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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.

Want to level up your Code Switch game? Try Code Switch Plus. Your subscription supports the show and unlocks a sponsor-free feed. Learn more at plus.npr.org/codeswitch

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    School Colors Episode 8: "The Only Way Out"

    School Colors Episode 8: "The Only Way Out"

    In this episode: why gifted education gets so much attention, even though it affects relatively few students. How do we define "giftedness," and whose needs are we overlooking?

    • 1 hr
    No Man's Land

    No Man's Land

    Tens of thousands of children were adopted from other countries by parents in the U.S., only to discover as adults a quirk in federal law that meant they had never been guaranteed American citizenship. Much like the Dreamers, these adoptees are now fighting for legal status to ensure they can stay with the only homes and families they've ever known.

    • 35 min
    School Colors Episode 7: "The Sleeping Giant"

    School Colors Episode 7: "The Sleeping Giant"

    In some ways, this entire season was prompted by the parents who organized against diversity planning in District 28. In this episode, we let the opposition speak for themselves.

    • 59 min
    On Food, Mattress Sales, and Juneteenth

    On Food, Mattress Sales, and Juneteenth

    It's the second year that Juneteenth has been a federal holiday — which means it's getting the full summer holiday treatment: sales on appliances, branded merchandise, and for some, a day off of work. But on this episode, we're talking about the origin of the holiday — and the traditions that keep its history alive for Black folks around the country.

    • 33 min
    School Colors Episode 6: "Below Liberty"

    School Colors Episode 6: "Below Liberty"

    There needs to be some change in District 28, but what kind of change? We went to the Southside and asked parents and school leaders directly: what do the schools need?

    • 55 min
    The impact of COVID-19, a million deaths in

    The impact of COVID-19, a million deaths in

    A new book by Linda Villarosa looks at how racial bias in healthcare has costs for all Americans. Spoiler: Poverty counts — but not as much as you'd think.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
13.4K Ratings

13.4K Ratings

MoxieDeb ,

School Colors Season 2

School Colors brings together voices that we need to hear as a nation. As a NC resident, I believe that the District 28 voices are similar to many US cities like Charlotte. Editing must be difficult and the team is creating a compelling series. As Season 2 comes to a close, I hope there are plans for a third season. Peace.

Chicago Grandma Pat ,

The Rethinking Safety Episode

This is one of the best episodes I have listened to that addressed pragmatic problems and solutions with safety in schools and beyond. The model that explained how to offer programs to assist folks to get training, jobs, and financial support to get on their feet is right on target. How does society expect people to get a grip on life by just allowing them to flounder when reach majority or are released from incarceration? Everyone doesn’t have the luxury of the “pulling up by your bootstraps” philosophy. More like this is welcomed. Your guest was exceptionally good at explaining and providing solutions.

Bridget on an iPad ,

Yes to new host BA Parker!!

Very excited to hear my fave journalist in audio BA Parker is a new host. Never missing an episode now.

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