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Three women of color in Berlin sit at a table to talk. United by the magic of diaspora, we pour some tea, we laugh, and open our table to record the powerful and intersectional voices at our table. We are the "tantis"- the creole word for "auntie" - the trusted femme figure found across the Global South who represents love, experience, and mischievous fun! Tanti Rhea hails from Trinidad, Tanti Armeghan from Germany & Afghanistan, and Tanti Goitsy from South Africa. Each meeting, we welcome special guests at the Tanti Table to address the Thinkers, Anecdotes, News, Taboos, and Intersectionality of our times (T.A.N.T.I.!) Our guests are those propelling the culture. They are funny, they are real,they are passionate, and they are looking for an empathetic ear, a full glass of tea (in ALL its forms!) and a safe space to talk, where there's always place for you- at the Tanti Table.

Latest Episodes

Amplify Black Voices: Part 1

We joined a panel of black women podcasters this episode because we needed a space where we could express ourselves, not explain ourselves. The fatigue of quarantine, pandemic anxiety, and the violence of white supremacy has us searching for comfort in community. Our friends & colleagues discuss the Black Diaspora, tokenization, and debunk the stereotypes plaguing black bodies. Historian Dr. Edna Bonhomme joins us for the 2nd time this season along with comedian Kate Cheka, hip-hop artist Cassianne Lawrence, and photographer Ropafadzo Murombo. This episode was recorded shortly after the immense global response to George Floyd’s murder and contains explicit language and references to violence that may be disturbing. To find out more about the panelists follow us @tantitablepodcast.Tanti Table- Thinkers. Anecdotes. News. Taboos. Intersectionality.Hosts: Goitsy Montsho, Armeghan Taheri, Rhea RamjohnExecutive Producer: Rhea RamjohnMusic: Shannon SeaCover: Mariama Sow

36 minJUL 7
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Amplify Black Voices: Part 1

Recognize x Reflect

Welcome back to the Tanti Table podcast, where we bring together the Thinkers, Anecdotes, News Taboos and Intersectionality that shape the cultural landscape of Berlin and beyond! The co-hosts re-unite to recognize and reflect on our journeys thus far. We recognize the support of our listeners, key workers, and creative network (and we celebrate a special recognition! listen in to find out!). This week we highlight the lived intersectional experiences of our co-host Tanti Goitsy, who makes an exclusive contribution on life as a mother, a lover, and an artist in quarantine. Thank you to our listeners, especially our BearRadio.org family, Lola Mag, iheartberlin! Find out more @tantitablepodcast.Hosts: Goitsy Montsho, Armeghan Taheri, Rhea RamjohnExecutive Producer: Rhea RamjohnMusic: Shannon SeaCover: Mariama Sow

22 minMAY 27
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Recognize x Reflect

The Workshop x The Artist

The Tanti Table podcast recorded most of Season 1 at the artist community space, The Workshop on Forsterstrasse in Berlin. Host, Rhea Ramjohn sat down with the owner of the space, Mary Lilith who is also a writer, translator and language teacher. Recorded in the gallery of The Workshop, Mary talks about the importance of artist community exchange and implementing feminist economies. Mary Lilith Fischer received her BA in Creative Writing from Oberlin College, USA. After completing her studies she came back to Berlin with the intention of opening up a project space and community focused artist studio. She opened The Workshop on Forster in February of 2018 and has been running the small space in the heart of Kreuzberg, Berlin since then, alongside her own artistic practice. To find out more about Mary’s community space, The Workshop, visit them at www.workshop-on-forster.de/Thank you to everyone keeping a sense of community exchange alive especially during these times, and a big thank you to our listeners! Please rate us, subscribe and follow us at @tantitablepodcastThank you for listening to the Tanti Table podcast where we bring together the Thinkers AnecdotesNews Taboos and Intersectionality of Berlin and beyond.Guest: Mary Lillith info@workshop-on-forster.deHosts: Goitsy Montsho, Armeghan Taheri, Rhea RamjohnExecutive Procucer: Rhea RamjohnMusic: Shannon SeaCover: Mariama Sow

