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Stance is an award-winning arts, culture and current affairs podcast. Stance was started by broadcasters Chrystal Genesis and Heta Fell with a view to stretch the debates and conversation we traditionally hear around arts, culture and current affairs, and give more voices a chance to have their say. Stance was reviewed as “consistently smart” by the FT and won “Best Arts & Culture Show” and “Rising Star 2018” in the Online Radio Awards. Stance is a monthly magazine for audio with in-depth...


Episode 24: Way With Words; Armina Mussa, Artist & Creative Director of Saint Heron; Mind: Creativity in the City

This month, we kick off the new year with an exploration of language in our feature, “Way With Words”. How do we preserve our most endangered languages? How does a dialect become a language? Do labels like “Womxn”, “LGBTQIA”, “people of color” and “Latinx” empower or hold people back? What happens when a command of written and verbal language no longer separates robots from humans? We’ll dig into these questions and more with Animesh Garg, Robotics research scientist at Stanford; Dr. Helen...


Episode 23: On Beauty; Turner Prize Nominee Naeem Mohaiemen; Mind: Design in the City

On Beauty - Stance explores its value in society, the ethics surrounding beauty ideals, the objects we treasure, and the beauty rules of Drag. Stance speaks with artist Naeem Mohaiemen, Turner Prize Nominee, to find out more about his work. And in our current affairs piece, we investigate how neuroscience is being used to promote greater wellbeing in cities, with a new generation of scientists, architects and policymakers. @stancepodcast


Stance Takes: The Power of Culture with Tarana Burke, Janet Mock, Rafael Casal, Nnedi Okorafor & Marc Bamuthi-Joseph

How can we re-imagine political power? What is the role of culture in the current political climate? These were the questions framing the YBCA 100 Summit in San Francisco - an event recognizing some of the most exciting people, organizations and movements changing society for the better. Stance caught up with this year’s honorees Janet Mock; Tarana Burke; Nnedi Okorafor; Rafael Casal, as well as YBCA's Marc Bamuthi-Joseph to hear their takes. @stancepodcast...


Episode 22: Voting… Power to the People?; Sayaka Murata; Fatimah Asghar & John Cooper Clarke

In our first ever podcast, as President Trump took office we talked about the rise of the demagogue. Nearly two years on, the bitter fight for control of Congress is playing out in front of our eyes. Stance looks at how global relationships with democratic participation has changed and is shifting in a period of rapid technological and political upheaval. We profile Sayaka Murata, a multi-award winning author in Japan who’s making waves with her acclaimed novel Convenience Store Woman. And...


Stance Takes: Black History Month - The Debate

In this episode of Stance Takes - we celebrate Black History Month in the UK and hear whether new ideas around representation and diversity are challenging the old stale orthodoxy. Stance co-host Chrystal Genesis takes her son to the British Library’s exhibition celebrating 70 years since the Empire Windrush. They share stories of their history against a backdrop of Marcus Garvey, Darcus Howe and Una Marson. We speak to Farzana Khan, a producer and award-winning arts educator currently...


Episode 21: Magnifying Masculinity, Kate Tempest, Desiree Akhavan

This month, Stance explores what has been hailed as a new era in masculinity, a year on from the launch of the #metoo movement. Stance dissects society’s idea of masculinity and how this is being challenged and reshaped, with voices including Emmy-winning filmmaker Deeyah Khan. Stance profiles the award-winning acclaimed poet, musician and writer Kate Tempest, and speak with Emmy award-winning director and actor and winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Desiree Akhavan, ahead of the...


Stance Takes: Donald Glover's Atlanta

Introducing Stance Takes: an experimental mini episode outside of Stance's regular format, covering entertainment, in-depth interviews and the ideas framing co-founders, Chrystal Genesis and Heta Fell’s conversations. The first Stance Takes will explore the cultural significance of award-winning surrealist TV drama comedy, “Atlanta” by FX. Donald Glover has been described as a “one of Hollywood’s most exciting and in-demand creative minds” today and he recently made history as being the...


Episode 20: Coming of Age, Playwright & Poet Inua Ellams, Ibibio Sound Machine

Stance explores the notion of Coming of Age, what it means to young people, how it's expressed and celebrated across many cultures and depicted through film and felt through music. We speak to award-winning playwright and poet Inua Ellams about his critically acclaimed play Barber Shop Chronicles which is now touring internationally. And, lastly we catch up with Eno Williams, the lead singer of African Electronic 8-piece band, Ibibio Sound Machine. Note: This episode contains occasional...


Episode 19: Class Ceiling in the Arts, Jessie Ware, Hofesh Shechter

Stance explores the great British obsession, class, with an in-depth report focusing on class and culture. We interview Mercury-nominated singer and songwriter Jessie Ware and we catch up with star of the dance world, Hofesh Shechter, ahead of his mammoth community-led project set in the Tower of London. Stance is an award-winning independent arts, culture and current affairs podcast, exploring diverse, global perspectives. @stancepodcast


Episode 18: The PTSD We Are Not Talking About, Filmmaker Khalik Allah, Feminist Five Activist Li Maizi

Stance explores PTSD and how people living in violent neighborhoods are developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at rates as high, if not higher, than veterans who served on the frontline in Iraq. With alarmingly high rates of violent crime in the UK capital, Stance wanted get to the heart of this issue and find out what needs to change. We also explore intergenerational trauma and how, if left untreated, PTSD can be transmitted to future generations. We hear from filmmaker and...


