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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. We're talking to people who have been marginalized and underrepresented for so long, who are so hungry to see themselves represented fully and with nuance and complexity, says Shereen Marisol Meraji, co-host of Code Switch, Apple Podcasts' first-ever Show of the Year for 2020. People recognize that, because we had been having these conversations for so many years in advance, we're a trusted place where they could go to better understand all the stories about race filling up their newsfeeds and social channels. Their weekly podcast launched in 2016 but truly came into its own during this historic, transformative year, as Meraji and co-host Gene Demby examine issues of racial, ethnic, and cultural identity through frank one-on-one discussions and incisive non-fiction. In a year dominated by discourse about race, this indispensable show furthered them by providing powerful and timely insight, offering diverse and empathetic personal perspectives to a broad audience. There are certain lenses that we are bringing into, both as journalists and the people that we're bringing to these stories, Demby says. But also, we are specific people with specific fascinations and broad curiosity. If we're telling these stories, you should assume that they're going to look and sound like us.

Latest episodes

  • Show Me The Money
    May 5, 2021
  • Live From Philly*: A Code Switch Jawn
    April 28, 2021
  • A Utopia For Black Capitalism
    April 21, 2021
  • Do The Golden Arches Bend Toward Justice?
    April 14, 2021
  • Spit A Verse, Drop Some Knowledge
    April 7, 2021
  • Why Are We Here?
    March 31, 2021
  • Screams And Silence
    March 24, 2021
  • Lonnie Bunch And The 'Museum Of No'
    March 17, 2021
  • Saving A Language You're Learning To Speak
    March 10, 2021
  • David (Pronounced dah-VEED) Versus Goliath
    March 3, 2021
  • 'Payback's A B****'
    February 26, 2021
  • A Shot In The Dark
    February 24, 2021
  • Becoming 'Black Moses'
    February 17, 2021
  • Black Kiss-tory
    February 10, 2021
  • Who's 'Black Enough' For Reparations?
    February 3, 2021
  • Stepping Out Of The Shadow Of 'Killer King'
    January 27, 2021
  • The Last Four Years
    January 20, 2021
  • From The Fringe To The Capitol
    January 13, 2021
  • Finding 'A Perfect Match'
    January 6, 2021
  • The Fire Still Burning
    December 30, 2020
  • From Generation To Generation
    December 28, 2020
  • Family Stories, Family Lies
    December 23, 2020
  • Black And Up In Arms
    December 16, 2020
  • The Books That Got Away
    December 14, 2020
  • Stepping Back Inside Carmen Maria Machado's 'Dream House'
    December 9, 2020
  • Words Of Advice
    December 2, 2020
  • Thank You, Next
    November 25, 2020
  • The White Elephants In The Room
    November 19, 2020
  • Claim Us If You're Famous
    November 11, 2020
  • We ... Don't Know Anything Yet
    November 5, 2020
  • An Historic Vote, Among Many
    October 31, 2020
  • The Latinx Vote Comes Of Age
    October 28, 2020
  • Is Trump Really That Racist?
    October 21, 2020
  • Let's Talk About Kamala Harris
    October 14, 2020
  • Hip-Hop, Mass Incarceration, And A Conspiracy Theory For The Ages
    October 9, 2020
  • A Treaty Right For Cherokee Representation
    October 7, 2020
  • A New Look For The Fashion Industry?
    October 3, 2020
  • Is It Time To Say R.I.P. To 'POC'?
    September 30, 2020
  • Battle Of The Books
    September 23, 2020
  • The Protests Heard 'Round The World
    September 17, 2020
  • The Kids Are All Right
    September 9, 2020
  • Balls And Strikes
    September 3, 2020
  • The United States' Pre-Existing Conditions
    August 26, 2020
  • Keep Your Friends Closer
    August 19, 2020
  • Kamala, Joe, And The Fissures In The Base
    August 13, 2020
  • Bonus Episode: Katrina, 15 Years Later
    August 8, 2020
  • The Long, Bloody Strike For Ethnic Studies
    August 5, 2020
  • One Korean American's Reckoning
    July 29, 2020
  • Un-HolyLand? An Arab Muslim Reckoning With Racism
    July 22, 2020
  • Remembering The 'Divine Diahann Carroll'
    July 18, 2020
  • What's In A 'Karen'?
    July 16, 2020
  • An Immune System
    July 8, 2020
  • We Aren't Who We Think We Are
    July 2, 2020
  • They Don't Say Our Names Enough
    June 27, 2020
  • Author Karla Cornejo Villavicencio Talks 'The Undocumented Americans'
    June 24, 2020
  • DACA Decision: Check-In with Miriam Gonzalez
    June 20, 2020
  • Why Now, White People?
