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The truth and lies behind one of the most banned books in America

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Author Mike Curato wrote Flamer as a way to help young queer kids, like he once was, better understand and accept themselves. It was met with immediate praise and accolades — until it wasn't. When the book got caught up in a wave of Texas-based book bans, suddenly the narrative changed. And like so many books that address queer identity, Flamer quickly became a flashpoint in a long, messy culture war that tried to distort the nature of the book.


What does home mean to you? Code Switch wants to know for our live show

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Code Switch wants to include your thoughts in our live show. We need you to send us a voice memo on what home means to you!


Apply now for Code Switch's mid-career fellowships

Thursday, August 04, 2022

Code Switch fellowships for mid-career journalists are back. Submit a proposal and get a chance to work with Code Switch and NPR editors and producers to craft your story on race and identity.


How Ross Gay Finds Joy In The Smallest of 'Delights'

Thursday, August 19, 2021

On the Code Switch podcast, Ross Gay reflects on his 2019 collection The Book of Delights, the difficulty of allowing yourself to be moved, and why he thinks it's important to use the word "love."


Sylvia Earle: My Wish? To Protect Our Oceans

Friday, June 25, 2021

Legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle has been exploring and working to protect our oceans for more than half a century. Her message has stayed the same: we're taking our oceans for granted.


Jen Gunter: The Truth About Our Bodies

Friday, May 28, 2021

What does it mean to be healthy and to care for our bodies? This hour, physician and writer Jen Gunter empowers us to cut through false medical claims and make informed decisions about our health.


Musician To Musician: Our 5th Annual Thanksgiving Chain Of Gratitude

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Ari Shapiro names The New Pornographers as a musical act he's thankful for in 2019. That gratitude is passed forward to nêhiyawak, then Leikeli47 and finally to Chick Corea.


'I Found The Key': FKA Twigs Learns To Write For Her Voice On 'Magdalene'

Friday, November 08, 2019

On songs like "Cellophane," the British artist steps out of her self-imposed cage and tests the limits of her tremendous soprano.


50 Years Young: How The Music Of 'Sesame Street' Keeps Up With The Times

Monday, June 10, 2019

Sesame Street team members Dr. Rosemarie Truglio and Bill Sherman discuss writing songs for the iconic show over the years.


Kishi Bashi Uses The History Of Japanese Internment To Explore America Today

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

To make his latest album, Omoiyari, the Japanese-American artist decided to turn to the past. He visited Japanese internment camps and made music inspired by the stories he found there.


Duckwrth Treats Hip-Hop As His Missionary Work

Friday, May 10, 2019

The South Central Los Angeles rapper grew up trying to navigate between gangsta rap and his family's Pentecostal beliefs. Duckwrth talks about these competing forces on his latest EP, The Falling Man.


Kelsey Lu, A Classically Trained Rule Breaker

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Kelsey Lu knew she wanted to play music from a young age. So, at 18, she left home to deepen that study. On her debut album, Blood, Lu explores what that decision meant.


At Kanye West's Sunday Service, 'He Is The Church'

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Kanye West has been hosting exclusive worship gatherings he calls "Sunday Service." Jia Tolentino, staff writer for The New Yorker, breaks down the rapper's religious evolution.


Thutmose Experiments With Genres While Honoring His Nigerian Roots

Friday, April 12, 2019

Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based rapper Thutmose named himself after an ancient Egyptian pharaoh — a nod to the kingly responsibility he feels for his family and his music.


Tamino Channels Voices From His Arabic Heritage Into His Own Eccentric Sound

Friday, April 05, 2019

Belgian-Egyptian singer Tamino comes from a long line of musicians and is creating an impressive career of his own by melding together his vocal style with Arab musical theory.


Chronicles Of A Venezuelan Exodus: More Families Flee The Crisis On Foot Every Day

Thursday, April 04, 2019

An All Things Considered team recently traveled along a common Colombian route taken by Venezuelans fleeing crisis in their country and discovered dramatic stories of an expanding exodus.


What It Means To Be An Independent Artist Today

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The definition of what it means to be an independent musician is more complicated than one might think. It comes down to market share, ownership and so much more.


SXSW 2019: How The News Is Affecting Artists From Brazil And Venezuela

Friday, March 15, 2019

Some Latin artists at the SXSW Music Festival come from Brazil, Venezuela and other countries where speaking out can be dangerous.


Janelle Monáe On Her 'Dirty,' World-Dominating Year

Friday, December 21, 2018

Monáe's Dirty Computer can be found on just about every list of the best albums of 2018 — and it topped NPR's. The songwriter, actress and self-styled media exec says it could only have happened now.


South Texas Butterfly Sanctuary Threatened By Trump's Border Wall

Monday, December 03, 2018

Construction on the first new stretch of border wall under the Trump administration is slated to begin this winter. In South Texas, the wall will cut right through a butterfly sanctuary.