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. "We're talking to people who have been marginalized and underrepresented for so long, who are so hungry to see themselves represented fully and with nuance and complexity," says Shereen Marisol Meraji, co-host of Code Switch, Apple Podcasts' first-ever Show of the Year for 2020. "People recognize that, because we had been having these conversations for so many years in advance, we're a trusted place where they could go to better understand all the stories about race filling up their newsfeeds and social channels." Their weekly podcast launched in 2016 but truly came into its own during this historic, transformative year, as Meraji and co-host Gene Demby examine issues of racial, ethnic, and cultural identity through frank one-on-one discussions and incisive non-fiction. In a year dominated by discourse about race, this indispensable show furthered them by providing powerful and timely insight, offering diverse and empathetic personal perspectives to a broad audience. "There are certain lenses that we are bringing into, both as journalists and the people that we're bringing to these stories," Demby says. "But also, we are specific people with specific fascinations and broad curiosity. If we're telling these stories, you should assume that they're going to look and sound like us."
Code Switch Summer Reading: Our Favorite Books About Freedom
Some of the best books can make you feel free — free from your daily grind, free to imagine a new reality, free to explore different facets of your identity. This month, the Code Switch team is highlighting books that dig deep into what freedom really means.
What Does It Mean To Be Latino? The 'Light-Skinned Privilege' Edition
Maria Garcia and Maria Hinojosa are both Mexican American, both mestiza, and both relatively light-skinned. But Maria Hinojosa strongly identifies as a woman of color, whereas Maria Garcia has stopped doing so. So in this episode, we're asking: How did they arrive at such different places?
Égalité, Fraternité, And 'Libertie'
This month on Code Switch, we're talking about books — new and old — that have deepened our understandings of what it means to be free. First up, a conversation with author Kaitlyn Greenidge about her new novel, Libertie, which tells the story of a young woman pushing back against her mother's expectations of what her life should look like.
A Good ACT To Follow
Forty years ago this month, the CDC reported on patients with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. for the very first time. In the years since, LGBTQIA+ Americans have been fighting for treatment and recognition of a disease that was understudied, under-reported, and deeply stigmatized. On this episode, our friends at It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders delve into the history of ACT UP — an organization that transformed the way the media, the government, corporations and medical professionals talked about AIDS.
'Where We Come From': By Any Other Name
Anyone with a name that isn't super common in the United States will tell you that the simple act of introducing yourself can lead to a whole interrogation: Where are you from? What does your name mean? Help me pronounce it using words I understand! So on this bonus episode from our friends at the "Where We Come From" series, we're getting into what, exactly, is in a name — and what names can tell us about where we've been and where we're going.
Ballers, Shot Callers
The Supreme Court just ruled on a case that could change the future of college sports, potentially paving the way for NCAA athletes to be paid. But is paying student athletes a good thing? And how would it affect the already fraught racial dynamics of college sports?
Go to spot for deep learning
I dont always agree with opinions, but I respect the breadth and depth these folks go to on topics that are not mainstream. I always learn something new and have shared more of these pods then any other.
For Sophisticated Listeners
Such a great podcast about the subtleties and non-subtleties of race in America and the need to stop brushing these issues under the rug. This should be required listening for anyone who truly wants to educate themselves about the very real and persistent issues this country still has with race. It’s heartening to know these types of nuanced, sophisticated conversations exist.
Excellent & Nuanced
Code Switch is one of my top five podcasts. The recent episode examining the complexity of Latinx identity at the intersection of race displays why this podcast is so important to our national dialogue about race and American identity. The hosts always dig deep and demonstrate care, courage and humor in confronting hard questions about race in America. Moreover, they examine issues related to race from multiple POC and geographic perspectives; they never rely on reductive black/white binary narratives. As a Latina, I soooo appreciate being seen and learning about diverse Latinx experiences AND the experiences of Indigenous, Black, Asian, and multiracial folks in the U.S. and PR. This podcast is a great resource for educators.