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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.

Status Update

Nearly 9 million people in the U.S. are part of a "mixed-status" family: some may be U.S. citizens; some may have green cards; others may face the constant specter of deportation. As the Supreme Court gets ready to decide the fate of DACA — a program that protects some undocumented people from being removed from the country — we check in with three siblings who all have different statuses, and whose fates may hinge on the outcome of this case.

Nov 12, 2019 • 00:26:51

Is This What It Means To Be White?

In 1965, a white minister and civil rights organizer, James Reeb, was killed by a group of white men in Selma, Ala. Reeb's death drew national outrage, but no one was ever held accountable. We spoke to two reporters — white Southerners of a younger generation — about the lies that kept this murder from being solved.

Nov 5, 2019 • 00:25:39

Fear In An Age Of Real-Life Horror

It's Halloween, and people are leaning into all things scary. But sometimes those celebrations of the macabre hit a little too close to home, brushing up against our country's very dark past. So how do you navigate fake-horror in the midst of so much that's actually terrifying?

Oct 29, 2019 • 00:29:17

EpisodeTimeReleased
A Strange And Bitter Crop 00:26:22 Oct 22, 2019
President Trump's (Anti-)Social Media 00:31:54 Oct 15, 2019
That's The Anthem, Get Your [Dang] Hands Up! 00:36:00 Oct 8, 2019
Political Prisoners? 00:30:20 Oct 1, 2019
The Original Blexit 00:35:39 Sep 24, 2019
The Black Table In The Big Tent 01:00:37 Sep 17, 2019
A Tale Of Two School Districts 00:30:07 Sep 10, 2019
Searching For Punks 00:25:02 Sep 3, 2019
'20 And Odd. Negroes' 00:36:09 Aug 28, 2019
All That Glisters Is Not Gold 00:32:35 Aug 20, 2019
Dora's Lasting Magic 00:38:48 Aug 13, 2019
After The Cameras Leave 00:27:46 Aug 6, 2019
Puerto Ricans Stand Up 00:25:38 Jul 30, 2019
Chicago's Red Summer 00:19:22 Jul 23, 2019
Oh So Now It's Racist? 00:25:29 Jul 16, 2019
The Return Of Race Science 00:22:14 Jul 9, 2019
America's Concentration Camps? 00:27:50 Jul 2, 2019
Some Of The People Knew Magic 00:27:31 Jun 25, 2019
Some Of The People Knew Magic 00:27:31 Jun 25, 2019
Code Switch Book Club: Summer 2019 00:26:12 Jun 18, 2019
Code Switch Book Club: Summer 2019 00:26:12 Jun 18, 2019
E Ola Ka 'Olelo Hawai'i 00:26:44 Jun 11, 2019
The Original 'Welfare Queen' 00:32:01 Jun 4, 2019
Salt Fat Acid Race 00:24:33 May 28, 2019
Dispatches From The Schoolyard 00:30:41 May 21, 2019
Anger: The Black Woman's 'Superpower' 00:19:59 May 14, 2019
We Don't Say That 00:44:35 May 7, 2019
You Say Chicano, I Say... 00:21:23 Apr 30, 2019
Poets, The Life Boats 00:35:38 Apr 23, 2019
Can the Go-Go Go On? 00:29:10 Apr 16, 2019
Love & Walkouts 00:33:09 Apr 9, 2019
Why Is It So Hard To Talk About Israel? 00:38:49 Apr 4, 2019
Ask Code Switch: You Are What You Eat 00:32:29 Mar 26, 2019
"On Strike! Blow It Up!" 00:37:24 Mar 19, 2019
Respect Yourself 00:32:13 Mar 12, 2019
When Disaster Strikes 00:22:23 Mar 5, 2019
On The Shoulders Of Giants 00:40:41 Feb 27, 2019
