13.01.21 Pt 1 - We’re all confined by the laws of lockdown, but imagine life in a hotel for ten months. Nosy neighbours aren’t a new thing, although these days we have to contend with the Gestapo-like 'Karen' - the team chats about the most ridiculous behaviours they’ve encountered. And ladies, if you want to destress, take your husband for a walk on a leash - it's all the rage in Canada.

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Nick Hudson, co-founder of Pandemics Data and Analytics (PANDA) joins the Burning Platform to discuss what the data suggests about the effectiveness of lockdowns on a cost-to-benefit ratio. There’s a discussion around the media’s role in stoking pandemic panic, before moving on to the subject of a vaccine - its viability given a rapid public uptake after an equally rapid turnaround, and Big Pharma’s push to get a solution to market without it first being peer reviewed. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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07.01.21 Pt 2 - The team examines whether we should be more fearful of political figures’ global pandemic of stupidity, rather than Covid-19. As we move into the second year of the global lockdown cycle, there are serious questions around the mental health of society and the development of children who will become the next generation of functioning adults. Closing out the pandemic-related hour is a look at whether some countries have handled lockdowns better than others.

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As world leaders and global organisations wrestle with the geopolitics and economic strategy for Covid-19, Africa is now entering its 'second wave'. Is the continent ready to deal with what’s to come, and can lessons be learned from Tanzania’s approach? In the DRC, which continues to function amid all its tribal and militant tensions bubbling close to the surface, Laurent Kabila's real killer may have been found. Brought to you by Johannesburg Business School.

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04.01.21 Pt 1 - Having just lived through the weirdest of holiday seasons, complete with curfews and alcohol ban, the team wonders how people will feel about working in December 2021 - and if big holidays will still be a thing going forward. Healthcare workers have a tough gig, but right now they may just be in the sweet spot of all sweet spots. And camper vans: the ultimate holiday freedom, or just a shambolic mess?

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23.12.20 Pt 1 - On the eve of Christmas Eve, the team chats Yuletide spirit, the non-negotiables of Christmas lunch, and decoration theory: is more always more? Then it’s back to the harsh realities of living with Coronavirus, and the risk of being unfriended if you drive with your mask on.

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15.12.20 Pt 1 - Johnny Mathis has the voice of an angel, but the skin of well-salted biltong. Sadiq Khan is now a man in a mask on TV... he's like Batman, but without the cool factor. If Cyril is standing, it's now clear - it's terrible news for our fellow South Africans.

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11.12.20 Pt 1 - Is it good for us to filter everything our children consume, or should they just learn about everything as the world throws it at them? Frugality: we all know someone who takes it to an extreme. What's it like for an aged celebrity being told by youngsters that their parents are fans? And: is Hollywood dead?

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10.12.20 Pt 1 - If you speak a foreign language, should you use that as a pick-up line? Is sneezing into your mask the equivalent of pooping in your pants? Do South Africans need to learn how to cue? Are old people in Africa hogging all the jobs? South Africans want to go to Mars, how bad is planet Earth? Do parents secretly hate all children... including their own?

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04.12.20 Pt 1 - Nelson Mandela Bay has let down two parts of the world. All Xhosa people are now ashamed and so is Cyril Ramaphosa, it's not a good situation at all. If you want to make free money, go and join #TimesUp and you might get to hang out with the insufferable Amy Schumer at a 5-star resort. Surely we don't need cash in 2020?

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