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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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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 14.1K 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

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    Honoring my enslaved ancestors: Episode 1

    Honoring my enslaved ancestors: Episode 1

    In part one of two episodes, B.A. Parker meets people who, like her, are grappling with how to honor their enslaved ancestors. She asks herself: what kind of descendant does she want to be?

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    How one event in history can ripple through generations of a family

    How one event in history can ripple through generations of a family

    This week we're bringing you the first episode in a new series called Inheriting, created in collaboration with our friends at LAist Studios. In each episode, NPR's Emily Kwong sits down with Asian American and Pacific Islander families and explores how one event in history can ripple through generations.

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    The truth and lies behind one of the most banned books in America

    The truth and lies behind one of the most banned books in America

    Author Mike Curato wrote Flamer as a way to help young queer kids, like he once was, better understand and accept themselves. It was met with immediate praise and accolades — until it wasn't. When the book got caught up in a wave of Texas-based book bans, suddenly the narrative changed. And like so many books that address queer identity, Flamer quickly became a flashpoint in a long, messy culture war that tried to distort the nature of the book.

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    Some freed people actually received '40 acres and a mule.' Then it got taken away.

    Some freed people actually received '40 acres and a mule.' Then it got taken away.

    The promise of "40 acres and a mule", is often thought of as a broken one. But it turns out, some freed people actually received land as reparations after the Civil War. And what happened to that land and the families it was given to is the subject of a new series, 40 Acres and a Lie, by our colleagues at Reveal and the Center for Public Integrity.

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    The history of trans misogyny is the history of segregation

    The history of trans misogyny is the history of segregation

    As anti-trans legislation has ramped up, historian Jules Gill-Peterson turns the lens to the past in her book, A Short History of Trans Misogyny. This week, we talk about how panics around trans femininity are shaped by wider forces of colonialism, segregation and class interests.

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    • 36 min
    Should we stop using the word "felon"?

    Should we stop using the word "felon"?

    This week, we're turning our sights on the word "felon", and looking into what it tells us (and can't tell us) about the 19 million people in the U.S. — like Donald Trump and Hunter Biden — carrying that designation around.

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
14.1K Ratings

14.1K Ratings

Bilas Peles ,

Not for mono-culturals

As someone who deals with different cultures in my family, work, and social life, I treasure the stories in this podcast about other people doing the same thing — but in different ways. Well produced, always entertaining, and informative

doczhivago ,

They Need to Fact Check Better to be Trustworthy Journalism

(They also refuse to post this review because it reveals a major flaw in their journalistic practices)

The day I stopped listening was during an episode on Black representation in film. As a Black film nerd, I take Black representation in media seriously.

They were discussing horror and how we always die first (so they were saying). Someone brings up Alien and says the “Black guy dies first in Alien.” The Black guy’s name by the way is Parker. He’s played by Yaphet Kotto, an outstanding actor and character in a strong ensemble cast. Spoiler alert: he doesn’t die first he dies last at the very end of the film and he has an unforgettable voice throughout. Love Parker. Considering it’s Yaphet Kotto (an actor’s actor), you could just get this right. Revisiting this sci-fi horror masterpiece, I had to leave a review. Alien and its place in film is far and away more important and more significant than this podcast. I don’t think I’ve listened to an episode since.

angrylf ,

Terrible program

Entitled, insensitive, arrogant hosts apply woke values to real life situations and tell stories in a manner that is appallingly cruel - truly confoundingly awful stuff. Listen to episode 70 of Blocked and Reported for an example which says it better than I can. Zero stars if I could.

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