27 minMAY 15
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The Workshop x The Artist

checking in x covid-19

We thank the workers keeping us safe during our shelter from the Codi-19 virus. This episode, we tackle this topic- talking about the pandemic’s impact on the entire globe, and on our personal lives. In the midst of physical distancing, our co-host Armeghan checks in with us to share her thoughts on the news, on those in her community most affected, and on what it means to be safe. Producer & host Rhea Ramjohn, shares her conversation with her mother, a health care work in Boston, U.S.A. She shares her experience with Covid-19 patients and tells us what it’s like caring for her family and working in the Boston health care system. Next time we hear from co-host Goitsy about managing her life as a writer, mom, and work-from-home-teacher during Berlin’ stay-at-home order. Thank you for supporting us and listening to the Tanti Table Podcast, where we bring together the Thinkers, Anecdotes, News, Taboos, and Intersectionality of Berlin & beyond. Wishing you health- mind, body, & soul.Pour yourself a drink and pull up a seat where there’s always place for you at the Tanti Table.Follow us on Instagram @tantitablepodcastHosts: Goitsy Montsho, Armeghan Taheri, Rhea RamjohnExecutive Procucer: Rhea RamjohnMusic: Shannon SeaCover: Mariama Sow

30 minAPR 9
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checking in x covid-19

Action x Archive

Scholar, writer, and podcaster Dr. Edna Bonhomme joins us this week at the Tanti Table, where we bring together the Thinkers Anecdotes News Taboos & Intersectionality of Berlin & beyond, sip some tea and question the powers that be! This week we question the legacy of colonialism with Max-Planck Institute Fellow, Dr. Edna Bonhomme! Edna talks to us about her podcast Decolonization in Action where she covers topics from archiving, to environmentalism, to reparations. As always, our guests spill the T.A.N.T.I. at the table, so Edna tells us about her Haitian aunties, the taboo of being a Black woman with agency, and the news that’s been on her mind lately. Speaking of news, we at the Tanti Table podcast send all the positive vibes and healing energy out there to anyone who might have contracted or been exposed to the covid 19 virus, and we’re encouraging all those whose lives have been affected- hang in there, don’t panic, and get medical attention if you’re ill. We continue to celebrate Womxn’s history month this March, as all our episodes this month will celebrate and highlight the womxn, transwomxn and gender non conforming people that inspire us! 1 st up is Dr. Edna Bonhomme! Follow her on Twitter at jacobinoire and at www.ednabonhomme.com. Follow us on Instagram @tantitablepodcast to find out what the Tantis are up to around town! Pour yourself your favorite cup, & pull up a seat where there’s always place for you at the Tanti Table! Hosts: Goitsy Montsho, Armeghan Taheri, Rhea Ramjohn Executive Procucer: Rhea Ramjohn Music: Shannon Sea Cover: Mariama Sow

40 minMAR 13
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Action x Archive

Code Switching x Synergizing

Writer, educator, and newly published poet, Allia Sadeghipour joins us this week at the Tanti Table, where we bring together the Thinkers Anecdotes News Taboos & Intersectionality of Berlin & beyond, sip some tea and question the powers that be!Allia shares how her childhood in Iran and the U.S. shaped her writing style, her commitment to code-switching, and the importance of being seen in our communities. Her new book of poetry, The Ghosts of Berlin traces the haunting and alluring forms of our brutal yet beautiful Berlin. She’s been featured in the magazine What’s Afghan Punk Rock Anyway?, created by our co-host Armeghan Taheri, so we talk to them about Issue 2- the “love” issue, about the different forms of love, and about duh- about punk rock!See Rhea, Armeghan, and Allia talking about What’s Afghan Punk Rock Anyway live on Feb 25th at 7pm at Tuesday CoWorking in Berlin, Germany. Follow us on Instagram @tantitablepodcast to find out what the Tantis are up to around town!Pour yourself your favorite cup, & pull up a seat where there’s always place for you at the Tanti Table!Follow Allia Sadeghipour at @awerfjil Hosts: Goitsy Montsho, Armeghan Taheri, Rhea RamjohnExecutive Procucer: Rhea RamjohnMusic: Shannon SeaCover: Mariama Sow

53 minFEB 19
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Code Switching x Synergizing

These Structures x These Streets

Anti-racist activist, Black Marxist, and guide in Berlin’s anti-colonial tours, Kofi Shakur joins us this week at the Tanti Table! Kofi tells us about his work in educating the public on Germany’s colonial history, the campaign for reparations, and keeping the legacy of German Black activists and community organizers alive. He talks about the complexities in challenging structures and the resolve to change the colonial street names in Berlin’s African Quarter.Armeghan and Rhea get him to spill the tea on the T.A.N.T.I. in his life- he gives his take on the Thinkers, Anecdotes, News, Taboos, and Intersectionality that shape Berlin and beyond.Pull up a chair where there’s always a seat for you at the Tanti Table!Follow Kofi at @blackblocbolshevikFollow us @tantitablepodcastArmeghan @ar.meghanRhea @RheaRamjohnWriterHosts: Goitsy Montsho, Armeghan Taheri, Rhea RamjohnExecutive Procucer: Rhea RamjohnMusic: Shannon SeaCover: Mariama Sow

