18.01.21 Pt 1 - What on Earth do we do when an icon is accused of something salacious and morally reprehensible? Does our opinion matter, or should we save our moral sanctimony for home? If you were a twin and separated at birth, would you want to know the other half of the egg that you were in the womb?

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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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22.12.20 Pt 1 - Machines don’t make mistakes, and (with all due respect), you're the idiot if you forget your password. The team chats about which Christmas traditions are non-negotiable. Sam Smith is undergoing a transition and has a tricky request - because it needs a womb in order to be fulfilled. And pilots: heroes of the sky, or glorified bus drivers?

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21.12.20 Pt 2 - Have you considered whether or not the Covid vaccine is Halal? It’s important at this point to recognise that the word “pork” means many things. Turns out Barack Obama likes South African music, while Sasha Obama has hood tendencies. Heard of Miriam Rodríguez? She’s a Mexican mash up of Rambo and Batman. How much would you pay to destroy something to which Donald Trump is linked?

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18.12.20 Pt 1 - Pediatric surgeons don't just fix the bumholes of children, have some respect! Boko Haram is really big on taking credit - it might not always be for the good, but they claim their actions. Norma Gigaba wasn't allowed in the bunker of her porn-addicted former husband's house. And an idea for the South African government: if you want a vaccine, maybe pay for it on time.

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As the South African government clamps down on high school students and their celebrations after finishing school, how should we view the admonishment of these gatherings and them being labelled Covid-19 'superspreader' events? The National Pharmaceutical Agency is being floated again - red flag or good news? Brought to you by Nando’s.

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10.12.20 Pt 2 - If a presenter is coming on to a show, should they absolutely have to wear a shirt? Stop looking at the government like they are your mommy, they are not! The billion dollar question for 2020 is can one get Covid-19 twice? US democracy is naked for all to see... and it's not a pretty sight.

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