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Welcome to "What's Good?", where I tackle a myriad of subjects: From Film/TV to Music, to Tech, Race & Society; Current Affairs and many more, through my eyes and the eyes of the writers I read. So if you take an interest in anything I feel like talking about any given week, along with the occasional interview with Friends of 5E, then this is your podcast. A 5EPN Original.
 
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Welcome, WG listeners, to 30 Questions. Dropping on Thursdays & Fridays, throughout December. E-Mail: the5thelelmentpub@gmail.com Twitter & IG: @The5thElementUK 5E Community Discord Website: www.the5thelement.org.uk/5epn Music - "Together" By Pabzzz ChillHop Music Other Podcasts Under The 5EPN: Diggin' In The Digits 5EPN Radio Black Women Watch... …
 
In a week where: Bob Iger returns as CEO of Disney. The World Cup is under way. World population cracks eight billion. At least 162 people killed and hundreds more injured after a 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s densely populated West Java province. Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Man Utd. 1st of three Life segments: (8:43) With COP27 looking …
 
In a week where: Remembrance Day comes & goes. Cryptocurrency exchange FTX files for bankruptcy. Democrats retain control of the US Senate. A Russian missile kills two people in Poland. Trump announces he's running for President again in 2024. In Sports: (8:37) With the Qatar World Cup days away, my last time talking about it will be about looking …
 
This is one of the longest interviews I have done and for good reason. A week & change before this recording, Apex Zero was in the centre of an amazing proof of concept day of exhibition & immersive performance with "Drummer Warrior Storyteller", a multi-format project that was five years in the making and is only the beginning. I was invited to th…
 
In a week where: Twitter & Meta undergo major employee lay-offs. COP27 is underway in Egypt. Politicians bark at Just Stop Oil protesters as they continue their campaign. Gavin Williamson resigns as Cabinet Office minister over abusive messages. The US Midterms go down. In the 1st of two Life segments: (8:43) Remembrance Sunday dawns upon us, which…
 
In a week where: Elon Musk completes Twitter takeover. Saifullah Paracha, the oldest prisoner of Guantanamo is released after 17 years. Over 150 people die after a stampede in South Korea. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been elected President of Brazil. Migos rapper Takeoff dies aged 28. In Education: (6:07) Why - in 2022 - are we still talking abou…
 
In A Week Where: Liz Truss is gone as PM. Rishi Sunak becomes Prime Minister. Brittney Griner's appeal is rejected & will serve nine year prison sentence. Multiple brands cut ties with Kanye West. LGBT football fans told to be respectful at Qatar World Cup. In Politics: (7:49) We have a THIRD Prime Minister in the space of a year. Rishi Sunak is fi…
 
In a week where: Kwasi Kwarteng "resigns" as Chancellor. Actor Robbie Coltrane dies aged 72. Man United's Mason Greenwood is been charged with attempted rape, engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour, and assault occasioning ABH. Claressa Shields beats Savannah Marshall in biggest Women's Boxing night ever. Happy 100th birthday to the BBC. In…
 
In a week where: 1. Joe Biden pardons all prior federal offences of simple weed possession. 2. Former policeman attacks Thai daycare centre, killing 38, including 24 children. 3. Three people were killed in an explosion on a crucial bridge linking Russia and Crimea. 4. Kyiv is hit with over 40 missiles. 5. Actress Angela Lansbury dies aged 96. In T…
 
For this Long Read, we head to Truly Adventurous (Via Medium) for "The Last Train Robbery" By Rhema Sayers. The piece is an epic true story about the last train robbery to happen in the US' "Wild West". Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute to the show, whether it be sending me questions or voicing your opinion in any way, peep the con…
 
In a week where: Putin announces the annexation of four regions in Ukraine. Ukraine announces application for NATO membership. Sacheen Littlefeather, Who Delivered Brando’s Oscar Rejection Speech, Dies at 75. Brazil presidential race goes to Lula-Bolsonaro runoff. The Tory Party Conference comes & goes. In Society: (7:49) It's UK Black History Mont…
 
