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.
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 the United States. So on this episode, we're digging into how the term got created and why it continues to both unite and bewilder.
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 of it flies in the face of the images those of us in the U.S. are exposed to. So this week, our friends at Throughline are helping us understand the fuller story.
The Lost Summer
Twenty years ago, during the dog days of summer, a fledgling journalist named Shereen Marisol Meraji — maybe you've heard of her? — headed to Durban, South Africa. Her mission: to report on a meeting of thousands of organizers and ambassadors gathered at a global conference on racism. The conference filled Shereen with hope and optimism — all of which would soon be wiped away.
The Folk Devil Made Me Do It
What moral panics reveal about the ongoing freakout over critical race theory in schools.
'Seeing Ghosts' Across Generations
Kat Chow was 13 when her mother died, and with that loss came profound and lasting questions about identity, family and history. In her memoir, Seeing Ghosts, the author and former Code Switch reporter explores how her mother's death has haunted her through the years, in ways that are profound, tragic and, sometimes, darkly hilarious.
Who Runs The World? Kids.
OK, they're not all kids. But they're all students, they're all amazing, and frankly, we're concerned that they might be coming for our jobs. That's right — the Student Podcast Challenge is back, and this year, the stories are more powerful than ever.
Thank you for the warmth and wisdom
Thankyou for pressing on my white fragility to help me learn to treasure our fellow humans of colour. You are gentler than we deserve and your humour and warmth for all - even those of us who do not understand the basics until we listen to your accurate retelling of history - is wonderful ❤️
Very informative and honest
As a white man wanting to educate myself further on this global issue. I have found this very helpful.
Engaging, informative, necessary
I’ve been subscribed to Code Switch for a couple of months now; every episode, old and new has been a fantastic listen, with well articulated, nuanced perspectives by those who are the most knowledgeable of the subject at hand.
Keep the episodes coming, they are so necessary during these times of uncertainty, fear, hurt and anger.