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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.
||CleanWe're Still Talking About "My Family's Slave"||This week, we join the global conversation on The Atlantic's essay "My Family's Slave," in which Alex Tizon writes about Eudocia Tomas Pulido, who was his family's katulong, or domestic servant, for 56 years. Why did Eudocia's story hit such a raw nerve i||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJapanese Americans Exiled In Utah||The story of over 100,000 Japanese Americans enduring life in internment camps during WW II is well known, but a few thousand avoided the camps, entirely by, essentially, self-exiling. Code Switch correspondent Karen Grigsby Bates talks with research hist||5/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaster of None's Alan Yang Unpacks Season 2||Gene and guest co-host Lenika Cruz, who covers culture at The Atlantic, welcome Alan Yang. He and comedian Aziz Ansari created an Emmy-winning comedy series that stepped comfortably out of the usual TV comfort zones. Master of None just premiered an alrea||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Blessing (And Curse?) Of Miss Saigon||Miss Saigon has returned to Broadway. When the hit musical was first performed was controversial for its stereotypes and story and casting choices. Shereen is joined by teammate Kat Chow to explore Miss Saigon's journey in 2017.||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTalking Black-ish With Star Yara Shahidi And Creator Kenya Barris||Black-ish creator (Kenya) and the show's 17-year-old star (Yara) talk about what's next for them on TV and in real life. Kenya explains why he's never felt pressure to explain cultural jokes. Yara breaks down ways Gen Z is ahead of the rest of us. Plus, t||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe LA Unrest (Or Riots) 25 Years Later||We hear from a Latino city councilman who was there when it all went down, a Korean-American who worked at her family's gas station in Compton and a prominent black pastor who gave a memorable sermon to his South LA congregation. Oh, and we tag in our pla||4/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJohn Leguizamo, Still In Search Of John Leguizamo||This week, Gene welcomes NPR's Audie Cornish to talk about multi-talented writer, producer and comedian John Leguizamo. As a performer, he's mined his Latino identity through his own family and old New York neighborhoods for decades. Audie interviewed Leg||4/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMailbag! Listener Questions and Comments That Got Us Thinking||Shereen and Gene tackle listeners' reactions to recent episodes. One wants to know the difference between Persian and Iranian. (It's complicated.) Another wants more details about the risks to churches for becoming sanctuaries. (We asked a lawyer.) And a||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow One Inmate Changed The Prison System From The Inside||In this Podcast Extra, NPR correspondent Joe Shapiro recalls the life and legacy of Martin Sostre, someone he first reported on as a student in the 1970s. Sostre died a free man in 2015. But he spent at least nine years of his life in solitary confinement||4/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Beef Over Native American Hunting Rights||Shereen and Gene welcome reporter Nate Hegyi, who spent a day in Montana with a Nez Perce hunting party, a tribe that faces strong opposition from some who see these rights as unfair and out of sync with modern life.||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChanging Colors In Comics||Gene and guest host Glen Weldon (our play cousin from Pop Culture Happy Hour) explore how comics are used as spaces for mapping race and identity. Gene visits Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse in Philadelphia, and chats with proprietor Ariell Johnson who is||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast Extra En Español: Jeanette Vizguerra||Jeanette Vizguerra speaks with Adrian Florido about her experience living in the church where she's taken sanctuary as she fights her deportation case. Jeanette Vizguerra habla con Adrián Florido sobre su experiencia viviendo en la iglesia donde ha tomad||3/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSanctuary Churches: Who Controls The Story?||Code Switch's Adrian Florido has been covering the new sanctuary movement for us. For this episode, he spoke to key players to understand why hundreds of churches are ready to start a public fight with the current administration to prevent deportations of||3/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Bittersweet Persian New Year||It's springtime, and the celebration of rebirth and the New Year in Iranian-American communities is tempered by the recent rise in Islamaphobic incidents and ongoing uncertainties around the travel ban. To mark Nowruz, Gene and Shereen talk about what's b||3/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 80-Year Mystery Around 'Fred Douglas' Park||In Nashville, there was a time when the idea of a "Negro park" ruffled feathers. For more than 80 years, there's been confusion about whether a park originally created during segregation and named for a seemingly nonexistent "Fred Douglas" might have actu||3/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNot-So-Simple Questions From Code Switch Listeners||Gene and Shereen tackle some Code Switch listeners' questions about race and identity with a voice coach, a professor of children's literature, and two former interns who are now reporters: What's someone really asking when they say "What are you?" Where||3/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSafety-Pin Solidarity: With Allies, Who Benefits?