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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 head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we're all part of the story.

episodes

The Protests Heard 'Round The World

Sep 16, 2020
38 min
How did a police killing in Minneapolis lead people thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean to pull down the statue of a slave trader who's been dead for nearly three centuries? On this episode, we're going to the city of Bristol to tell the...
Sep 16, 2020 • 38 MIN

The Kids Are All Right

Sep 9, 2020
34 min
Adults often find it really hard to talk about race. But kids? Maybe not so much. NPR received more than 2,000 entries in this year's Student Podcast Challenge, and we heard from young people all over the country about how they're thinking about...
Sep 9, 2020 • 34 MIN

Balls And Strikes

Sep 2, 2020
32 min
Matilda Crawford. Sallie Bell. Carrie Jones. Dora Jones. Orphelia Turner. Sarah A. Collier. In 1881, these six Black women brought the city of Atlanta to a complete standstill by going on strike. The strategies they used in their fight for better...
Sep 2, 2020 • 32 MIN

The United States' Pre-Existing Conditions

Aug 26, 2020
25 min
How was the the richest and most powerful country in the world laid low by a virus only nanometers in size? Ed Yong, a science reporter for The Atlantic, says it's the inequities that have been with us for generations that made our body politic such...
Aug 26, 2020 • 25 MIN

Keep Your Friends Closer

Aug 19, 2020
50 min
As part of our Ask Code Switch series, we're tackling your toughest questions about race and friendship. We help our listeners understand how race and and its evil play cousin, racism, affect how we make friends, keep friends, and deal with friend...
Aug 19, 2020 • 50 MIN

Kamala, Joe, And The Fissures In The Base

Aug 13, 2020
44 min
Black voters are the Democrats' most reliable and influential voting bloc. But this election has underscored the tensions between those Black voters, along generational and ideological lines — which could have major consequences on turnout this fall.
Aug 13, 2020 • 44 MIN

Bonus Episode: Katrina, 15 Years Later

Aug 8, 2020
30 min
It's hurricane season, so this week, we're bringing you a bonus episode, from the Atlantic's Floodlines podcast. On this episode, "Through the Looking Glass," host Vann R. Newkirk II looks at the way the media distorted what was happening in New...
Aug 8, 2020 • 30 MIN

The Long, Bloody Strike For Ethnic Studies

Aug 5, 2020
38 min
The largest public university system in the country, the Cal State system, just announced a new graduation requirement: students must take an ethnic studies or social justice course. But ethnic studies might not even exist if it weren't for some...
Aug 5, 2020 • 38 MIN

One Korean American's Reckoning

Jul 29, 2020
27 min
At a Black Lives Matter protest in Los Angeles, a young Korean American man named Edmond Hong decided to grab a megaphone. Addressing other Asian Americans in the crowd, he described the need to stop being quiet and complacent in the fight against...
Jul 29, 2020 • 27 MIN

Un-HolyLand? An Arab Muslim Reckoning With Racism

Jul 22, 2020
42 min
After his daughter's racist and anti-LGBTQ social media posts became public, an Arab-Muslim entrepreneur is fighting to keep his once-burgeoning business alive in the middle of a national — and personal — reckoning with anti-blackness.
Jul 22, 2020 • 42 MIN

Remembering The 'Divine Diahann Carroll'

Jul 17, 2020
17 min
On what would have been Diahann Carroll's 85th birthday, we're celebrating the legacy of the actress, model and singer. Reporter Sonari Glinton went to her estate sale and took a tour of some of the objects that represent important moments in Ms....
Jul 17, 2020 • 17 MIN

What's In A 'Karen'?

Jul 15, 2020
23 min
"Karen" has become cultural shorthand for a white woman who wields her race as a cudgel. And look, we all love to hate a good Karen. But where did this archetype come from? What will the next iteration of Karen be? And what are we missing by...
Jul 15, 2020 • 23 MIN

An Immune System

Jul 8, 2020
21 min
While it's technically possible to win a civil lawsuit against police officers for wrongdoing, there's a reason it almost never happens: a legal technicality called qualified immunity. On this episode, we look at how a law meant to protect Black...
Jul 8, 2020 • 21 MIN

We Aren't Who We Think We Are

Jul 1, 2020
42 min
Every family has a myth about who they are and where they came from. And there are a lot of reasons people tell these stories. Sometimes it's to make your family seem like they were part of an important historical event. Other times, it's to hide...
Jul 1, 2020 • 42 MIN

They Don't Say Our Names Enough

Jun 27, 2020
28 min
This year, Pride Month intersects with a surge of protests against racism and police brutality. So this week, courtesy of The Nod podcast, we're looking back at the life of Storme DeLarverie — a Black butch woman who didn't pull any punches when it...
Jun 27, 2020 • 28 MIN

Author Karla Cornejo Villavicencio Talks 'The Undocumented Americans'

Jun 24, 2020
23 min
In her new book, The Undocumented Americans, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio writes about delivery men, housekeepers, and day laborers — the undocumented immigrants who are often ignored while the media focuses its attention on Dreamers. "I wanted to...
Jun 24, 2020 • 23 MIN

DACA Decision: Check-In with Miriam Gonzalez

Jun 19, 2020
11 min
When the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that DACA could remain in place, recipient Miriam Gonzalez was relieved. As a plaintiff in the case, she's been fighting to keep the program alive since 2017 and we've been following her story. In this bonus...
Jun 19, 2020 • 11 MIN

Why Now, White People?

Jun 17, 2020
29 min
The video is horrific, and the brutality is stark. But that was the case in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014 and Minnesota in 2016. This time, though, white people are out in the streets in big numbers, and books such as "So You Want to Talk About Race" and...
Jun 17, 2020 • 29 MIN

Bonus Episode: 'Not Just Another Protest'

Jun 12, 2020
42 min
Suffice it to say, the past few weeks have been a lot to unpack. So today, we're bringing you a special bonus episode from our friends at It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders. The podcast explores how protests have changed over time, and how certain...
Jun 12, 2020 • 42 MIN

Unmasking The 'Outside Agitator'

Jun 10, 2020
29 min
Whenever a protest boils up, it's a safe bet that public officials will quickly blame any violence or disruption on "outside agitators." But what, exactly, does it mean to be an agitator? And can these mysterious outsiders be a force for good?
Jun 10, 2020 • 29 MIN

A Decade Of Watching Black People Die

May 31, 2020
22 min
The last few weeks have been filled with devastating news — stories about the police killing black people. At this point, these calamities feel familiar — so familiar, in fact, that their details have begun to echo each other.
May 31, 2020 • 22 MIN