In a week where: Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka is suspended for 2022-23 season over alleged intimate relationship with team staff member. UK Police arrest 17-year-old over GTAVI hacking investigation. "Wolf Hall" author Hilary Mantel dies aged 70. Jazz legend Pharoah Sanders dies aged 81. Giorgia Meloni and the far-right Brothers of Italy win…
 
For this Long Read, we head to Byline Times for "The Identity Trap - Race, Representation and the Rise of Conservative Diversity" By Hardeep Matharu. In the piece, with the recent Conservative Leadership contest and high profile diverse cabinet picks, the conversation of diversity has been muddied and will most likely continue to muddy unless we re…
 
In a week where: Roger Federer announces retirement from Tennis. Queen's Funeral happened. Hurricane Fiona makes landfall in Puerto Rico. Las Vegas Aces win the WNBA Championship. Adnan Syed will be released after his murder conviction is vacated. In Politics: (6:02) Kwame Ture, fka Stokely Carmichael, was a big supporter of the UK Black Power move…
 
Another interview for your head top and its a catch up with one of my favourite artists going right now. It's been over two years since my first interview with #FriendOf5E NappyHigh and he's been busy since then: A couple EPs, an album with another currently in the works and constant collabs with other artists. We get into the work he's dropped sin…
 
In a week where: Queen Elizabeth II dies aged 96. 7.7 magnitude earthquake hits Papua New Guinea. The police watchdog has launched a murder investigation into the death of Chris Kaba. Ukraine retook over 1K sqm of territory in the north-eastern Kharkiv region over the weekend. Pillar of French New Wave Cinema, Jean-Luc Godard, dies aged 91. In Poli…
 
In a week where: Gazprom shut down European Gas Pipeline indefinitely. Angus ‘Drummie’ Gaye, Singer of British reggae band Aswad dies aged 62. Chile vote against new & progressive constitution draft. Liz Truss is officially Britain's new Prime Minister. At least 74 people killed, hundreds injured after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck SW China. In…
 
In what is only my 2nd in-person interview for the Pod, we link up with dual threat artist, Treasure Bloom. Those who follow my photography, know that I discovered TB off the back of his support act for other #FriendOf5E, Otis Mensah. (2nd Interview with Otis off the back of that show can be spun here.) Now, a few months after, we link with Treasur…
 
In a week where: Pakistan suffer flash floods, affecting millions. Facebook settles on Cambridge Analytica lawsuit. Moderna is suing rival company Pfizer and BioNTech for allegedly copying its technology behind the development of the first COVID-19 vaccines. Notting Hill Carnival comes & goes. The last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev,…
 
In a week where: Spain suffer days of wildfires. Cineworld prepares to file for bankruptcy. European Championships finish up. Oleksandr Usyk beats Anthony Joshua via Split Decision to retain Heavyweight Titles. Singapore will remove ban on gay marriage. In Sports: (11:44) The European Championships end the six-week barrage of major champs in Athlet…
 
In a week where: Parts of the UK goes into a drought. Writer Salman Rushdie is stabbed on stage in New York. David Bowie tops a Sky Arts list of Britain's 50 most influential artists of the last 50 years. The UK is the first country to approve a new COVID booster that targets both the original virus as well as the Omicron variants. Liz Cheney gets …
 
For this Long Read, we head to Vogue for "Serena Williams Says Farewell to Tennis On Her Own Terms—And In Her Own Words" By Serena Willams, as told to Rob Haskell. In the piece, one of the greatest Tennis players ever talks family and retirement with the US Open on the horizon. Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute to the show, whether…
 
In a week where: WNBA star Brittney Griner is sentenced to nine years in a Russian Penal Colony. London Museum is returning 72 Benin Treasures to Nigeria. Olivia Newton-John dies aged 73. FBI raids Mar-a-Lago. Legendary Motown songwriter Lamont Dozier dies aged 81. In Sports: (5:05) The Commonwealth Games have come and gone and whilst I thoroughly …
 
2nd member of the two-time WG Interview club, King Yanz has been busy since our first interview just over two years ago. We catch up on what he's been up to, which includes a lot of learning, a lot of travelling and self-discovery that all culminates in his new opus "Out of Order", a wide-ranging album in sound and subject matter. We get into all o…
 
