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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.
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Black Republicans are basically unicorns — they might just be the biggest outliers in American two-party politics. So who are these folks who've found a home in the GOP's lily-white big tent? And what can they teach us about the ways we all cast our ballots?
In many parts of the U.S., public school districts are just minutes apart, but have vastly different racial demographics — and receive vastly different funding. That's in part due to Milliken v. Bradley, a 1974 Supreme Court case that limited a powerful tool for school integration.
Searching For Punks

Searching For Punks

2019-09-0400:25:264

Once upon a time, Kai Wright saw a movie called "Punks." A romantic comedy about black gay men, it was like nothing he'd ever seen before. But then it disappeared.
'20 And Odd. Negroes'

'20 And Odd. Negroes'

2019-08-2800:36:227

In August of 1619, a British ship landed near Jamestown, Virginia with dozens of enslaved Africans — the first black people in the colonies that would be come the United States. Four hundred years later, some African Americans are still looking to Jamestown in search of home and a lost history.
It's a widely accepted truth: reading Shakespeare is good for you. But what should we do with all of the bigoted themes in his work? We talk to a group of high schoolers who put on the Merchant Of Venice as a way to interrogate anti-Semitism, and then we ask an expert if that's a good idea.
Dora's Lasting Magic

Dora's Lasting Magic

2019-08-1400:38:535

Nickelodeon's Dora The Explorer helped usher in a wave of multicultural children's programming in the U.S. Our friends at Latino USA tell the story of how the show pushed back against anti-immigrant rhetoric — and why Dora's character still matters.
After The Cameras Leave

After The Cameras Leave

2019-08-0700:27:596

Five years ago, the death of an unarmed black teenager brought the town of Ferguson, Mo. to the center of a national conversation about policing in black communities. Since then, what's changed, if anything, in Ferguson?
Puerto Ricans Stand Up

Puerto Ricans Stand Up

2019-07-3100:25:457

It took less than two weeks for Puerto Ricans to topple their governor following the publication of unsavory private text messages. We tell the story of how small protests evolved into a political uprising unlike anything the island had ever seen.
Chicago's Red Summer

Chicago's Red Summer

2019-07-2400:19:209

Almost exactly 100 years ago, race riots broke out all across the United States. The Red Summer, as it came to be known, occurred in more than two dozen cities across the nation, including Chicago, where black soldiers returning home from World War I refused to be treated as second class citizens.
Oh So Now It's Racist?

Oh So Now It's Racist?

2019-07-1700:25:2510

This week, an argument about what to call President Trump's rhetoric. NPR editors Mark Memmott and Keith Woods offer different ideas for how news organizations should try to stay credible.
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John BIBBS

we have to have more black cops from those neighborhoods so this doesnt happen change the narrative and encourage black people to join the police force

Aug 9th
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dok dicer

What about Native American representation? Not one single mention. Seems you can be (ostensibly) anti-racist and colonialist at the same time, as evidenced in this show, where the minoritized parts of American settler colonialist society talk about representation of racialized groups while omitting the colonized.

Jul 24th
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sirenasd

This is such an amazing piece of history that is so relevant today and so few people know. Thank you for your work.

Jul 23rd
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Heather Morrison

sirenasd thank you let us know the history!

Jul 24th
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sirenasd

Thank you for this story and investigating

Jul 23rd
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Heather Morrison

sirenasd Thank you for this! I love it too!

Jul 24th
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Conner

the fact that there's so much hand wringing here is absolutely ridiculous. People have known this man was a racist FOR DECADES. And these men sound like they are doing more not to offend people that are not under attack. It's absolutely insane. The president has said so many racist things and this is no different. When someone says something racist, identify it as such.

Jul 19th
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Archie Smith

Conner : (

Jul 19th
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dok dicer

It's really easy, isn't it? Call racist language racist language and call racists racists. The US are founded and built around racism and white supremacy. That is just a historically proven fact, no matter Ben Shapiro's feelings. There is lots and lots of scholarship on the matter. If there is to be any hope of ever changing that, it needs to be addressed frankly and without fear of a racist backlash. Pussyfooting around it is just cowardess. Everybody has to make the decision whether they are on the side of the racists or of the people whose life they are threatening. That being said: Thanks for giving insight in the deliberations behind the policy.

Jul 17th
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dok dicer

Code Switch might be the most interesting show in my podcatcher. I would never have expected that from a NPR show. Wow.

Jul 10th
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Sharon Hornbeck

So fabulous to finally hear a show about the Hawaiian natives!!!!

Jun 13th
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Amy Roe

no

Jun 11th
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Amy Roe

I heard that you two were talking about this subject

May 9th
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Doofan Tor

Really the word tribe???? I'm African and I use that. Please explain how is that offensive??? it's just a way to explain a social group.

May 8th
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Lala O

Doofan Tor Exactly. That's an insecurity that Africans who grew up trying to assimilate into American culture must feel. I'm proud of my tribal heritage.

May 16th
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Arjun Singh

Doofan Tor 👍

May 8th
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Mo U.

I feel this episode to the core of my being. I definitely feel like I have to work so much harder to "prove my worth". It hurts whenever I see yet another black man has been shot by police. People on the internet are so full of vitriol. It's all too much. It's finally started effecting my health. I still don't know what to do to mitigate that

Apr 24th
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Ernest L. Phillips

I eat my lunch in my car while at work. It drives me nuts, some of the lingering smells from the Asian, Mexican or African food we cook at home. It does bother me at work to smell food in general. it's distracting.

Mar 27th
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Rick Arden

Only reporters of color? Just curious here, but I wonder what people would say of a podcast advertised as having only white reporters? Pretty sure everyone would lose their damn minds and demand it be taken off all platforms. But, that is the state of this country today, a few lunatics on the far left have hijacked everything from rational thinking Americans.

Feb 21st
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Bea Falcon

Hello. I only just installed an app to listen to podcasts. This is the first podcast I listened to. I grew up in Vineland, New Jersey which had a huge Boricua community when I was a child. Now I am a Bronxite. Very complicated emotions indeed. I also cried at the end with the reporter. It's a love hate relationship with our citizenship.

Feb 10th
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mocha yelle

I'm starting to see a trend with this podcast. it pushes the entire race issues in the perspective of Latinas or Latinos, when they are all issues that address all mmigrants. Latinas issues is not the only issues going on. i think every single show goes back being Latina or Latinos. I'm Haitian and we're affected by all of the issues that are discussed. Haitians are immigrants too. Jamaican, bahamian etc. We're affected too. this podcast would be help if it was generalized and bring more than just the Latinas experts

Feb 4th
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mocha yelle

Jasmine Calisette thank you. i will do that.

Feb 15th
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Jasmine Calisette

mocha yelle That's an important point, but you've probably got to tell them via their website or iTunes for them to actually see it.

Feb 12th
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Mo U.

This has been one of my favorite episodes of all time.

Jan 14th
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Gabriella Arroyo

im not crying you're crying.

Jan 12th
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Lizzie Sullivan

wish the books were listed in the episode details. I'm a horrible speller and copy&paste makes my life easier

Dec 21st
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JaRon

Absolutely beautiful episode!

Dec 19th
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