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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.


'Racial Impostor Syndrome': Here Are Your Stories

Thursday, June 08, 2017

We got more than 100 letters from our listeners about how y'all feel like fakes. Here are some of our favorites.


Asian Americans In Hollywood Still Waiting For The Spotlight

Thursday, May 18, 2017

In the meantime, some are producing their own shows or creating material for alternative platforms like YouTube.


Picturing Queer Africans In The Diaspora

Friday, May 12, 2017

A photographer uses his lens to peer through perceptions of queerness in his ancestral home.


How A Traffic Fine Can Lead To Jail Time In California

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Traffic fines in California have an outsize effect on low-income drivers and minorities.


'Black-ish' Star Yara Shahidi, An Unofficial Ambassador For Gen Z

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Yara Shahidi is not all like the character she plays on ABC's Black-ish. But the actor and her character have hit a lot of the same milestones at the same time.


'The Handmaid's Tale' Is Among A Resurgence Of Dystopian Literature

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood was a best-seller list after the 2016 election. We reread the dystopian classic to prep for a new TV miniseries that begins next week.


This Week In Race: A House That Flew Over The Ocean And A Man Who Didn't Get To Fly

Friday, April 14, 2017

You could say it's been a pretty turbulent week on the race beat.


Prince Contained Multitudes, New Book Confirms

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Prince on defining his music: "The only thing I could think of, because I really don't like categories, but the only thing I could think of is inspirational."