Code Switch

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.

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226: Trivia Is The New Black

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(R) 206: The Guttenberg Bible

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225: Fake History Until You Make It

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AMA Bonus: Top Ten Ways To Tick Off The White House

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(R) 218: LIVE From Central Park, It's Ask Me Another

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224: Planet Money Makes The World Go 'Round

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AMA Bonus: Don't Blame 'Planet Money' When They Move to Canada

In this podcast-only extra, Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg of NPR’s Planet Money imagine a wondrous land full of oil and diamonds, with a booming economy and where everyone eats poutine all day. Canada! What can America learn from our neighbors to the north? The economics experts weigh in. Hear the full episode, Ask Me Another #224, starting Sept. 26, 2013.


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 19 September 2013  n/a

AMA Bonus: You Can't Say That On The Radio

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