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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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    How We Decide Who Is 'Worthy of Welcome'

    How We Decide Who Is 'Worthy of Welcome'

    The author of Refuge reflects on her time interviewing Syrian refugees in the U.S., Canada and Germany.

    • 41 min
    School Colors Episode 3: "The Battle of Forest Hills"

    School Colors Episode 3: "The Battle of Forest Hills"

    In the early 1970s, the famously liberal neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens became a hotbed of reaction and backlash in a fight over public housing.

    • 59 min
    The Utang Clan

    The Utang Clan

    Utang na loob is the Filipino concept of an eternal debt to others, be it family or friends, who do a favor for you. It goes back to pre-colonial times in the Philippines, and can pass from one generation to another. And some Filipino-Americans want to do away with utang all together, especially when it butts up against "American" values of independence and self-reliance. On this week's episode, we break down this "debt of the inner soul" — and discover a surprising side to this value.

    • 43 min
    School Colors Episode 2: "Tales From The Southside"

    School Colors Episode 2: "Tales From The Southside"

    Once home to two revolutionary experiments in integrated housing, the Southside of District 28 was once seen as a beacon of interracial cooperation.

    • 50 min
    School Colors Episode 1: "There Is No Plan"

    School Colors Episode 1: "There Is No Plan"

    In 2019, a school district in Queens N.Y., one of the most diverse places on the planet, is selected to go through the process of creating something unexpected: a diversity plan. Why would the school district need such a plan and why were some parents so adamantly opposed?

    • 58 min
    Coming Soon: Code Switch presents 'School Colors'

    Coming Soon: Code Switch presents 'School Colors'

    Coming soon to the Code Switch feed: School Colors, a limited-run series about how race, class and power shape American cities and schools. Hosts Mark Winston Griffith and Max Freedman take us to Queens, N.Y. – often touted as the most racially diverse place in the world. In 2019, a Queens school district announced that they were chosen to get a "diversity plan." One reaction from local parents? Outrage.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

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13.3K Ratings

13.3K Ratings

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