GinCast is the story of one of the world’s favourite drinks – this podcast explores how it started as a public health hazard, then came of age in colonial India before taking its place in modern society. Find out how it’s made, how best to enjoy it, and other interesting facts you can chuck into the conversation next time you’re enjoying a G&T with a slice & ice.

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Are you ready for the best decade in humanity’s history? No matter how much the news media, politicians, celebrities and climate change activists tell you we’re about to enter the gates of hell, we’re not. Things are pretty fantastic for humans…

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Not many people have a life story quite like this… at the age of 21 he gives up a life of privilege for one of danger and sacrifice, including 27 years living in exile while working for the ANC. He was also one of the founding members of Umkhonto we Sizwe in Natal in 1961. Ronnie Kasrils is a former SA government minister, and was a leading member of the African National Congress during the apartheid era. In his post-activism life, he’s written another book – ‘Catching Tadpoles: The Shaping of a Young Rebel’. Gareth Cliff chats to him about the pages of his latest read that are bursting with anecdotal stories that are not only enjoyable to read and connect together like a racy novel, but can teach old and young, black and white much about inclusiveness and bringing hope for all South Africans.

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We end season two of Blind History in Ancient Rome… the place that gave us Hadrian, Augustus, Trajan and Marcus Aurelius. But this time we investigate the bad emperors – the ones who murdered, ruined, destroyed and perverted the greatest empire of antiquity. Caligula, Nero, Commodus and Elagabalus were some the most depraved men to exercise absolute power – and their lives were brutal and merciless.

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Who is the most powerful Kim in the world? No, it isn’t Kim Kardashian – it’s a small Korean man with a bad haircut. He also has his finger on the button of a dangerous nuclear arsenal and the command of the third largest standing army on earth. Kim Jong-Un is the latest in a succession of Kims who rule North Korea – and their private lives are wilder than their public personas. Find out about them in this episode of Blind History.

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Napoleon’s great adversary, a man of impeccable military credentials, and one of the finest examples of the great British soldier that tends to sound more like myth than fact, Arthur Wellesley was also just a man. He had mistresses, a sense of humour, and an inspirational style of leadership that has endeared him to generations of admirers. What Nelson was to the sea, Wellington was to land – and both helped raise Britain to the great world power it became in the late 19th century.

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Born on the steppes and raised on horseback, young Attila was to lead a small tribe of barbarians to prominence, but not before he had been to Rome, threatened Constantinople, and fought and won many battles. His name is synonymous with raping, pillaging and destruction, but in reality Europe east of the Rhine had never seen a man more gifted in forging a single kingdom out of so many disparate tribes. His story is full of intrigue and love, violence and blood.

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The team begin to analyse how much time they lose in traffic, since they’re all trying to gear themselves up to be billionaires. They each also realise just how dependent they are on technology. Talking about successful and productive people, hear the inspiring entrepreneurship story of Albé Geldenhuys, the founder and CEO Of USN. His life reads like something out of a movie: A former policeman who took a leap of faith, put in a lot of work and now is reaping the huge, worldwide rewards.

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The image of a brilliant scientist is one inextricably linked to the picture of Albert Einstein. His unkempt hair, shabby jackets and the twinkle of genius in his eye – but the story of Einstein isn’t so one-dimensional. His relationships, his politics and the story of what happened to his brain after he died are as intriguing as the great ideas he presented to science and the world.

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Stovepipe hats, four score-and-twenty speeches, and a bullet in the back of his head is what some people know about Abraham Lincoln. In fact this was the President who modernised the American economy, preserved the union and abolished slavery. Not bad for a life cut short by an assassin’s bullet.

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