This week, Reg Lascaris turns the mic on someone who usually asks the questions. Jeremy Maggs is a legendary journalist who has become well known across multiple platforms over the years, and he shares stories and experiences from his life in the media.

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EXCLUSIVE: From Berlin to Soweto via Los Angeles – he’s the most-watched man in television history. Catch David Hasselhoff in conversation with Gareth Cliff in this full unedited interview.

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Death by its very nature is always a very messy topic, but somebody has to deal with the practical side… which is the cleaning up, after a traumatic event becomes a crime scene. From bereaved families to gross filth, Marelize and Benjamin van den Berg of Crime Scene Cleanup take care of the most horrific scenes, in order to make them habitable for human beings in future. Not all heroes wear capes, some wear hazmat suits.

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Timothy Maurice interviews a sex worker named Princess, who performs erotic massages but also studies psychology. They explore how she got into the industry of giving sensual or happy ending massages, and she shares what she has learned about male psychology and human behaviour. She also offers advice to any young women considering sex work as a career. On many levels, Princess represents that space between what’s known in behavioural science as Stated Preference versus Revealed Preferences.

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Two entrepreneurs – Andile Ramaphosa and Brad Fisher – are doing their part in the fight against Covid-19, by providing ventilation technology to taxis in Gauteng. This is a major development, but has been marred by controversy, given that Andile is the son of President Cyril Ramaphosa. With so many allegations regarding the funding of the project circulating, the co-founders of SDI Force speak to Gareth Cliff about the inaccuracies in the media’s reporting on this.

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Across the country, we are currently experiencing many schools dealing with students, both past and present, who have had enough. For years now, some high-profile schools have been hiding a wide-range of abuse behind “heritage”, “reputation” or “legacy”. Using the story of Collan Rex (the former water polo coach at Parktown Boys High School, found guilty of 144 charges of sexual assault and 14 of assault, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison) as a background, Sam Cowen chats about uncovering what has been dubbed “institutional abuse” in her new book, Brutal School Ties – The Parktown Boys’ Tragedy.

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When it comes to public speakers, Michael Jackson is one of the best in the business. With decades of professional experience and an ability to connect with every audience member, he truly has become a world-renowned presenter. Gareth picks his brain to find out his perspective as he looks at the state of the conference circuit and beyond.

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What are the results we should be bracing for in South Africa as the political decisions impact our economy? Daniel Silke is someone who could provide some answers around this. As he’s written in his recent column: “Re-opening South Africa needs to express much more than a colour-coded set of amended restrictions. It needs to be coupled to hope for a new future. Not one based on dependency and decay, but one based on innovation across the board.” Gareth chats to Silke, a keynote speaker, author and futurist specialising in South Africa, Africa and global trends. He’s also the Director: Political Futures Consultancy.

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As Covid-19 has engulfed the world, an interesting observation to make has been the different approaches taken to thwart the threat of the pandemic. With a documented global history of male bias when selecting leaders, should we be looking to re-address the role of women in leadership? There’s evidence to suggest female Presidents and Prime Ministers have dealt with large scale challenges far better than their male counterparts in the last half century. From Thatcher to Merkel, from Ardern to Ing-Wen… this may be the time for feminine leadership to be given its big break.

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Mbali Ntuli’s rise in the political world has been one that has constantly drawn attention. She kept many people talking in February 2020 when she announced her candidacy for Democratic Alliance leader, as well as when she rolled out her plan to save the party. How does she plan to do that? She explains this to Gareth while under lockdown in this phone call conversation.

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