53 minFEB 16
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These Structures x These Streets

OFF PLANET x ON POINT

Multidisciplinary artist Willpower joins us to talk about his OFF PLANET exhibition opening at Kang Contemporary gallery 23/01/20. After being commissioned to write Will’s art catalog, Rhea and Will discuss the intention behind Willpower’s work, the many meanings of OFF PLANET, and what it means to work in and/or outside “the system.” As always, Armeghan and Goitsy outline the tricky conditions of working with structures- spilling tea along the way! Catch the tantis in-person throughout Berlin. Follow us @tantitablepodcast and join us as we bring together the thinkers anecdotes, news, taboos, and intersectionality of Berlin and beyond, and where there’s always a seat for you at the Tanti Table!Hosts: Goitsy Montsho, Armeghan Taheri, Rhea RamjohnExecutive Procucer: Rhea RamjohnMusic: Shannon SeaCover: Mariama Sow

39 minJAN 17
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OFF PLANET x ON POINT

Traps x Tools

Welcome back to the Tanti Table podcast where we bring together theThinkers Anecdotes News Taboos and Intersectionality that shape Berlin and beyond!This week we talk to one of our favorite intersectional thinkers and care practicioners, Turke Chini who is the co-founder of the self care and personal development platform, Within Element.She's running a Trauma and Storytelling workshop in Berlin so we talk to her about making spaces for us to heal pain, about using artificial intelligence and social media as a tool, and of course about the T-A-N-T-I in her life.So pour yourself your favorite cup or favorite glass and pull up a chair where there’s always a seat for you at the Tanti Table!Follow Turke Chini @turke_chini and her organization Within Element @within_element to keep up to date with their healing workshops and resources for care and well-being in Berlin and beyond.

41 min2019 NOV 22
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Traps x Tools

Tanti Who x Season 2

New season, new tantis! We’re joined this year by new co-hosts Armeghan Taheri & Goitseone Montsho to continue our conversations about Thinkers, Anecdotes, News, Taboos, and Intersectionality in Berlin & beyond! In episode 1, we find out more about our new tantis and ask them that commonplace, yet ever-more problematic question- “Where are you from?” They tell us about their hopes for Season 2, and the privilege and responsibility of “auntie work.” Find out more about the hosts at @tantitablepodcast and join us where there’s always a seat for you at the tanti table!

28 min2019 OCT 28
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Tanti Who x Season 2

Latest Episodes

Amplify Black Voices: Part 1

We joined a panel of black women podcasters this episode because we needed a space where we could express ourselves, not explain ourselves. The fatigue of quarantine, pandemic anxiety, and the violence of white supremacy has us searching for comfort in community. Our friends & colleagues discuss the Black Diaspora, tokenization, and debunk the stereotypes plaguing black bodies. Historian Dr. Edna Bonhomme joins us for the 2nd time this season along with comedian Kate Cheka, hip-hop artist Cassianne Lawrence, and photographer Ropafadzo Murombo. This episode was recorded shortly after the immense global response to George Floyd’s murder and contains explicit language and references to violence that may be disturbing. To find out more about the panelists follow us @tantitablepodcast.Tanti Table- Thinkers. Anecdotes. News. Taboos. Intersectionality.Hosts: Goitsy Montsho, Armeghan Taheri, Rhea RamjohnExecutive Producer: Rhea RamjohnMusic: Shannon SeaCover: Mariama Sow

36 minJUL 7
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Amplify Black Voices: Part 1

Recognize x Reflect

Welcome back to the Tanti Table podcast, where we bring together the Thinkers, Anecdotes, News Taboos and Intersectionality that shape the cultural landscape of Berlin and beyond! The co-hosts re-unite to recognize and reflect on our journeys thus far. We recognize the support of our listeners, key workers, and creative network (and we celebrate a special recognition! listen in to find out!). This week we highlight the lived intersectional experiences of our co-host Tanti Goitsy, who makes an exclusive contribution on life as a mother, a lover, and an artist in quarantine. Thank you to our listeners, especially our BearRadio.org family, Lola Mag, iheartberlin! Find out more @tantitablepodcast.Hosts: Goitsy Montsho, Armeghan Taheri, Rhea RamjohnExecutive Producer: Rhea RamjohnMusic: Shannon SeaCover: Mariama Sow

