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Stance is an independent award-winning arts, culture and current affairs podcast run by New York based journalist and curator Chrystal Genesis. An episode is released on the 1st of every month. Stance is produced by Chrystal Genesis, Zara Martin and Saskia Sewell. @stancepodcastGue… read more

74 Episodes | 2017 - 2024


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Ep.65: Stance’s Final Episode! Musician Kamaal Williams, Author LaToya Watkins, Artist Cochemea, Musician Sinkane

February 15th, 2024


After seven years of Stance which has spanned over 64 episodes of arts, culture and current affairs, 8 insightful Stance Takes shows, the growth of …

Ep.64: Music w/Enji; US Jews of Color: Celebrating Sukkot, Journalist Robin Washington, Writer Hanah Bloom, Jews of Color Initiative CEO Ilana Kaufman & Philosopher Lewis R. Gordon

January 19th, 2024


On Stance, we explore the question: what does it mean to be a Jewish person of color in America today?

We chat with a range of voices from this …

Ep.63: Harlem Raised: Film w/ Maysles Documentary Center, Food w/ Sugar Hill Creamery, Nature w/ Brotherhood Sister Sol; Music w/ Vagabon

December 1st, 2023


This show explores Harlem, one of New York City’s most historic and noteworthy places. Co-hosted by special guest, Vita, she joins her mum, Stance’s host and founder Chrystal Genesis to highlight some of their favorite …

Ep.62: On Humanity w/ Philosopher & Historian Professor Lewis R. Gordon; Poet & Writer Fariha Róisín; Music w/Soul Singer-songwriter Danielle Ponder

November 1st, 2023


How do we tap into sources of hope, compassion and humanity during such turbulent times? This episode of Stance explores this question through the …

Ep.61: Celebrating ESG w/ Co-Founder, Singer & Guitarist Renee Scroggins; Journalist, Cultural Critic & Professor Carol Cooper

October 1st, 2023


We’re back from our summer break to bring you a special show all about the seminal funk-punk dance band, ESG. Join us on this immersive musical journey through New York City exploring the 70’s, 80’s and beyond, …

Ep.60: Tribeca Festival, NYC’s Celebration of Film w/ actors Claire Danes, Zazie Beetz, CCH Pounder and filmmakers Steve Buscemi, So Young Shelly Yo, Guo Guo, Noam Kaplan, and Jennifer Esposito

June 30th, 2023


We take you to Tribeca Film Festival celebrating creative storytelling from the heart of NYC’s lower Manhattan. Chrystal Genesis interviews actors and filmmakers on the red carpet and backstage to cover some of the most …

Ep.59: Hot Docs 30th Anniversary: Canada’s International Documentary Film Festival

May 31st, 2023


Stance visits Toronto to cover Hot Docs, the largest documentary film festival in North America, known for its bold and outspoken programming. …

Ep.58: Touring and Cooking in NYC’s Chinatown w/ Culinary Historian, Cookbook Author and Award-winning Campaigner, Grace Young

May 1st, 2023


We visit New York City’s Chinatown with culinary historian, cookbook author, and campaigner Grace Young. The largest in the US, it is known for an …

Ep.57: Excavating Spirituality w/ Poet aja monet, Writer Emma Warren, Visual Artists Senga Nengudi Fittz & Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees

April 1st, 2023


Stance delves into the spiritual realm and how it manifests through the visual arts, dance, music and poetry. An ever-evolving topic, we cover the …

Ep.56: Why You Should Care About Caste w/ Author Anindita Ghose, Activist & Storyteller Thenmozhi Soundararajan, Model & Engineer Seema Hari

February 28th, 2023


Have you heard of Caste? Whether you know it well or not at all, Caste in South Asia and around the world influences everything from politics, …

Ep.55: Accra Ghana: Music w/ SuperJazzClub; Freedom Skatepark Founder Sandy Alibo; Culinary Sundown Experience at Palm Moments

February 1st, 2023


Stance is back with its sixth anniversary episode, a celebration of all things Stance loves: culture, food, music and art. In this show, Chrystal …

Ep.54: Live from Glastonbury Festival w/Producer, DJ and Vocalist Sofia Kourtesis

June 30th, 2022


Stance celebrates the summer with a live show from Glastonbury. The most iconic music and performing arts festival in the UK.

