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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.
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 Then, we follow a family who was advised to stop speaking their heritage language, Japanese, based on some outdated and incomplete research.
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.
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.
Over the course of this season, we've explored a rich history and complicated present, but what about the future? In the final episode, 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?
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.
Pat Mitchell is the longtime principal of P.S. 48 – an elementary school in Jamaica, Queens. And while she cares deeply about her students and her work, she has struggled with the growing challenges faced by her school community. In this bonus episode, 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.
Many immigrants have described the feeling of being different people in different places. Maybe in one country, you're a little goofy, a little wild. In another, you're more serious — more of a planner. In this episode, which originally aired on Latino USA, Miguel Macias explores how his identity has been shaped by both Spain and the United States, leaving him in a state of limbo.
When the District 28 diversity planning process came around, many Chinese parents had already been activated a year earlier by the fight to defend the Specialized High School Admissions Test.In this episode, we ask why gifted education gets so much attention, even though it affects relatively few students. How do we even define what it means to be "gifted"? And by focusing on these programs, whose needs do we overlook?
No Man's Land

No Man's Land


Tens of thousands of children were adopted from other countries by parents in the U.S., only to discover as adults a quirk in federal law that meant they had never been guaranteed American citizenship. Much like the Dreamers, these adoptees are now fighting for legal status to ensure they can stay with the only homes and families they've ever known.
In some ways, this entire season was prompted by the parents who organized against diversity planning in School District 28. So in this episode, we're going back to that one ugly meeting, where they unleashed their fear and anger into the rest of the community. So who are these parents, what do they believe and why? Moreover, why were they ready to fight so hard against a plan that didn't exist?
It's the second year that Juneteenth has been a federal holiday — which means it's getting the full summer holiday treatment: sales on appliances, branded merchandise, and for some, a day off of work. But on this episode, we're talking about the origin of the holiday — and the traditions that keep its history alive for Black folks around the country.
Though a lot of parents and educators agree there needs to be some change in District 28, the question remains: what kind of change? When we asked around, more diversity wasn't necessarily at the top of everybody's list. In fact, from the north and south, we heard a lot of the same kind of thing: "leave our kids where they are and give all the schools what they need."We went to the Southside and asked parents and school leaders directly, what do the schools need?
A new book by Linda Villarosa looks at how racial bias in healthcare has costs for all Americans. Spoiler: Poverty counts — but not as much as you'd think.
Spilling the T

Spilling the T


Code Switch's Kumari Devarajan found an unlikely demographic doppelganger in D'Lo, a comedian and playwright whose one-person show about growing up as a queer child of immigrants in the U.S. is reopening on a bigger theater stage. But when you share so much in common with a stranger who is putting their sometimes messy business on front street for the world to see, it can feel like they're also sharing your secrets, too.
Until recently, School District 28 in Queens, N.Y., was characterized by a white Northside, and a Black Southside. But today, the district, and Queens at large, has become what is considered to be one of the most diverse places on the planet. So how did District 28 go from being defined by this racial binary, to a place where people brag about how diverse it is?
In the wake of violence and tragedies, people are often left in search of ways to feel safe again. That almost inevitably to conversations about the role of police. On today's episode, we're talking to the author and sociologist Alex Vitale, who argues that many spaces in U.S. society over-rely on the police to prevent problems that are better addressed through other means. Doing so, he says, can prevent us from properly investing in resources and programs that could make the country safer in the long run.
So much of the present day conversation about District 28 hinges on the dynamic between the Northside and the Southside. But why were the North and the South wedged into the same school district to begin with? When we asked around, no one seemed to know. What we do know are the consequences.
Millions of Syrians have been displaced by ongoing civil war. In her new book, Refuge, Heba Gowayed follows Syrians who have resettled in the U.S., Canada and Germany. She argues that finding their footing in their new homes is less about individual choice and more about governmental systems.
In the early 1970s, Forest Hills, Queens, became a national symbol of white, middle class resistance to integration. Instead of public schools, this fight was over public housing. A fight that got so intense the press called it "The Battle of Forest Hills." How did a famously liberal neighborhood become a hotbed of reaction and backlash? And how did a small group of angry homeowners change housing policy for the entire country?
Comments (153)

Steven Maurice

housing segregation is in everything

Jul 6th

Mo U.

I love this episode so much because I relate so much!

May 14th

Annice Barber-petroff

I'm sorry we gave Asians resting bitch face? that's nice -_-

Mar 30th


I liked your discussion. your sincere concerns of fatherhood in our times were mine as well, as I raised my kids with their mother and my wife who looks nothing like me in hair, skin or face. I believe children have a beep natural need for true masculine fathers in their life. no need to be toxic to be a man. I did think it strange how much hand ringing you two had over how to teach your children the "correct " kind of Racism. I taught my children to deny racial constructs and the toxic racial labels for themselves and everyone else. the toxic concept of race its self does nothing but separate and alienate us. I certainly don't want that in my family even though some would try to assign different racial identities to us.

Mar 23rd


There's a better chance of seeing a termite choke on a splinter (credit to Beck) than seeing those people reckon, recognize, evolve.

Jan 13th

King Tee is Free

Who was this episode made for? Surely not black people.

Jan 12th


this is so disheartening.

Dec 28th


I've been giving money to the Smithsonian. I did not want them to be stealing people's ancestors with my money.

Dec 25th

Kimberley Louise

what the name of the professor? I got Dr Petra and not the rest of her name!

Dec 17th


we watched Soul Train in the 70s in LatAm

Nov 14th

Andrew Kozma

Good but depressing analysis.

Oct 5th


Thank you for introducing me to Ashley Ford. I'm almost finished with her memoir and I don't want it to end

Sep 23rd


Very interesting. I've always done the opposite. I "insisted" strangers and people at school/work use my full name. Even if they f it up. I knew what they meant. My family used my nickname. And it felt weird with people I barely knew using my nickname.

Jul 23rd


so true. so complex. so important. thank you.

Jul 14th
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so important. thank you. everytime... and this time!

May 28th


Is it me, or has Code Switch gone entirely insane?

May 9th

It's JustB

Wow, this was beautiful! Filled with emotional and inspirational words.

Apr 19th

Kenneth Mett

I found your posts very interesting. In fact after reading

Apr 16th

It's JustB

And here we are in 2021 still wearing 😷. I wish these two the best 🤗.

Mar 24th

Andrew Kozma

I'm not allowed to cry at every episode, either, but apparently that's not stopping me.

Mar 20th
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