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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Can you fall in love with someone in two months? Are you able to love more than one person at a time? What if your intentions are pure, but you enter a reality show where it's all about ratings? Is the magic of television lost if you understand the tricks of the trade? Lee Thompson from 'The Bachelor' talks about his mental health struggles after being thrust into stardom, and being part of a contrived idea of what love is. He gives us "the truth behind the rose".

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09.10.20 Pt 2 - Can you manufacture love, or do people need to fall in love? Should you be considered mean if you are equally mean to everyone... people always say be consistent, well go to hell Janet AND Sipho! It's important to note, just because something is true, it doesn't make it interesting - nobody cares about your deadbeat ex-boyfriend Melanie. Donald Trump says he's immune to Covid, now that's something we can work with!

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10.03.20 Pt 2 - How do we deal with race relations when things start to get wonky in the workplace? Komodo dragons are doing it for the sisters. If you wear a nose ring, you are letting everyone know that things are never going to get serious. Amanda Bynes assures you she’s fine, she only needs psychiatric help when she chooses it. All stereotypes make it easier for people to get on with life. Also please remember, all reputations are earned. Dr Johnny Keeling, producer of Planet Earth and Blue Planet, joins us to unpack the new masterpiece nature documentary, 'Seven Worlds, One Planet'.

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As many as one in six South Africans suffer from anxiety, depression or other types of mental illnesses, and often people who go undiagnosed and untreated resort to extremes, like suicide. We speak to Neo Fabulous from Safe Space and Neo Selebano from EmaLenna, about their NGOs which focus on creating awareness around mental illnesses in South Africa.

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Kicking the hour off, journalist Katharine Child comments on the week's biggest current affairs stories on The Burning Platform - brought to you by Nando's. Following World Mental Health Day yesterday, the team then get into a discussion around depression, raising awareness around it, and tips and tricks for coping with it.

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