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 writer, director and TV producer, Janet Mock; founder of the Me Too movement, Tarana Burke; award-winning sci-fi and fantasy author, Nnedi Okorafor; poet, writer, actor and producer of Blindspotting, Rafael Casal; and Chief of Programs and Pedagogy at the YBCA, Marc Bamuthi-Joseph, who drives these important socio-political conversations.

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Ep. 22: Voting… Power to the People?; Sayaka Murata; Poets: 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 exciting new collections.

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Stance Takes: Black History Month - The Debate

In this episode of Stance Takes - we celebrate Black History Month in the UK and explore the noisy debate about its continuing relevance. In the year that Windrush went from being a ship to a scandal, in the month that many schools dismissed its celebration as tokenistic and in the week two descendants of a Barbadian slave trader married in a royal chapel, Stance asks - how have we got here?

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Ep. 21: Magnifying Masculinity, Kate Tempest, Desiree Akhavan

This month, Stance looks at what has been hailed as a new era in masculinity a year on from the launch of the #metoo movement. They dissect society’s idea of masculinity and how this is being challenged and reshaped, with voices including Emmy award-winning filmmaker Deeyah Khan. Stance profiles the award-winning acclaimed poet, musician and writer Kate Tempest, and speak with director, actor and winner of this year’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Desiree Akhavan, ahead of the launch of her highly anticipated new TV show, The Bisexual.

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Stance Takes: Donald Glover's Atlanta

The first Stance Takes dissects 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, analysis and snippets from the hit series as its second season comes to a close.

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Ep. 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 its expressed and celebrated across many cultures and depicted through film and experienced 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 Nigerian/UK Electronic 8-piece band, Ibibio Sound Machine.

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

Stance dissects the great British obsession - class  - featuring a special in-depth report focusing on the creative industries. We break down the issues surrounding this inequality and explore what needs to change as we hear from some of the working class artists leading in this debate. Voices include sociologist Dr Lisa Mckenzie, visual artist Joy Miessi, fresh art critic duo The White Pube, Arts Council Senior Officer Hassan Mahamdallie, David Mumeni, founder of Open Door, and Lynsey Hanley, one of Britain’s leading commentators around class and equality in Britain. 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.

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Ep. 18: The PTSD We Are Not Talking About, Filmmaker Khalik Allah, Feminist Five's Li Maizi

Stance investigates 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. We find out more about how this mental health condition can result from a larger array of sources than previously known. We speak to the thorn in government of China’s side, activist and member of the feminist 5, Li Maizi. And lastly we hear from filmmaker and photographer Khalik Allah at the West Coast Premiere of his highly acclaimed film, Black Mother.

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Ep. 17: Modern Mumbai, A Ballet Collaboration with Zakir Hussain, Playwright Natasha Gordon

Stance visits India to meet street educators, young LGBTQ activists and visual artists that are all changing the face of modern Mumbai. Plus we meet with with Grammy Award-winning musician, Zakir Hussain, and visionary choreographer, Alonzo King, at the world premiere of their new co-creation, Sutra to discuss the importance of artistic collaboration. Finally, we speak to actor and playwright, Natasha Gordon whose first ever play, Nine Night, is debuting at London’s prestigious National Theatre.

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Ep. 16: Future of Drugs, Holly Blakey, Nikesh Shukla

Stance looks at the changing face of drugs, including a special report from California on weed and LSD. Plus, we hear about the sacred plant, Iboga, from the forest of Gabon, known as one of the strongest psychedelic drugs on the planet. We meet with award-winning choreographer and director Holly Blakey, ahead of her London show, Cowpuncher. And we speak to writer Nikesh Shukla to find out more about his new novel, The One Who Wrote Destiny.

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Ep.14: Artist JR, Maysaloun Hamoud, Centrism

In Stance we speak to the French artist, JR to talk about his work including the new project, Faces Places. We catch up with award-winning director Maysaloun Hamoud, to find out more about her directorial debut movie In Between. Lastly, we explore centrism and ask, will it ever be in vogue again?

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Ep.13: Food, Larry Achiampong, See Red Women's Workshop

Stance explores our complex and glorious relationships to food, with Ruby Tandoh and others. They speak to one of Britain’s most exciting young visual artists, Larry Achiampong. And lastly, in our age of fourth wave feminism and the internet, they caught up with See Red Women’s Workshop - an activist collective formed in 1974 Britain.

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Ep.12: Home, Mehereta Baruch-Ron, Ibeyi

Stance speaks to survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire six months on, they report on the Rohingya crisis, San Francisco’s first LGBTQ homeless shelter and hear from Venezuela. Plus Ibeyi discuss their latest album, Ash. They interview Mehereta Baruch-Ron, Deputy Mayor of Tel Aviv, who speaks about her journey from refugee to Israeli political elite.

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Ep.11: Sport and Revolution, Four Tet, The Sea

Stance chats to Four Tet in his first and only interview about his new album, New Energy. Women’s NBA player Kelsey Bone, writer and journalist Musa Okwonga and Goodgym founder Ivo Gormley share their take on Sport and Revolution. Plus the Young Vic Theatre’s new Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE and Brown Girl Surf in California discuss notions of the Sea.

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Ep.10: Sex, Gina Miller, Basquiat

Stance interviews political campaigner Gina Miller. They discuss sex with five women who are helping people to own their sexuality and desires, including legendary theatre director Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal who brought The Vagina Monologues to India. Plus the often overlooked political and racial aspects of the late artist Basquiat are explored.

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