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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.

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.
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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.

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Episodes

It's Bigger Than The Ban

4/25/2018
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Muslims make up a little over one percent of the US population, but they seem to take up an outsized space in the American imagination. On this episode we explore why that is.

Duration:00:42:18

Members of Whose Tribe?

4/18/2018
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Today, Americans tend to think of Jewish people as white folks, but it wasn't always that way. On this episode, we dig into the complex role Jewish identity has played in America's racial story — especially now, when anti-Semitism is on the rise.

Duration:00:32:03

Jaz y Lalay

4/17/2018
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Al conocerse, Jazmín Elizondo y Laura Flores-Estrada tuvieron una conexión intensa. Encontraron una mejor versión de ellas mismas la una en la otra, y nunca jamás quisieron volver a estar separadas. Pero es difícil tener una relación en una sociedad que te discrimina por tu orientación sexual. Esta es la historia de cómo, gracias a un error burocrático, un acto de amor se convirtió en un acto de protesta.

Duration:00:47:43

Location! Location! Location!

4/11/2018
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It's the force that animates so much of what we cover on Code Switch. And on the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, we take a look at some ways residential segregation is still shaping the ways we live. We head to a border with an ironic name , before dropping in on a movement to remap parts of the South.

Duration:00:35:30

The Road To The Promised Land, 50 Years Later

4/4/2018
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Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed in Memphis, Tenn. This week, we have two stories about the aftermath of his death. The first takes us to Memphis to remember King's final days. The second brings us to Oakland, Calif., where King's assassination "transformed the position of the Black Panther Party overnight."

Duration:00:23:45

Amara La Negra: Too Black To Be Latina? Too Latina To Be Black?

3/28/2018
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People are constantly telling Amara La Negra that she doesn't fit anywhere. Sometimes, she's "too black to be Latina." Other times, she's "too Latina to be black." But Amara says afro-Latinas aren't rare and they're no cause for confusion — they're just in dire need of more representation.

Duration:00:35:49

The Madness Of March

3/21/2018
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The NCAA men's basketball tournament is going on right now and will bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. The coaches and commissioners who benefit are overwhelmingly white. The players on the court are MOSTLY black. So what, if anything, are those players owed?

Duration:00:26:28

Who Is 'Us,' Anyway?

3/14/2018
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"Shouldn't you help out your own community first?" That's the question we're exploring this week via our play-cousins at Latino USA. A black celebrity is criticized for helping a Latino immigrant. On this episode, that celebrity makes his case.

Duration:00:20:32

Searching For A Home After Hate

3/7/2018
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In February 2017, Srinivas Kutchibotla fell victim to an alleged hate crime. In the aftermath, his widow, Sunayana Dumala, had her life and her immigration status thrown into question. Now, she's trying to figure out what it means to stay — and find community — in the small Kansas town where her husband was killed.

Duration:00:18:14

A House Divided By Immigration Status

2/28/2018
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All four of the Gonzalez kids grew up under one roof, in Los Angeles, Calif. But when the oldest was in middle school, she realized that she and her siblings might have drastically different lives. That's because she comes from a mixed-status family, where some members are free to work, and others are constrained by the fear of deportation.

Duration:00:17:50

Throw Some Respeck On My Name

2/21/2018
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It's Alabama, 1963. A black woman stands before a judge, but she refuses to acknowledge him until he addresses her by an honorific given to white women: "Miss." On this week's episode, we revisit the forgotten story of Mary Hamilton, a Freedom Rider who struck a blow against a pervasive form of disrespect.

Duration:00:26:57

Feelings, Finances And Fetishes: Love Is A Racial Battlefield

2/13/2018
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To get y'all in the mood for Valentine's Day, we're exploring some of our juiciest listener love questions. Should your race and gender affect how much you pay into a relationship? What's the difference between a preference and a fetish? And what's the quickest way for black women to find love?

Duration:00:27:01

It's Not Just About The Blood

2/7/2018
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If you're Native American, who or what gets to define your identity? We dive into an old system intended to measure the amount of "Indian blood" a person has. We hear from two families about how they've come to understand their own Native identities and how they'll pass that on to future generations.

Duration:00:21:50

The State Of Our Union Is...Uh, How Much Time You Got?

1/31/2018
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On the occasion of President Trump's first State of the Union speech, we're looking at where things stand on civil rights at the Justice Department, the state of play for the country's white nationalist fringe, and how Puerto Rico is faring as the federal government prepares to cut off its emergency aid.

Duration:00:31:38

The 'R-Word' In The Age Of Trump

1/24/2018
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When Donald Trump allegedly referred to Haiti, El Salvador and some African countries as "shitholes," we called his comments r-...rr-...really really vulgar. Why were we so afraid to call them racist?

Duration:00:24:48

A Racial Impostor Epidemic

1/17/2018
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Our episode about multi-racial people and their search for identity struck a nerve. Now we're asking, "What other stories do you want to hear?"

Duration:00:29:32

This Racism Is Killing Me Inside

1/10/2018
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On this weeks episode we hear the story of Shalon Irving, who passed away after giving birth to her daughter. Black women in the United States are 243 percent more likely than white women to die of pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes. There's evidence that shows this gap is caused by the "weathering" effects of racism.

Duration:00:31:14

Before We Give 2017 The Middle Finger, Part 2

1/3/2018
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This week, Gene Demby talks with ESPN's Jemele Hill. The SportsCenter anchor discusses becoming a lightning rod in the culture wars and the flimsy partition between politics and sports. And we'll look ahead to a year of looking back: the 50th anniversaries of the tumultuous events of 1968.

Duration:00:26:34

Before We Give 2017 The Middle Finger, Part 1

12/27/2017
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In this episode: lessons learned post-Charlottesville, the Latinas who said "me, too" before it went viral, race-and-rep wins in pop-culture and some of this year's real-life losses. You'll yell, you'll cheer, you'll shed a tear.

Duration:00:37:57

Black Atheists, White Santas, And A Feast For The Deceased

12/20/2017
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We're answering your holiday race questions: Why do we still think of Santa as white? Are POCs responsible for calling-out the racism at holiday parties? How do you tell your black family you're a non-believer? And, can you resurrect a dead family tradition?

Duration:00:26:41

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