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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20.11.20 Pt 2 - TikTok is now giving people a great way to get out of a crap date. Could we function without the internet? If you are going bald, let it go... nobody wants to see that desperate comb over Clive! If you want to live in paradise and profit greatly from death, maybe coffin making in Bali is your gig. If you are alone and single, there is now a robotic hand which you can hold to simulate companionship. Are back tickles sensual, or just creepy?

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19.10.20 Pt 2 - If your Kobe beef isn't being served to you by a Japanese pornstar in a 5-storey porn theme park, are you actually taking life seriously or living on the fringes? Britney Spears' life is the real life Truman Show, but she can't find the door. If you won a billion dollars you should buy cinemas from the dead movie industry and have private screenings for your new, richer and better looking friends.

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05.10.20 Pt 2 - If you want to fly to Japan, don't you dare call your wife honey, that is frowned upon. Have you ever imagined what the life of a female Russian weightlifter might be like, well, the questions you might get would be wild. If you have no drama in your life, count your blessings you ungrateful scoundrel!

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Are Liverpool a great team after winning the title for the first time in three decades? Can the Crusaders be stopped? Woude gives us her team of the week from Super Rugby Aotearoa. Our guest Keegan Daniel might be Deepak Chopra. - Are Liverpool a great team? (02:17) - Week 3 of Super Rugby Aotearoa Review (11:40) - Keegan Daniel (26:42)

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10.06.20 Pt 2 - Who would be the most benevolent dictator, Siya or Gord? Cancel culture has come for Little Britain... is satire dead? Is humour important, or are funny people just a nice to have? Ulrich Fobian joins us to discuss life's teachings through the eyes of a Westerner living in Japan, and how they dealt with the Covid-19 lockdown over there.

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