Over 60% of Americans cited violent crime as a core election issue in the 2022 midterms. Seeing it spread, and the failures of leaders in his own hometown of Portland, Oregon - Matt Thornton (Conor McGregor’s coach’s coach, and one of the first American jiu-jitsu black belts), decided to write a guidebook, which provides the average person with all the knowledge they need to survive a violent encounter. In short, it's designed to help good people become more dangerous to bad people. Gareth Cliff delves deeper into Matt's ideology in this interview.

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25.01.23 Pt 2 - Gareth chats to Matt Thornton, who is Conor McGregor’s coach’s coach, and one of the first American jiu-jitsu black belts. He’s written a guidebook that provides the average person with all the knowledge they need to survive a violent encounter… designed to help good people become more dangerous to bad people.

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Simon Sebag Montefiore is one of the great history authors of our time. In his most ambitious project yet, he tells the history of the world through the stories of families. In this discussion, Gareth Cliff and him explore the tapestry of human history - from the earliest days, to Russia and the Ukraine.

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Bali Padda, former COO of LEGO, was one of the people who transformed that company from sinking ship to juggernaut. In his book, 'Deliver What You Promise', Bali shares business lessons from his own story to help the rest of us to become more efficient, to understand our businesses better, and to connect meaningfully with the market. In this conversation, he also shares the story of his own blue-collar origins, and the failures that taught him how to become a success.

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Al J Venter has written books on and brought us the news from war zones all over the planet. He has witnessed things most of us cannot comprehend: closer, louder and more frightening than any second-hand account can accurately portray. In this discussion, Al talks about the most dangerous places he’s ever been, the volatile situations he has found himself in, and the human stories that happen behind the headlines.

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Thabang Skwambane is both a philanthropist and a capitalist - and proves they’re not mutually exclusive categories. He has risen to the top of the advertising business and has some interesting, and controversial, views on things like transformation and political correctness. Thabang also tells us about travelling through six countries without money, and helping to raise money for the most vulnerable people in South Africa.

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Joel Pollak is the Editor at Large at Breitbart.com - America’s biggest and fastest-growing conservative news platform, and he has a wide range of experience in politics and media. In this comprehensive interview, Gareth and Joel unpack Trump, Biden, cancel-culture, Andrew Breitbart and his legacy, Trudeau’s tyrannical behaviour, and even South African politics.

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Prof Gilbert Khadiagala is the Jan Smuts Professor of International Relations and Director of the Centre for the Study of the United States at the University of Witwatersrand. In this discussion, he and Gareth get into the details of the relationship between South Africa and the US, covering everything from Trump to AGOA to the African continent - and our challenges with changes in world power.

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What is the cost of telling the truth in the face of overwhelming pressure? Poet, philosopher and author of 'Deep Collusion: Bain and the Capture of South Africa', Athol Williams is the State Capture whistleblower who testified about massive corruption allegations and had to flee the country in fear of his life. Gareth Cliff speaks to him about his fascinating story.

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Dr Jerry Mofokeng wa Makhetha, the iconic and award-winning South African actor, grew up knowing his real father, but without knowing that he was actually his father. In this conversation, he explains his complex relationship with masculinity and fatherhood, the deep, meaningful contribution of his wife and lifelong partner, and the lessons he would like young South African men to learn from his story. As a wise elder, we could all benefit from his new memoir, I Am A Man.

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