Stance Podcast

Stance Podcast

By Stance Podcast

Stance is an independent award-winning arts and culture podcast run by journalist and curator Chrystal Genesis. Guests so far include musician Four Tet, singer-producer Nao, authors Yaa Gyasi, Sayaka Murata and Valeria Luiselli, lawyer and campaigner Gina Miller, singer Jessie Ware, poets Fatimah Asghar, John Cooper Clarke & Kate Tempest, actor Riz Ahmed, Me Too founder Tarana Burke, playwrights Inua Ellams, Natasha Gordon & Sabrina Mahfouz, writer and activist Janet Mock, DJ-producer Kaytranada, Choreographer Hofesh Shechter and artists Larry Achiampong, The Singh Twins and Juliana Huxtable. Topics covered include Manchesters LGBTQ+ Story, Beauty, The Class Ceiling in the Arts, Modern Mumbai, Sex, The Female Prison Experience, Demystifying Yoga and Donald Glover’s Atlanta. Stance loves to explore and has visited locations including Mumbai in India, Colombo in Sri Lanka, Bergen in Norway, Paris in France and New York, LA & Philadelphia in the US in search of original stories and fresh perspectives. Stance was awarded Best Arts & Culture Show and Rising Star in the Online Radio Awards 2018, nominated for Best Arts and Culture and Best Current Affairs as part of the British Podcast Awards 2019, included in The Observer and The Times annual Best Podcasts list, and has been Podcast of the Week in publications including The FT, Grazia, and The Guardian. Join the conversation @stancepodcast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Stance is produced by Chrystal Genesis and Rachel Porter. The website editor is Rene Katiisa. Music by Rikette Genesis and Stance branding by Edward Vince.


Ep 39 On The Record; Dancer and Choreographer Akram Khan; Singer Songwriter Róisín Murphy; Writer Zalika Reid-Benta

We cover film, literature, music and dance starting with the documentary On The Record, which charts decades of abuse at the hands of US Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons. We discuss this and more with the author of Miseducation: A Woman’s Guide to Hip Hop Shanita Hubbard, Kierna Mayo, an exec at The Lena Horne Prize and former editor-in-chief of Ebony and The Source and feminist cultural critic, author and journalist Dr Joan Morgan. We speak with dancer and choreographer Akram Khan who talks us through his prolific career as well as his thoughts on politics, movement and family; we talk to singer and songwriter Roisin Murphy who discusses new music and creativity; we head to Canada to meet author Zalika Reid-Benta to discuss her critically acclaimed first short story collection Frying Plantain. We also highlight new writing from The Commonwealth Short Story Prize and head to Oklahoma through the thoughts, and music, of Tulsa’s Steph Simon on the legacy of Black Wall Street. Join the conversation
01/07/201h 14m

Ep. 38: Black in the time of Corona; Pastry Chef and TV Judge Cherish Finden; Performance Artist Travis Alabanza; Musician Samantha Crain

In this show we cover health, food, performance art and music as Stance starts off by asking what lies behind the loss of black lives during COVID-19 as Chrystal Genesis is joined by Shanae Dennis, a biochemist, journalist & campaigner and by Charlene Prempeh,  who runs A Vibe Called Tech, set up to address the absence of black voices in conversations about technology. In this informative and eye-opening interview, they discuss the weakness of  existing data when it comes to understanding health inequalities and what urgent actions need to be taken. Stance speaks with award-winning pastry chef and TV Judge Cherish Finden. We talk taste, baking and experimentation during lockdown as well as life in Singapore, judging on TV and being a perfectionist. Performance artist and writer Travis Alabanza discusses their most recent work Burgerz and their views on arts and outreach as well as reflecting on life growing up in Bristol. We head to Oklahoma where Choctaw singer and producer Samatha Crain explores ideas of renewal and hope on her new record, A Slow Death. And finally listeners from around the world to share quarantine journals from Guadalajara, Sao Paulo, Hong Kong, La Drome, Ubud and Kampala. Join the conversation
01/06/201h 34m