In a week where: Rebekah Vardy loses Libel case against Coleen Rooney. NBA legend Bill Russell dies aged 88. Iconic actress Nichelle Nichols dies aged 89. England win the Women's Euro 2022. Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri killed in US airstrike. In Sports: (6:52) The great Bill Russell died aged 88. A pillar of basketball, Russell inspired many, i…
 
In a week where: Ukraine & Russia agree on grain deal to avert a global food crisis... Only for Russia to bomb one of the ports. WHO declare Monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern. Marvel announce new slate of works, including two Avengers films in 2025. David Trimble, Northern Ireland's 1st First Minister & architect of the G…
 
In a week where: Cameron Smith wins The 150th Open. UK faces two days of 35-40 degree heat. World Athletics Championships goes down. Sky News cancels third leadership debate. Health officials in Ghana have declared an outbreak of the highly infectious Marburg virus. In Society: (8:37) Whiteness is an invisible disease that most people aren't aware …
 
For this Long Read, we head to Passion of the Weiss for "Black Star’s ‘No Fear of Time’: Or, How Uploading an Album as a Podcast Could Take Back Control From Big Streaming" by Will Hagle. The piece explores the history of RSS and how Black Star's "new" method of dropping their "album" was so close to potentially upending the current system. Thank y…
 
In a week where: Actor James Caan dies aged 82. Former PM of Japan Shinzo Abe is assassinated. Elon Musk withdraws from $44 Billion bid to buy Twitter. Twitter responds by suing him. Sri Lankans storm presidential residence and burn the Prime Minister's residence. First images from the James Webb Space Telescope are released. In Politics: (6:56) Bo…
 
For this Long Read, we head to Pitchfork for "The Woes of Being Addicted to Streaming" By Jeremy D. Larsen. In the piece, Larsen meditates on how Music Streaming became so prevalent and the three types of people that listen to music. Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute to the show, whether it be sending me questions or voicing your o…
 
In a week where: A gunman kills three people and injured another four at a shopping mall in Copenhagen. BBC admits they received complaints about Tim Westwood. Six people die after a shooting during July 4th parade. Russia claims victory in Ukraine's eastern Luhansk region. Sajid Javid & Rishi Sunak lead a flurry of Tory cabinet resignations. In Po…
 
In a week where: The Conservatives lose two more seats after by-elections in Wakefield & Tiverton and Honiton. The US Supreme Court officially overturn Roe V Wade. Prince Charles taking €3M in Qatari money. Glastonbury comes & goes after two years out. Ghislane Maxwell is sentenced to 20 years. In Society: (8:13) America is in several levels of low…
 
And just like that... WG Interviews back from the dead! For this one, a dear friend of 5E comes through for his 2nd appearance. Sheffield (Soon to be Germany) based Otis Mensah is back after me seeing him live in May, off the back of his new (& self produced) EP "things i should have said a year ago". But this is a WG interview like no other. For t…
 
In a week where: British government approves extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US. Emmanuel Macron loses parliamentary majority as left-leaning coalition gain. Gustavo Petro becomes Colombia's first Leftist president. Transgender women are banned from elite Swimming competitions. Public sector strikes begin this week with more …
 
In a week where: Justin Bieber reveals facial paralysis from Ramsay Hunt syndrome. A former British soldier has died fighting Russian forces. British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira go missing in Brazil. Queen Elizabeth II becomes the 2nd longest reigning monarch. Scotland will make another attempt for independ…
 
In a week where: The Diamond Jubilee comes & goes. The Russo-Ukraine War passes 100 days. Boris Johnson wins a no confidence vote. Elon Musk threatens to kill the Twitter buyout. The Rolling Stone drop their 200 'Greatest' Hip-Hop Albums of All-Time. In Politics: (9:30) Boris Johnson is now officially a dead man walking after winning his no-confide…
 
For this Long Read, we head to The Walrus for Robots Are Writing Poetry, and Many People Can’t Tell the Difference" By Carmine Starnino. For decades, AI has been slowly doing things better than humans. But there's one thing that AI just haven't quite gotten a hand on: Poetry. Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute to the show, whether i…
 
