One Book Listen-In: Code Switch
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Code Switch is a multi-racial, multi-generational team of NPR journalists fascinated by the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting. Listen to their playlist of the eight episodes of Best of Code Switch via the link, or however you get your podcasts.
The Black Table In The Big Tent
Black Republicans are pretty much unicorns—only 2 percent of the GOP is black, compared with 19 percent of the Democratic Party. The election of President Donald Trump threw a wrench in this already-small voting bloc, and the crossroads many black Republicans find themselves at now can teach us a lot about how both major parties treat black voters. In this 2019 episode, we talked to both unicorns and experts about "the black table in the corner of the super-white big tent."
Ask Code Switch: What About Your Friends?
Interracial friendships are hard to come by; people tend to form friendships with others from their same racial group. The reasons for those patterns include the usual suspect: systemic racism, like school segregation and the overrepresentation of students of color in lower academic tracks. But even for interracial friendships that beat the odds, talking about race is complicated. With a little help from our friends at WNYC's Death, Sex & Money podcast, we dove deep into these hard conversations this past January.
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Our Homeland Is Each Other
Most adoptive parents in the U.S. are white—and their adopted children often aren't. For transracial adoptees, the messiness of racial identity is further muddled by feelings of loss and a pressure to be grateful. In 2018, we put a call out to transracial adoptees, and they told us how they navigate these complexities in their own words. As one listener put it, "You know, not everything is gumdrops and rainbows."
Nearly 9 million people in the U.S. are part of a "mixed status family," in which each person has a different immigration and citizenship status than their siblings and parents. Thousands of those people are a part of DACA, a program that protects some people in the U.S. from deportation, and one that the Trump administration has used as a political football. In 2019, we talked with three siblings of different statuses on what a Supreme Court case on DACA meant for their futures. As the court decides DACA's fate, with a ruling expected this summer, this episode explains the huge issues at stake.
A Strange And Bitter Crop
Marianna, Fla. is the "City of Southern Charm," but it's also a city haunted by what has been cited as one of the most violent and well-attended lynchings in U.S history. Eighty-five years ago, thousands of white people witnessed and participated in the brutal murder of Claude Neal. One poet from Marianna, L. Lamar Wilson, learned about Neal when he was in high school. He's been determined to keep his story alive since then.
Death Of A Blood Sport
In 2019, Congress passed a ban that made cockfighting illegal in U.S territories. In Puerto Rico, many do not see the sport as cruel but instead, as an essential cultural industry. Many saw the ban as another forceful imposition of U.S power attempting to erase Puerto Rican identity. This episode from last year features some of the cockfighters prepared to fight back. "Because how could cockfighters ask their roosters to fight to the death and not be willing to do the same?," asks one.
Carmen Maria Machado Takes Us 'In The Dream House'
Carmen Maria Machado wants to be clear: Domestic abuse in queer relationships is "common as dirt", even if stories about it are nearly non-existent. With her new and innovative memoir, In The Dream House, she brings to light her own experience with a toxic relationship. We talked to her about her book and writing difficult stories about the LGBTQ community this past January.
E Ola Ka 'Olelo Hawai'i
Every two weeks, a language dies with its last speaker. Larry Kimura and a group of second-language learners weren't going to let Hawaiian become one of those languages. Originally a language banned in government and schools until 1986, the group opened a pre-school to keep the language alive. Only 50 native speakers under the age of 18 remained when it opened. Now, they estimate there's over 5,000. Learn how the Hawaiian language was revived in this 2019 episode.
One Book Steamboat
This is a featured event to enhance the 2020 ONE BOOK STEAMBOAT cross-generational community reading of the antiracist works of Ibram X. Kendi, because change demands community-wide education, introspection & action.