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Need a new mystery or sci-fi book for the new year? Try one of these reads

Saturday, December 31, 2022

From NPR's Books We Love list, we hear reviews for several mystery and sci-fi books including "Nona the Ninth," "Birds of Maine," and "The Daughter of Doctor Moreau."


Q&A: Author Boyah J. Farah reflects on being Black in America

Friday, September 16, 2022

In his memoir, America Made Me a Black Man, Farah tells of what American blackness has meant to him, from his childhood in Somalia to his adolescence in the Northeast — to his return to Somalia.


NPR's favorite food books of 2021

Saturday, December 25, 2021

There's nothing like a good book to chew on. From NPR's annual reading round-up, Books We Love, here are four suggestions for books about food.


The Code Switch team picks our favorite episodes from 2021

Thursday, December 16, 2021

As we look back at the year, we wanted to share some of our favorite episodes of the pod. This list showcases the episodes that stayed with members of the Code Switch team, even amidst all the churn.


Here are some of NPR's favorite scary reads of 2021

Saturday, December 04, 2021

From NPR's yearly reading list, Books We Love, we hear suggestions for scary reads from four of our staffers.


Walking Through "The Country Of Others"

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

In her new novel, In the Country of Others, Leila Slimani explores what it means to be an outsider. Her characters fight to establish their own identities while their country, Morocco, does the same.


How The Storming Of The Capitol Was — And Wasn't — About Police

Thursday, January 07, 2021

Alex Vitale, author of The End of Policing, says it's a mistake to boil Wednesday's events down to questions of police force. He argues we need a broader conversation about race, politics and justice.


Code Switch Selects Our Favorite Episodes Of 2020

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Our team is looking back at some of our favorite episodes to work on this year, and what made them so meaningful. And oh, what a year it has been.


The Surreally Diverse World Of 'Catherine House'

Saturday, September 26, 2020

This week, Code Switch is talking about our favorite pandemic reads. Today's conversation is with author Elisabeth Thomas, about her fictional cult-like college, set deep in the woods of Pennsylvania.


Colonialism, Eugenics And Downright Terror In 'Mexican Gothic'

Thursday, September 24, 2020

This week, Code Switch is talking about the books that are getting us through the pandemic. Today's conversation is with Silvia Moreno-Garcia, author of the creepy and engrossing Mexican Gothic.


How Much Do We Need The Police?

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

For many Americans, it goes without saying that the police help maintain public safety. But many others — especially black Americans — see the police as more of a threat than a protective force.


Who Are We? We're Finding Out Together

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Once a decade, every household in the United States is required by law to fill out the U.S. census. For many people, most of the questions seem pretty straightforward ... except when it comes to race.


YA Fantasy Where The Oppression Is Real

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Tomi Adeyemi's new book, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, is fantasy for young adults. But the issues it's dealing with — racism, oppression and war — are very real. And they're not sugarcoated.


In Australia Wildfires, Scenes Of Smoke, Sparks And Chaos

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Fires are blazing across southeast Australia. Scenes of smoke, sparks and blazing red capture the destruction happening in towns around the country.


Harriet Tubman's 'Visions'

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Harriet, the biopic of Harriet Tubman is almost a superhero tale. Even her fainting spells — epileptic seizures, in reality — are depicted as a way for her to communicate with God.


Some 'Podunk' Town In The Middle Of Nowhere

Friday, September 20, 2019

"Podunk" is supposed to be bleak and isolated. But there are a few things that people who use the term might not know. For one, it really exists. For another, its history predates the United States.


What Do You Call The 'Anniversary' Of A Disaster?

Friday, August 30, 2019

It's been 400 years since the first enslaved Africans were brought to Virginia. But don't call this month an "anniversary."


Destiny's Child 'The Writing's On The Wall' Turns 20

Sunday, July 28, 2019

It's been 20 years since Destiny's Child released the band's second album, "The Writing's on the Wall."


Is Beauty In The Eyes Of The Colonizer?

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

This week on "Ask Code Switch," we're talking about who gets to define beauty norms — and what it means to push back on them.


With Trump At The Border, A Look Back At U.S. Immigration Policy

Thursday, January 10, 2019

President Trump continues his quest to curb illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border. One expert says there have always been ebbs and flows to how welcoming the U.S. is to immigrants.