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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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    • 4.6 • 13.4K Ratings

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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

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    What's so funny about race?

    What's so funny about race?

    What makes a great joke about race? In the first of two episodes, Code Switch talks to comedians Ziwe, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes and Joel Kim Booster about their favorite race joke they tell: What's its origin story? Why is it so funny? And what does it say about race in America?

    • 31 min
    Into the glittering neon universe of 'P-Valley' with Katori Hall

    Into the glittering neon universe of 'P-Valley' with Katori Hall

    The Starz hit show P-Valley takes audiences to a strip club in a fictional town in the Mississippi Delta. Part soap opera, part Southern Gothic, the show focuses on the interior lives of the Black women who work at the club — and the complex social dynamics that shape their lives.

    • 31 min
    Lost In Translation

    Lost In Translation

    Today on the show, we're bringing you the stories of two families grappling with how best to communicate across linguistic differences. In the first story, a young man sorts through how to talk to his parents about gender in Chinese, where the words for "he" and "she" sound exactly the same. Then, we follow a family who was advised to stop speaking their heritage language, Japanese, based on some outdated and incomplete research.

    • 36 min
    Meet B.A. Parker — our new co-host!

    Meet B.A. Parker — our new co-host!

    Fam: We finally have a new co-host of the Code Switch podcast! And we're just a *tiny bit* excited. So today on the show, we're introducing you to B.A. Parker. Gene chats with Parker about who she is, what drew her to the race beat, and how her encyclopedic knowledge of Oscars trivia will be an asset to Code Switch listeners.

    • 24 min
    Who belongs in the Cherokee Nation?

    Who belongs in the Cherokee Nation?

    In 1866, the Cherokee Nation promised citizenship for Black "freedmen" and their descendants. But more than a century later, the descendants of the freedman are calling foul on that promise being fulfilled. This episode, from our friends at The Experiment podcast (produced by WNYC and the Atlantic) gets into the messy history and fraught present.

    • 38 min
    School Colors Episode 9: "Water Under The Bridge"

    School Colors Episode 9: "Water Under The Bridge"

    We catch up with parents who became activated on both sides of the debate over the diversity plan. And, since the diversity plan never came to fruition, we ask...what now?

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
13.4K Ratings

13.4K Ratings

Npz1978 ,

Great discussions and topics!

This show is excellent! It’s has become one of my favorite shows for listening to informative and powerful discussions. Along with Can We Please Talk (which talks to reporters, writers and newsmakers), this is one of my favorite shows to listen to!

whoischan ,

Loveeeddd the p valley insight

Great questions and honest feedback -chanbepoddin

TrackerNeil ,

I couldn’t get past “Un-Holy Land”

If dedicated wokeness is your thing, you’ll probably love Code Switch. Myself, that episode I referenced in the title was so bonkers that I realized that this podcast isn’t for me. Good luck.

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