364 episodes

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

    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 Then, we follow a family who was advised to stop speaking their heritage language, Japanese, based on some outdated and incomplete research.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
    Code Switch's playlist for a summer road trip

    Code Switch's playlist for a summer road trip

    This week, we're talking about the podcasts that podcasters listen to. These are the shows that members of the Code Switch team cannot tear our ears away from. We think they'd be great for a long car ride, plane ride, or just regular day of vegging out. They get into everything from old people to food to the human body to Oprah. And — surprise, surprise — they all have a whole lot to do with race and identity.

    • 39 min
    School Colors Bonus: "Ms. Mitchell's Pandemic Diary"

    School Colors Bonus: "Ms. Mitchell's Pandemic Diary"

    We look at the pandemic through the eyes of one elementary school principal and how Covid-19 rocked education in the district – especially on the Southside.

    • 28 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!

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.

QueenBB. ,

Lacking

I feel like in an effort to highlight other facets of culture in America, we end up unconsciously treating ourselves like “others” in the same way that mainstream society does. By this I mean that it is damaging to discuss code switching without highlighting why it exists in the first place and the damage that is caused across the board because of it. By acknowledging the standards of expectations for conduct for most, which is rarely placed upon those in power, it validates the practices in a toxic relationship that I no longer wish to participate. They code switch too. Every time someone accidentally says the racist part out loud, we’re reminded of their true feelings of the global majority of humanity. Let that sink in.

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