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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.

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    • 4.6, 9.8K Ratings

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.

    The Long, Bloody Strike For Ethnic Studies

    The Long, Bloody Strike For Ethnic Studies

    The largest public university system in the country, the Cal State system, just announced a new graduation requirement: students must take an ethnic studies or social justice course. But ethnic studies might not even exist if it weren't for some students at a small commuter college in San Francisco. Fifty years ago, they went on strike — and while their bloody, bitter standoff has been largely forgotten, it forever changed higher education in the United States.

    • 38 min
    One Korean American's Reckoning

    One Korean American's Reckoning

    At a Black Lives Matter protest in Los Angeles, a young Korean American man named Edmond Hong decided to grab a megaphone. Addressing other Asian Americans in the crowd, he described the need to stop being quiet and complacent in the fight against racism. On this episode, we talk to Edmond about why he decided to speak out. And we check in with a historian about why so many people mistakenly believe that Asian Americans aren't political.

    • 26 min
    Un-HolyLand? An Arab Muslim Reckoning With Racism

    Un-HolyLand? An Arab Muslim Reckoning With Racism

    After his daughter's racist and anti-LGBTQ social media posts became public, an Arab-Muslim entrepreneur is fighting to keep his once-burgeoning business alive in the middle of a national — and personal — reckoning with anti-blackness.

    • 42 min
    Remembering The 'Divine Diahann Carroll'

    Remembering The 'Divine Diahann Carroll'

    On what would have been Diahann Carroll's 85th birthday, we're celebrating the legacy of the actress, model and singer.

    • 17 min
    What's In A 'Karen'?

    What's In A 'Karen'?

    "Karen" has become cultural shorthand for a white woman who wields her race as a cudgel. But where did this archetype come from?

    • 23 min
    An Immune System

    An Immune System

    While it's technically possible to win a civil lawsuit against police officers for wrongdoing, there's a reason it almost never happens: a legal technicality called qualified immunity. On this episode, we look at how a law meant to protect Black people from racist violence gave way to a legal doctrine that many people see as the biggest obstacle to police reform.

    • 21 min

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Helping me overcome my misunderstandings

Thank you—from a Latina who wanted help sharing more with her Caucasian friends.

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This podcast is amazing I am a mixed kid so being part of two cultures is hard the world is telling you to choose one over the other but what I learned from this podcast is that you should embrace both thanks a lot

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Some of my first listens were like, “this is great!”. I may be wrong, but the overall sentiment does not address that racism, more over prejudice in my experience, is a two-way street…. A four-way stop sign that is ingrained in all peoples, of all ethnicities. People are raised, how they are raised by others; families, communities, schools, religions, and they either turn out good or they turn out bad.
Beyond the beauty and innocence of childhood, tolerance is taught, learned and practiced, just as prejudice is taught learned and practiced.
You cannot define me as ‘Gray People’, nor can you define me as ‘Green People’, for I am neither, yet if you saw me in person, you might feel that I am one, or the other. I do not like that this show talks about ‘xyz People’ so often and sometimes in a callous disrespectful manner. We are all just People.
I am fortunate enough to have been raised multi-multi culturally and I embrace many philosophies, many ethnicities, many religious beliefs and more importantly the fact that we are all humans of only two species.
It would be nice to hear a more diverse, inclusive conversation once in a while. The subjects are intriguing and educational. The show means well. Don't stop.
So please try to do well. Improve and expand the delivery.

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