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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.


When The 'White Tears' Just Keep Coming

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The phrase is meant as a gentle poke at white people who take offense at minor threats to their privilege. "Sometimes it feels good just to make fun of racism and of racists," one humorist says.


How Yellow Fever Turned New Orleans Into The 'City Of The Dead'

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Some years the virus would wipe out a tenth of the population, earning New Orleans the nickname "Necropolis." The gruesome disease killed thousands, scapegoated immigrants and upheld white supremacy.


Taylor Swift Is The 21st Century's Most Disorienting Pop Star

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Many people have surmised the mega-star learned her knack for extensive personalization from her country roots. But there's another genre that is perhaps equally responsible for her sound: hip-hop.


Why Is It Still OK To 'Trash' Poor White People?

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

A lot has changed in the U.S. over two centuries. One thing that hasn't? How we talk about poor white people.


Why It's Time To Retire The Disparaging Term 'White Trash'

Monday, July 30, 2018

Our Word Watch series explores the term "white trash." Some people embrace it. But experts say it demeans both the people it's applied to and people of color.


Will Your Melanin Protect You From The Sun?

Thursday, July 05, 2018

There are lots of misconceptions about dark skin and sunshine. One of the most common? That black people can't get skin cancer.