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.
  1. January 12, 2022
    35 min
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    They came, they saw, they reckoned?
    It's now been more than a year since the so-called "racial reckoning" that marked the summer of 2020. The country, some said confidently, was having the biggest racial reckoning since the civil rights movement.…
  2. January 05, 2022
    50 min
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    Nikole Hannah-Jones on the power of collective memory
    What stories do we learn about the history of the United States? Who dreamed up those stories? And what happens when we challenge them? This week on the pod, our play cousins at NPR's Throughline podcast talk t…
  3. December 29, 2021
    48 min
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    Ask Code Switch: What Does Race Have To Do With Beauty?
    This time of year, folks are being inundated with messages about how to become more beautiful. But beauty is an ever-changing goalpost that has everything do with race, class and power.
  4. December 22, 2021
    33 min
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    What We Watched in 2021
    Y'all, 2021 brought us a lot of TV. Some of it was even good! So this week, we're talking about the shows that had something interesting to say about race, from We Are Lady Parts to Reservation Dogs to City of…
  5. December 20, 2021
    34 min
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    Bonus Episode: The blessing and curse of the '90s Latin Pop Explosion
    Our play cousins at NPR's It's Been a Minute podcast reexamine the so-called "Latin explosion" of the late '90s: What it was supposed to be for audiences across the U.S., and what it actually came to represent.
  6. December 15, 2021
    36 min
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    What Is 'Latin Music' Anyway?
    The term 'Latin Music' can encompass everything from Celia Cruz to Bad Bunny to Selena Gomez to Los Tigres del Norte. It's rock, pop, hip hop, salsa, bachata, reggaeton, and so much more. So...what exactly is t…
  7. December 08, 2021
    33 min
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    A Glimpse At 'How The Other Half Eats'
    How do race and class affect the way we eat? What makes dollar store junk food different from organic junk food? And when did Whole Foods become such a polarizing grocery store? We're getting into all those que…
  8. December 01, 2021
    32 min
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    Imagining A World Without Prisons Or Police
    When Derecka Purnell was growing up, the police were a regular presence in her life. Years later, the lawyer, activist, and author of the new book, Becoming Abolitionists, realized that her vision of a just soc…
  9. November 24, 2021
    32 min
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    Ask Code Switch: Thought For Food
    It's Thanksgiving week, so we're bringing you a second helping of one of our favorite episodes, where we answer your questions about race and food. We're getting into the perceived whiteness of vegetarianism, w…
  10. November 17, 2021
    31 min
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    'The Characters Are The Light'
    You already know we love books here on Code Switch — and given that we're smack dab in the middle of Native American Heritage month, we thought we'd introduce you to some of our favorite recent books by Indigen…
  11. November 10, 2021
    35 min
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    'Being Fly Is An Act Of Community'
    When 'Soul Train' first aired in 1971, there had never been a show like it. Fifty years later, that's still true. So this week, we're passing the mic to our friends at NPR's It's Been a Minute podcast, who did…
  12. November 03, 2021
    22 min
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    Love And Blood Quantum
    If you're Native American, there's a good chance that you've thought a lot about blood quantum — a highly controversial measurement of the amount of "Indian blood" you have. It can affect your identity, your re…
  13. October 27, 2021
    43 min
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    Ask Code Switch: Parents Just Don't Understand
    Or do they? This week, we're answering some of your toughest questions about race and your parents. How do you create boundaries with immigrant parents? What dynamics might interracial couples bring to families…
  14. October 20, 2021
    29 min
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    Painting By Numbers
    The 2020 census data is finally here! At first glance, it paints a surprising portrait of a changing United States: The number of people who identify as white and no other race is smaller; the share of multirac…
  15. October 13, 2021
    33 min
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    Skeletons In The Closet
    In a small suburb of Washington, D.C., a non-descript beige building houses thousands of Native human remains. The remains are currently in the possession of the Smithsonian Institution. But for the past decade…
  16. October 06, 2021
    23 min
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    The Once And Future 'Karen'
    If you've been paying attention to the news over the past couple years, you know what a so-called 'Karen' is: a white woman who uses her race and gender to wield power over someone more vulnerable. But long bef…
  17. September 29, 2021
    29 min
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    The Rise Of The BBL
    Black women have always faced immense pressure to make their bodies look a certain way. But if done the "wrong way," achieving that idealized figure can lead to just as much scrutiny and critique. So today, we'…
  18. September 24, 2021
    18 min
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    The Dramatic Life Of The American Teenager
    Kacen Callender started out as a kid in St. Thomas writing fan fiction. Today, they are the author of multiple middle grade and young adult novels full of empathy, learning, and a healthy dose of high school dr…
  19. September 22, 2021
    35 min
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    Who You Calling 'Hispanic'?
    But seriously, who? Because while it is Hispanic Heritage Month, the notion of a multiracial, multinational, pan-ethnic identity called "Hispanic" is a relatively recent — and somewhat haphazard invention — in…
  20. September 15, 2021
    55 min
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    The Making And Remaking Of Afghanistan
    For two decades, many Americans have seen Afghanistan depicted primarily through the lens of war. But that's not the full story — not even close. Afghanistan has a long, rich, complex history and culture. A lot…

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