The Thinking Behind It All



The Thinking Behind It All is a pro Black/Pan African podcast that critiques news stories using socio-political theory. Tune in every week for new episodes.


  • Hey Baby

    22/06/2021 Duración: 01h09min

    We have decided to produce a bonus episode in light of the fact that families and their babies have made headlines in South Africa recently. In this episode, we provide commentary and analysis on the baby formula dad and the Tembisa 10 news stories. Through a critical lens, we compare and contrast the coverage of various media that ran with the stories. Join Melusi with the debutant, his sister, Naledi as well as the legendary Ise as they dissect and look for underlining meanings in a multitude of media texts. It's a family affair.

  • Unconscious Bias (TTBIA RELOADED)

    16/09/2020 Duración: 01h02min

    A lot has happened since we last conversed and we have been silent. It so happens that hair and racism are the perfect ingredients for an episode. Therefore, we discuss an explosive event that occurred in South Africa that we felt warranted  some attention.

  • Cim' I'bane (Lights-out)

    31/03/2019 Duración: 44min

     In the 32nd edition, we begin the show with the USP (Usual Suspects' Perspective) segment. We discuss the upheaval in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe left by the cyclone Idai. We conclude our show with a discussion about South Africa's power utility, Eskom, following a consecutive six days of rolling electricity blackouts.  

  • Can Of Worms

    25/03/2019 Duración: 48min

    In the 31st edition, we begin the show with a spicy USP (The Usual Suspects' Perspective) segment. We turn our attention to a bribery scandal that has rocked Universities in the United States of America. We conclude with a discussion of a high panel report which accuses the former South African president, Jacob Zuma, of abusing his powers in the administration of the State Security Agency.

  • Rewind

    31/12/2018 Duración: 01h14min

     In the 30th edition, the show starts with an exciting USP (Usual Suspects’ Perspective) segment in which we welcome our guest listener. It was a very news intense year with many contentious, light-hearted and tragic moments –we look at some of these in terms of TTBIA and society at large.

  • Own It

    13/12/2018 Duración: 54min

    In the 29th edition, we kick-off the show with the USP (Usual Suspects’ Perspective) segment. George W. H. Bush’s funeral was held in the United States of America and we look at the media coverage of the late President’s legacy. Last but not least, JR (not “my ni**a”, but Johan Rupert) was interviewed on Power987FM, a local South African talk radio station, and we dissect what the second richest man in South Africa had to say as the God of WMC (White Monopoly Capital).

  • You vs The World

    07/12/2018 Duración: 52min

    In the 28th edition, we start-off with a USP (Usual Suspects’ Perspective) segment that touches on the Global Citizens concert and South African media violating ethics. We then revisit a story that was talked about in the USP segment where an off-duty police officer killed a black man in his apartment, in the US. We finish the show with a discussion on John Steenhuisen’s, South African official opposition member of parliament, lack of education and the protection granted to him by his white privilege status.

  • Below The Surface

    29/11/2018 Duración: 01h01min

    In the 27th edition, we kick-off the show with a very spicy USP (Usual Suspects’ Perspective) segment. We follow up with a discussion on the E Koli breakout in the United States of America. Our final story is of a very tragic account of the killing of a 7-year-old boy by his older sister’s former lover.

  • Know Your Struggle

    17/11/2018 Duración: 53min

    In the 26th edition, we dedicate the USP (Usual Suspects’ Perspective) segment to the call on media to boycott US President Trump’s press conferences. Sadly, we find ourselves having to discuss the coverage of yet another killing of a black person by police in the United States. Our final topic is about the coverage of corruption and state capture stories in South Africa.

  • And the People say...

    10/11/2018 Duración: 57min

    In the 25th edition, we discuss pop culture in the USP (Usual Suspects’ Perspective) segment. Our focus then turns to controversial Malusi Gigaba’s (South African cabinet minister) media spotlight in which there are calls for him to resign following several damning scandals. We close-off the show with a discussion on the midterm elections in the United States of America.

  • Gentrified Blackies

    21/10/2018 Duración: 41min

    We present to you Gentrified Blackies -- Appendix A of a series of episodes that The Thinking Behind It All publishes in which we discuss and elaborate on some of the concepts and ideas that come up during our usual podcast. To coon or to be a coconut is a judgment call that is often made by woke folk when they speak about black people who have assimilated or sold out into whiteness. We talk about what this means and debate some well-known personalities’ characters in line with this notion.