22 minMAY 27
Comments
Recognize x Reflect

The Workshop x The Artist

The Tanti Table podcast recorded most of Season 1 at the artist community space, The Workshop on Forsterstrasse in Berlin. Host, Rhea Ramjohn sat down with the owner of the space, Mary Lilith who is also a writer, translator and language teacher. Recorded in the gallery of The Workshop, Mary talks about the importance of artist community exchange and implementing feminist economies. Mary Lilith Fischer received her BA in Creative Writing from Oberlin College, USA. After completing her studies she came back to Berlin with the intention of opening up a project space and community focused artist studio. She opened The Workshop on Forster in February of 2018 and has been running the small space in the heart of Kreuzberg, Berlin since then, alongside her own artistic practice. To find out more about Mary’s community space, The Workshop, visit them at www.workshop-on-forster.de/Thank you to everyone keeping a sense of community exchange alive especially during these times, and a big thank you to our listeners! Please rate us, subscribe and follow us at @tantitablepodcastThank you for listening to the Tanti Table podcast where we bring together the Thinkers AnecdotesNews Taboos and Intersectionality of Berlin and beyond.Guest: Mary Lillith info@workshop-on-forster.deHosts: Goitsy Montsho, Armeghan Taheri, Rhea RamjohnExecutive Procucer: Rhea RamjohnMusic: Shannon SeaCover: Mariama Sow

27 minMAY 15
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The Workshop x The Artist

checking in x covid-19

We thank the workers keeping us safe during our shelter from the Codi-19 virus. This episode, we tackle this topic- talking about the pandemic’s impact on the entire globe, and on our personal lives. In the midst of physical distancing, our co-host Armeghan checks in with us to share her thoughts on the news, on those in her community most affected, and on what it means to be safe. Producer & host Rhea Ramjohn, shares her conversation with her mother, a health care work in Boston, U.S.A. She shares her experience with Covid-19 patients and tells us what it’s like caring for her family and working in the Boston health care system. Next time we hear from co-host Goitsy about managing her life as a writer, mom, and work-from-home-teacher during Berlin’ stay-at-home order. Thank you for supporting us and listening to the Tanti Table Podcast, where we bring together the Thinkers, Anecdotes, News, Taboos, and Intersectionality of Berlin & beyond. Wishing you health- mind, body, & soul.Pour yourself a drink and pull up a seat where there’s always place for you at the Tanti Table.Follow us on Instagram @tantitablepodcastHosts: Goitsy Montsho, Armeghan Taheri, Rhea RamjohnExecutive Procucer: Rhea RamjohnMusic: Shannon SeaCover: Mariama Sow

30 minAPR 9
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checking in x covid-19

Action x Archive

Scholar, writer, and podcaster Dr. Edna Bonhomme joins us this week at the Tanti Table, where we bring together the Thinkers Anecdotes News Taboos & Intersectionality of Berlin & beyond, sip some tea and question the powers that be! This week we question the legacy of colonialism with Max-Planck Institute Fellow, Dr. Edna Bonhomme! Edna talks to us about her podcast Decolonization in Action where she covers topics from archiving, to environmentalism, to reparations. As always, our guests spill the T.A.N.T.I. at the table, so Edna tells us about her Haitian aunties, the taboo of being a Black woman with agency, and the news that’s been on her mind lately. Speaking of news, we at the Tanti Table podcast send all the positive vibes and healing energy out there to anyone who might have contracted or been exposed to the covid 19 virus, and we’re encouraging all those whose lives have been affected- hang in there, don’t panic, and get medical attention if you’re ill. We continue to celebrate Womxn’s history month this March, as all our episodes this month will celebrate and highlight the womxn, transwomxn and gender non conforming people that inspire us! 1 st up is Dr. Edna Bonhomme! Follow her on Twitter at jacobinoire and at www.ednabonhomme.com. Follow us on Instagram @tantitablepodcast to find out what the Tantis are up to around town! Pour yourself your favorite cup, & pull up a seat where there’s always place for you at the Tanti Table! Hosts: Goitsy Montsho, Armeghan Taheri, Rhea Ramjohn Executive Procucer: Rhea Ramjohn Music: Shannon Sea Cover: Mariama Sow

40 minMAR 13
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Action x Archive

