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 45: Just Us (with Nessa Turnbull-Roberts)

Content warning: this episode contains discussion of suicide, depression and abuse. If this brings anything to the surface for you, or you just need to talk to someone, please see contact any of the following: Lifeline Crisis Hotline: 13 11 14 / eHeadspace: 1800 650 890 / Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636 / Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 // On a recent Friday morning, Bundjalung woman Nessa Turnbull-Roberts submitted her Honours thesis, and a few hours later won the Young People's Human Rights Medal. We spoke to her about how she deals with the colonial oppression of universities, her thoughts on Reconciliation Week, and how she practices self-care after protests.

Episode 44: Cya 2019!

We reflect on the year gone by, and some of the incredible guests we've been lucky enough to have join us this year. Plus, we chat a couple of recent milestone moments, and our ones to watch for 2020.

Episode 43: Beyond the Walls (with Glenny Thomas)

Glenny Thomas from community arts organisation Phunktional talks us through how dance can be used to combat the damage of youth incarceration.

Episode 42: Kasama Kita (with Jordy Shea)

Filipino-Australian playwright Jordy Shea on what drew him to drama, the importance of community and 'Kasama Kita' - his play currently showing at Belvoir's Downstairs Theatre.

Episode 41: Farewell Rhyan!

Rhyan joins us one last time as an in-studio host, for an emotional and laughter-filled yarn with Sara about some of his favourite moments over the past year, and what Race Matters has meant to him. We love you Rhyan!

Episode 40: The Farewell (with Ying-Di Yin and Justin Tam)

When it comes to Asian representation in the media, what's changed over the past year? Following last week's reprise of their conversation around Crazy Rich Asians, we brought back Justin Tam and Ying-Di Yin to talk about Lulu Wang's 2019 film The Farewell, sidelining whiteness in ethnic narratives and the complexities of bi-culturalism.

Episode 39: Crazy Rich Asians (with Ying-Di Yin and Justin Tam)

Does Asian representation in the media cut it? Publicist and actor Ying-Di Yin and writer and producer Justin Tam return to Race Matters this month to chat Lulu Wang's film The Farewell – but before they do, revisit their chat from last year, talking Crazy Rich Asians.

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.

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