John F Kennedy is one of the most well-known and best loved Presidents of the United States. Most people know more about his assassination than anything else, but he had a really incredible (and unlucky) family, many affairs and a crisis or two of global proportions to deal with during his short term in the Oval Office. Find out from Anthony and Gareth about some of the less obvious things JFK got up to in this episode of Blind History – brought to you by Taylor Blinds & Shutters.

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Shaka kaSezangakhona was Africa’s first imperialist. Before Shaka, there were tribes… after Shaka there was a kingdom. In this episode we trace the story of Shaka the warrior, the madman and the leader – because he was all three and more. The soil of our country is stained with the blood of his conquests, and the province of KwaZulu-Natal decorated with the glories of his achievements. You might love or hate him by the end of the episode, but you won’t be able to ignore him. Brought to you by Taylor Blinds & Shutters.

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If you feel like an underachiever, compared to Alexander, you are. Before he had even turned 30, he had conquered all of the known world. A military genius, divinity, tyrant, poet and alcoholic, his story is full of surprising twists. Find out about his horse, his lovers, and his death on this episode of Blind History, where Alexander III of Macedon became known to history as Alexander the Great. Brought to you by Taylor Blinds & Shutters.

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12.02.19 Pt 2 – Stefan calls in to chat to the team about his life as an English teacher in China. Brace yourself… Gareth has some frank trends to relay about the future of the Earth. Leigh-Ann covers some news stories, including a discussion on a man in the US who had an odd run-in with bedbugs. The team fire off their thoughts on the latest in the Jeff Bezos scandal. Then, we premiere our new podcast series on the show: Blind History.

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Blind History is a crash course in getting to know history’s greatest men and women – and by great we don’t always mean good. Hosted by Gareth Cliff and Anthony Mederer from Taylor Blinds & Shutters, this series will tell you what the history books sometimes leave out – the sordid stories, the less well-known details, some of the stuff they didn’t teach you at school.

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In the week of celebrating Madiba’s 100th birthday, Former President Obama had wise words to share at the annual Mandela Lecture, but will we take this to heart as citizens? Justice discusses this with Gareth before touching on the likes of the new Ipsos poll and what it may mean for next year, and what is going on with municipal appointments. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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In such a historic week for South Africa, we’re glad to have Justice in to give a frank look at what is happening on the political scene. In this week’s Burning Platform he discusses topics like the new Ipsos poll to yet another ANC conference taking place in KZN.

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Timothy brings you part 2 of his 3 part series from MIT’s Sloan School of Management where he speaks to Dr. Sufana Almashhadi, a Postdoctoral Brain Research Fellow at MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research about her journey as a Saudia Arabian woman in this critical chapter of history.

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The Kruger National Park (KNP) has a hidden history, “with warthogs and all”. From its establishment in 1898 as the humble Sabi Reserve, through the 50-year stewardship of its first warden and champion (a stubborn Scotsman named James Stevenson-Hamilton), to its re-birth as the Kruger National Park, and beyond; the story of the KNP is filled with adventure, adversity and more than a few surprises.

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Mbongeni Ngema, the music legend, graces our studios for a conversation around how some of his biggest hits and productions have shaped and changed his life. As someone who Gareth likens to South Africa’s very own Quincy Jones, Ngema opens up about his inspirations, what his greatest joy comes from and his musical influences too. With no signs of slowing down, hear all about his latest production, Woza Albert!, and the plans he has underway for a show based on the life and times of Nelson Mandela.

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