In a week where: Ray Liotta dies aged 67. Kevin Spacey has been charged with four counts of sexual assault against three men. Legendary post-war jockey Lester Piggott dies aged 86. Tory MPs once again mull triggering a confidence vote for Boris Johnson. It's the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. In the 1st of two TV segments: (8:47) With Stranger Things bac…
 
In a week where: Vangelis, composer of Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner soundtracks, dies aged 79. Cases of Monkeypox appear in the UK. Australia's Labor Party wins the Federal Elections. The UK’s first national civil rights organisation for Black people has been launched. The Sue Gray Report is finally released. In History: (6:41) Britain has a h…
 
In a week where: Ukraine wins Eurovision as The UK come 2nd. Finland & Sweden formally confirm intentions to join NATO. A new Margaret Thatcher statue is egged within hours of it being installed. 17-year-old Blackpool player Jake Daniels comes out, the first footballer to do so in 30 years. A Tory MP is arrested on suspicion of rape. In Streaming: …
 
For this Long Read, we head to BuzzFeed News for "He Was 5'7". After Surgery, He’ll Be 5'10"." by Elamin Abdelmahmoud. Covering a man named Scott who elected for height-increasing surgery after years of self-hate about being a short man. Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute to the show, whether it be sending me questions or voicing yo…
 
In a week where: The UK Local Elections goes down. Chelsea is sold to American based consortium, led by Todd Boehly. Ncuti Gatwa will be the next Doctor Who. The TV BAFTAs come & go. Sir Kier Starmer pledges to resign as Labour leader if he is fined for breaking COVID rules. In Politics: (8:43) Northern Ireland's premier Nationalist party Sinn Féin…
 
In a week where: Olivia Wilde literally gets served custody papers whilst on stage @ CinemaCon. 70 Year Old Michael Kish runs a 13.47 100m @ Penn Relays. Boris Becker has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for hiding assets and debts worth more than £2.5 million in the wake of his 2017 bankruptcy. 'Porn MP' Neil Parish resigns. US Supreme Court i…
 
For this Long Read, we head to The Guardian for "How south London became a talent factory for Black British footballers" by Aniefiok Ekpoudom. Laced with personal anecdotes, the piece takes generational jumps from the 60s to now, documenting how South London has continually birthed football talent. Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute…
 
In a Week Where: Emmanuel Macron beats Marine Le Pen again to gain a 2nd term as President of France. Twitter accepts Elon Musk's $44 Billion bid to by the social network outright. World's oldest person Kane Tanaka dies in Japan at 119. DJ Tim Westwood is accused of of sexual misconduct by multiple women. The Tories investigate a senior MP after cl…
 
For this Long Read, we head to The Quietus for "Addicted To Plastic? Eco-Vinyl And The Impact Of Our Listening Habits" by Jono Podmore. Wherein the piece talks about the environmental cost of vinyl, what it takes to make it and how eco-vinyl could be the future. Thank you for listening! If you want to contribute to the show, whether it be sending m…
 
In a week where: Kendrick Lamar is dropping his 5th Studio Album next month. UK Home Office seek to deport illegal means asylum seekers to Rwanda. DJ Kay Slay, pioneering hip-hop artist and longtime radio host, dies at 55 after a months-long battle with COVID-19. Boris Johnson apologises in Parliament so everything is fine. Julian Assange extraditi…
 
For this Long Read, we head to The New Yorker for "The Common Tongue of Twenty-First-Century London" By Rebecca Mead. Where, in the midst of moving her family to London, 30 years after she herself left England for America, has discovered that her son will begin to learn what linguists are calling M.L.E: Multicultural London English. Thank you for l…
 
In a week where: Ketanji Brown Jackson becomes the first black woman to be appointed to the US Supreme Court. Koci Selamaj is jailed for a minimum of 36 years for the murder of Sabina Nessa. Will Smith is banned from The Oscars for 10 years. Pakistan PM Imran Khan's government loses a no-confidence vote. Boris Johnson & Rishi Sunak are fined for 'p…
 
For this Long Read, we head to The Independent for "Barrel Children: Windrush families and the emotional burden of migration" By Nadine White. The piece explores the rarely talked about 'Barrel Children', Caribbean children that got flown out to Britain when not growing up with their parents. The variety of shocks, from location change to literally…
 
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