The Commute

BRIGHTGUIDE AFRICA  |  Podcast , ±35 min episodes every 4 weeks, 1 day  | 
The Commute is a podcast for South Africans, at home and across the world, who are interested in some of the biggest questions of our time and what they might mean for South Africa. Short and nutritious, it’s a great way to keep your ears company during your taxi/ car/ aeroplane/ bicycle/ train commute. And if your commute is longer – listen to several in a row! Designed to provide a high value explainer from experts, The Commute gives you, the smart South African, the big ideas in small bites. Series 1 available now.

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09
MAY
2018

Episode 7: The idea of the North Korean Embassy in Pretoria

Counterfeit money, shipments of crack, ivory smuggling... no, this isn't a new Netflix series, it's just an average day in North Korea's underground world. And it's all happening just up the road. Jessica speaks to veteran investigative journalist Julian Rademeyer about South Africa, the DPRK, and why that North Korean restaurant in Pretoria wasn't very good. You can read the report we are discussing, "Diplomats and Deceit: North Korea's criminal activities in Africa", here: http://globalinitiative.net/diplomats-and-deceit-north-koreas-criminal-activities-in-africa/
01
MAY
2018

Episode 6: The idea of Expropriation Without Compensation

#GiveBackTheLand! Yeah! But which land? And how? And to whom? And through which process? The EFF and the ANC want the South African Constitution changed to enable expropriation without compensation. Jessica talks to Professor Ruth Hall about how we can put actual human beings and their needs at the centre of the land debate. The books mentioned in this episode are "The Land Is Ours"; "Untitled"; and "Land Divided, Land Restored."
04
APR
2018

Episode 5: The idea of China's 'One Belt One Road' push

Xi Jinping, President of China, just got the go ahead to become president for life when his party abolished term limits. Who is Xi? Should South Africa worry about all those lovely loans it took from China? And what is the not-exactly-well-named "One Belt One Road" initiative announced in 2017? Jessica talks to Cobus van Staden, co-host of the awesome China-Africa Podcast. who explains it all. The links Cobus mentions in this show are: http://www.saiia.org.za/china?restcata=190&moduleId=534&Itemid=540 and http://www.ccs.org.za . You can listen to the China Africa podcast here: http://www.chinaafricaproject.com
04
APR
2018

Episode 4: The idea of a (functional?) Arts Ministry

Sometimes it feels like South Africa's Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) is a big nothing-burger. But given South Africa's extraordinary artistic talent pool (Trevor Noah, Black Coffee, Dada Masilo, Andile Ndlovu, Zanele Muholi etc etc etc), why do they seem to suck? Jessica talks to acclaimed playwright Mike van Graan to see if this is a fair assessment, and what the problems might be.
04
APR
2018

Episode 3: The idea of Bitcoin

South Africa topped the charts in 2017 for Google searches for the word ‘Bitcoin’. What is Bitcoin? Why is everyone so excited about cryptocurrencies? Will I be able to buy my groceries at Woolies using Bitcoin soon? Jessica speaks to Claire Ingram Bogusz to learn more about this amazing new world. You can visit Claire’s website at www.clairebogusz.com The links Claire mentions in the interview are: https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/09/a-decentralized-web-would-give-power-back-to-the-people-online/ and https://news.earn.com/thoughts-on-tokens-436109aabcbe And Claire recommends this great online course on how Bitcoin and Cryptos work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOMVZXLjKYo
04
APR
2018

Episode 2: The idea of Vladimir Putin

We know Vladimir Putin likes to pose shirtless while hunting bears, and that he and Donald Trump have something special going on, but how much we do know about the man himself? Jessica van Onselen continues her conversation with Irina Filatova about Putin and South Africa. The books mentioned in this show are: - "ANC: The view from Moscow" (1999) by Vladimir Shubin and - "The Hidden Thread: Russia and South Africa in the Soviet Era" (2013) by Irina Filatova and Apollon Davidson
04
APR
2018

Episode 1: The idea of the USSR and the ANC

It's Episode 1 of this brand new South African podcast, the Commute! We all know vaguely that the Soviet Union supported the ANC under Apartheid, and many of the USSR's ideas from the 60s and 70s still permeate ANC's big policy ideas. Jessica van Onselen talks to Professor Irina Filatova about Russian South African relations under Apartheid, and the traces we can see of it today.

The books mentioned in this show are:
- "ANC: The view from Moscow" (1999) by Vladimir Shubin
- "The Hidden Thread: Russia and South Africa in the Soviet Era" (2013) by Irina Filatova and Apollon Davidson

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