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 head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we're all part of the story. "We're talking to people who have been marginalized and underrepresented for so long, who are so hungry to see themselves represented fully and with nuance and complexity," says Shereen Marisol Meraji, co-host of Code Switch, Apple Podcasts' first-ever Show of the Year for 2020. "People recognize that, because we had been having these conversations for so many years in advance, we're a trusted place where they could go to better understand all the stories about race filling up their newsfeeds and social channels." Their weekly podcast launched in 2016 but truly came into its own during this historic, transformative year, as Meraji and co-host Gene Demby examine issues of racial, ethnic, and cultural identity through frank one-on-one discussions and incisive non-fiction. In a year dominated by discourse about race, this indispensable show furthered them by providing powerful and timely insight, offering diverse and empathetic personal perspectives to a broad audience. "There are certain lenses that we are bringing into, both as journalists and the people that we're bringing to these stories," Demby says. "But also, we are specific people with specific fascinations and broad curiosity. If we're telling these stories, you should assume that they're going to look and sound like us."
David (Pronounced dah-VEED) Versus Goliath
Wednesday 03 March 2021
: Summer, 2004. The Olympics in Athens. The event? Men's basketball: U.S. versus Puerto Rico. And the whole world knows that Puerto Rico...
'Payback's A B****'
Friday 26 February 2021
: We're ending Black history month where we started it...talking about reparations. On this episode, we're joined by Erika Alexander and...
A Shot In The Dark
Wednesday 24 February 2021
: As the rollout of coronavirus vaccines unfolds, one big challenge for public health officials has been the skepticism many Black people have...
Becoming 'Black Moses'
Wednesday 17 February 2021
: Marcus Garvey was an immigrant, a firebrand, a businessman. He was viewed with deep suspicion by the civil rights establishment. He would...
Wednesday 10 February 2021
: Too often, Black history is portrayed as a story of struggle and suffering, completely devoid of joy. So we called up some romance novelists...
Who's 'Black Enough' For Reparations?
Wednesday 03 February 2021
: Black History Month is here, which means we're diving into big, sticky questions about what exactly it means to be Black. So this week on...
Stepping Out Of The Shadow Of 'Killer King'
Wednesday 27 January 2021
: For decades, residents of Compton and Watts in South Los Angeles had to rely on one particularly troubled hospital for their medical care. A...
The Last Four Years
Wednesday 20 January 2021
: The Trump administration is coming to a close, but which elements of the Trump era are here to stay? We spoke to NPR's White House reporter,...
From The Fringe To The Capitol
Wednesday 13 January 2021
: Like all of you, we are still trying to make sense of Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Because even after the past four years, there are still...
Finding 'A Perfect Match'
Wednesday 06 January 2021
: Two close friends both suffered from the same aggressive form of cancer. After years of treatment, one lived and the other died. And while...
The Fire Still Burning
Wednesday 30 December 2020
: If 2020 has taught us anything, it's that history informs every aspect of our present. So today we're bringing you an episode of NPR's...
From Generation To Generation
Monday 28 December 2020
: This month on Code Switch, we're thinking a lot about family and history. So we wanted to bring you this special episode from our friends at...
Family Stories, Family Lies
Wednesday 23 December 2020
: December is a month when a lot of people are thinking about family and tradition. Reliving memories. Retelling old stories. Each year, those...
Black And Up In Arms
Wednesday 16 December 2020
: Guns. They're as American as apple pie. They represent independence and self-reliance. But ... not so much if you're Black. On this episode,...
The Books That Got Away
Sunday 13 December 2020
: Listen, a lot has happened this year, and it's no shock that some things may have slipped under the radar. So our resident book expert,...
Stepping Back Inside Carmen Maria Machado's 'Dream House'
Wednesday 09 December 2020
: It's no secret that Code Switch is a team full of book nerds. So this week, we're revisiting one of our favorite book conversations, with...
Tuesday 01 December 2020
: Let's face it — we could all use some help right now. So today on the pod, we're looking at a few of our favorite questions about race and...
Wednesday 25 November 2020
: It's Thanksgiving week, and like basically everything else about 2020, this holiday is on track to be...let's call it "different." But while...
The White Elephants In The Room
Thursday 19 November 2020
: One of the biggest storylines from the 2020 presidential race has ... well, race at the center of it. If you paid attention to the stories...
Claim Us If You're Famous
Wednesday 11 November 2020
: Kamala Harris is the vice president-elect, which marks an impressive list of firsts: woman in the White House; Black woman in the White...
We ... Don't Know Anything Yet
Wednesday 04 November 2020
: Election Day has come and gone, but we're still awhile away from knowing what the outcome will be. But while there's a lot we don't about...
An Historic Vote, Among Many
Saturday 31 October 2020
: For a lot of reasons, the 2020 election feels historic. But in one important way, it's like so many elections throughout American history:...
The Latinx Vote Comes Of Age
Wednesday 28 October 2020
: For the first time in election history, Latinos are projected to be the second-largest voting demographic in the country. The reason? Gen Z...
Is Trump Really That Racist?
Wednesday 21 October 2020
: We know his rhetoric has been described as boundary breaking when it comes to race. But U.S. presidents have been enacting racist policies...
Let's Talk About Kamala Harris
Wednesday 14 October 2020
: The VP candidate's biography and heritage allow people to project all kinds of ideas onto her, and to see what they want to see. But Kamala...