Getting A Foot In the Door 00:23:51 Feb 20, 2019
From Blackface To Blackfishing 00:28:18 Feb 13, 2019
We're Going To Start A Dialogue...Again. 00:27:03 Feb 6, 2019
Pretty Hurts 00:47:32 Jan 29, 2019
Intrigue At The Census Bureau 00:29:55 Jan 23, 2019
Perfect Son 00:38:09 Jan 15, 2019
The Return 00:34:51 Jan 8, 2019
America's Other Anthems 00:30:32 Jan 1, 2019
Race Underneath The Skin 00:31:37 Dec 25, 2018
Code Switch Goes To College 00:26:16 Dec 18, 2018
Code Switch Book Club 00:30:31 Dec 11, 2018
The Story Of Mine Mill 00:27:36 Dec 4, 2018
Dog Show! 00:39:15 Nov 27, 2018
Live From The Apollo...It's Code Switch! 01:02:52 Nov 20, 2018
The House On The Corner 00:35:48 Nov 13, 2018
Politics Podcast Pop Up 00:28:42 Nov 7, 2018
Is Ron Brown High School Working? 00:38:08 Oct 30, 2018
The Cost To Cast A Ballot 00:35:53 Oct 23, 2018
What So Proudly We Hail 00:23:26 Oct 16, 2018
Our Homeland Is Each Other 00:28:51 Oct 9, 2018
Deja Vu All Over Again 00:24:34 Oct 2, 2018
#CriticsSoWhite 00:32:31 Sep 25, 2018
Puerto Rico's Other Storm 00:30:42 Sep 18, 2018
Ask Code Switch: School Daze 00:42:35 Sep 12, 2018
Update: Looking For Marriage In All The Wrong Places 00:33:08 Sep 6, 2018
Stuck Off The Realness 00:32:25 Sep 4, 2018
So What If He Said It? 00:20:50 Aug 28, 2018
Live From Birmingham...It's Code Switch! 00:43:22 Aug 21, 2018
Behind The Lies My Teacher Told Me 00:18:14 Aug 14, 2018
Talk American 00:26:23 Aug 7, 2018
Word Watch, The Sequel: 2Watch 2Wordiest 00:29:50 Jul 31, 2018
Word Watch: A Code Switch Game Show 00:26:33 Jul 24, 2018
Rap On Trial 00:51:22 Jul 17, 2018
Word Up 00:22:39 Jul 10, 2018
Code Switch's Summer Vacation 00:35:40 Jul 3, 2018
Immigration Nation 00:33:14 Jun 26, 2018
Looking For Marriage In All The Wrong Places 00:32:16 Jun 19, 2018
Twenty-First Century Blackface 00:31:14 Jun 12, 2018
What We Inherit 00:26:38 Jun 5, 2018
A Thousand Ways To Kneel And Kiss The Ground 00:24:29 May 29, 2018
Of Bloodlines and Conquistadors 00:33:13 May 22, 2018
What's Black And Gray And Inked All Over? 00:23:55 May 15, 2018
Tough Questions For The World's Toughest Job 00:31:17 May 8, 2018
Code Switch Census Watch 2020 00:28:51 May 1, 2018
It's Bigger Than The Ban 00:42:09 Apr 24, 2018
Members of Whose Tribe? 00:31:45 Apr 17, 2018
Location! Location! Location! 00:35:19 Apr 10, 2018
The Road To The Promised Land, 50 Years Later 00:23:31 Apr 3, 2018
Amara La Negra: Too Black To Be Latina? Too Latina To Be Black? 00:35:36 Mar 27, 2018
The Madness Of March 00:26:16 Mar 20, 2018
The Madness Of March 00:26:16 Mar 20, 2018
Who Is 'Us,' Anyway? 00:20:17 Mar 13, 2018
Searching For A Home After Hate 00:18:17 Mar 6, 2018
A House Divided By Immigration Status 00:17:49 Feb 27, 2018
Throw Some Respeck On My Name 00:27:30 Feb 20, 2018
Feelings, Finances And Fetishes: Love Is A Racial Battlefield 00:26:47 Feb 13, 2018
It's Not Just About The Blood 00:21:53 Feb 6, 2018
The State Of Our Union Is...Uh, How Much Time You Got? 00:31:27 Jan 31, 2018
The 'R-Word' In The Age Of Trump 00:24:33 Jan 23, 2018
A Racial Impostor Epidemic 00:19:17 Jan 16, 2018
