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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.

    Bonus Episode: Katrina, 15 Years Later

    Bonus Episode: Katrina, 15 Years Later

    It's hurricane season, so this week, we're bringing you a bonus episode, from the Atlantic's Floodlines podcast. On this episode, "Through the Looking Glass," host Vann R. Newkirk II looks at the way the media distorted what was happening in New Orleans in the days after the storm, scapegoating Black people for the devastation they were subjected to.

    • 29 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
9.8K Ratings

9.8K Ratings

AliMVrbas ,

Thanks for the show!

I love this podcast! It has taught me so much! I just finished the fight for ethnic studies at SFSU and was so amazed that growing up in the Bay Area (my dad attended SFSU not too many years later) I had never even heard about it. I was constantly brought up with the idea that racism only happened in the south. I always knew there was more to it than that and I really appreciate stories like this. Thanks!

Jo Dokken ,

Feel grateful for SFSU

As a journalism grad from SFSU in the late 90s, feel so lucky to have taken several course from the college of ethnic studies. Thank you for highlighting this history in the Cal state system. It shaped my world!

topsyturvyhello ,

Terrific

This podcast makes me THINK! Really appreciate such a deliberate examination of race, racism, and identity. Love the hosts.

peeeeeace! be easy.

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