Code Switching x Synergizing

Writer, educator, and newly published poet, Allia Sadeghipour joins us this week at the Tanti Table, where we bring together the Thinkers Anecdotes News Taboos & Intersectionality of Berlin & beyond, sip some tea and question the powers that be!Allia shares how her childhood in Iran and the U.S. shaped her writing style, her commitment to code-switching, and the importance of being seen in our communities. Her new book of poetry, The Ghosts of Berlin traces the haunting and alluring forms of our brutal yet beautiful Berlin. She’s been featured in the magazine What’s Afghan Punk Rock Anyway?, created by our co-host Armeghan Taheri, so we talk to them about Issue 2- the “love” issue, about the different forms of love, and about duh- about punk rock!See Rhea, Armeghan, and Allia talking about What’s Afghan Punk Rock Anyway live on Feb 25th at 7pm at Tuesday CoWorking in Berlin, Germany. Follow us on Instagram @tantitablepodcast to find out what the Tantis are up to around town!Pour yourself your favorite cup, & pull up a seat where there’s always place for you at the Tanti Table!Follow Allia Sadeghipour at @awerfjil Hosts: Goitsy Montsho, Armeghan Taheri, Rhea RamjohnExecutive Procucer: Rhea RamjohnMusic: Shannon SeaCover: Mariama Sow

53 minFEB 19
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Code Switching x Synergizing

These Structures x These Streets

Anti-racist activist, Black Marxist, and guide in Berlin’s anti-colonial tours, Kofi Shakur joins us this week at the Tanti Table! Kofi tells us about his work in educating the public on Germany’s colonial history, the campaign for reparations, and keeping the legacy of German Black activists and community organizers alive. He talks about the complexities in challenging structures and the resolve to change the colonial street names in Berlin’s African Quarter.Armeghan and Rhea get him to spill the tea on the T.A.N.T.I. in his life- he gives his take on the Thinkers, Anecdotes, News, Taboos, and Intersectionality that shape Berlin and beyond.Pull up a chair where there’s always a seat for you at the Tanti Table!Follow Kofi at @blackblocbolshevikFollow us @tantitablepodcastArmeghan @ar.meghanRhea @RheaRamjohnWriterHosts: Goitsy Montsho, Armeghan Taheri, Rhea RamjohnExecutive Procucer: Rhea RamjohnMusic: Shannon SeaCover: Mariama Sow

53 minFEB 16
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These Structures x These Streets

OFF PLANET x ON POINT

Multidisciplinary artist Willpower joins us to talk about his OFF PLANET exhibition opening at Kang Contemporary gallery 23/01/20. After being commissioned to write Will’s art catalog, Rhea and Will discuss the intention behind Willpower’s work, the many meanings of OFF PLANET, and what it means to work in and/or outside “the system.” As always, Armeghan and Goitsy outline the tricky conditions of working with structures- spilling tea along the way! Catch the tantis in-person throughout Berlin. Follow us @tantitablepodcast and join us as we bring together the thinkers anecdotes, news, taboos, and intersectionality of Berlin and beyond, and where there’s always a seat for you at the Tanti Table!Hosts: Goitsy Montsho, Armeghan Taheri, Rhea RamjohnExecutive Procucer: Rhea RamjohnMusic: Shannon SeaCover: Mariama Sow

39 minJAN 17
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OFF PLANET x ON POINT

Traps x Tools

Welcome back to the Tanti Table podcast where we bring together theThinkers Anecdotes News Taboos and Intersectionality that shape Berlin and beyond!This week we talk to one of our favorite intersectional thinkers and care practicioners, Turke Chini who is the co-founder of the self care and personal development platform, Within Element.She's running a Trauma and Storytelling workshop in Berlin so we talk to her about making spaces for us to heal pain, about using artificial intelligence and social media as a tool, and of course about the T-A-N-T-I in her life.So pour yourself your favorite cup or favorite glass and pull up a chair where there’s always a seat for you at the Tanti Table!Follow Turke Chini @turke_chini and her organization Within Element @within_element to keep up to date with their healing workshops and resources for care and well-being in Berlin and beyond.

41 min2019 NOV 22
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Traps x Tools

Tanti Who x Season 2

New season, new tantis! We’re joined this year by new co-hosts Armeghan Taheri & Goitseone Montsho to continue our conversations about Thinkers, Anecdotes, News, Taboos, and Intersectionality in Berlin & beyond! In episode 1, we find out more about our new tantis and ask them that commonplace, yet ever-more problematic question- “Where are you from?” They tell us about their hopes for Season 2, and the privilege and responsibility of “auntie work.” Find out more about the hosts at @tantitablepodcast and join us where there’s always a seat for you at the tanti table!

28 min2019 OCT 28
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Tanti Who x Season 2
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