Stance takes in the sounds of the festival atmosphere and speaks with Lima-born, Berlin-based …

Ep 53: Sex, Desire & Pleasure w/ Author Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Poet Samiya Bashir, Artist Lady Skollie, Journalist Kemi Alemoru; Music w/ The Twilite Tone

June 1st, 2022


We examine sex, desire, and pleasure through visual art, literature, culture and musical critique to uncover how black women, and women of colour, …

Ep 52: Island Life w/ Musician Leyla McCalla; Professor Godfrey Baldacchino; Author Mary Taylor Simeti; Writer Alice Albinia; Mitchell Kuga, Maura Walz & Yung Kha on HBOs White Lotus

May 1st, 2022


Stance explores Island Life through music, food, culture, and literature as well as where they sit within our imaginations.

From representations on …

Ep 51: Ukraine & the Narratives of War w/ Daemeah Karbeah, Cynthia Enloe, Daniel Trilling, Ahmed Shihab-Eldin; Hercules & Love Affair

March 31st, 2022


In light of the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, we examine how narratives of war shape how we see and experience conflict. Stance explores the tropes of war, racist media coverage, war as entertainment, and the current and …

Ep 50: Summer of Soul Director Questlove; Innovative Musicians w/Joviale, Planningtorock, KALLITECHNIS.

February 28th, 2022


Stance speaks with Summer of Soul Director Questlove and highlights the innovative musicians making their mark on music right now. We discover how …

Ep 49: Beyond the Studio: In Conversation with Artists Antony Gormley and Nari Ward

January 28th, 2022


Stance Podcast goes beyond the studio in conversation with world-renowned sculptors Antony Gormley & Nari Ward. From London and New York, they …

Stance Takes Montreal: Where Music Meets Art w/ Musician Gayance; Visual Artist Yannis Guibinga; Art Collector Dr. Kenneth Montague

December 16th, 2021


Stance Takes is back with a special show taking you around Montreal’s creative scene. Known for its independent and eclectic music and visual arts, …

Stance Takes: MFest Muslim Knowledge & Creativity w/ Author Nadifa Mohamed; Journalist Rokhaya Diallo; MP Zarah Sultana; TV Director Nida Manzoor; Historian Blair Imani and more

July 19th, 2021


Stance Takes is back covering MFest, a multi-arts festival of Muslim knowledge and creativity with Maslaha with The British Library.

We bring …

Ep 48: The Bronx w/ Yayoi Kusama at New York Botanical Garden; Artist Tasha Dougé; Rapper Kemba; Food: Togo’s Bognan International & Italian Madonia Brothers Bakery

July 1st, 2021


Stance visits The Bronx to spotlight its rich history and contemporary landscape to dissect how it’s one of the city's most unique and overlooked boroughs in New York City.

Through visual art, global cuisine, and music, …

Ep. 47: East Africa: Past, Present & Reimagined Futures w/ Author Nanjala Nyabola, Architect Omar Degan, Archaeologist Sada Mire, Journalist Abdi Latif Dahir, Artist Eltayeb Dawelbait

May 31st, 2021


On Stance, Chrystal Genesis is joined by award-winning journalist and writer Ismail Einashe to explore the people and stories of East Africa. …

Ep. 46: (Un)learning for Liberation w/ Joshua Virasami, Dylan Rodriguez, Sonya Childress, Asher Gamedze, Thenmozhi Soundararajan, Kelsey Mohamed, Camille Barton, Aditi Jaganathan

April 30th, 2021


In this episode of Stance, Chrystal Genesis is joined by film programmer and cultural researcher Jemma Desai. Together they examine the practices of …

Ep. 45: Brixton Uprising w/ Singer Carroll Thompson, Novelist Alex Wheatle, Poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, Musician Asher Senator, Dr Rebekah Delsol; Singer Rachel Chinouriri

March 31st, 2021


Marking the 40th anniversary of the 1981 Brixton Uprising, Stance explores the moments leading up to the uprising and the activism that inspired it, …

Ep. 44: Musician Genesis Owusu; Pandemic Birthing w/ Maiysha Campbell Kramer & Milli Hill; Pregnant: Visible and Invisible Disabilities; Vertical Birthing w/ AMUPAKIN in Ecuador

March 1st, 2021


In Stance, Chrystal Genesis is joined by actor and activist Alix Wilton-Reagan to unpack pregnancy and birthing experiences right now. Bringing to the forefront women’s voices from around the world, we explore what it …

Ep. 43: Jamaica Jamaica! Musician Judy Mowatt; Art w/ National Gallery of Jamaica & Suzie Wong Presents; Environmentalist Donna Blake; Producer Iotosh & Comedian Raul Blaze

February 1st, 2021


Come with Stance to Jamaica to explore the old and new currents shaping the shifting arts and cultural scene. We speak with musicians, creatives, …