||Does wearing safety pins and giving speeches at awards shows make you an ally? On this episode we explore the conundrums of ally-ship with activist and blogger ShiShi Rose, who helped organize the Women's March, Taz Ahmed, co-host of the GoodMuslimBadMusl||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIn Search Of Puerto Rican Identity In Small-Town America||Puerto Ricans are migrants not immigrants, Spanish and English, domestic yet foreign — as we like to say on Code Switch, it's complicated. A hundred years ago this week, Puerto Ricans became U.S. citizens by law with the passing of the Jones Act. Since||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Horror, The Horror: "Get Out" And The Place of Race in Scary Movies||It's one of the oldest clichés of horror movies: the black guy dies first. But that's not the case in the new film "Get Out," written and directed by Jordan Peele (best known for the Comedy Central series "Key And Peele"). Gene and guest host Eric Deggan||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTen Thousand Writers... and Two Intrepid Podcast Hosts||Gene welcomes Code Switch reporter Kat Chow as guest host and they camp out at one of the biggest conferences for writers on the planet, held by the Association of Writers & Writing Programs. There, they talk with literary stars and publishing world veter||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOscars So Black...At Least, In Documentaries||A filmmaker of color is almost certain to win this year's Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. In fact, for the first time, African-American documentarians made up most of the nominees. We talk with Ava DuVernay, whose movie "13th," made her the first blac||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEncore Plus: Who Is A Good Immigrant, Anyway?||Shereen and Gene are joined by Code Switch's own Adrian Florido to revisit a conversation about how advocates are challenging the narrative of the "good" or "bad" immigrant. Adrian previously reported on what happens when advocates try to champion an undo||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSo, What Are You Afraid of Now?||Code Switch listeners join Shereen and Gene in talking about their concerns and frustrations during the first hundred days of President Trump's administration. Our guest is MacArthur "genius grant" recipient Ahilan Arulanantham of the ACLU of Southern Cal||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanObama's Legacy: Did He Remix Race?||We conclude our three part series of conversations on President Obama's racial legacy. It's likely that Barack Obama will be known not only as the first black president, but also as the first president of everybody's race. Many Americans and people beyond||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanObama's Legacy: Callouts and Fallouts||Shereen and Gene continue our conversation on President Barack Obama's racial legacy. Where did the president fall short — or fail — people of color? We hear opinions about Obama's actions as they affected Latinos, African Americans, and Native Americ||1/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanObama's Legacy: Diss-ent or Diss-respect?||In the first of three conversations about President Barack Obama's racial legacy,Code Switch asks how much race or racism drove the way the first black president was treated and how he governed. Did the president misjudge the state of race relations in Am||1/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEncore: Everyone Is Talking To Barry Jenkins, But Our Interview Is (Still) the Best!||We revisit Gene's conversation with filmmaker Barry Jenkins to close out 2016. Jenkins' latest movie is Moonlight. There's buzz for awards nominations, including the Oscars.||12/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitA Chitlins Christmas: Bah Humbug!||You know it when you see it or, maybe by the smell. It's the holiday dish no one really likes but someone always makes "because it's tradition." Not all food traditions are equally appetizing... but they often remind us who we are. We asked you to tell us||12/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHold Up! Time For An Explanatory Comma||Gene and Shereen ask how much cultural context to give when talking about race and culture. So, how much context should you have to provide? Comedian Hari Kondabolu, co-host of the podcast Politically Re-Active, deals with these questions regularly, both||12/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAudie and the Not-So-Magic School Bus||NPR's Audie Cornish was bused to an affluent suburban school outside Boston in a voluntary integration program. She reflects on her experiences with Gene Demby and talks about stories she recently reported on kids using the program today. Matthew Delmont||12/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEncore: Asian American Letter on Behalf of Black Lives||We present an encore episode from Summer 2016: Shereen Marisol Meraji and Kat Chow talk with Christina Xu about her project to open up a difficult race conversation between younger and older generations of Asian-American families. We hear from a daughter||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWant Some Gravy With Those Grievances?||For families of color, the recent Presidential campaign season and election results may affect the tone of conversations at Thanksgiving and throughout this holiday season. Shereen and Gene are joined by Kat from the Code Switch Team to dissect dinner tab||11/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnother Black President Says Goodbye To Washington||Actor Christopher Jackson steps down this week from his role as George Washington in the award-winning Broadway show Hamilton. Gene gets an exit interview.