    June 17, 2020
  • Bonus Episode: 'Not Just Another Protest'
    June 12, 2020
  • Unmasking The 'Outside Agitator'
    June 10, 2020
  • A Decade Of Watching Black People Die
    May 31, 2020
  • Songs Giving Us (Much Needed) Life
    May 27, 2020
  • COVID Diaries: Jessica And Sean Apply For A Loan
    May 21, 2020
  • Ask Code Switch: The Coronavirus Edition
    May 13, 2020
  • What Does 'Hood Feminism' Mean For A Pandemic?
    May 7, 2020
  • When Poets Decide Who Counts
    April 29, 2020
  • Puerto Rico, Island Of Racial Harmony?
    April 24, 2020
  • The News Beyond The COVID Numbers
    April 22, 2020
  • Black Like Who?
    April 16, 2020
  • Why The Coronavirus Is Hitting Black Communities Hardest
    April 11, 2020
  • A Treacherous Choice And A Treaty Right
    April 8, 2020
  • Mother, Should I Trust The Census Bureau?
    April 1, 2020
  • Code Switch: Race. In Your Face.
    March 25, 2020
  • Sex, Friendship And Aging: 'It's Not All Downhill From Here'
    March 25, 2020
  • The All-Women Mariachi Group That's Lifting Our Spirits
    March 18, 2020
  • The Limits Of Empathy
    March 11, 2020
  • When Fear Of The Coronavirus Turns Into Racism And Xenophobia
    March 4, 2020
  • Claude Neal: A Strange And Bitter Crop
    February 26, 2020
  • Blexodus: The Black Exodus From The GOP
    February 19, 2020
  • Pt. 2: Black Parents Take Control, Teachers Strike Back
    February 12, 2020
  • Black Parents Take Control, Teachers Strike Back
    February 5, 2020
  • Books For Your Mind, Belly And Soul
    January 29, 2020
  • Bonus Episode: 'Between Friends' From WNYC
    January 23, 2020
  • Ask Code Switch: What About Your Friends?
    January 22, 2020
  • Is The Door To Iran Closed Forever?
    January 15, 2020
  • Carmen Maria Machado Takes Us 'In The Dream House'
    January 8, 2020
  • Beautiful Lies
    January 1, 2020
  • The Birth Of A 'New Negro'
    December 25, 2019
  • Slow Burn
    December 18, 2019
  • The Reverse Freedom Rides
    December 12, 2019
  • Death Of A Blood Sport
    December 4, 2019
  • Sometimes Explain, Always Complain
    November 27, 2019
  • Sex, Lies And Audio Tape
    November 20, 2019
  • Status Update
    November 13, 2019
  • Is This What It Means To Be White?
    November 6, 2019
  • Fear In An Age Of Real-Life Horror
    October 30, 2019
  • A Strange And Bitter Crop
    October 23, 2019
  • President Trump's (Anti-)Social Media
    October 16, 2019
  • That's The Anthem, Get Your [Dang] Hands Up!
    October 9, 2019
  • Political Prisoners?
    October 2, 2019
  • The Original Blexit
    September 25, 2019
  • The Black Table In The Big Tent
    September 18, 2019
  • A Tale Of Two School Districts
    September 11, 2019
  • Searching For Punks
    September 4, 2019
  • '20 And Odd. Negroes'
    August 29, 2019
  • All That Glisters Is Not Gold
    August 21, 2019
  • Dora's Lasting Magic
    August 14, 2019
  • After The Cameras Leave
    August 7, 2019
  • Puerto Ricans Stand Up
    July 31, 2019
  • Chicago's Red Summer
    July 24, 2019
  • Oh So Now It's Racist?
    July 17, 2019
  • The Return Of Race Science
    July 10, 2019
  • America's Concentration Camps?
    July 3, 2019
  • Some Of The People Knew Magic
    June 26, 2019
  • Code Switch Book Club: Summer 2019
    June 19, 2019
  • E Ola Ka 'Olelo Hawai'i
    June 12, 2019
  • The Original 'Welfare Queen'
    June 5, 2019
  • Salt Fat Acid Race
    May 29, 2019
  • Dispatches From The Schoolyard
    May 22, 2019
  • Anger: The Black Woman's 'Superpower'
    May 15, 2019
  • We Don't Say That
    May 8, 2019
  • You Say Chicano, I Say...
    May 1, 2019
  • Poets, The Life Boats
    April 24, 2019
  • Can the Go-Go Go On?
    April 17, 2019
  • Love & Walkouts
    April 10, 2019
  • Why Is It So Hard To Talk About Israel?
    April 5, 2019
  • Ask Code Switch: You Are What You Eat
    March 27, 2019
  • "On Strike! Blow It Up!"
