Race Matters

Race Matters | Podcast

Race Matters is a weekly show, airing live on Sydney’s FBi Radio each Monday at 5:30pm. It sees rotating hosts Rhyan Clapham, Sara Khan, Darren Lesaguis and Georgia Mokak chat race, culture, representation, arts and current affairs with a range of guests.



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Episode 25: A Queer Lexicon (with Peter Polites)

Sexual preference? Or a masked vehicle for racial and economic prejudice? Darren Lesaguis and Western Sydney Greek-Australian novelist, Peter Polites, dive in to the ways cis-gay men navigate identity and desire, including the ways language has been used to define our relationships. Peter's second novel, The Pillars, is out this month. It's a satirical interrogation of the Australian dream of home ownership over a bed of queer noir.

Episode 24: Why is My Curriculum White? (with Dixie Crawford and Omid Tofighian)

An insightful conversation with academic, activist and Behrouz Boochani's translator Omid Tofighian, plus a snippet from the live edition of Race Matters as part of NAIDOC Week 2019.

Episode 23: Faboriginal (with Felicia Foxx)

We celebrate NAIDOC Week 2019 with First Nations drag icon Felicia Foxx.

Episode 22: Talanoa (with Emele Ugavule)

Multidisciplinary storyteller Emele Ugavule talks about her work, her experience navigating various sectors of the arts industry, and how AI can promote cultural preservation.

Episode 21: Movement of the Archipelago (with Bhenji Ra)

Talking movement, fluidity and gender with Sydney-based interdisciplinary artist Bhenji Ra. Grab tickets to Junglepussy at Oxford Art Factory, hosted by House of Slé + featuring a bunch of amazing guests, here.

Episode 20: Speaking Back (with Soo-Min Shim)

Think arts writing has nothing in common with lasagne? Think again! Sydney-based arts writer and arts worker Soo-Min Shim explains all.

Check out Desire Lines as mentioned by Soo-Min. Plus, catch Ecologies of Being at Kudos Gallery from July 2.

Episode 19: 'Other' Voices (with Abdul Abdullah)

Perth-born, Sydney-based artist Abdul Abdullah talks racial profiling, challenging people's prejudiced perceptions of race and culture through art, and King Keanu. 

See Abdul speak alongside Omar Musa with live music from OKENYO on Wednesday 8 June at the Art Gallery of NSW. More info here.

Episode 18: Reconciliation?

A look into the history and nuance of Reconciliation Week with Sara Khan and Georgia Mokak. For further reading, see 'Decolonization is not a metaphor' by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang – available to read for free here.


Episode 17: Anger is Love (with Nayuka Gorrie)

Naarm-based writer and social commentator Nayuka Gorrie on the power of Blak women, self-care and the moment they realised their race was powerful.

Episode 16: How to Write an Autobiographical Novel (with Alexander Chee)

Intergenerational language, first times in drag and... Spider-Man fan fiction? Korean-American writer and essayist Alexander Chee talks to Darren about his best-seller How to Write an Autobiographical Novel and so, so much more.

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