||11/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Muslim and A Mexican Walk Into A Bar....||Gene and Shereen digest the surprising results of the presidential election with help from a comedian and a columnist. Negin Farsad hosts the podcast "Fake The Nation." Gustavo Arrellano is editor of "OC WEEKLY" in Orange County, California, and writes th||11/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanApocalypse Or Racial Kumbaya? America After Nov. 8||In just a few days, the election will be over. But the racism, anger and fear that have surfaced will still be with us. Gene and Shereen talk with Carol Anderson, historian and author of "White Rage," and Whitney Dow, creator of the Whiteness Project, abo||11/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEveryone Is Talking To Barry Jenkins But Our Interview Is The Best||Just kidding. But seriously, "Moonlight," Jenkins' new film, is the movie of the moment. Gene talks with him about what it took to get the movie made, what it was like to film in the Miami projects where he grew up, and - yep - the theme of black masculin||10/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEncore: "I'm Not Black I'm O.J."||From the Code Switch archives: Gene talks with Ezra Edelman, director of the ESPN documentary "OJ: Made in America." For a long time, O.J. Simpson seemed to be running away from his race. "I'm not black, I'm O.J.!" he'd tell his friends. Gene and Ezra con||10/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho Is A Good Immigrant, Anyway?||You might call "Dreamers" the most sympathetic characters in the immigration reform drama. But what happens when advocates try to champion an illegal immigrant who's a felon? Adrian and Shereen explore how advocates are challenging the narrative of the "g||10/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Code Switch Guide To Handling Casual Racism||Awkward comments. Rude questions. Casual racism. What do you do when it happens in your presence? The mental calculus is hard enough. It gets even harder when the comment is coming from your friends or family. Gene, Shereen, and Karen from Code Switch alo||9/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWarning! This Episode May Trigger Debate||It's time for some real talk on trigger warnings. Gene and Shereen dig into it with two college professors. What really happens in the classroom when hard topics come up, especially about race? Are trigger warnings necessary? We also hear the results of a||9/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhy Do We Still Care About Tupac?||Tupac Shakur died 20 years ago this week. Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji debate his legacy with the writer Kevin Powell, who covered the rapper for three years until Tupac's death. How should we view Tupac's talents and imperfections today?||9/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dangers Of Life As An American 'Nobody'||Marc Lamont Hill untangles the decades of dysfunction that have led to recent racial flash-points in his latest book, Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond. He talks with Gene Demby about the book, and hi||9/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCode Switch Extra: Singer Juan Gabriel's Sexuality Was 'Open Secret'||Many Mexican and Mexican Americans loved Juan Gabriel's music, but ridiculed his sexuality. Can his death open a new conversation about gay identity in the community? Code Switch's Adrian Florido explores how Juan Gabriel's sexuality complicated his fame||9/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat's So Funny About The Indian Accent?||From Apu to Ashton Kutcher, mimicking the Indian accent is still widely seen as fair game. Even lots of ABCD's — American-born confused desis — do it. But is it out of love, or mockery? Code Switch's Tasneem Raja talks to Indians with and without acce||8/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExtra: "Southside" and Black Love at the Movies||Code Switch's Karen Grigsby Bates and NPR movie critic Bob Mondello discuss "Southside With You," a fictionalized version of Barack and Michelle Obama's first date, and other black love stories in film.||8/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNate Parker's Past, His Present, And The Future Of "The Birth of A Nation"||Actor Nate Parker is the center of a lot attention these days because of his upcoming movie The Birth of A Nation. Parker wrote, directed and stars as Nat Turner, leader of an historic 1831 slave rebellion in Virginia. Last winter, Parker won a multi-mill||8/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStruggling School, Or Sanctuary?||When a school shuts down, students often lose more than a place of learning; they lose friends, mentors and a community. This is an experience that disproportionately affects black students. Shereen Marisol Meraji looks at what it's like when a predominan||8/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSay My Name, Say My Name (Correctly, Please)||When you have a name like Aparna Nancherla or Maz Jobrani, you get used to people butchering it. These two comedians, who both come from immigrant families, talk to Code Switch editor Tasneem Raja about their "Starbucks names," all of the weird ways peopl||8/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Does "Objectivity" Mean To Journalists Of Color?