Ep. 37: Politician Bobi Wine; Visual artist Shirin Neshat; Singer Ghostpoet; Filmmaker Elizabeth Carroll on Diana Kennedy

In this episode of Stance we have visual arts, music, politics and film featuring Bobi Wine, the Ugandan politician and musician hoping to be the country's next president; Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat guides us through her work culminating in her new exhibition, Land of Dreams. British singer Ghostpoet introduces his new album I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep; and finally, we are off to Mexico with filmmaker Elizabeth Carroll who talks to us about her debut documentary Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy. It explores the life of this culinary legend and authority on Mexican cooking. As we all try to cope with the restrictions that COVID-19 has brought to our lives, Stance wondered if there was some kind of global commonality to be found in our experiences. We ask people from around the world to share their quarantine journals. We hear from Mumbai, Guadalajara, New York and Ulaanbaatar. Join the conversation
30/04/201h 14m

Ep. 36: Is This For Real? w/ Lab vs Mined Diamonds, Psychiatric Misdiagnosis and Deepfakes; Comedian and Writer Sophie Duker

Stance asks: Is This For Real? as we explore authenticity through the growth of lab-grown diamonds within the jewellery industry with filmmaker and journalist Harriet Constable and with 77Diamonds co-founder Tobias Kormind; we speak with bestselling author Susannah Cahalan about her book Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness which uncovers mental health misdiagnosis and her new book The Great Pretender which investigates a famous study about the line between sanity and insanity; and we end our topic with a conversation about the growth of Deepfakes - digitally manipulated content, oftentimes, used for nefarious purposes - and touch on whether the tech industry is using language to manipulate the increasingly blurred lines between real and fake. We hear from children to get their views on life in quarantine. Finally, we profile comedian and writer Sophie Duker to find out more about her rise in the comedy scene and life growing up. Join the conversation
31/03/201h 20m

Ep. 35: On Institutions /w Lola Young; Gus O’Donnell; Gary Younge; @CPositivista; Musician and Composer Caribou

Stance takes on Institutions and explores some of their inner workings and how best to navigate them with professor and journalist Gary Younge, economist and former head of the British Civil Service Gus O’Donnell, actor, campaigner and Chancellor of the University of Nottingham Lola Young and we look into the care system with @CPositivista. We profile Juno award-winning Musician and Composer Caribou who talks us through some of the tracks from his new record Suddenly.
01/03/201h 3m

Ep. 34: To Belong with SHINGAI, @thetempleofherskin, Gary Younge & Maaza Mengiste; Fashion Designer Duro Olowu

Stance interrogates what Belonging means through tattoo art, literature, music and journalism as Chrystal Genesis is joined by guest editor, author, journalist, Artistic Director and CEO of The Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Hannah Azieb Pool. We explore the theme of Belonging through the lens of people of the African diaspora. In this original and eye-opening episode, SHINGAI tells us about her new record Ancient Futures, we catch up with journalistic giant Gary Younge as he leaves The Guardian for Manchester University and we talk tattoos with artists Jessica Horn and Laurence Sessou. Their new visual arts project The Temple of Her Skin examines the stories and aesthetics around African women and their tattooing journeys. In our Belonging feature, we speak to author Maaza Mengiste about her new novel, The Shadow King, which tells the story of female strength and is set during Benito Mussolini’s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia. And finally, we profile fashion powerhouse Duro Olowu to find out more about his background, pioneering womenswear label and his new exhibition at the Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago called Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago.
01/02/201h 21m

Stance Takes - Nightclubs: Counterculture and Resistance

To celebrate our 3rd birthday, Stance Takes is back bringing you two live discussions on nightclub culture. We start with Beats, Racism and Strife as we explore prejudice and discrimination in the nightclub space over the decades. We examine how the commodification of black music intersects with racist door policies and politicized dance floors. We were joined by Grime legend Marci Phonix, writer and journalist Emma Warren, UK Father of the vogue house of Comme des Garçon Kartel Brown, and Soundsystem elder Clive Curniffe. The second talk covers the architecture and design of nightclubs. We talk about how the lack of accessibility to nightclubs raises questions as to how inclusive these spaces really are. The panel was made up of disability rights activist Joshua Hepple, Associate Professor of Design History at Kingston School of Art, Catherine Rossi, and award-winning teacher, architect and promoter Neil Pinder. Join the conversation @stancepodcast and do subscribe and write us a review. 
20/01/2055m 37s