This Racism Is Killing Me Inside 00:31:00 Jan 9, 2018
Before We Give 2017 The Middle Finger, Part 2 00:26:19 Jan 2, 2018
Before We Give 2017 The Middle Finger, Part 1 00:37:45 Dec 26, 2017
Black Atheists, White Santas, And A Feast For The Deceased 00:26:29 Dec 19, 2017
With Dope, There's High Hope 00:26:31 Dec 12, 2017
17,000 Islands, 700 Languages, And A Superhero 00:19:03 Dec 5, 2017
Disrespect To Miss-Respect 00:27:29 Nov 28, 2017
A Code Switch Thanksgiving Feast 00:20:55 Nov 21, 2017
Live From Chicago...It's Code Switch! 00:45:28 Nov 15, 2017
Reflections On A Year At Ron Brown High 00:28:54 Nov 8, 2017
To Fail Or Not To Fail: The Fierce Debate Over High Standards 00:49:43 Oct 31, 2017
'They Can't Just Be Average,' Lifting Students Up Without Lowering The Bar 00:46:48 Oct 24, 2017
A Year Of Love And Struggle In A New High School 00:43:16 Oct 17, 2017
The Passing Of A "Failing" School 00:38:21 Oct 10, 2017
Puerto Rico, My Heart's Devotion 00:22:31 Oct 3, 2017
Befuddled By Babies, Love And Ice Pops? Ask Code Switch 00:27:51 Sep 26, 2017
A Weed Boom, But For Whom? 00:27:58 Sep 18, 2017
It's Getting (Dangerously) Hot in Herre 00:29:46 Sep 12, 2017
An Advertising Revolution: "Black People Are Not Dark-Skinned White People" 00:28:14 Sep 5, 2017
'I'm Not A Racist, I'm Argentine!' 00:20:34 Aug 29, 2017
The Unfinished Battle In the Capital Of The Confederacy 00:31:25 Aug 22, 2017
Charlottesville 00:32:00 Aug 15, 2017
Who's Your Great-Great-Great-Great Granddaddy? 00:27:10 Aug 8, 2017
The U.S. Census and Our Sense of Us 00:25:44 Aug 1, 2017
What's Good? Talking Hip-Hop and Race With Stretch & Bobbito 00:23:51 Jul 25, 2017
What's So Wrong With African Americans Wearing African Clothes? 00:24:58 Jul 18, 2017
A Police Video From Charlotte 00:44:07 Jul 11, 2017
The Supreme Court Decides In Favor Of A Racial Slur...Now What? 00:19:46 Jul 4, 2017
It's Our Anniversary 00:33:18 Jun 28, 2017
What To Make Of Philando Castile's Death, One Year Later 00:22:02 Jun 20, 2017
Encore: 'You're A Grand Old Flag' 00:30:49 Jun 13, 2017
A Prescription For "Racial Imposter Syndrome" 00:29:33 Jun 6, 2017
'Give It Up For DJ Blackface!' 00:28:30 May 31, 2017
We're Still Talking About "My Family's Slave" 00:31:59 May 23, 2017
Japanese Americans Exiled In Utah 00:18:11 May 19, 2017
Master of None's Alan Yang Unpacks Season 2 00:23:35 May 16, 2017
The Blessing (And Curse?) Of Miss Saigon 00:21:59 May 9, 2017
Talking Black-ish With Star Yara Shahidi And Creator Kenya Barris 00:30:48 May 2, 2017
The LA Unrest (Or Riots) 25 Years Later 00:20:46 Apr 28, 2017
John Leguizamo, Still In Search Of John Leguizamo 00:27:30 Apr 25, 2017
Mailbag! Listener Questions and Comments That Got Us Thinking 00:24:19 Apr 18, 2017
How One Inmate Changed The Prison System From The Inside 00:11:43 Apr 14, 2017
The Beef Over Native American Hunting Rights 00:21:13 Apr 11, 2017
Changing Colors In Comics 00:27:27 Apr 4, 2017
Podcast Extra En Español: Jeanette Vizguerra 00:14:16 Mar 31, 2017
Sanctuary Churches: Who Controls The Story? 00:21:54 Mar 28, 2017
A Bittersweet Persian New Year 00:23:38 Mar 21, 2017
The 80-Year Mystery Around 'Fred Douglas' Park 00:06:30 Mar 18, 2017