Stance Takes: Reframing The Black Image - Pioneers of The Past w/ Alayo Akinkugbe; Renata Cherlise; Theo Imani & Osei Bonsu

January 14th, 2021


To mark our fourth birthday Stance Takes is here with a special programme celebrating the black image in visual arts. Tired of the old …

Stance Takes on Forces of Art: Colombia, Syria, Kyrgyzstan, Uganda and Kenya

January 1st, 2021


To mark the New Year Stance Takes is back with a special programme celebrating a new book Forces of Art which champions the work of artists and arts organisations across the world. We travel to the Choco region of …

Ep. 42: Elif Shafak; Tricky; 2020: Failing Up or Tearing Down? w/ Chryl N. Laird; Taylor Small; Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic; Sarah Kendzior; Kwame Anthony Appiah

December 1st, 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. …

Ep. 41: Musician Ebo Taylor; 1-54 Founder Touria El Glaoui; Artist Hassan Hajjaj; Zimbabwean film Cook Off; #EndSARS; NYC: Hopes and Fears

November 1st, 2020


In this episode of Stance, Chrystal Genesis covers the creatives and change-makers on the African continent through music, visual art, politics and …

Ep. 40: The New Paris w/ Jean-Pascal Zadi; Lindsey Tramuta; Lucie Camara & Celine Leroy; CHASSOL and Podcasts: Melting Pot, Dinner For One & VOXXX

September 30th, 2020


In this special show, Stance visits Paris to explore the fresh and creative cultural landscape of this iconic, global city. We discuss literature, …

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

July 1st, 2020


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 …

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

June 1st, 2020


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, …

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

April 30th, 2020


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 …

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

March 31st, 2020


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 …

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

March 1st, 2020


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, …

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

February 1st, 2020


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, …

Stance Takes - Nightclubs: Counterculture and Resistance

January 20th, 2020


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 …

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

December 1st, 2019


We unpack notions of Happiness through art and colour, celebrity, film, psychology and science as Chrystal Genesis is joined by guest editor, makeup …

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

November 1st, 2019


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 …

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

October 1st, 2019


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 …

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

July 1st, 2019


In this special summer episode, Stance features Deborah Colker, the legendary Brazilian choreographer and creative mind behind the opening ceremony …

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

May 31st, 2019


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, …

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

April 1st, 2019


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 …

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

April 1st, 2019


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 …

Episode 26: NAO + Demystifying Yoga

February 28th, 2019


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 …

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

February 1st, 2019


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 …

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

January 1st, 2019


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”, …

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

December 1st, 2018


On Beauty - Stance explores its value in society, the ethics surrounding beauty ideals, the objects we treasure, and the beauty rules of Drag. Stance …

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

November 14th, 2018


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 …

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

November 1st, 2018


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 …

Stance Takes: Black History Month - The Debate

October 22nd, 2018


In this episode of Stance Takes - we celebrate Black History Month in the UK and hear whether new ideas around representation and diversity are …

Episode 21: Magnifying Masculinity, Kate Tempest, Desiree Akhavan

September 30th, 2018


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 …

Stance Takes: Donald Glover's Atlanta

August 14th, 2018


Introducing Stance Takes: an experimental mini episode outside of Stance's regular format, covering entertainment, in-depth interviews and the ideas …

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

July 31st, 2018


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 …

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

June 30th, 2018


Stance explores the great British obsession, class, with an in-depth report focusing on class and culture. We interview Mercury-nominated singer and …

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

May 31st, 2018


Stance explores PTSD and how people living in violent neighborhoods are developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at rates as high, if not higher, …

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

April 30th, 2018


Stance visits India with a cultural trip that takes us beyond the National Geographic lens, to meet street educators, young LGBTQ activists and …

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

April 1st, 2018


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 …

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

February 28th, 2018


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 …

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

February 1st, 2018


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 …

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

January 1st, 2018


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, …

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

November 30th, 2017


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 …

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

November 1st, 2017


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, …

Stance Episode 10: Gina Miller; Basquiat; Sex

October 1st, 2017


Stance Podcast explores diverse perspectives in arts, culture and current affairs. This month, we speak to Gina Miller, the woman who successfully …

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

August 1st, 2017


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 …

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

July 1st, 2017


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 …

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

May 31st, 2017


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 …

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

April 30th, 2017


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 …

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

March 31st, 2017


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 …

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

February 28th, 2017


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 …

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

January 19th, 2017


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 …

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

January 19th, 2017


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 …

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

January 17th, 2017


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 …

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