We have made dozens of Code Swap episodes for the reason that podcast launched in 2016. You have joined us after we explored the race and tradition tales in breaking information, or after we revisited chapters in America’s difficult racial historical past. Perhaps we answered one among your questions in an ‘Ask Code Swap’ episode. We have additionally had wonderful musicians, poets and authors on the present sharing their voices and their knowledge.
You would possibly discover that we have a model new look. In case you’re apprehensive that the rest is altering, by no means concern—you will nonetheless be listening to race and tradition tales from the identical journalists of shade. Now, 4 years after our first launch, we’ll be telling even greater and bolder tales that discover how race intersects with nearly every part.
In case you’re new right here or need to relisten to some outdated episodes, we have now a playlist with a few of our favorites. We predict these present the breadth of the subjects and tales you will hear on our present. Here is a fast information about a few of the episodes.
The Black Desk In The Huge Tent
Black Republicans are just about unicorns—solely 2 p.c of the GOP is black, in contrast with 19 p.c of the Democratic Social gathering. The election of President Donald Trump threw a wrench on this already-small voting bloc, and the crossroads many black Republicans discover themselves at now can train us so much about how each main events deal with black voters. On this 2019 episode, we talked to each unicorns and specialists about “the black desk within the nook of the super-white huge tent.”
Ask Code Swap: What About Your Mates?
Interracial friendships are onerous to come back by; individuals are likely to type friendships with others from their identical racial group. The explanations for these patterns embrace the same old suspect: systemic racism, like faculty segregation and the overrepresentation of scholars of shade in decrease tutorial tracks. However even for interracial friendships that beat the percentages, speaking about race is difficult. With a bit of assist from our buddies at WNYC’s Demise, Intercourse & Cash podcast, we dove deep into these onerous conversations this previous January.
Our Homeland Is Every Different
Most adoptive mother and father within the U.S. are white—and their adopted kids usually aren’t. For transracial adoptees, the messiness of racial identification is additional muddled by emotions of loss and a strain to be grateful. In 2018, we put a name out to transracial adoptees, they usually advised us how they navigate these complexities in their very own phrases. As one listener put it, “You understand, not every part is gumdrops and rainbows.”
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Practically 9 million individuals within the U.S. are a part of a “combined standing household,” by which every individual has a unique immigration and citizenship standing than their siblings and fogeys. Hundreds of these persons are part of DACA, a program that protects some individuals within the U.S. from deportation, and one which the Trump administration has used as a political soccer. In 2019, we talked with three siblings of various statuses on what a Supreme Courtroom case on DACA meant for his or her futures. Because the courtroom decides DACA’s destiny, with a ruling anticipated this summer season, this episode explains the large points at stake.
A Unusual And Bitter Crop
Marianna, Fla. is the “Metropolis of Southern Allure,” but it surely’s additionally a metropolis haunted by what has been cited as some of the violent and well-attended lynchings in U.S historical past. Eighty-five years in the past, 1000’s of white individuals witnessed and took part within the brutal homicide of Claude Neal. One poet from Marianna, L. Lamar Wilson, realized about Neal when he was in highschool. He is been decided to maintain his story alive since then.
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Demise Of A Blood Sport
In 2019, Congress handed a ban that made cockfighting unlawful in U.S territories. In Puerto Rico, many don’t see the game as merciless however as a substitute, as a vital cultural trade. Many noticed the ban as one other forceful imposition of U.S energy making an attempt to erase Puerto Rican identification. This episode from final yr options a few of the cockfighters ready to combat again. “As a result of how may cockfighters ask their roosters to combat to the loss of life and never be prepared to do the identical?,” asks one.
Carmen Maria Machado Takes Us ‘In The Dream Home’
Carmen Maria Machado desires to be clear: Home abuse in queer relationships is “widespread as grime”, even when tales about it are almost non-existent. Together with her new and progressive memoir, In The Dream Home, she brings to mild her personal expertise with a poisonous relationship. We talked to her about her ebook and writing tough tales in regards to the LGBTQ neighborhood this previous January.
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E Ola Ka ‘Olelo Hawai’i
Each two weeks, a language dies with its final speaker. Larry Kimura and a gaggle of second-language learners weren’t going to let Hawaiian turn out to be a type of languages. Initially a language banned in authorities and colleges till 1986, the group opened a pre-school to maintain the language alive. Solely 50 native audio system below the age of 18 remained when it opened. Now, they estimate there’s over 5,000. Learn the way the Hawaiian language was revived on this 2019 episode.
We put collectively a playlist of those episodes, plus some extra of our different favorites, in your straightforward listening. And, as all the time, you could find us on wherever you get your podcasts, together with NPR One, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts and RSS.