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Code Switch

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The Code Switch podcast is a thought-provoking and entertaining show that delves into the issues of race, ethnicity, and identity in modern America. Hosted by journalists of color, the podcast brings a unique and insightful perspective to the issues that impact diverse communities across the United States. Each episode features in-depth reporting, interviews with experts and thought leaders, and first-hand accounts of people from a wide range of backgrounds. The podcast explores everything from the impact of immigration policies on families, to the experiences of people of color in predominantly white institutions, to the role of pop culture in shaping our perceptions of race and identity. With engaging storytelling and a commitment to increasing understanding and empathy, Code Switch challenges listeners to confront their assumptions and consider new perspectives on the complex topic of race in America.

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Episodes

WTF does race have to do with taxes?

30m · Published 03 Apr 14:26
It's that time of year again: time to file your taxes. And this week on the pod, we're revisiting our conversation with Dorothy A. Brown, a tax expert and author of The Whiteness Of Wealth: How The Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans And How To Fix It. She talks through the racial landmines in our tax code and how your race plays a big role in whether you get audited, how much you might owe the IRS, which tax breaks you can get, and even which benefits you can claim.
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Who does language belong to? A fight over the Lakota Language

39m · Published 27 Mar 07:00
Many Lakota people agree: It's imperative to revitalize the Lakota language. But how exactly to do that is a matter of broader debate. Should Lakota be codified and standardized to make learning it easier? Or should the language stay as it always has been, defined by many different ways of writing and speaking? We explore this complex, multi-generational fight that's been unfolding in the Lakota Nation, from Standing Rock to Pine Ridge.
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Getting let down by the 'Great Expectations' of electoral politics

17m · Published 20 Mar 07:00
This episode is brought to you by our play cousins over at NPR's It's Been A Minute . Brittany Luse chops it up with New Yorker writer and podcast host Vinson Cunningham to discuss his debut novel Great Expectations . It's a period piece that follows the story of a young man working on an election campaign that echoes Obama's 2008 run. Brittany and Vinson discuss American politics as a sort of religion - and why belief in politics has changed so much in the last decade.
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In the world of medicine, race-based diagnoses are more than skin deep

33m · Published 13 Mar 07:00
We've probably said it a hundred times on Code Switch — biological race is not a real thing. So why is race still used to help diagnose certain conditions, like keloids or cystic fibrosis? On this episode, Dr. Andrea Deyrup breaks it down for us, and unpacks the problems she sees with practicing race-based medicine.
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This conspiracy theory about eating bugs is also about race

32m · Published 06 Mar 08:00
Gene Demby and NPR's Huo Jingnan dive into a conspiracy theory about how "global elites" are forcing people to eat bugs. And no huge surprise — the theory's popularity is largely about its loudest proponents' racist fear-mongering.
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The musical legacy of Japanese American incarceration

30m · Published 28 Feb 08:00
In February of 1942 after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government issued an executive order to incarcerate people of Japanese descent. That legacy has become a defining story of Japanese American identity. In this episode, B.A. Parker and producer Jess Kung explore how Japanese American musicians across generations turn to that story as a way to explore and express identity. Featuring Kishi Bashi, Erin Aoyama and Mary Nomura.
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Why menthol cigarettes have a chokehold on Black smokers

35m · Published 21 Feb 08:00
In the U.S., flavored cigarettes have been banned since 2009, with one glaring exception: menthols. That exception was supposed to go away in 2023, but the Biden administration quietly delayed the ban on menthols. Why? Well, an estimated 85 percent of Black smokers smoke menthols — and some (potentially suspect) polls have indicated that a ban on menthols would chill Biden's support among Black people. Of course, it's more complicated than that. The story of menthol cigarettes is tied up in policing, advertising, influencer-culture, and the weaponization of race and gender studies. Oh, and a real-life Black superhero named Mandrake the Magician.
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Before the apps, people used newspapers to find love

37m · Published 14 Feb 11:57
To celebrate the history of Black romance, Gene and Parker are joined by reporter Nichole Hill to explore the 1937 equivalent of dating apps — the personals section of one of D.C.'s Black newspapers. Parker attempts to match with a Depression-era bachelor, and along the way we learn about what love meant two generations removed from slavery.
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How college footballers led the fight against racism in 1969

32m · Published 09 Feb 20:02
It's 1969 at the University of Wyoming, where college football is treated like a second religion. But after racist treatment at an away game, 14 Black players decide to take a stand, and are hit with life-changing consequences. From our play cousins across the pond, our own B.A. Parker hosts the BBC World Service's Amazing Sport Stories: The Black 14. Listen to the rest of the series wherever you get your podcasts.
*This episode contains lived experiences which involve the use of strong racist language.
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What it's like to be a Black woman with bipolar disorder

29m · Published 07 Feb 08:00
"Three springs ago, I lost the better part of my mind," Naomi Jackson wrote in an essay for Harper's Magazine. On this episode, Jackson shares her experience with biopolar disorder. She talks about how she's had to decipher what fears stem from her illness and which are backed by the history of racism.
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Code Switch has 500 episodes in total of non- explicit content. Total playtime is 269:34:44. The language of the podcast is English. This podcast has been added on June 16th 2022. It might contain more episodes than the ones shown here. It was last updated on April 5th, 2024 12:15.

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