  • Hate It Or Love It

    18/09/2018 Duración: 50min

    In the 24th edition, we open the show with a USP (Usual Suspects’ Perspective) segment that is about gunshots, supposed plots to oust leadership and protestation against a national anthem. Afterwards, we discuss at length Serena Williams’s fightback against an oppressive and discriminatory system within tennis.

  • Loss

    09/09/2018 Duración: 51min

    In our 23rd edition, we start-off the show with a mixed bag of news stories in the USP (Usual Suspects’ Perspective) segment. It was senator John McCain’s funeral in the United States of America and we dissect some of the politics arising from that event. We end the show with a discussion on how poorly media has been covering missing cases of black children.

  • Broader Perspective

    04/09/2018 Duración: 53min

    In our 22nd edition, we start the show with a very lively USP (Usual Suspects’ Perspective) segment. We then focus on the state capture commission that has commenced in South Africa. The show concludes with a conversation of part 2 of artist, musician and twelebrity, Ntsiki Mazwai’s interview.

  • Scapegoating

    26/08/2018 Duración: 01h01min

    In the 21st edition, we talk about a variety of issues in the Usual Suspects’ Perspective (USP) segment. Our attention then turns to the media hype resulting from President Trump’s associates admitting to crimes of fraud. Finally, keeping up with the month’s theme #WomensMonth, we discuss part 1 of an exclusive interview we had with a well-known South African poet, musician and twelebrity, Ntsiki Mazwai.

  • Crucified

    19/08/2018 Duración: 01h09min

    In the 20th edition, we start the programme by showing respect to fallen heroes and heroines in the USP (Usual Suspects’ Perspective) segment. Following this, our focus turns to the sex crimes report released by a grand jury in Pennsylvania, USA, about more than a thousand cases of child abuse by Catholic priests. We then discuss the media coverage of Ms. Omarosa Manigault and President Trump feud since Ms. Manigault’s announcement of a book titled Unhinged. In keeping up with this month’s #WomensMonth theme, the show concludes with a talk on the responses we received from several interviews that were conducted with a diverse group of women.

  • Drawing The Line

    14/08/2018 Duración: 01h08min

    In the 19th edition, we start the show in our USP (Usual Suspects’ Perspective) segment with a discussion on what womanhood means to a couple of the TTBIA ladies. We weigh in on the banning of Alex Jones’s content by several prominent internet platforms. Following this, we discuss a number of issues emanating from Women’s Day events in South Africa –including the South African President’s and opposition party’s (Economic Freedom Fighters) rallies on the day. We conclude the show with our analysis of the interviews that we have conducted with women from various parts of the world.

  • Women's Month (The Foundations)

    05/08/2018 Duración: 01h20min

    In the 18th edition, we highlight that it is Women’s Month in South Africa and thus marks our first of several shows dedicated to women issues among other trending news. In the Usual Suspects’ Perspective (USP) segment, the team members share the significance of women’s roles in their lives. We focus on the racial incident wherein a white man, Jeffrey Whitman, harassed Charles Lovett, an African-American man, after following him all the way home. We look at the debates following Prof. Mayosi’s passing and we try to make meaning of the various points made. We then turn our attention to the elections in Zimbabwe –the first since former President Mugabe’s ousting. We close-off the show with a segment unpacking various women’s perspectives based on interviews we have conducted.

  • Whose Struggle Is It?

    29/07/2018 Duración: 01h12min

    In the 17th edition, the show opens with the Usual Suspects’ Perspective (USP) and, in this segment, we note other news items that were of interest to the crew during this past week. Farida Bembe slammed South Africa’s treatment of foreign nationals in a blog that she wrote which went viral -- we look at the issues emanating from her criticism. We then turn our focus to the uproar following Nomzamo Mbatha’s tweet in which she uploaded a photo of herself appearing on Cosmopolitan's cover for the August edition. We conclude the show with a discussion on the trade war between the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China.

  • Jungle Fever

    22/07/2018 Duración: 01h23min

    In the 16th edition, we devote the opening segment, The Usual Suspects’ Perspective (USP), to the 16th Mandela Lecture by former US President Barack Obama. We then turn our attention to US President Donald Trump’s diplomatic missions in Europe. We conclude the show by focusing on the French government’s outrage to the remarks made by Trevor Noah that some of the players are of African descent.

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