Episode 159: Mandela Behind Bars, Mandela Takes the Stage, Erik Prince Defends Blackwater and more


Mandela's Jailer Remembers

"The child was in the waiting room. I just tried to get a hold of the child through Winnie. She put the child in my arms I said 'I will hold the child while you have a visit.' After the visit had taken place I took the child over to Mandela quickly ... you could see he was very nervous and sensitive. He picked up the child very carefully. Kissed the child on the cheek ... you could see the tears in his eyes."

-Christo Brand, Mandela's prison guard on Robben Island and Pollsmoor Prison recalls smuggling Mandela's grandchild into his cell  Listen


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Mandela at Wembley

wemb11111_pub.jpg "Strange to think nowadays that a major statesman would have his international reception event in a stadium, surrounded by popular artists, and talking to six-hundred million people. But that's the way of it, I'm afraid."


-Tony Hollingsworth organizer of two giant Mandela concerts in 1988 and 1990 


 Patrick Brazeau: Suspended Senator, Rookie Reporter


"Well look. I'm still a Senator, but I've been suspended without pay .. and so I'm just a regular Canadian and now I was in a situation where I needed to find work to provide for my family."

-Senator Patrick Brazeau 


How the Smartest Kids Make the Grade

test_pub.jpg "The average Beverley Hills resident is under-performing compared to the average kid in all of Canada... In the United Staes even the richest top quartile of students, the most advantaged kids in the country, are scoring below their advantaged peers in 27 nations in math in this latest round of results..."

-Amanda Ripley author of The Smartest Kids in the World  


Blackwater's Erik Prince Feels Betrayed


"Our men, some of which were doing security work overseas, had to be armed, and unfortunately sometimes they had to use those weapons to defend the people they were working for...  Being an armed security contractor is certainly more contentious, I guess, than doing someone's laundry."


-Erik Prince, founder and former CEO of Blackwater and author of Civilian Warriors  



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