Episode 17: Modern Mumbai; A Ballet Collaboration with Grammy-Winning Musician Zakir Hussain; Playwright Natasha Gordon

In our new episode: Stance visits India with a cultural trip that takes us beyond the National Geographic lens, to meet street educators, young LGBTQ activists and visual artists that are all changing the face of modern Mumbai. Stance meets Grammy Award-winning musician, Zakir Hussain, and visionary choreographer, Alonzo King, at the world premiere of their new co-creation, Sutra. They discuss the importance of artistic collaboration. Finally, we speak to actor and playwright, Natasha...


Episode 16: The Future of Drugs; Choreographer Holly Blakey; Writer Nikesh Shukla

Stance looks at the changing face of drugs, including a special report from California on LSD and the reality of the legalization of cannabis. Plus, we hear about Iboga, from Gabon, known as one of the strongest psychedelic drugs on the planet, but also believed to be a cure for opioid addiction. We meet with award-winning choreographer and director Holly Blakey, ahead of her London show with Oscar-nominated composer Mica Levi, Cowpuncher. And we speak to the brilliant writer Nikesh Shukla...


Episode 15: Alternative Realities - Witches?, Kamila Shamsie, Kaytranada

Stance returns with its Alternative Realities series investigating the perception of Witches and what it means to be a be a witch in the UK, the US and India. Stance profiles the author Kamila Shamsie, whose most recent novel, Home Fire was Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Finally, we catch up with critically acclaimed DJ and Producer, Kaytranada. Stance is an independent arts, culture and current affairs podcast, exploring diverse, global perspectives. @stancepodcast


Episode 14: French Artist JR, Palestinian Filmmaker Maysaloun Hamoud, Future of Centrism

Stance met up with elusive French artist, JR, known for creating huge black-and-white photographic images as murals in public places all over the world. We spoke to the exciting new award-winning director, Maysaloun Hamoud, to find out more about her first feature film, In Between. Lastly, we explore the future of centrism. What hope is there for the middle in the current extreme UK and US political climate? @stancepodcast


Stance Episode 13: Food; Larry Achiampong; Feminism in 1970s Britain

Chrystal Genesis and Heta Fell start the new year by exploring our complex and glorious relationship to FOOD with writer and Great British Bake Off finalist, Ruby Tandoh, plus, the former Young Poet Laureate for London, Selina Nwulu; and other important voices. We cover food fads, in relation to class and body image; we analyse the language and labels we hear around food, and we ask whether politicising food is all too much. We profile one of Britain's most exciting young visual artists,...


Stance Episode 12: Home; Mehereta Baruch-Ron; Ibeyi

In the 12th episode of Stance - Heta Fell and Chrystal Genesis explore four distinct takes on HOME, covering the Grenfell fire six months on; the Rohingya crisis; Venezuela; and Homelessness among the LGBTQ community in San Francisco. They speak to MEHERETA BARUCH-RON, the Deputy Mayor of Tel Aviv. An Ethiopian-born Jew who went from illiterate child refugee to heart of the Israeli political elite. They hear her unique story and find out more about her political ambitions. And they meet...


Stance Episode 11: Sport & Revolution; Four Tet; The Sea

In this episode of Stance, Heta Fell and Chrystal Genesis cover Sport and Revolution with Women's NBA player, Kelsey Bone; writer and journalist, Musa Okwonga; and they go for a run with Goodgym founder, Ivo Gormley. They speak exclusively to Four Tet. Hailed as one of the 21st-century's finest electronic musicians, he speaks to Stance in his first and only interview about his album, New Energy. They also discuss the sea with Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE (Young Vic Theatre's new Artistic Director)...


Stance Episode 10: Gina Miller; Basquiat; Sex

Stance Podcast explores diverse perspectives in arts, culture and current affairs. This month, we speak to Gina Miller, the woman who successfully took on the British government with regards to Brexit, in one of her most personal interviews to date. We explore the often overlooked political and racial aspects of the work of the late artist, Basquiat. And we discuss sex with five women who in different ways are helping people to own their sexuality and desires; featuring the legendary theatre...


Stance Episode 9: Outnumbered in Silicon Valley; Sabrina Mahfouz; War in Yemen

In this episode, Stance hears about the epidemic of sexual harassment facing the tech world, with a female entrepreneur who shares her alleged experience of sexual harassment at the hands of a renowned investor. Heta and Chrystal explore the tech industry at large looking at what needs to change with regards to representation in gender and race, and why it is critical to the future of tech. They profile Sabrina Mahfouz, one of London's most promising playwrights, poets and screenwriters....