Race Matters

Race Matters | Podcast

Conversations for people trying to understand the value in their racial and cultural identity.

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

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Episode 38: Cultural Appropriation

What actually is cultural appropriation? And why does it matter? This Halloween, we thought it apt to tackle the ever-controversial topic. Get your bite-sized lowdown right here.

Episode 37: Cancelled

Political correctness gone mad, or a legitimate way of holding those with influence accountable in the internet age? This week on Race Matters, we tackle cancel culture.

Episode 36: Wiradjuri Movement (with Joel Bray and Vicki Van Hout)

What’s the connection between colonisation and gay dating app Grindr? And how do you deal with expectations when you make contemporary art through the lens of the world’s oldest living culture? We chat to artists Joel Bray and Vicki Van Hout about this and more, ahead of their two shows as part of Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art this October.

Episode 35: Halal Gurls (with Aanisa Vylet)

Aanisa Vylet wrote and stars in Halal Gurls, the world's first hijabi comedy series. We chat to her about her experience making the show, some of her early influences and why authentic, intelligent representation matters.

Episode 34: Shifting the Balance (with Lena Nahlous)

We know there's a lack of diverse representation in the arts, especially when it comes to positions of power. But we haven't always had the numbers to prove it. Executive Director of Diversity Arts Australia, Lena Nahlous, unpacks their recent report into arts leadership, diversity and inclusion, proving that we have a problem and directing us to start working on solutions.

Episode 33: Paris Report (with PM Kanza.)

In a Race Matters first, our resident globetrotter Rhyan Clapham talks race, identity and music with French rapper PM Kanza.

Episode 32: Farewell Georgia!

It's Georgia's last show! She reflects on the crushes she's manifested by way of interviewing them for past episodes. Plus, we look to the future, chatting Western Sydney crew ONEFOUR and how they're taking the world by storm.

Episode 31: We Are Golden (with Candy Bowers)

Writer, performer and educator Candy Bowers chats Black Girl Magic, reclaiming narratives and tells us the best icebreaker idea we’ve ever heard – tried and tested.

Episode 30: Come As You Are (with Damian Griffis)

Damian Griffis is a proud Worimi man and a leading advocate for the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with disability. It was an honour to have him on today's show, for a truly insightful chat with Sara about intersectionality, the pros of approaching disability with a social model, and his upcoming panel at Sydney Opera House's Antidote in September. Plus – at the beginning of the show, Sara spoke about the crisis in Victoria at the moment, on the lands of the Djab Wurrung people. The sacred birthing trees of their lands are about to be knocked down to build a new highway by Victoria Roads. For directions to the protest and numbers to call if you can't physically make it there, head to dwembassy.com/.

Episode 29: Waltzing the Dragon (with Benjamin Law)

Darren Lesaguis talks to author and broadcaster Benjamin Law about 'Waltzing the Dragon', his two-part doco exploring the long and oft-surprising history between Australia and China. They also chat negotiating identity across generations, and 'Growing Up Queer in Australia' – the recent, vital anthology Law has edited. Watch 'Waltzing the Dragon' on ABC iView, and find 'Growing Up Queer in Australia' in any good bookstore.

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