Whether in the news, what you see happening in parliament or even in your ward at home, do you trust those who are "called to lead"? Gareth Cliff gets into that conversation with political analyst KF Malindi Jr, the Democratic Alliance's Mbali Ntuli and comedian Chris Forrest. Then, journalist, satirist and YouTube host Adeola Fayehun chats to Gareth about the complex and often hilarious work that goes into commenting on African politics.

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It’s one thing being locked down for a virus... but imagine being locked up by Al-Qaeda for six years while travelling through Africa? Gareth Cliff speaks to Al-Qaeda hostage survivor, Stephen McGown.

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Do we trust our media too little, too much, or at all? Gareth Cliff is joined by Ferial Haffajee from South Africa, Sharon Machira in Kenya and Zimbabwean Kate Bartlett. Plus special guest Stephen McGown, who was kidnapped and held captive by Al-Qaeda for almost six years.

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The USA is polarising at the best of times, but mix in what was a heated election, protests, social media threats and Covid-19 and you get its current state. In a time like this, how does the Secret Service ensure the President is protected? Evy Poumpouras is a former Secret Service agent who worked under the Obama, Bush (both) and Clinton administrations. She's now the co-host on Bravo TV's series Spy Games, author of Becoming Bulletproof, and national media contributor who covers national security, law enforcement and crime.

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With the way January has gone, will we survive 2021? Gareth Cliff is joined by Gabriel Crouse, Rorisang Tshabalala and Gilli Apter. Plus special guest, former secret service agent Evy Poumpouras.

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Are we ready for 2021? It's 2021, but how happy will our new year be? Gareth welcomes back his inaugural panel for this discussion - Jeremy Thompson, Sihle "Big Daddy Liberty" Ngobese and Phumi Mashigo to look into this. Then wraps up with Dorianne Weil who gives her psychological point-of-view.

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2020 is almost over - Gareth tries to find the funny in amongst all this mess with comedians Nina Hastie, Eugene Khoza and Joey Rasdien.

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The power and politics of sport – Gareth and guests explore South Africa’s addiction to games. With Mbulelo Thinta, Ben Karpinski and Siv Ngesi.

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It's been seven years since we mourned the loss of Madiba. Zelda la Grange spent almost 20 years with the man, and she joins Gareth Cliff this week.

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There have been many big stories in 2020, but what do the people who brought us those stories think? Gareth Cliff chats to Barry Bateman, Nwabisa Makunga and Rofhiwa Madzena. Plus... a tribute to Nelson Mandela with Zelda la Grange, Wouter Kellerman and the Soweto Gospel Choir.

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