2 Crickets In A Thorn Tree

SA INSTITUTE OF RACE RELATIONS  |  Podcast , ±1 hr 22 min episodes every 1 week, 3 days  |  Broadcast schedule  | 
Nicholas Lorimer and Gabriel Crouse provide their unique take on everything and anything going on in South Africa and the world at large, with a focus on history, philosophy and current affairs.

Getting away with murder in South Africa, Russian oligarchs, American elections and geopolitical strategy all feature in this unconventional podcast.

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20
JAN

What is journalism ?

Nick and Gabriel chat about flying cars, the DA's march to Luthuli House and what the definition of journalism is.

Recommendations:

Gabriel: https://youtu.be/3vkgROIINEs

Nick: Greyhound https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6048922/
13
JAN

Year of the Rabbit

Gabriel and Nick chat about loadshedding, America at the end of last year, South Africa at the end of last year and if AI is going to destroy us all.
06
DEC
2022

The wrong impeachment!

Gabriel tells Nick about why he thinks that Ramaphosa's impeachment case is the wrong one, and why it matters.

Recommendations:

Nick Century of Crisis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwXlr4_pGhM

Gabriel: Supreme Court oral arguments https://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/audio/2022/21-476
26
NOV
2022

The tribe, the child, parole and the rule of law

Nick and Gabriel chat about a U.S. supreme court case involving Native American children, the release of Chris Hani's killer, the ongoing Zuma legal battles and Ramaphosa's visit to the UK.

Recommendations:

Nick: Walking Streets of South Sudan https://youtu.be/sNSIhIzr3io

Gabriel: The Soccer World Cup https://www.fifa.com/fifaplus/en/watch/1abAi3NllBGQ1Q92mXqDWq
11
NOV
2022

The affirmative vote

Nick and Gabriel discuss the U.S. Supreme Court case on Affirmative Action at Harvard. They then chat about the recent U.S. mid-terms and what they mean for the future of the Republican Party.

Recommendations:

Nick: BLOODYWOOD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iKjSCTxke8

Gabriel: Copenhagen https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0340057/
28
OCT
2022

The terror of gerrymandering

Nick and Gabriel chat about terror threats and the problem of gerrymandering.

Recommendations:

Nick: Pennsylvania Senate Race Full Debate 2022: Dr. Oz vs Fetterman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9wb0423dxs

Gabriel: https://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/audio/2022/21-1086
22
OCT
2022

The Puritanical impulse

Gabriel and Nick discuss the direction of the country and how it could be gravely threatened by the wrong kind of puritanical impulse.

Recommendations:

Nick: TikTok Parent ByteDance Planned To Use TikTok To Monitor The Physical Location Of Specific American Citizens: https://www.forbes.com/sites/emilybaker-white/2022/10/20/tiktok-bytedance-surveillance-american-user-data/?sh=140674c36c2d

Gabriel: The Unbearable Peace https://granta.com/the-unbearable-peace/?ref=The+Browser-newsletter
14
OCT
2022

Frames of reference, Truss and Prince

Gabriel and Nick discuss the current messy state of British politics, and then head into a winding discussion of some of the cases before the U.S. supreme court, notably on the issue of copyright.

Recommendations:

Nick:

WeBuyCars: https://www.webuycars.co.za/

BB King: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cp0rRff7gWk

Gabriel:

Vanity Fair: PURPLE FAME https://archive.vanityfair.com/article/1984/11/purple-fame

FT: Positive feedback: the science of criticism that actually works
30
SEP
2022

A bad week for South Africa

Gabriel and Nick chat about the difficult week for freedom and prosperity in SA with the retaking of Joburg by the ANC as well as the passage of the land courts and expropriation bill.

Recommendations:

Nick: The Dispatch https://thedispatch.com/

Gabriel: How Nickelback became the most hated band ever https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFC4OFWIPtw
18
SEP
2022

Rounding out two big weeks

Nick and Gabriel discuss the latest threats to property rights in SA, the abortion debate, their thoughts on the upcoming U.S. midterms and the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

Recommendations:

Nick: "The weakness of Xi Jinping" https://www.foreignaffairs.com/china/xi-jinping-china-weakness-hubris-paranoia-threaten-future

Gabriel:The Antislavery Activist That Time Forgot: Historian Walter Stahr on Salmon P. Chase https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yJAJarVmU0&ab_channel=HooverInstitution
28
AUG
2022

What is incitement anyway?

Gabriel and Nick chat about the EFF-Afriforum hate speech court case and some of the principles of free speech. They also chat about the Trump-FBI raid.

Recommendations:

Nick: https://dailyfriend.co.za/2022/08/26/sorcery-in-samlesbury/

Gabriel: https://youtu.be/pAeoJVXrZo4
19
AUG
2022

The power of theater

Nick and Gabriel take a meander through the place of Bloemfontein in SA today, the Zuma medical parole trial, the speech Gabriel gave at UNISA, the power of theater and Republican Party Reptiles.

Recommendations:

Nick: Inda and Pakistan https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/partition-wasn-t-inevitable

Gabriel: The danger of one thingism https://dailyfriend.co.za/2022/08/18/against-the-silver-bullet-or-one-thing-ism/

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