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Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get...stuck? Code Switch can help. We're all journalists of color, and this isn't just the work we do. It's the lives we lead. Sometimes, we'll make you laugh. Other times, you'll get uncomfortable. But we'll always be unflinchingly honest and empathetic. Come mix it up with us.More from Code Switch »

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With Dope, There's High Hope

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With Dope, There's High Hope

As of January 1, it will be legal to sell recreational cannabis in California. But as the legal weed market gains traction, people of color who were targeted by the drug war are being left out of the green rush. This week, we revisit the history of marijuana in the U.S. ― and how its criminalization has everything to do with race.

With Dope, There's High Hope

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17,000 Islands, 700 Languages, And A Superhero

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17,000 Islands, 700 Languages, And A Superhero

Indonesia is one of the most ethnically diverse countries on Earth. And while that pluralism is embraced in the country's founding documents, its ethnic Chinese minority has been persecuted for generations. NPR's Ari Shapiro tells the story of a young Indonesian of Chinese descent, who is trying to navigate his country's roiling tensions.

17,000 Islands, 700 Languages, And A Superhero

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Disrespect To Miss-Respect
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Disrespect To Miss-Respect

It's Alabama, 1963. A black woman stands before a judge, but she refuses to acknowledge him until he addresses her by an honorific given to white women: "Miss." On this week's episode, we revisit the forgotten story of Mary Hamilton, a Freedom Rider who struck a blow against a pervasive form of disrespect.

Disrespect To Miss-Respect

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A Code Switch Thanksgiving Feast

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A Code Switch Thanksgiving Feast

It's a Thanksgiving mashup episode! We speak to Lin-Manuel Miranda about Puerto Rico, a parenting expert about tense family gatherings, and a Native professor about the truth behind the holiday. And for desert, the debate of our time: pumpkin or sweet potato pie?

A Code Switch Thanksgiving Feast

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Live From Chicago...It's Code Switch!

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Live From Chicago...It's Code Switch!

Hosts Shereen and Gene take on Chi-City with help from Chicago-natives Eve Ewing and Natalie Y. Moore, plus Code Switch's play cousin, Hari Kondabolu. Ewing opens the show with a poem from her new collection, Electric Arches. Kondabolu talks about his upcoming documentary, "The Problem with Apu." And Moore brings her Chicago-expertise to some tough questions from our listeners.

Live From Chicago...It's Code Switch!

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Reflections On A Year At Ron Brown High

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Reflections On A Year At Ron Brown High

We spent the past three episodes looking at the first year of a high school for black boys in Washington, D.C. Now, we're taking a look back on our reporting. What does it mean for a school like Ron Brown to exist — and what does that say about our society?

Reflections On A Year At Ron Brown High

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To Fail Or Not To Fail: The Fierce Debate Over High Standards

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To Fail Or Not To Fail: The Fierce Debate Over High Standards

With 40 percent of its students at risk of failing, one radical new high school in Washington, D.C. wrestles with whether to lower its own high expectations.

To Fail Or Not To Fail: The Fierce Debate Over High Standards

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'They Can't Just Be Average,' Lifting Students Up Without Lowering The Bar

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'They Can't Just Be Average,' Lifting Students Up Without Lowering The Bar

In a radical new high school in Washington, D.C., the push for academic success sometimes clashes with providing young men the love and support they need to thrive.

'They Can't Just Be Average,' Lifting Students Up Without Lowering The Bar

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A Year Of Love And Struggle In A New High School
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A Year Of Love And Struggle In A New High School

Too many young, black men struggle in America's education system. Washington D.C. is trying to do something about it with a new, boys-only high school. NPR's Cory Turner and Education Week's Kavitha Cardoza spent hundreds of hours there, reporting on the birth of a school built on one word: Love.

A Year Of Love And Struggle In A New High School

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The Passing Of A "Failing" School

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The Passing Of A "Failing" School

When a school shuts down, students lose more than a place of learning; they lose friends, mentors and a community. This is an experience that disproportionately affects black students in the U.S. Shereen Marisol Meraji looks at what it's like when a predominantly black suburb outside Pittsburgh loses its only public high school.

The Passing Of A "Failing" School

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