    March 20, 2019
  • Respect Yourself
    March 13, 2019
  • When Disaster Strikes
    March 6, 2019
  • On The Shoulders Of Giants
    February 28, 2019
  • Getting A Foot In the Door
    February 21, 2019
  • From Blackface To Blackfishing
    February 13, 2019
  • We're Going To Start A Dialogue...Again.
    February 7, 2019
  • Pretty Hurts
    January 30, 2019
  • Intrigue At The Census Bureau
    January 24, 2019
  • Perfect Son
    January 16, 2019
  • The Return
    January 9, 2019
  • America's Other Anthems
    January 2, 2019
  • Race Underneath The Skin
    December 26, 2018
  • Code Switch Goes To College
    December 19, 2018
  • Code Switch Book Club
    December 12, 2018
  • The Story Of Mine Mill
    December 5, 2018
  • Dog Show!
    November 28, 2018
  • Live From The Apollo...It's Code Switch!
    November 21, 2018
  • The House On The Corner
    November 14, 2018
  • Politics Podcast Pop Up
    November 7, 2018
  • Is Ron Brown High School Working?
    October 31, 2018
  • The Cost To Cast A Ballot
    October 24, 2018
  • What So Proudly We Hail
    October 17, 2018
  • Our Homeland Is Each Other
    October 10, 2018
  • Deja Vu All Over Again
    October 3, 2018
  • #CriticsSoWhite
    September 26, 2018
  • Puerto Rico's Other Storm
    September 19, 2018
  • Ask Code Switch: School Daze
    September 12, 2018
  • Update: Looking For Marriage In All The Wrong Places
    September 7, 2018
  • Stuck Off The Realness
    September 5, 2018
  • So What If He Said It?
    August 29, 2018
  • Live From Birmingham...It's Code Switch!
    August 22, 2018
  • Behind The Lies My Teacher Told Me
    August 15, 2018
  • Talk American
    August 8, 2018
  • Word Watch, The Sequel: 2Watch 2Wordiest
    August 1, 2018
  • Word Watch: A Code Switch Game Show
    July 25, 2018
  • Rap On Trial
    July 18, 2018
  • Word Up
    July 11, 2018
  • Code Switch's Summer Vacation
    July 4, 2018
  • Immigration Nation
    June 27, 2018
  • Looking For Marriage In All The Wrong Places
    June 20, 2018
  • Twenty-First Century Blackface
    June 13, 2018
  • What We Inherit
    June 6, 2018
  • A Thousand Ways To Kneel And Kiss The Ground
    May 30, 2018
  • Of Bloodlines and Conquistadors
    May 23, 2018
  • What's Black And Gray And Inked All Over?
    May 16, 2018
  • Tough Questions For The World's Toughest Job
    May 9, 2018
  • Code Switch Census Watch 2020
    May 2, 2018
  • It's Bigger Than The Ban
    April 25, 2018
  • Members of Whose Tribe?
    April 18, 2018
  • Location! Location! Location!
    April 11, 2018
  • The Road To The Promised Land, 50 Years Later
    April 4, 2018
  • Amara La Negra: Too Black To Be Latina? Too Latina To Be Black?
    March 28, 2018
  • The Madness Of March
    March 21, 2018
  • Who Is 'Us,' Anyway?
    March 14, 2018
  • Searching For A Home After Hate
    March 7, 2018
  • A House Divided By Immigration Status
    February 28, 2018
  • Throw Some Respeck On My Name
    February 21, 2018
  • Feelings, Finances And Fetishes: Love Is A Racial Battlefield
    February 14, 2018
  • It's Not Just About The Blood
    February 7, 2018
  • The State Of Our Union Is...Uh, How Much Time You Got?
    January 31, 2018
  • The 'R-Word' In The Age Of Trump
    January 24, 2018
  • A Racial Impostor Epidemic
    January 17, 2018
  • This Racism Is Killing Me Inside
    January 10, 2018
  • Before We Give 2017 The Middle Finger, Part 2
    January 3, 2018
  • Before We Give 2017 The Middle Finger, Part 1
    December 27, 2017
  • Black Atheists, White Santas, And A Feast For The Deceased
    December 20, 2017
  • With Dope, There's High Hope
    December 13, 2017
  • 17,000 Islands, 700 Languages, And A Superhero
    December 6, 2017
  • Disrespect To Miss-Respect
    November 29, 2017
  • A Code Switch Thanksgiving Feast
    November 22, 2017
  • Live From Chicago...It's Code Switch!
    November 15, 2017
  • Reflections On A Year At Ron Brown High
    November 8, 2017
  • To Fail Or Not To Fail: The Fierce Debate Over High Standards
    November 1, 2017
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