Ep. 33: Notions of Happiness; Actor & Producer Zackary Momoh; Rites of Passage with Andi Oliver & Nikesh Shukla

We unpack notions of Happiness through art and colour, celebrity, film, psychology and science as Chrystal Genesis is joined by guest editor, makeup artist Kay Montano. We learn more about The Queen of Happiness Florence Mills as we take a trip to Harlem. We visit the artist and teacher Vanessa Jackson RA who discusses colour and emotion and we catch up with Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield who talks power, happiness and wealth. We speak with Dr Laurie Santos from the Happiness Lab podcast who opens up about how we can become happier. Stance profiles Zackary Momoh, the British actor from London, and one of Hollywood’s rising stars for 2020 about his new film Harriet. Finally, onto a section, we call ‘Rites of Passage’ we ask broadcaster and chef Andi Oliver and author and editor, Nikesh Shukla, to share a piece of literature that deeply resonates with them and makes them happy.
01/12/191h 11m

Ep. 32: The Disappeared; Singer & Producer Amber Mark; Philadelphia: City Of Murals

We explore film, music, literature and visual art as Chrystal Genesis is joined by guest editor, journalist and director of Bare Lit Festival, Mend Mariwany. We investigate the theme of The Disappeared as we head to Iraq to cover an estimated 250,000 to 1 million people who have disappeared without a trace. We look at the forgotten histories of those that have reappeared through the writer and academic Saidiya Hartman’s new book Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments. Plus, we visit Mexico City, often referred to as The Sinking City which may soon disappear if radical action isn’t taken. Stance profiles NYC singer and producer Amber Mark to hear about her new EP What If and dig into her unique sound and global influences. Finally, we explore the city of Philadelphia to check out its incredible mural art scene with organisation Mural Arts. Join the conversation @stancepodcast and do subscribe and write us a review.
01/11/191h 14m

Ep. 31: Revolutionary Mothering; Musician Kindness; Puppetry in Sri Lanka

Chrystal Genesis welcomes guest editor Jemma Desai, film curator and writer. We explore mothering as a radical and transformative force in the world, with reports from Cape Town, Leeds, Seattle and London. We talk to musician and producer Kindness, whose new album celebrates joy, resilience and community through funk, pop, Indian folk, deep house and nineties girlgroup harmonies. Finally, we head to Sri Lanka to learn how its rich history of puppetry is helping to heal wounds, a decade on from the civil war. Join the conversation @stancepodcast and do subscribe and write us a review.
01/10/191h 33m

Episode 30: Brazilian Dance with Deborah Colker; Low Born by Kerry Hudson; Wasfi Kani on Porgy and Bess.

In this special summer episode, Stance features Deborah Colker, the legendary Brazilian choreographer and creative mind behind the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics. We speak to writer Kerry Hudson about her memoir, Low Born, that charts life growing up poor in 80’s & 90’s Britain. And Stance heads to Grange Park Opera to speak to Wasfi Kani, the woman bringing South Carolina’s Porgy and Bess, to the English countryside. Visit
01/07/1943m 12s

Ep. 29: Manchester’s LGBTQ+ Story; Singer and Poet Jamila Woods; Smack That.

Stance travels to Manchester to explore and celebrate its extraordinary LGBTQ+ history and why it’s been consistently judged as one of the best places in the world to be LGBT. We catch up with Chicago born singer, songwriter and poet Jamila Woods to find out more about her album LEGACY! LEGACY! that celebrates 12 of her heroes and icons from the African diaspora, along with the cultural lineage they have created for her. Lastly, Stance covers Smack That, a play currently touring the UK, inspired by real stories of domestic violence and abuse.
31/05/191h 13m

Episode 28: Valeria Luiselli; Creative Growth Arts; KOKOKO!

