Code Switch

Code Switch

Code Switch

CATEGORY: Society & Culture
What's CODE SWITCH? It's the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for. Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race with empathy and humor. We explore how race affects every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, food and everything in between. This podcast makes all of us part of the conversation — because we're all part of the story. Code Switch was named Apple Podcasts' first-ever Show of the Year in 2020.Want to level up your Code Switch game? Try Code Switch Plus. Your subscription supports the show and unlocks a sponsor-free feed. Learn more at plus.npr.org/codeswitch
  1. June 24, 2022
    59 min
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    School Colors Episode 7: "The Sleeping Giant"
    In some ways, this entire season was prompted by the parents who organized against diversity planning in District 28. In this episode, we let the opposition speak for themselves.
  2. June 19, 2022
    33 min
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    On Food, Mattress Sales, and Juneteenth
    It's the second year that Juneteenth has been a federal holiday — which means it's getting the full summer holiday treatment: sales on appliances, branded merchandise, and for some, a day off of work. But on th…
  3. June 17, 2022
    55 min
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    School Colors Episode 6: "Below Liberty"
    There needs to be some change in District 28, but what kind of change? We went to the Southside and asked parents and school leaders directly: what do the schools need?
  4. June 15, 2022
    28 min
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    The impact of COVID-19, a million deaths in
    A new book by Linda Villarosa looks at how racial bias in healthcare has costs for all Americans. Spoiler: Poverty counts — but not as much as you'd think.
  5. June 08, 2022
    32 min
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    Spilling the T
    Code Switch's Kumari Devarajan found an unlikely demographic doppelganger in D'Lo, a comedian and playwright whose one-person show about growing up as a queer child of immigrants in the U.S. is reopening on a b…
  6. June 03, 2022
    54 min
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    School Colors Episode 5: "The Melting Pot"
    Once known for its Black/white racial binary, Queens, N.Y., has become one of the most diverse places in the world. How has immigration to the community affected its racial map?
  7. June 01, 2022
    32 min
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    Rethinking 'safety' in the wake of Uvalde
    In the wake of violence and tragedies, people are often left in search of ways to feel safe again. That almost inevitably to conversations about the role of police. On today's episode, we're talking to the auth…
  8. May 27, 2022
    51 min
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    School Colors Episode 4: "The Mason-Dixon Line"
    The conversation about District 28 hinges on the dynamic between the Northside and the Southside. But why were they wedged into the same school district in the first place?
  9. May 25, 2022
    41 min
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    How We Decide Who Is 'Worthy of Welcome'
    The author of Refuge reflects on her time interviewing Syrian refugees in the U.S., Canada and Germany.
  10. May 20, 2022
    59 min
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    School Colors Episode 3: "The Battle of Forest Hills"
    In the early 1970s, the famously liberal neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens became a hotbed of reaction and backlash in a fight over public housing.
  11. May 18, 2022
    43 min
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    The Utang Clan
    Utang na loob is the Filipino concept of an eternal debt to others, be it family or friends, who do a favor for you. It goes back to pre-colonial times in the Philippines, and can pass from one generation to an…
  12. May 11, 2022
    50 min
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    School Colors Episode 2: "Tales From The Southside"
    Once home to two revolutionary experiments in integrated housing, the Southside of District 28 was once seen as a beacon of interracial cooperation.
  13. May 04, 2022
    58 min
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    School Colors Episode 1: "There Is No Plan"
    In 2019, a school district in Queens N.Y., one of the most diverse places on the planet, is selected to go through the process of creating something unexpected: a diversity plan. Why would the school district n…
  14. May 02, 2022
    3 min
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    Coming Soon: Code Switch presents 'School Colors'
    Coming soon to the Code Switch feed: School Colors, a limited-run series about how race, class and power shape American cities and schools. Hosts Mark Winston Griffith and Max Freedman take us to Queens, N.Y. –…
  15. April 27, 2022
    50 min
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    The LA Uprising, a generation later
    Some call it a riot. Some call it an uprising. Many Korean Americans simply call it "Sai-i-gu" (literally, 4-2-9.) But no matter what you call it, it's clear to many that April 29, 1992 made a fundamental mark…
  16. April 20, 2022
    26 min
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    Race, queerness, and superpowers in 'Everything, Everywhere, All at Once'
    How can anything be more important than what's happening right now? That's the question a woman named Evelyn Wang is pondering right before she is thrust into a surreal, sci-fi multiverse, in the movie "Everyth…
  17. April 13, 2022
    25 min
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    A makeup company gets a facelift
    In the 70s and 80s, Fashion Fair was an iconic cosmetics company designed to create makeup for Black women of all shades. This is the story of that company's meteoric rise, its slow decline, and the two women w…
  18. April 06, 2022
    36 min
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    A New Movement on Standing Rock
    What do you do when all your options for school kind of suck? That was the question some folks on the Standing Rock Reservation found themselves asking a couple of years ago. Young people were being harassed in…
  19. March 30, 2022
    43 min
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    The dance that made its way from Harlem to Sweden
    Lindy Hop is a dance that was born in Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s — created and performed by African Americans in segregated clubs and dance halls. But today, one of the world's most vibrant Lindy Hop communi…
  20. March 23, 2022
    38 min
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    Why the N-word is so toxic
    It is probably the most radioactive word in the English language. At the same time, the N-word is kind of everywhere: books, movies, music, comedy (not to mention the mouths of people who use it frequently, whe…

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