205 episodes

Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get...stuck? Code Switch can help. We're all journalists of color, and this isn't just the work we do. It's the lives we lead. Sometimes, we'll make you laugh. Other times, you'll get uncomfortable. But we'll always be unflinchingly honest and empathetic. Come mix it up with us.

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Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get...stuck? Code Switch can help. We're all journalists of color, and this isn't just the work we do. It's the lives we lead. Sometimes, we'll make you laugh. Other times, you'll get uncomfortable. But we'll always be unflinchingly honest and empathetic. Come mix it up with us.

    Pt. 2: Black Parents Take Control, Teachers Strike Back

    Pt. 2: Black Parents Take Control, Teachers Strike Back

    This is Part II of the story about the 1968 teachers' strike that happened in New York city after Black and Puerto Rican parents demanded more say over their kids' education. We'll tell you why some people who lived through it remember it as a strike over antisemitism.

    • 51 min
    Black Parents Take Control, Teachers Strike Back

    Black Parents Take Control, Teachers Strike Back

    In 1968, a vicious battle went down between white teachers and black and Puerto Rican parents in a Brooklyn school district. Many say the conflict brought up issues that have yet to be resolved more than fifty years later.

    • 58 min
    Books For Your Mind, Belly And Soul

    Books For Your Mind, Belly And Soul

    Books help teach us about the world, our communities and ourselves. So this week, the Code Switch team is chatting it up with the authors of some of our favorite recent (and not-so-recent) books by and/or about people of color.

    • 32 min
    Bonus Episode: 'Between Friends' From WNYC

    Bonus Episode: 'Between Friends' From WNYC

    A text message gone wrong. A bachelorette party exclusion. A racist comment during the 2016 debates. When our friends at WNYC's Death, Sex and Money asked about the moments when race became a flashpoint in your friendships, they heard about awkward, funny, and deeply painful moments.

    • 46 min
    Ask Code Switch: What About Your Friends?

    Ask Code Switch: What About Your Friends?

    We help our listeners understand how race and its evil play cousin, racism, affect our friendships. And we're doing it with help from WNYC's Death, Sex & Money podcast. Be a good friend and listen.

    • 50 min
    Is The Door To Iran Closed Forever?

    Is The Door To Iran Closed Forever?

    In light of all the news coming out of Iran, we're talking with Jason Rezaian — an Iranian-American author and journalist who has experienced Iran's contradictions up close.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

hernandezjimena ,

Love it.

Shereen & Gene do an awesome job. It’s refreshing to listen to a podcast regarding race in America that isn’t centered or hosted by non POC. Definitely recommend it.

Ms_AJD ,

Rad

Well done podcast, interesting guests. I like hearing listeners’ anecdotes. It’s refreshing to hear people grapple with difficult things. And to get a wide range of perspectives.

What I really want to understand is why a significant number of European or white Americans are resistant to, or even antagonistic toward, the idea of discussing race and how it affects people’s experiences. That seems like a very specific thing culturally to the US, where there is a big opportunity to grow, learn and mature.

jldemarco ,

Great Conversations

I’m so glad to have found this podcast. I am a white women, living in a less than diverse community. These are tough conversations that, at times are painful and upsetting, but we all need to be open to hearing and learning from. I love the different voices and perspectives that are included and the raw honesty presented by the hosts. I have laughed and cried and been downright angry, all while trying to figure out where I fit into the U.S. narrative and how I can be part of positive change. Thank you! ❤️ ☮️

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