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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.


Exploding Myths About 'Black Power, Jewish Politics'

Monday, June 04, 2018

In a new book, historian Marc Dollinger argues that the conventional wisdom of Jewish and African-American harmony during the civil rights era is flawed. And that the real story has lessons for today.


Research Shows Black Boys Are Most Likely To Be Stuck In Cycle Of Poverty

Monday, March 19, 2018

Black boys raised in America, even in the wealthiest families, still earn less as adults than white boys with similar backgrounds. That's according to a new study from the Equality of Opportunity Project, which looked at U.S. Census data to study the lives of 20 million children.


Starting School At The University That Enslaved Her Ancestors

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talked to Mélisande Short-Colomb, whose family was once enslaved by Georgetown University. Now, at 63, Short-Colomb has enrolled as a freshman there.


Need Advice? The 'Ask Code Switch' Column Is Coming Soon

Friday, July 28, 2017

Stuck in a racial quandary? We got your back.


From Mourning to 'Moonlight': A Year In Race, As Told By Code Switch

Thursday, June 29, 2017

As we light a candle on the Code Switch podcast's birthday cake, our team looks back on the stories that mattered.


Taking 'Ctrl': Why SZA's New Album Means So Much

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Top Dawg singer's new album is as dreamy as we all hoped it would be. Code Switch and NPR Music tapped in a few members of the NPR fam to chat with us about how SZA and Ctrl resonates with them.


On Flag Day, Remembering The Red, Black And Green

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Pan-African flag, designed by Marcus Garvey in 1920, was intended as an expression of black liberation. It's still used around the world.