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 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.

Bonus: A Conversation with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Bestselling author of Friday Black, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, on home, his experience as a young Black male writer, and his passionate take on the latest season of Game of Thrones (spoiler alert for Season 8 Episode 3 from 29:30 – consider yourself warned!).

This episode features tunes from ScHoolboy Q ft. Kendrick Lamar, Janelle Monae, Solange and Ramin Djawadi.

Episode 15: Coming to Voice (with Winnie Siulolovao Dunn and Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah)

Sweatshop Western Sydney manager Winnie Siulolovao Dunn and author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah examine the power of writing from the margins.

Grab your copy of Sweatshop Women: Volume One here.

Episode 14: Unlearning (with wāni Le Frère)

wāni Le Frère's very first spoken word performance was at an open mic, where he read his diary aloud at a friend's suggestion and moved audience members to tears. He then proceeded to fall in love with the artform via Tupac Shakur, John Coltrane and Nina Simone. Ahead of the Sydney premiere of Tales of an Afronaut at Griffin Theatre's Batch Festival, the Naarm-based artist speaks to Darren and Rhyan about the self, family, masculinity and what Nas’ Illmatic means to him.

Episode 13: The Archival Decolonist (with Nathan Sentance)

Have you ever considered who gets to decide what's put in a museum? Nathan Sentance, First Nations project officer at the Australian Museum, joins Darren and Sara to speak about the importance of Indigenous ownership over the histories and stories told by cultural institutions about First Nations peoples.

Read more of Nathan's work at Archival Decolonist, and follow him on Twitter.

Episode 12: Digebasse (with CHAII)

In Sydney for the first time, Persian-Kiwi rapper, audio engineer and producer CHAII joins Georgia and Rhyan in conversation on the site of the 4Elements Hip Hop Festival in Bankstown. Watch her stellar debut music video here.

Episode 11: I Got 5 On It

"I don't see myself casting as a white dude as the lead in my movie," Jordan Peele, director of Get Out – and the new and incredibly successful Us – has said. Darren and Sara chat about why Peele may feel this way, why it's an uncontroversial notion, and the importance of strong and varied representation in film.

Bonus: At Home with Nadia Hernández

An integral figure in Sydney's creative scene today, Nadia Hernández is a multidisciplinary artist based on Gadigal land. Over two days, Georgia Mokak and Rhyan Clapham shared tea and stories in Nadia's home, spanning reflections on her homeland Venezuela, the complexities of diaspora and the influence of both of these on her practice.

Episode 10: Cosas Antes y Después (with Nadia Hernández)

In this episode of Race Matters, Georgia and Rhyan speak to multidisciplinary artist Nadia Hernández about her practice, homeland, and experience as a diasporic Venezuelan woman living in Sydney. 

An extended version of this conversation with Nadia will be released later this week - to make sure you get it first, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, or keep your eye on our Spotify and website feeds.

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