Stance meets award-winning writer Valeria Luiselli. We speak to her about her life and what influenced her new book The Lost Child Archive, which has been longlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction. We head to the East Bay, California, to learn about the disability rights movement for artists and we visit Creative Growth, the world’s first and largest non-profit centre dedicated to artists with disabilities. And lastly, we profile electronic music collective KOKOKO!. Formed in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, they have been hailed as creating a new and exciting sound that is radical and energetic in a country where political instability has been almost consistent.
01/04/191h 2m

Episode 27: Actor & Director Adjoa Andoh; Norway’s Borealis Festival feat Juliana Huxtable; Colin Self; Last Yearz Interesting Negro + more

Stance catches up with actor and director powerhouse Adjoa Andoh to find out more about her production of Shakespeare’s Richard II showing at the Globe Theatre in London. It’s the first UK show to be produced entirely by people of colour - front and backstage. Stance flew to Bergen in Norway to check out Borealis, an experimental music festival showcasing everything from music to performance art to dance. Voices featured include Last Yearz Interesting Negro, Juliana Huxtable, Colin Self, B L A C K I E and more. @stancepodcast
01/04/1954m 20s

Episode 26: NAO + Demystifying Yoga

In this episode, we catch up with London singer and producer NAO to hear about her acclaimed second album, Saturn. Plus, we explore the many faces of modern yoga - including the voices driving for greater representation in the wellness space, the people that call themselves ‘yogis’, the cult-like controversy surrounding the founder of Bikram yoga, LA’s first instructor that teaches from a wheelchair, and the artist that started the movement #WhitePeopleDoingYoga. Stance is an award-winning arts, culture and current affairs podcast. @stancepodcast 
28/02/191h 3m

Episode 25: Her Islam; Actor and MC Paigey Cakey; Kader Attia’s La Colonie in Paris

In our Women + Islam feature - we examine the rise of US political figures like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib; have a discussion with women from the Arab Diaspora; we uncover the practice of Islam shrouded in mystery - Sufism; and we hear from one of the writers in a seminal new essay collection called It’s Not About the Burqa. This month, we are in conversation with actor and rapper, Paigey Cakey, from Hackney, East London. Lastly, Stance reports from La Colonie - a radical art space and haven for young artists and intellectuals in Paris looking to open up the debate and challenge France’s post-racial stance, created by artist Kader Attia. Stance is an international award-winning arts, culture and current affairs podcast. @stancepodcast
01/02/191h 2m

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 Beer, Yiddish teacher at  University College London; Genesee Johnson, professor at Harvard; Mel Y Chen, Associate Professor of Gender & Women's Studies at UC Berkeley, and writer, Yara Rodrigues Fowler. We also speak with Armina Mussa, visual artist and creative director of Saint Heron - a multidisciplinary creative agency founded in 2013 by Solange Knowles. Armina shares how a life-changing incident has helped her find her voice in her art. Lastly, we revisit our MIND series exploring links between design and mental health in urban spaces. How is the creative community in London responding to the pressures of city life? Stance is an Award-Winning Arts, Culture & Current Affairs Podcast, Exploring Diverse, Global Perspectives. @Stancepodcast
01/01/191h 4m

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 
01/12/181h 33m

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   Music Credits: Janelle Monae - I Like That Blood Orange - Jewelry ft Janet Mock J Dilla - Rebirth is Necessary Sun Ra - Space is the Place Public Enemy - Fight the Power
14/11/1818m 33s

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 for our arts piece, we speak to two poets from opposite sides of the Atlantic, Fatimah Asghar and John Cooper Clarke, about their new collections. Stance is an award-winning arts, culture and current affairs podcast. @stancepodcast
01/11/181h 10m

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 coordinating the Black Cultural Activist Map with the Stuart Hall Foundation, to celebrate and restore stories of forgotten cultural activists. We also meet the people behind Knights Of, a new publishing house overturning conventional wisdom in literature. @stancepodcast Stance Takes is a new experimental series outside of Stance Podcast’s regular format, covering entertainment, in-depth interviews and the ideas framing our conversations. Our first episode of Stance Takes was selected as “Podcast of the Week” by The Times. Stance is an award-winning arts, culture and current affairs podcast, exploring diverse, global perspectives.
22/10/1822m 34s

