13 episodes

If there’s one thing Canadians avoid, it’s talking about race. This podcast is here to change that. Join hosts Denise Balkissoon and Hannah Sung for a new conversation on race in Canada. We won’t have all the answers but we do ask bold questions.

Theme music by Bonjay.

Colour Code The Globe and Mail

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7, 204 Ratings

If there’s one thing Canadians avoid, it’s talking about race. This podcast is here to change that. Join hosts Denise Balkissoon and Hannah Sung for a new conversation on race in Canada. We won’t have all the answers but we do ask bold questions.

Theme music by Bonjay.

    Your Turn

    Your Turn

    In this, our last episode, we are featuring questions, comments and critiques from our listeners. It's a look back at the series while considering how we can all move forward with the conversation — how to approach and cope with discussions of race and identity at home, at school and with friends and family.

    • 54 min
    Surface Tension

    Surface Tension

    Is anyone responsible for a hate crime beyond the person who committed it? Hannah and Denise visit Sutton, Ont., where a racially-motivated act 10 years ago resulted in a tragedy that changed lives forever. Warning: This episode contains racist language

    • 47 min
    Guest episode: The Cajun Reconnection

    Guest episode: The Cajun Reconnection

    Colour Code takes a break to share an episode of Gravy, a podcast by our friends at the Southern Foodways Alliance. The Cajun Reconnection explores the culinary and cultural connections between the Cajuns of Louisiana and the Acadians of eastern Canada.

    Get more Gravy here: https://www.southernfoodways.org/gravy/

    • 27 min
    Race and Real Estate

    Race and Real Estate

    The price of home ownership has skyrocketed in Vancouver, and many think foreign buyers – especially those from China – are a big reason why. Hannah visits the west coast city to learn the history of race and space in B.C. and speaks with Vancouverites, including an urban planning academic and a real estate agent.

    We talk to: University of British Columbia professor Henry Yu, realtor Melissa Wu, and urban planning academic Andy Yan.

    • 45 min
    Eggshells

    Eggshells

    Coined by educator Robin DiAngelo, the term “white fragility” refers to the emotional, defensive reaction some white people have to discussions of race. To explore the concept, Hannah and Denise revisit a recent conversation between Denise and a radio host that got more than a little bit uncomfortable.

    We talk to: Robin DiAngelo, CKNW program director Larry Gifford, and former CKNW host Ian Power and producer Zameer Karim

    • 47 min
    The Only One

    The Only One

    Canada may be a multicultural country, but there are still many places with very few people of colour. As city kids, Denise and Hannah have always wondered: Is it lonely to be the only racialized person, or family, in a small town?

    We talk to: Musician Fritz Helder, Globe national food reporter Ann Hui, William Choy, mayor of Stony Plain, Alta., and restaurant owners Peter Li and Linda Xie

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
204 Ratings

204 Ratings

Marcy2Hollywood ,

Required Listening

Far as I'm concerned this was the best podcast on Canada when it came out. Relevant, insightful, nuanced, not totally polished. It was the prequel to The Secret Life of Canada.

SamPonting ,

Unique, thought-provoking, and necessary

This podcast is unique. Hannah and Denise are great interviewers. They develop warm chemistries with their guests that generate open, honest, and thoughtful discussions. They pull out interesting anecdotes. It is so important for us to be talking about race right now in Canada. And these two lace together important themes regarding race that play out in local, national, and international culture, amplifying the voices of people of colour/indigenous peoples/black people while remaining analytical. I’m binging.

emelley ,

A must-listen for every Canadian

This series is critical listening for every Canadian! Well done, Globe and Mail. When can we see Season 2?

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