Not-So-Simple Questions From Code Switch Listeners 00:20:24 Mar 14, 2017
Safety-Pin Solidarity: With Allies, Who Benefits? 00:31:31 Mar 7, 2017
In Search Of Puerto Rican Identity In Small-Town America 00:22:44 Feb 28, 2017
The Horror, The Horror: "Get Out" And The Place of Race in Scary Movies 00:25:24 Feb 21, 2017
Ten Thousand Writers... and Two Intrepid Podcast Hosts 00:16:07 Feb 14, 2017
Oscars So Black...At Least, In Documentaries 00:24:26 Feb 7, 2017
Encore Plus: Who Is A Good Immigrant, Anyway? 00:23:29 Jan 31, 2017
So, What Are You Afraid of Now? 00:20:47 Jan 25, 2017
Obama's Legacy: Did He Remix Race? 00:31:45 Jan 17, 2017
Obama's Legacy: Callouts and Fallouts 00:36:56 Jan 11, 2017
Obama's Legacy: Diss-ent or Diss-respect? 00:35:20 Jan 3, 2017
Encore: Everyone Is Talking To Barry Jenkins, But Our Interview Is (Still) the Best! 00:38:31 Dec 27, 2016
A Chitlins Christmas: Bah Humbug! 00:28:17 Dec 21, 2016
Hold Up! Time For An Explanatory Comma 00:28:15 Dec 14, 2016
Audie and the Not-So-Magic School Bus 00:33:08 Dec 6, 2016
Encore: Asian American Letter on Behalf of Black Lives 00:22:52 Nov 29, 2016
Want Some Gravy With Those Grievances? 00:23:57 Nov 22, 2016
Another Black President Says Goodbye To Washington 00:27:31 Nov 15, 2016
A Muslim and A Mexican Walk Into A Bar.... 00:26:56 Nov 9, 2016
Apocalypse Or Racial Kumbaya? America After Nov. 8 00:29:58 Nov 1, 2016
Everyone Is Talking To Barry Jenkins But Our Interview Is The Best 00:37:46 Oct 26, 2016
Encore: "I'm Not Black I'm O.J." 00:19:26 Oct 11, 2016
Who Is A Good Immigrant, Anyway? 00:19:39 Oct 4, 2016
The Code Switch Guide To Handling Casual Racism 00:24:14 Sep 27, 2016
Warning! This Episode May Trigger Debate 00:31:12 Sep 20, 2016
Why Do We Still Care About Tupac? 00:24:34 Sep 13, 2016
The Dangers Of Life As An American 'Nobody' 00:24:34 Sep 7, 2016
Code Switch Extra: Singer Juan Gabriel's Sexuality Was 'Open Secret' 00:19:44 Sep 3, 2016
What's So Funny About The Indian Accent? 00:27:54 Aug 30, 2016
Code Switch Extra: "Southside" and Black Love at the Movies 00:21:46 Aug 26, 2016
Nate Parker's Past, His Present, And The Future Of "The Birth of A Nation" 00:42:59 Aug 24, 2016
Struggling School, Or Sanctuary? 00:41:09 Aug 17, 2016
Say My Name, Say My Name (Correctly, Please) 00:26:46 Aug 9, 2016
What Does "Objectivity" Mean To Journalists Of Color? 00:37:42 Aug 2, 2016
A Letter From Young Asian Americans, To Their Parents, About Black Lives Matter 00:23:15 Jul 26, 2016
46 Stops: The Driving Life and Death of Philando Castile 00:29:41 Jul 20, 2016
Black and Blue 00:32:48 Jul 13, 2016
Code Switch Extra: No Words 00:26:06 Jul 9, 2016
"You're A Grand Old Flag" 00:29:02 Jul 6, 2016
"I'm Not Black, I'm O.J.!" 00:19:45 Jun 29, 2016
I Don't Know If I Like This, But I Want It To Win 00:29:45 Jun 21, 2016
How LGBTQ People of Color Are Dealing With Orlando 00:33:59 Jun 15, 2016
Code Switch Extra: Re-Remembering Muhammad Ali 00:28:02 Jun 10, 2016
Made For You And Me 00:20:47 Jun 7, 2016
Can We Talk About Whiteness? 00:37:28 May 30, 2016
The Code Switch Podcast Is Coming! 00:02:47 May 9, 2016