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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

  • 'Wherever you go, there you are'
    July 6, 2022
  • School Colors Episode 8: "The Only Way Out"
    July 1, 2022
  • No Man's Land
    June 29, 2022
  • School Colors Episode 7: "The Sleeping Giant"
    June 24, 2022
  • On Food, Mattress Sales, and Juneteenth
    June 19, 2022
  • School Colors Episode 6: "Below Liberty"
    June 17, 2022
  • The impact of COVID-19, a million deaths in
    June 15, 2022
  • Spilling the 'T'
    June 8, 2022
  • School Colors Episode 5: "The Melting Pot"
    June 3, 2022
  • Rethinking 'safety' in the wake of Uvalde
    June 1, 2022
  • School Colors Episode 4: 'The Mason-Dixon Line'
    May 27, 2022
  • How We Decide Who Is 'Worthy of Welcome'
    May 25, 2022
  • School Colors Episode 3: "The Battle of Forest Hills"
    May 20, 2022
  • The Utang Clan
    May 18, 2022
  • A tale of two school districts: the making of the Southside
    May 11, 2022
  • School Colors Episode 1: "There Is No Plan"
    May 4, 2022
  • Coming Soon: Code Switch presents 'School Colors'
    May 2, 2022
  • The LA Uprising, a generation later
    April 27, 2022
  • Race, queerness, and superpowers in 'Everything, Everywhere, All at Once'
    April 20, 2022
  • A makeup company gets a facelift
    April 13, 2022
  • A New Movement on Standing Rock
    April 6, 2022
  • The dance that made its way from Harlem to Sweden
    March 30, 2022
  • Why the N-word is so toxic
    March 23, 2022
  • Screams and Silence
    March 16, 2022
  • What's In A Dad?
    March 9, 2022
  • Mabel Fairbanks: The Ice Breaker
    March 2, 2022
  • The rise and fall of 'America's Dad'
    February 23, 2022
  • Can therapy solve racism?
    February 16, 2022
  • Humor, poetry and romance on Code Switch Live
    February 9, 2022
  • Bonus Episode: Consider the Lobstermen
    February 7, 2022
  • The 'double-edged sword' of being a Black first
    February 2, 2022
  • Bonus: Getting real (like, really real) with Gabrielle Union
    January 30, 2022
  • Playing Pretendian
    January 26, 2022
  • Bonus: Remembering the iconic, complicated André Leon Talley
    January 23, 2022
  • A whiteness that's only skin deep
    January 20, 2022
  • They came, they saw, they reckoned?
    January 12, 2022
  • Nikole Hannah-Jones on the power of collective memory
    January 5, 2022
  • Ask Code Switch: What Does Race Have To Do With Beauty?
    December 29, 2021
  • What We Watched in 2021
    December 22, 2021
  • Bonus Episode: The blessing and curse of the '90s Latin Pop Explosion
    December 20, 2021
  • What Is 'Latin Music' Anyway?
    December 15, 2021
  • A Glimpse At 'How The Other Half Eats'
    December 8, 2021
  • Imagining A World Without Prisons Or Police
    December 1, 2021
  • Imagining A World Without Prisons Or Police
    December 1, 2021
  • Ask Code Switch: Thought For Food
    November 24, 2021
  • 'The Characters Are The Light'
    November 17, 2021
  • 'Being Fly Is An Act Of Community'
    November 10, 2021
  • Love And Blood Quantum
    November 3, 2021
  • Ask Code Switch: Parents Just Don't Understand
    October 27, 2021
  • Painting By Numbers
    October 20, 2021
  • Painting By Numbers
    October 20, 2021
  • Skeletons In The Closet
    October 13, 2021
  • Skeletons In The Closet
    October 13, 2021
  • The Once And Future 'Karen'
    October 6, 2021
  • The Rise Of The BBL
    September 29, 2021
  • The Dramatic Life Of The American Teenager
    September 25, 2021
  • Who You Calling 'Hispanic'?
    September 22, 2021
  • Who You Calling 'Hispanic'?
    September 22, 2021
  • The Making And Remaking Of Afghanistan
    September 15, 2021
  • The Lost Summer
    September 8, 2021
  • The Folk Devil Made Me Do It
    September 1, 2021
  • The Folk Devil Made Me Do It
    September 1, 2021
  • 'Seeing Ghosts' Across Generations
    August 25, 2021
  • Who Runs The World? Kids.
    August 18, 2021
  • Who Runs The World? Kids.
    August 18, 2021
  • Care To Explain Yourself?
    August 11, 2021
  • Violence That Doesn't Go Viral
    August 4, 2021
  • To Love And Not Forgive
    July 28, 2021
  • Words To Set You Free
    July 21, 2021
  • What Does It Mean To Be Latino? The 'Light-Skinned Privilege' Edition
    July 14, 2021
  • Égalité, Fraternité, And 'Libertie'
    July 7, 2021
  • A Good ACT To Follow
    June 30, 2021
  • 'Where We Come From': By Any Other Name
    June 27, 2021
  • Ballers, Shot Callers
    June 23, 2021
  • A Taste Of Freedom
    June 16, 2021
  • The Racial Reckoning That Wasn't
    June 9, 2021
  • The Racial Reckoning That Wasn't
    June 9, 2021
  • Where Are You Really From?
    June 2, 2021
  • Tulsa, 100 Years Later
    May 26, 2021
  • Tulsa, 100 Years Later
    May 26, 2021
  • The Sum Of Our Parts
    May 19, 2021
  • The Sum Of Our Parts
    May 19, 2021
  • The Kid Mero Talks 'What It Means To Be Latino'
    May 12, 2021
  • 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
  • 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
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