NPR Launches “Code Switch” Podcast on Race and Culture

NPR’s “Code Switch” team will launch a podcast this month exploring how race and culture collide with everything else in people’s lives. With a rotating cast of “Code Switch” reporters, editors and guest contributors, the podcast will be hosted by NPR’s Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji, who each have a broad base of experience on-air and online. The first episode of the Code Switch podcast will debut on Tuesday, May 31.

Launched in 2013, NPR’s Code Switch team has made its mark as a blog on and with segments on NPR’s signature shows. The reporting team has tackled the constantly-shifting and overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture and how they play out in people’s lives and communities.

“Code Switch has become an essential source for unflinchingly honest while empathetic discussions about race, ethnicity and identity,” said NPR’s Senior VP/News and Editorial Director Mike Oreskes. “It’s a crucial moment for these conversations. It is important to involve as many people from all backgrounds as possible. This new podcast expands the Code Switch team’s platforms to engage with audiences seeking greater perspective on these questions in their lives and in our world.”


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