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 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.

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.

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