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 launch of her highly anticipated new TV show, The Bisexual. @stancepodcast 
30/09/181h 16m

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 first black person to win an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a comedy series. Expect an immersive audio experience filled with music, expert analysis and snippets from the hit series as its second season comes to a close. Stance is an award-winning podcast exploring arts, culture and current affairs, from diverse, global perspectives.
14/08/1831m 23s

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 swearing. Find out more:
31/07/181h 5m

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
30/06/181h 13m

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 photographer Khalik Allah about his highly acclaimed new film, Black Mother. The New Yorker described Khalik Allah as 'one of the most original documentary filmmakers working today' and he was a cinematographer on Beyonce's Lemonade.  Finally, we speak to the thorn in government of China's side, activist and member of the famed Feminist Five, Li Maizi. We find out more about feminism and the LGBTQ community in China, and the impact of Government enforced censorship on movements like #metoo.
31/05/1855m 16s

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

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 Gordon. The first play she has ever written, Nine Night, is debuting at London's prestigious National Theatre. She explores rituals defined by her Jamaican heritage and the complexity of family relationships in this extraordinary stage debut.
30/04/1856m 16s

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 to find out more about his new novel, The One Who Wrote Destiny. Named in Guardian's 'Best Podcasts 2017', Stance is an arts, culture and current affairs podcast, exploring diverse, global perspectives.
01/04/1859m 30s

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
28/02/1849m 39s

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, set in Israel telling the story of three Palestinian women. Lastly, we explore the future of centrism. What hope is there for the middle in the current extreme UK and US political climate? @stancepodcast
01/02/1850m 18s

EP 13: Food; Larry Achiampong; Feminism in 1970s Britain

We 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, Larry Achiampong, who has exhibited at London's Tate Britain / Modern, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts in Texas and is currently showing at the 57th Venice Biennale. Finally, we speak to the feminist print collective, See Red Women's Workshop, founded in 1974. We sit down with two original members of this collective to hear more about their new book and the significance of their work for second-wave feminism in the UK. Stance Podcast covers arts, culture and current affairs.
01/01/1858m 1s

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 Ibeyi - the French-Cuban twins, signed to XL Recordings, to discuss their latest album, Ash. They cover the inspiration behind their album, their heritage and influences, collaborating with Beyonce and artist JR; plus much more. Stance Podcast, named in Guardian's 'Best Podcasts 2017', explores diverse perspectives in arts, culture and current affairs. @stancepodcast
30/11/1751m 55s

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

We 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 and Young Vic Theatre's new Artistic Director and Bafta-nominated actor, Nikki Amuka-Bird, who tell us about their adaptation of Ibsen classic, The Lady From The Sea, for the stage in London. Lastly, they go surfing and discuss the relationship between race and the sea with Brown Girl Surf in California. Stance Podcast explores diverse global perspectives in arts, culture and current affairs. Stance was highlighted in "Best Podcasts 2017" by the Guardian Observer. @stancepodcast
01/11/1756m 52s

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 director Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal who brought The Vagina Monologues to India, Cindy Gallop who is transforming the way we consume sex online, and Shan Boody who has pioneered sex education for the next generation through YouTube. Warning: Not suitable for young audiences, listen at your own discretion.
01/10/171h 6m

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. Lastly, they hear two Yemeni voices on the war in Yemen and how it has become one of the world's most pressing humanitarian crises. They ask what is it like on the ground and will there ever be a unified Yemen again? Join the conversation @stancepodcast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
01/08/1750m 18s

Stance Episode 8: Riz Ahmed; Crossing Borders; California's Afro House Scene

In this episode of Stance Podcast, we speak to actor and MC, Riz Ahmed, one of Time's 100 Most Influential People, over Skype; they hear three unique perspectives on what it means to cross borders; and they explore Oakland, California's booming Afro House scene and why it is under threat. Join the conversation @stancepodcast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
01/07/1750m 15s

