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Corona Special: The Race for the Cure - and the Nobel Prize

Corona Special: The Race for the Cure - and the Nobel Prize

March 23, 2020

Scientists from all over the world are working tirelessly on three fronts: 1. testing 2. treatment 3. vaccine. In this podcast, Dr Rutger Vos joins Gil Kidron and details where we're at now, how does it work and what is being done in order to get to the Holy Grail that will save humanity from the virus that has upended civilization and will win the Nobel prize.

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Corona Special: Political Change According to George R R Martin

Corona Special: Political Change According to George R R Martin

March 19, 2020

In this podcast we welcome patron Omri Goldshtrom to discuss political change according to the epic story George R R Martin is still writing. What can we gleam from the political processes that are occurring and from Martin's views on government, reform and history. This was recorded pre-Corona, but is made all the more relevant and pertinent now that the entire world has changed and political institutions are adapting to an increasingly unsustainable reality.

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Corona Special: The Collapse of the Neo Liberal Order?

Corona Special: The Collapse of the Neo Liberal Order?

March 16, 2020

As the world changes so rapidly because of the spread of the Corona virus, it is a time for us humans to take stock of the society we have created for ourselves and make decisions about the world we want to live in moving forward. After this historical ongoing event, some conventional wisdoms and ideological dogmas will have to be cast aside. Dr Rutger Vos joins Gil Kidron for a conversation about the world after the Corona pandemic.

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Israeli Elections 2020: Did We Narrowly Avoid Disaster?

Israeli Elections 2020: Did We Narrowly Avoid Disaster?

March 3, 2020

The Israeli elections of January 2020 were heading towards a victory for acting prime minister Benjamin Bibi Netanyahu, who needs 61 seats in parliament to avoid standing trial for corruption. As of the time of this taping, he has 59 seats and has fallen short. Sadly, his rivals have proven themselves incapable of mounting a serious charge and make their case to the public. At the same time, the Jewish left has been decimated while the Join Arab List has gotten a record number of seats. Actor and former activist Yonatan Miller joins Gil Kidron to make sense of it all.

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The Australian Political Climate Crisis: How It Got So Bad

The Australian Political Climate Crisis: How It Got So Bad

February 24, 2020

The Australian fires have already affected the global climate crisis and will also impact the local (and global?) economy. How did Australia get to where it got in January, where venturing outside was as dangerous as smoking 37 cigarettes in one day? Gil Kidron welcomes patron and Australian environmentalist Alex Rooke to break it all down.

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Science in Movies: The Jungle | Apocalypse Now, Avatar, Apocalypto, Jungle Book, Tarzan

Science in Movies: The Jungle | Apocalypse Now, Avatar, Apocalypto, Jungle Book, Tarzan

February 17, 2020

The jungle has long been a very attractive topic in movies and books, with its unstoppable nature teeming with mysterious and dramatic creatures and plants. In this episode, Dr. Rutger Vos joins Gil Kidron to talk about the jungle from a scientific perspective, as well as about how it is perceived in the human imagination, through these movies: Apocalypse Now, Avatar, Apocalypto, Jungle Book and Tarzan. As we dive deep we see the common threads in those five different jungle movies (who include a fictional jungle and jungles in Latin America, India, Africa and South East Asia. The jungle is juxtaposed with civilization and progress, as the latter two cannot control this last holdout of raw unstoppable nature.

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Trump’s Deal of the Century for Peace: WTF Does it Mean?

Trump’s Deal of the Century for Peace: WTF Does it Mean?

February 10, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump triumphantly announced his so called Deal of the Century for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clapping alongside him. But what is actually in the deal? What's not there? How does it correlate to reality? Who wins? Who lost? Why is the Israeli government rejecting its own deal? Gil Kidron and Rutger Vos breakdown the reality behind the political theater.

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Corona Virus Epidemic: Dr Rutger Vos on the Science and Politics

Corona Virus Epidemic: Dr Rutger Vos on the Science and Politics

February 3, 2020

The coronavirus 2019-nCov has been spreading out in the world and in the headlines. But what is a coronavirus anyway? Should we be worried? In this episode, Gil Kidron and Dr Rutger Vos (a biologist) discuss some of the basics of this thing that's going around (Is it alive? How is it structured?) and the search for some of the essential facts-on-the-ground (How fast does it spread? How lethal is it?). We also look at some of the social and political implications: the current events have led to very unfortunate outbreaks of another thing - racism against mainland Chinese people, who already have to undergo a very heavy-handed, dystopian government response.

The Democratic Primaries and the Israel Question

The Democratic Primaries and the Israel Question

January 27, 2020

As the Democratic primaries in the United States kick off, we break down the candidates positions on Israel and the Palestinians: who is repeating talking points? Who is pandering? Who is taking it seriously? Who can really affect change? Political activist and data expert Benjy Cook, himself an Israeli-American, joins Gil Kidron to unpack the empty rhetoric, provide context, parcel the different coalitions and try to lay out what will things look like in the Middle East if this or that candidate becomes president.


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Harry, Ron & Hermione: Three Ways To Become a Hero | Harry Potter

Harry, Ron & Hermione: Three Ways To Become a Hero | Harry Potter

January 20, 2020

Harry Potter's three main characters are the heroes of the story, but in vastly different ways, which can teach us a lot about ourselves and how to face injustices in our societies. We welcome back huge Potterhead and patron Lireza Elezaj to join Gil Kidron in breaking down Harry's heroism in facing his inevitable fate with his head held high, Ron's decision to endanger his privileges and family to fight for the rights of other people, and Hermione's journey to accept that the deck is stacked against her and that others want to risk themselves for her.


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