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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 & 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 & Juliana Huxtable.

Topics covered include Manchesters LGBTQ+ Story, On 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.

Stance is produced by Chrystal Genesis, Zara Martin and Saskia Sewell. @stancepodcast

Dec 1, 2020

In this episode of Stance, 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 including Chryl N. Laird, Taylor Small, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Sarah Kendzior and Kwame Anthony Appiah.

We speak with rapper, singer, and producer Tricky about his new album Fall to Pieces and his illustrious career in music.

Chrystal Genesis is joined by writer and journalist Komal Thakur based in Mumbai to chat with the award-winning author and essayist, Elif Shafak, now based in London about her latest book How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division, a stirring reflection on the current state and future of modern politics and society. 

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