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Race Matters

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Conversations for people trying to understand the value in their racial and cultural identity. Hosted by Sara Khan and Darren Lesaguis.

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Conversations for people trying to understand the value in their racial and cultural identity. Hosted by Sara Khan and Darren Lesaguis.

Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

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Race Matters

Latest release on Jan 10, 2021

Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 16 days ago

Rank #1: Episode 53: Top of the List

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One of the silver linings of this strange moment is that many of us are finding ourselves with a bit of extra time on our hands. Why not spend it with some of the art made by our communities? We put the question to you: what PoC-led media are you loving right now? Hear from listeners + past guests alike on what pop culture they can't get enough of. Plus, local pop icon and past guest Rainbow Chan tells us how she's practising self-care in social isolation.

Full list of the media plugged in this ep: On My Block (Netflix) / @amandabb (Youtube) / Small Doses by Amanda Seales (Booktopia) / Spa Night (SBS On Demand) / HEAVN by Jamila Woods (Spotify) / Priya Krishna (Instagram) / Homebound (To be released; on Instagram @homeboundmovie) / The Family Law (SBS On Demand; Google Play) / Dragon Prince (Netflix) / Man Like Mobeen (Netflix) / Dear White People (Netflix).

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Apr 13 2020

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Rank #2: Episode 46: Invasion Day

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Ahead of Invasion Day 2020, we talk the ongoing colonisation of this country, what productive, positive allyship can look like, and shifting the focus from simply changing the date to changing the system.

// Invasion Day rallies are happening all over the country on Sunday January 26 - we'll see you at the Warrang leg, starting in Hyde Park at 11am.

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Jan 20 2020

28mins

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Rank #3: Bonus: A 2019 Retrospective

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When did you realise there is power in your race? For more than half the year, we've been asking each guest that comes on Race Matters that very question. So we thought we'd run through a few of them. In this episode, you'll hear from Bhenji Ra, Nayuka Gorrie, Abdul Abdullah, Benjamin Law, Min Jin Lee, Glenny Thomas, Lena Nahlous, Rainbow Chan, Damian Griffis, Ying-Di Yin, Justin Tam, Vicki Van Hout, Joel Bray, Candy Bowers, Aanisa Vylet, Soo-min Shim, Felicia Foxx and Jordy Shea. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to all of our guests this year for their stories, wisdom, humour and vulnerability. And thank YOU for listening. Here's to big things in 2020! x

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Dec 23 2019

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Rank #4: Episode 45: Just Us (with Nessa Turnbull-Roberts)

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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.

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Dec 16 2019

46mins

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Rank #5: Episode 37: Cancelled

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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.

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Oct 21 2019

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Rank #6: Episode 36: Wiradjuri Movement (with Joel Bray and Vicki Van Hout)

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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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Oct 14 2019

26mins

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Rank #7: Episode 35: Halal Gurls (with Aanisa Vylet)

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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.

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Sep 30 2019

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Rank #8: Episode 31: We Are Golden (with Candy Bowers)

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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.

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Sep 02 2019

28mins

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Rank #9: Episode 30: Come As You Are (with Damian Griffis)

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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/.

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Aug 26 2019

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Rank #10: Episode 27: Shine Bright (with Min Jin Lee)

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Korean-American author Min Jin Lee talks today's America, her 2017 best-selling novel Pachinko, how home and language inform her identity, and why Rihanna's 'Diamonds' is the antithesis to tall poppy syndrome. The book Min recommends is Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation by David L. Eng and Shinhee Han. Plus – if you have some spare change this week, please consider donating to RAICES: https://www.raicestexas.org/

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Aug 05 2019

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Rank #11: Episode 26: Creating Your Own (with Gerii Pleitez)

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Author and publisher Gerii Pleitez talks writing, relocation and bypassing literary gatekeepers as a woman of colour.

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Jul 29 2019

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Rank #12: Episode 24: Why is My Curriculum White? (with Dixie Crawford and Omid Tofighian)

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An insightful conversation with academic, activist and Behrouz Boochani's translator Omid Tofighian, plus a snippet from the live edition of Race Matters as part of NAIDOC Week 2019.

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Jul 15 2019

28mins

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Rank #13: Episode 16: How to Write an Autobiographical Novel (with Alexander Chee)

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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.

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May 13 2019

23mins

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Rank #14: Bonus: A Conversation with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

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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.

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May 11 2019

34mins

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

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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.

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May 06 2019

29mins

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Rank #16: Episode 13: The Archival Decolonist (with Nathan Sentance)

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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.

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Apr 15 2019

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Rank #17: Episode 10: Cosas Antes y Después (with Nadia Hernández)

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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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Mar 25 2019

29mins

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Rank #18: Bonus: A Conversation with Fariha Róisín

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It's not every day that Fariha Róisín is in town. Now based in Brooklyn, the Australian-Canadian writer, editor, podcaster and delightful human was Sydneyside for a panel titled WoC Solidarity: Beyond Performative Allyship. You heard part of our interview with her on Episode 8 of Race Matters, but we felt so energised (and, tbh, smitten!) after our sprawling conversation with her that we wanted to make it available to you in full. 

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Keep up to date with Fariha on TwitterInstagram and at her website.

This episode features tunes from Tommy Genesis, Gonjasufi, Swet Shop Boys and M.I.A. 

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Mar 15 2019

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Rank #19: Episode 8: Woke Brownie Points (with Fariha Róisín)

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Today on Race Matters with Georgia Mokak, we hear from Brooklyn-based Australian-Canadian writer, editor and podcaster Fariha Róisín. She speaks with Rhyan Clapham and Tanya Ali about growing up in Australia, diasporic experience and the importance of meaningful allyship. Later this week, we'll be releasing an extended cut of Rhyan and Tanya's conversation with Fariha – so keep an eye out on iTunesSpotify and our podcast page.

Right at the end of today's show, we mention a really valuable resource – Aamer Rahman's video about reverse racism. Watch it here.

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Mar 11 2019

32mins

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Rank #20: Bonus: International Women's Day (with Kween G)

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In a special edition of Race Matters live-to-air on International Women's Day, Sara and Georgia catch up with Kween G for an in-depth chat about culture, gender and hip hop in Sydney.

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Mar 08 2019

42mins

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