2 Crickets In A Thorn Tree

SA INSTITUTE OF RACE RELATIONS  |  Podcast , ±1 hr 21 min episodes every 1 week, 2 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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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.


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

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

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.


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

Gabriel: Copenhagen https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0340057/

The terror of gerrymandering

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


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

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.


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

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.



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

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


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

FT: Positive feedback: the science of criticism that actually works

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.


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

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

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.


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

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.


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

Gabriel: https://youtu.be/pAeoJVXrZo4

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.


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/

The Conservative Iceberg: SA Edition

Gabriel and Nick chat about the life of John Kane-Berman and then about the powerful and undiscussed conservative soul of South Africa which is rising to the surface with the collapse of the ANC.


Gabriel: Lord Sumption: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YleLkFnwqK0

Nick: Fusionism: https://www.nationalreview.com/2022/07/why-both-types-of-conservative-fusionism-still-matter/

Zuma's 2 steps to freedom

Gabriel and Nick chat about the IRR's legal arguments for why Jacob Zuma should not have been released from jail at the direction of Arthur Fraser and what Zuma can do to turn around his reputation and the country.


Nick: Heilung https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVbc_Fwbt50

Gabriel: Sibelius Theme and Variations for Solo Cello (1887) https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=tJ-BIEutAWc&feature=share

What even is the Middle East?

Nick and Gabriel ask the question, What is the Middle East? They also discuss the plans for an Eskom 2, South Africa's wild west past and Biden's trip to the Middle East.


Nick: Tolkien Lore https://www.youtube.com/c/TolkienLorePodcast/videos

Gabriel: The Churchill factor https://www.amazon.com/Churchill-Factor-How-Made-History/dp/1594633983

Philip Glass - Violin Concerto & Company Complete https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsX5gldmmFE

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