||News stories of conflict involving people of color raise questions about the role of diversity in newsrooms. With the current election cycle drenched with racially charged rhetoric, how do journalists of color deal with the idea of "objectivity," when it||8/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Letter From Young Asian Americans, To Their Parents, About Black Lives Matter||The day after the police shooting of Philando Castile, hundreds of young Asian Americans connected online to write an open letter to their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, asking them to support movements like Black Lives Matter. It also broached||7/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean46 Stops: The Driving Life and Death of Philando Castile||When Philando Castile was killed by a police officer during a recent traffic stop, it was the last of at least 46 times he had been pulled over by police. How does that happen? And what does it say about policing in communities of color? Gene Demby talks||7/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlack and Blue||In the aftermath of deadly police shootings of black men and the deaths of five policemen by at the hands of a black gunman, Shereen Marisol Meraji and Gene Demby explore perspectives on policing while black. They talk with Gregory Thomas the National Org||7/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCode Switch Extra: No Words||It's hard to figure out what to say after the horrific violence of the last week, which began with two new viral videos of police shooting black men and ended with a deadly attack by a black gunman on police officers. But Shereen Marisol Meraji, Gene Demb||7/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"You're A Grand Old Flag"||Why do some people of color embrace the American flag while others refuse to wave it? Gene Demby and Adrian Florido unpack the complicated patriotism and evolving use of the flag with immigrant rights protesters and Native American veterans.||7/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"I'm Not Black, I'm O.J.!"||For a long time, O.J. Simpson seemed to be running away from his race. "I'm not black, I'm O.J.!" he'd tell his friends. The he was charged with murder, and his defense team needed that jury to see O.J. as black. So, they had to get creative. Gene talks t||6/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanI Don't Know If I Like This, But I Want It To Win||Gene and Kat talk about "rep sweats," worrying over how people of color are portrayed on TV and in the movies. Kat remembers growing up watching TV with her sisters and yelling "Asian!" every time they saw someone who looked like them. Gene admits he is #||6/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow LGBTQ People of Color Are Dealing With Orlando||The tragedy in Orlando this week shook many people in communities that already feel vulnerable...LGBTQ Americans, Latinos, Muslims and people living at the intersection of those identities.||6/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRe-Remembering Muhammad Ali||Sure, Ali was the greatest, a humanitarian, an inspiration. He was also a complicated, messy figure. Gene and the team dig in, and wonder what people mean when they say Ali "transcended race."||6/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMade For You And Me||Black people don't hike? Latinos don't like camping? Asians are afraid of the sun? Adrian and Shereen dig into the stereotypes — and truths — about people of color and their relationship to the great outdoors.||6/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan We Talk About Whiteness?||Gene and Shereen dig into why it's so hard to talk about white identity in America — and why it's really important that we figure out how.||5/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Code Switch Podcast Is Coming!||Here's a preview of our new podcast, exploring how race and culture collide with everything else in our lives.||5/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
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CodeSwitch proves itself right with the vitriol in these reviews. It's mostly white people griping about a dissection of white people—proving that you're uncomfortable having these conversations and proving that CodeSwitch and open discussions about race matter and should be had. Actually listen to the podcast before you just read the description and succumb to your immediate and most narrow-minded instincts.
Learned nothing from listening to this except for the fact that white people feel awkward about talking about being white. And, most of the 5 star reviews were given before the podcast even came out which should not happen.
I already don't trust this show.
Which normally would be unfair, but I've been following this idea since its inception and every iteration of it I've come across, from blog posts to stories on other NPR shows, feels bad.
One of the biggest challenges I have with NPR is the way NPR in particular and Public Media (radio and television, except the Ken Burns documentaries), deals with black people. We are often the object/subject of many stories in the realm, like we were some lost tribe in the Amazonian rainforests.
When they do have 'black' contributors, they are no longer, if they were ever, living in our communities, which makes their views, in my view, suspect. It's like they have assimilated as much as they can in order to get the job they have, so when they do interact with people still on the struggle, they are in no place to call BS and challenge them.
Demby isn't a perfect example of what I'm talking about, he doesn't code switch on the job, like many black folk in the corporate world, he code switches in urban communities. Black people who speak with that vocal fry have less in common with me than white dudes who spit slang and give dap.
They black ain't like mine. I get the same sense about the other 'people of color' on the show. If the point of the show is to explain non-white things to white people, I'm sure they'll do an awesome job. But if it's to give voice to America's not-white population, I have serious doubts.
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