Token

Token

United Kingdom

All three branches of the Guardian have come together to discuss race, culture, sex, gender, and identity. Starting in Australia and now currently in the UK, our teams talk frankly about what it’s like being a minority or indeed the token in society, the change they’d like to see, and answer those questions which most people feel aren’t PC enough to ask. We don’t want to preach to the converted here though, it’s a podcast based on discussion and differences. We’re hoping to find voices who disagree with us, (we don’t think it should be too hard). This is a platform for all, so as long as you’re respectful,  we’d love to hear from you

Episodes

The ups and downs of strength – Token Podcast  

Comedian Tom Ballard joins Leah Green and Fred McConnell to talk about strength in all its forms: women’s strength and Hillary Clinton; male strength and the pressures of the gym; and the potentially patronising ‘super-humans’ coming out of the Paralympics

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Does it matter that the Black Lives Matter airport protesters were white? - Token podcast  

This week we’re talking about allies: white allies, straight allies, male allies - all the allies

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Positive stereotyping and can you ever avoid being on dodgy ground? – Token podcast  

Women relate better to gay people. Black people are better dancers. Jewish mums love to feed people. Is there any truth in these seemingly complimentary generalisations? And is it ok to have that conversation? Freddy McConnell and Leah Green discuss the good, the bad and the dodgy ground of stereotyping

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Offensive questions – Token podcast  

WARNING: This podcast will probably offend you! When curiosity oversteps the mark – hosts Leah and Freddy create an ‘offence-free’ zone to discuss what they feel are the most offensive questions they’ve been asked as a black Jew and a trans man

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Token podcast: coming soon  

Join Leah Green and Fred McConnell in this new series of podcasts about sex, gender, race, culture and identity, and what that means in the UK

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Do anti-racism protests do more harm than good? - Token Podcast  

Monica Tan and Michael Safi talk over recent unrest in Melbourne and why an anti-halal app has become a smash-hit with Muslim shoppers. Plus: what happened when a famous writer asked Monica if she was ‘from mainland China’?

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Why Beyoncé can never leave her blackness at the door - Token podcast  

Token co-host Monica Tan talks to Seattle-based writer Ijeoma Oluo about Beyoncé’s magnum opus, Lemonade. Ijeoma says the pop superstar is living proof ‘you cannot be rich enough to escape your blackness’ and that her recent displays of radical black consciousness are a product of the times: ‘These last couple of years, the pain, which was often silenced, has been brought to the forefront.’ Plus Monica chats to Token co-host Michael Safi about her unfortunate fetish for the most privileged group on the planet Ijeoma Oluo’s piece: Beyoncé’s Lemonade is about much more than infidelity and Jay Z

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Token podcast: is Alan Jones holding Australia back?  

Podcast regulars Monica Tan and Michael Safi are joined this week by the Egyptian-born Australian musician Joseph Tawadros, one of the world’s top oud players. They talk racism, multiculturalism and morning television – and if you hang on to the end, you can hear Tawadros play

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Token podcast: Hollywood is racist, but will Chris Rock's speech be a turning point?  

‘You’re damn right Hollywood’s racist,’ said Chris Rock as he opened the Oscars. He went on to describe an exclusive club of very nice people who just don’t hire many African Americans ... So will things change now? Today’s hosts – Monica Tan and Miles Martignoni – are joined by Lanre Bakare from the Guardian’s New York office. Plus: special mentions for all the people of colour you may have missed in those Oscar-winning movies ...

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Token podcast: Benjamin Law on the importance of non-white faces on TV – if you're not white  

Benjamin Law is Monica and Michael’s guest on this week’s Token. They talk about the reaction to Ben’s show The Family Law – a show not about race, he says, but about a marriage breakdown. They compare the show to Here Come the Habibs, and discuss how you can end up forgetting what you really look like if you grow up only seeing white people on TV. Then they swap bad ‘ethnic’ food experiences from country Australia

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Token podcast: am I taking advantage of my ethnicity?  

Did our producer use his ethnicity to secure a rental property? A recent survey found minorities can be at a disadvantage when house-hunting, but he may have found the exception. Monica also goes through her experiences after having an anti-Australia Day tweet spread through conservative circles. What did she do when confronted with hatred?

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Token podcast: Here Come the Habibs – and here comes the controversy  

Tahir Bilgic, one of the creators of Channel Nine’s new show Here Come the Habibs, explains how a program written by a ‘vanilla milkshake writing team’ can be culturally sensitive and funny at the same time. And Monica Tan questions her own racial identity after realising she doesn’t fit the stereotype of an Australian-born Chinese person

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Token Podcast: is yellowface always racist? And does it matter that Jesus wasn't white?  

Monica Tan and Michael Safi jump into the divide between racism and political correctness to assess the most interesting news of the week. Can actors and comedians play characters of different races or is it always offensive? Should we remove racist words from old artworks? And why might Michael look more like Jesus than many renaissance paintings?

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Stan Grant: 'The Australian media is incredibly offensive to Indigenous people' – Token podcast  

In this special episode of Token, our race and cultural identity podcast, Stan Grant says Australian media fails to listen to, understand and empathise with the history and circumstances of the country’s Indigenous people

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Token podcast: why are white people feeling threatened?  

Why are university students in the US forming whites-only student unions and why do people in Australia feel the need to march in the streets to ‘reclaim’ their country?

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Token: a new podcast by Guardian Australia  

A sneak peek at Token, our new podcast exploring race, culture and identity in the news

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Token: a new podcast by Guardian Australia  

A sneak peek at Token, our new podcast exploring race, culture and identity in the news

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