Is information overload better or worse than no information at all in a pandemic? What does a doctor do when he’s stuck on the West Coast of America, but he lives on the East Coast? In a bittersweet sequence of events, a new life has joined the Goodman family, while so many are clinging on to theirs. Dr Dennis Goodman (Clinical Professor of Medicine & Director of Integrative Medicine: NYU) unpacks the essence of what we understand about Covid-19 from a medical point of view at this stage. Price gouging with ventilators has reared its ugly head in America, but the US government has come to the rescue. The greatest challenge we now face as humanity is that, to truly comfort those you love, you have to stay away from them. The good doctor urges us to practice humanity… even if it’s just a virtual hug.

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“Perfection is the enemy of the good when it comes to emergency management!” So said Dr Mike Ryan of the World Health Organisation when asked how Covid-19 could be contained. Poignant words indeed especially considering the pandemic which the world is gripped by currently. The Italian Chamber has a bilateral allegiance to both South Africa and Italy, and the latter has been ravaged by Covid-19. Will South Africa learn from Italy’s unfortunate circumstances? If Pamina Bohrer has anything to do with it, both countries can rest assured they have a heroine who will do her utmost to ensure both nations prosper. She speaks about what geo-political and global economic landscapes may look like after Covid-19, where hope has sprung eternal before, and what her role is in liaising on behalf of the land of Picasso in Madiba’s Rainbow Nation.

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01.04.20 Pt 2 – Pamina Bohrer from the Italian Chamber unpacks the organisation’s role in the bilateral relations between South Africa and Italy. Elena Williams is the Tiger Queen as she’s rising to the call to help the needy during lockdown, both in Africa and Europe – while still doing her real job. Timothy Maurice asks whether pornography has any place in the philosophical and evolutionary debate of nature vs nurture… who knew that we’d one day see porn and philosophical enquiry in bed together?

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South Africans aren’t taking Covid-19 seriously enough, and if the current civil disobedience continues, Siv Ngesi believes we will have mass graves or have to burn bodies! Never shy of poking the social bear, this self-professed Adonis lookalike funny man believes any social distancing measures we implement in South Africa cannot mirror those of the first world, as the shoe doesn’t fit in our context and the cost of copy paste policy implementation in this case could be tens of thousands of lives. The expansion of Pornhub to the premium package for free has left many a man with too many choices, or is that a ridiculous statement in these times? There’s a dark all too real Covid-19 fear deep in the heart of the silver screen star though, and it’s haunting and personal.

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01.04.20 Pt 1 – What do most people do with the extra time they have during a pandemic? If you can’t sleep, it’s cool, anxiety is real… don’t feel too bad. Cyril Ramaphoria’s jacket was way too short on the arms, is he lifting heavy or is it just a bad tailor job? Petrol will be dropping during lockdown, but what use is that to us? What profound lessons has Gord learned during the lockdown? Licking trolleys is not cool people, it’s crazy that we have to do a PSA about that!

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Are there any comforts within the shared experience of a global pandemic? Art is food for the soul and J’Something is an artist who loves his fans and being on stage performing. What is the life of an artist like in lockdown? With an album launch around the corner, can technology help him to creatively release the album without touring, and have it be feasible? Church Bells is the new single which is out now from Mi Casa, with the new album launching in May 2020. J shares some incredibly moving thoughts about what he hopes the world at large may look and feel like post Covid-19.

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True entrepreneurship is the ability to resist the temptation to give up when the going gets tough. Covid-19 as a ‘market force’ was not taught in any MBA programme anywhere in history. Our Epson entrepreneurs – Linda Moeketsi, Sibu Mabena and Roxy Ferreira – answer the questions which you may want to know about the trials and tribulations of a small business owner, and they answer them as their businesses are having to pivot and adjust to global circumstances not seen since the second World War. As in life, the core business rules are simple… build relationships and keep them.

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31.03.20 Pt 2 – In the times of a pandemic lockdown, how do the arts survive? Can theatre and musicians make it through these testing times? The most vulnerable in our society need all the empathy we can give them at this time… if you are an addict, what are your options to stay sober and connect with support structures? Academia needs to keep going of course, and technology is playing its part. We reconnect with our Epson entrepreneurs for more lessons on how to succeed with your small business. King Henry VIII was a man of hedonistic excess like we have rarely seen – Blind History this week details the wives and women of Henry’s vicious hegemony.

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31.03.20 Pt 1 – What are the challenges of being a parent and having to homeschool a child during a pandemic? Children never have enough in the way of snacks, that’s the real cost of having them… not the education and health costs. Should governments save artists? Is compliance good, and should you rat on your neighbours who don’t comply 100% with the lockdown?

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Anyone who has ever heard of King Henry VIII knows he had many wives. Some even know their names. Their individual stories are complex, beautiful, sad, poignant and remarkable. In an age where women are finally being given their due, these six Queens deserve to be known for more than just the man they married…

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