Yesterday, I listened to the last episode of the ZAR Podcast.

ZAR is a twenty interview chronicle of the state of the South African nation – and frankly, it’s also a microcosmic view of most of the economic and cultural voices that you hear in the global media.

I mean, I can’t talk about this set of interviews highly enough.

The list:

  • Episode 1: the Libertarian Free Market view (Russell Lamberti).
  • Episode 2: the Pragmatic Business view (Sizwe Nxedlana)
  • Episode 3: the Geopolitical view (Michael Harris)
  • Episode 4: the Economic History view (RW Johnson)
  • Episode 5: the Ultra Left Wing Black Consciousness view (Andile Mngxitama)
  • Episode 6: What’s Wrong With The Rand
  • Episode 7: the former Liberal view (Tony Leon)
  • Episode 8: the Engineering view (Chris Yellend)
  • Episode 9: the Capitalist Trade Union* view (Flip Buys)
    *I did not realise such a thing existed.
  • Episode 10: the Socialist Trade Union view (Neil Colman)
  • Episode 11: the Journalist view – on SA-China relations, specifically (Philip de Wet)
  • Episode 12: the Right Wing Black Consciousness view (Herman Mashaba)
  • Episode 13: the Public Protector view (Thuli Madonsela)
  • Episode 14: the White Privilege Consciousness (?) view (Scott Burnett)
  • Episode 15: The Sacking of Nene
  • Episode 16: the Farmer view (John Purchase)
  • Episode 17: the Freedom of Speech view (Gareth van Onselen)
  • Episode 18: the ANC view (Zizi Kodwa)
  • Episode 19: the Academic/University Chancellor view (Adam Habib)
  • Episode 20: the DA view (Refiloe Ntsekhe)
  • Episode 21: the Open-Mind Conclusion (Stephen Reardon)

I’m just not sure where else you’d find such a succinct and impartial representation of the “important” voices. Speaking for myself, there were real mental shifts.

If someone called this art, I’m not sure they’d be wrong.

Also, it’s art.

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