarkable Dr Edith Eger. Dr Eger is a holocaust survivor and psychologist. At 93 years old, she has a stunning amount of experience in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Following on some insight from her international bestselling book, ‘The Choice – Embrace the Possible’, she speaks about what she knows for sure about life, and in her way, leaves you looking up in this special one-on-one.

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Inspired by the fiercely customer centric practices of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Brett van Aswegen believes that the purpose of a company cannot be to make profits for shareholders… but that profit should be an outcome. Reg Lascaris delves into the brain of the South African CEO of Wonga.

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Are you interested in betting on the outcome of a R5.5 billion lotto payout? Is Lottoland attached to the National Lottery? How many lotto draws can you gamble on? Are there any Cinderella stories that have come out of Lottoland winnings? How does Lottoland manage to pay out the scale of payouts when people win? Gareth Cliff speaks to Maryke Haywood to get the answers.

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18.09.20 Pt 1 – Stop complaining about Apple, the products are fine, you can ignore phone calls now too. Is Silicon Valley biased to Biden? Self-awareness is a win… not just for you, it’s a win for everyone. As humankind discovers the eye of the serpent, South Africa is still filling minibus taxis with the devil’s lettuce. October 2020 is the time to travel – the pandemic gates are open globally and it’s affordable.

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03.09.20 Pt 1 – Eating in a restaurant during Covid is like pulling teeth, they need to figure out the digital menu. Australia has turned into a big prison again, the Brits must be proud of what they built. Gene-modified babies… good or scary? Dear Jonathan, sorry we don’t plan our lives around you.

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It’s getting Messi in Catalonia. MKT lets us know where he was right, where he was wrong, so humble. Have Chelsea gambled too early with Callum Hudson-Odoi and his big contract? Is Emiliano Martínez too good to be a second option at Arsenal? Is Leo Messi destined to leave Barcelona?

– Where MKT was Right – Where MKT was wrong? (00:44)

– YouTube Questions (17:06)

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