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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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    The Original Rainbow Coalition

    The Original Rainbow Coalition

    In this episode we turn to late 1960s Chicago, when three unlikely groups came together to form a coalition based on interracial solidarity. It's hard to imagine this kind of collaboration today, but we dove into how a group of Black radicals, Confederate flag-waving white Southerners, and street-gang-turned-activist Puerto Ricans found common ground.

    • 24 min
    Bad Bunny, Reggaeton, and Resistance

    Bad Bunny, Reggaeton, and Resistance

    Bad Bunny, the genre- and gender norm-defying Puerto Rican rapper, is one of the biggest music stars on the planet. He has also provided a global megaphone for Puerto Rican discontent. In this episode, we take a look at how Bad Bunny became the unlikely voice of resistance in Puerto Rico.

    • 39 min
    Meet Lori Lizarraga—Our Newest Co-host

    Meet Lori Lizarraga—Our Newest Co-host

    Our newest co-host Lori Lizarraga tells the story about why she goes by "Lori" when her real name is Laura.

    • 27 min
    Revisiting 'How The Other Half Eats'

    Revisiting 'How The Other Half Eats'

    How do race and class affect the way we eat? What does it mean to "eat like a white person?" And if food inequality isn't about "food deserts," what is it really about? We're getting into all those questions and more with Priya Fielding-Singh, author of the book, How the Other Half Eats.

    • 32 min
    How cumbia has shaped music across Latin America

    How cumbia has shaped music across Latin America

    Whether you're from Ushuaia or East Los Angeles, you've likely heard cumbia blaring from a stereo. From our play friends at NPR's Alt.Latino, Jasmine Garsd and Felix Contreras talk about their common love of the musical backbone of Latin America.

    • 29 min
    Unlocking family history in 'Before Me'

    Unlocking family history in 'Before Me'

    It wasn't until Lisa Phu had her own child that she started unlocking her mother's history. In her new 5-part series called Before Me, Lisa asks her mother, Lan, the questions she should have asked years ago. Lisa tells us what she learned in getting to know Lan in this way.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
13.6K Ratings

13.6K Ratings

Veronikaloves15 ,

Love the episode on the origins of cumbia!

I am a Peruvian-American and was raised with the big salsa greats like Fania, El Gran Combo and later when Carlos Vives was on the scene I really took a deeper look into cumbia from South America. It honestly wasn’t my favorite because I loved te
He faster rhythm of salsa and merengue but I learned to appreciate cumbia through the humble lyrics cumbia has. Thank you for this informative history lesson!

BobbyFLL ,

Great Podcast that is always thought provoking

I enoy listening to this podcast and it is always interesting and insightful. I highly recommend listening and subscribing.

PurpkeKnight ,

Wake up Brown people

Great episode but in Florida they (Hispanics) are still sleep. Hispanics ain’t woke as it pertains to the realities of how they are perceived by Republicans, and as it pertains to the positive impact they can have if they just WAKE UP and get involved.

Wow! Once again you guys hit it out the park. I grew up in NOLA and lived that color thing on a daily basis. As it is even today 50 years later I find it amazing how Whites attempt to muddy the water by any means necessary to retain power. The “Browning” of America is a very scary thing to some White people. In a country that has such a strong history of people of color from its indigenous roots, to enslavement to migration it seems as though White people will go to any length to lessen the power, discredit and discriminate against people of color. What will they think of next? SMH.

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