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."
A Taste Of Freedom
Wednesday 16 June 2021
: Juneteenth commemorates the day that enslaved Texans found out — more than two years after Emancipation Day — that they were free. It's...
The Racial Reckoning That Wasn't
Wednesday 09 June 2021
: In the wake of several high-profile police killings last summer, support for Black Lives Matter skyrocketed among white Americans. Their new...
Where Are You Really From?
Wednesday 02 June 2021
: If you're a person of color living in the United States, chances are you've been asked more than you care to remember where you're from —...
Tulsa, 100 Years Later
Wednesday 26 May 2021
: In the spring of 1921, Black residents of Tulsa, Oklahoma's Greenwood neighborhood were attacked by a mob of angry white people. More than...
The Sum Of Our Parts
Wednesday 19 May 2021
: People of color have a diverse set of interests, experiences, backgrounds and cultures. And the way we experience race and racism can be...
The Kid Mero Talks 'What It Means To Be Latino'
Wednesday 12 May 2021
: We've said it multiple times on the show: Latinos are the second largest demographic in the United States. But...what does that actually...
Show Me The Money
Wednesday 05 May 2021
: Two friends living in Vermont decided to try a radical experiment: They asked White people in their community to give money directly to...
Live From Philly*: A Code Switch Jawn
Wednesday 28 April 2021
: OK, so we weren't really in Philly (it's still a pandemic, after all.) But we did talk all things race and Philadelphia with special guests...
A Utopia For Black Capitalism
Wednesday 21 April 2021
: Floyd McKissick, one of the major leaders of the civil rights movement, had an audacious, lifelong dream. He wanted to build a city — from...
Do The Golden Arches Bend Toward Justice?
Wednesday 14 April 2021
: Calls for racial justice are met with a lot of different proposals, but one of the loudest and most enduring is to invest in Black...
Spit A Verse, Drop Some Knowledge
Wednesday 07 April 2021
: We've spent the past year trying to analyze, dissect and intellectualize all the ways that our world has changed. But sometimes the best way...
Why Are We Here?
Wednesday 31 March 2021
: Filipinos make up a small fraction of the nurses in the United States, but almost a third of the nurses who have died of COVID-19 in the...
Screams And Silence
Wednesday 24 March 2021
: Asian American organizers and influencers have been trying to sound the alarm over a dramatic spike in reports of anti-Asian racism over the...
Lonnie Bunch And The 'Museum Of No'
Wednesday 17 March 2021
: The Blacksonian — er, the National Museum of African American History and Culture — was years and years in the making. It's closed down...
Saving A Language You're Learning To Speak
Wednesday 10 March 2021
: Every two weeks, a language dies with its last speaker. That was almost the fate of the Hawaiian language — until a group of young people...
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...