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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 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.

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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 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.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    The Making And Remaking Of Afghanistan

    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.

    • 55 min
    The Lost Summer

    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.

    • 47 min
    The Folk Devil Made Me Do It

    The Folk Devil Made Me Do It

    What moral panics reveal about the ongoing freakout over critical race theory in schools.

    • 37 min
    'Seeing Ghosts' Across Generations

    '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.

    • 27 min
    Who Runs The World? Kids.

    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.

    • 29 min
    Care To Explain Yourself?

    Care To Explain Yourself?

    It's hot out, places are shutting down again, and things might just be feeling a little bit slow. So in the spirit of spicing things up, we wanted to give you all a question to fight about: How much context should you have to give when talking about race and culture? Is it better to explain every reference, or ask people to Google as they go? Comedian Hari Kondabolu joins us to hash it out.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
12.9K Ratings

12.9K Ratings

he70+ ,

Love this podcast!

Oh! I just heard you are leaving Shereen MARISOL! The best for you! You will be an awesome teacher with your personal experiences and background. As another listener expressed, I was under the impression you were in your twenties. So keep that youthful flame going.
Gene, I hope you get another cohost soon. Because I LOVE your podcast!!
The best for you 2!

Public HS Counselor ,

Thank you and Good Luck, Shereen Marisol!

Guess the world has finally figured out how special you are. Sad to see you leave the show, but glad to hear you’re coming back to the Yay to share your wisdom and inspire the next generation of credible and responsible journalists. Thank you most of all for helping POC’s build community, validate our experiences and find empowerment.✊🏽

Thea's sister Roni ,

Oh Shereen!

I will miss you so much, and your easy synergy with Gene. It won’t be the same without you. What a fantastic and informative podcast you two do. I loved hearing your story of youthful passion and inspiration. And was surprised that you weren’t still b your 20s or early 30s! You’re super at what you do. Keep enlightening ! From Roni in San Diego. Peace!

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