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.
Elif Shafak; Tricky; 2020: Failing Up or Tearing Down? w/ Chryl N. Laird; Taylor Small; Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic; Sarah Kendzior; Kwame Anthony Appiah
We cover music, literature and politics by asking whether 2020 marks a tipping point for the system of Failing Upwards. Are we seeing the beginning of a Tearing Down as the incompetence of populist leadership is laid bare? We chat with academics, authors and politicians to get their view. We speak with rapper and producer Tricky about his album Fall to Pieces and with author Elif Shafak about her latest book How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division, a pithy look at politics & society now. @stancepodcast.com
Musician Ebo Taylor; 1-54 Founder Touria El Glaoui; Artist Hassan Hajjaj; Zimbabwean film Cook Off; #EndSARS; NYC: Hopes and Fears
Chrystal Genesis covers the creatives & change-makers on the African continent through music, visual art, politics and film. We speak with The father of Highlife Ebo Taylor about his life's work. Head to Morocco to discuss the continent’s dynamic art scene with 1-54 International African Contemporary art fair founder, Touria El Glaoui. The Morrocan-British visual artist Hassan Hajjaj shares his journey and artworks. We cover the Zimbabwean feature film Cook Off and head to Nigeria to report on #EndSARS.
The New Paris w/ Jean-Pascal Zadi; Lindsey Tramuta; Lucie Camara & Celine Leroy; CHASSOL and Podcasts: Melting Pot, Dinner For One & VOXXX
We visit Paris to explore the creative cultural landscape of this iconic city. Chrystal is joined by Lory Martinez, Founder of Paris based Studio Ochenta. We speak with comedian & director Jean-Pascal Zadi about his film Tout Simplement Noir. Chat with writer Lindsey Tramuta about her book The New Parisienne. Dissect French writing with Coven bookshops Lucie Camara and non-fiction translator Celine Leroy. Musician Chassol talks about his new record Ludi. Plus podcasts w/Melting Pot, Dinner For One & VOXXX
On The Record; Dancer and Choreographer Akram Khan; Singer Songwriter Róisín Murphy; Writer Zalika Reid-Benta
We start by discussing the documentary On The Record, it charts decades of abuse at the hands of US Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons. We speak with dancer and choreographer Akram Khan who talks us through his career as well as his thoughts on politics, movement and family; we talk to singer and songwriter Roisin Murphy and head to Canada to meet author Zalika Reid-Benta to discuss her debut collection Frying Plantain and highlight new writing from India and Nigeria and we hear from Oklahoma's Black Wall Street
Black in the time of Corona; Pastry Chef and TV Judge Cherish Finden; Performance Artist Travis Alabanza; Musician Samantha Crain
We cover music, food, performance and health as we ask what lies behind the loss of black lives during COVID-19 with a discussion with Shanae Dennis and Charlene Prempeh. We talk taste with pastry chef and TV Judge Cherish Finden. Performance artist Travis Alabanza discusses their work Burgerz. We speak with musician Samatha Crain to discuss her record A Slow Death. We ask people to share their quarantine journals and hear from Sao Paulo, Guadalajara, Hong Kong, La Drome, Ubud and Kampala @stancepodcast.com
Politician Bobi Wine; Visual artist Shirin Neshat; Singer Ghostpoet; Filmmaker Elizabeth Carroll on Diana Kennedy
Stance is back with visual arts, music, politics and film featuring Ugandan politician and singer Bobi Wine; Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat; British singer Ghostpoet and finally, we are off to Mexico with filmmaker Elizabeth Carroll who talks to us about her debut documentary Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy. Plus we ask people from around the world to share their quarantine journals. We hear from Mumbai, Guadalajara, New York and Ulaanbaatar. Please subscribe and join the conversation @stancepodcast.com
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Thank you for creating a podcast which sees, platforms and celebrates creatives who affirm my life experience as a Queer Black African artist. Every episode brings moments of insight, learning and joy. You are changing what’s prioritised in the landscape of the arts with every interview - I feel hopeful. Keep up the fantastic work!
The best arts and culture podcast out there!
I listen to podcasts on and off but Stance is one of the few I listen to religiously. I’ve never missed an episode right from the very beginning and I look forward to the first of every month knowing that the topics are always going to be relevant and thoroughly researched, and I always come away with a new artist - whether a musician, director, painter, actor - to explore, the most recent being Samantha Crain! Other ‘discoveries’ from Stance that have enhanced my knowledge and my life include the show Atlanta, playwright Inua Ellams, the feminist 5 in China, Ibeyi, Sri Lankan puppetry and so much more ❤️❤️
Great podcast! Full of so much information. Really digestible content. Opens your mind up further than listening just to curated content!