Stance Episode 7: Colourism; Artists Singh Twins MBE; Yaa Gyasi on Homegoing

In this episode of Stance Podcast, we explore the issue of colourism with live guests, Kay Montano and Dr Aisha Phoenix at London's Ace Hotel; they profile internationally acclaimed artists, The Singh Twins MBE; and they interview Yaa Gyasi about her extraordinary debut novel, Homegoing. Join the conversation @stancepodcast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
31/05/1740m 6s

Stance Episode 6: Untold North Korea; Actor Pearl Mackie of Dr Who; Artist Charlotte Colbert

In this episode we revisit our alternative reality theme by exploring what life is like for the North Korean refugees trying to escape one of the most oppressive political regimes on earth; we profile the exciting new Dr Who companion, actor Pearl Mackie; and we speak to rising star of the art world, Charlotte Colbert, about her latest exhibition at London's Saatchi Gallery. Join the conversation @stancepodcast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
30/04/1738m 15s

Stance Episode 5: The Female Prison Experience; Award-Winning Alvin Ailey Dancer; Trauma & Creativity

In this episode of Stance Podcast, Chrystal Genesis and Heta Fell investigate the female prison experience in the US and UK; hear about how a traumatic experience drove one woman to create her entire wardrobe from scratch; and interview award-winning choreographer and lead dancer of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Co, Jeroboam Bozeman. Join the conversation @stancepodcast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
31/03/1753m 3s

Stance Episode 4: Alternative Realities-Kids in Cults; Shappi Khorsandi; Women Of The World Festival

In this episode of Stance Podcast: We explore Alternative Realities. In an era of alternative facts, fake news, border bans and protectionism - we have decided to explore the concept of growing up in an alternative reality, with a focus on cults. We host a profile interview with Iranian refugee - comedian and author - Shappi Khorsandi. We hear from Jude Kelly CBE, the Artistic Director of London's iconic Southbank Centre who started the international Women of the World festival (aka WOW), which features speakers including Angela Davis, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Gillian Anderson. Lastly, we hear from BBC radio 1 presenter and DJ Gemma Cairney, who will be speaking at WOW. Join the conversation @stancepodcast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
28/02/1757m 28s

Stance Episode 3: The Denigration of Care; Fazeelat Aslam; DIY Movements in a Social Media Age

In this episode we discuss what society's attitude to caring says about us, we speak with Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Fazeelat Aslam, and we explore the exciting world of DIY movements in a social media age with gal-dem and Sad Asian Girls Club. Stance aims to inform, entertain and inspire action. Join the conversation @stancepodcast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
19/01/1734m 10s

Stance Episode 2: Virtual Reality for Good; Phoebe Collings-James; Short Film, Mum

In this episode of Stance, we discuss how virtual reality is being used to create good in the world, we speak to new wave British artist, Phoebe Collings-James; and we discuss the moving new short film, MUM, which challenges traditional transgender stereotypes. Join the conversation @stancepodcast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and check us out at
19/01/1727m 56s

Stance Episode 1: White Racial Identity; Alix Wilton-Regan; The Rise of the Demagogue

In the first episode of Stance, we explore white racial identity; we meet actress and activist, Alix Wilton-Regan; and we discuss the rise of the demagogue. Join the conversation @stancepodcast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or visit us at
17/01/1735m 6s

Stance Trailer

Chrystal Genesis and Heta Fell are pleased to present Stance​, a new podcast that explores diverse perspectives on hard hitting topics facing society today and sharing the stories of unusual and brilliant people changing the world through culture. Stance is presented as a transatlantic conversation between Chrystal in London and Heta in San Francisco, with global relevance. Stance aims to inform, entertain and inspire action. This trailer features some of the voices we hear from in our podcast - academic and sociologist Dr Robin DiAngelo, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Fazeelat Aslam, philosopher Angie Hobbs, virtual reality expert Lauren Burmaster, and political leader Rushanara Ali MP. Join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: @stancepodcast Subscribe here: Stance launching on 20 January 2017.
15/01/172m 16s
Heart UK