What genre is more perfect than a classic medical drama to deliver the message: be wary of first impressions – and to keep asking questions and listening? For years, med dramas have been emphasising how important it is to get the whole story, for reminding us that people lie (and explaining why), and telling us that treating people a certain way based on an assumption can be deadly.
Medical drama series Transplant (2020-now) sets up both its audience and its characters to jump to all sorts of conclusions in its first action-packed episode on Monday 30 November at 20:50 on Universal Channel (*117). And it uses that to tell an exciting hospital-based story and expose assumptions about immigrants (both documented and undocumented) and refugees. Its story puts our brains through a MRI scanner to spot those lurking mental cancers that have taken root through years of dehumanising TV shows and political fearmongering that have linked immigrants – especially dark-skinned immigrants – with terrorism, violent crime and drugs.
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The other Basson
Businessman DeWet Basson is surprised when his youngest child Mieke arrives in Hillside.
K is for killer
KaMadonsela’s tiff with Thokozile spirals into a stabbing.
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The all-powerful Jack Mabaso has to confront his history if he wants to move forward.
Plan of action
Matt LeBlanc says goodbye to his family comedy series Man With A Plan, but not before one final outing as the fourth and final season kicks off.
Down The Drain
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Climbing An Uphill Battle
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Siya’s conscience over Denver’s death sends him spiralling out of control and grabbing the booze bottle.
Grasping At Straws
Ndabezinhle finds hope and healing following the untimely death of her best friend Mnqobi.
Revenge Gone Wrong
Nosipho is tasked with retrieving the Mhlongo empire from her ex-boyfriend Amos. But will she follow through?
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The Boeing 737 Max can return to Canadian airspace beginning this week, officials said, concluding nearly two years of government review after the aircraft was involved in two deadly crashes that saw the planes grounded worldwide.
Liz “Snorkel” Thomas HIKING ICON
Thomas has thru-hiked more than 20 long trails, including the Pacific Crest, Continental Divide and Appalachian Trails (the Triple Crown). On top of that, she set a fastest known time on the AT for an unsupported woman and has completed dozens of urban thru-hikes as well. This issue, she joins Backpacker as a contributing editor. Here’s some of Thomas’s best advice and insight fed by more than 20,000 trail miles.
Fire and Ice
Find alpine bliss halfway through this snowshoe beneath an active volcano on Artist Point Trail in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington.
How a Philanthropic Darling Became Political Scandal
A Canadian development charity courted celebrities, enlisted legions of schoolchildren to raise funds, and built a new, commerce-fueled model of philanthropy. Then a Covid relief deal got people asking who was benefiting most
Handloading Harder, Denser Shot
The Evolution of Tungsten Shot
Junco family tree
Meet the many variations of this beloved snowbird and popular wintertime visitor.
Cannabis Not to Blame For Workplace Injuries
In the recent United States election cycle, we saw even more states adopt cannabis as a legally accepted recreational substance. See our article and infographic on Page 16.
THERE'S GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY
The U.S. could adopt a few easy reforms—and a few tough ones—to take the drama out of its democracy
CANADA'S FORGOTTEN CAPITAL
Beneath the streets of Old Montreal, the rubble of a short-lived Parliament building offers a glimpse into a young country’s growing pains
KITTYHAWK JUNGLE RESCUE
P-40 GETS A NEW LEASE ON LIFE