NPR: Code Switch /templates/story/story.php?storyId=173754155 Race and identity, remixed. en Copyright 2024 NPR - For Personal Use Only Story API Shim 1.2.9 Wed, 12 Jun 2024 23:47:22 -0400 https://media.npr.org/images/podcasts/primary/npr_generic_image_300.jpg?s=200 NPR: Code Switch /sections/codeswitch/ Should we stop using the word "felon"? This week, we're turning our sights on the word "felon", and looking into what it tells us (and can't tell us) about the 19 million people in the U.S. — like Donald Trump and Hunter Biden — carrying that designation around. Wed, 12 Jun 2024 03:00:00 -0400 /2024/06/12/1197956590/should-we-stop-using-the-word-felon /2024/06/12/1197956590/should-we-stop-using-the-word-felon

This week, we're turning our sights on the word "felon", and looking into what it tells us (and can't tell us) about the 19 million people in the U.S. — like Donald Trump and Hunter Biden — carrying that designation around.

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Gene Demby
100 years of immigration policies working to keep out immigrants President Biden just issued an executive order that can temporarily shut down the U.S.-Mexico border to asylum seekers once a daily threshold of crossings is exceeded. On this episode, we dig into how the political panic surrounding what many are calling an immigration "crisis" at the border, isn't new. And in fact...it's a problem of our own creation<strong>.</strong> Wed, 05 Jun 2024 03:00:00 -0400 /2024/06/05/1197956553/code-switch-immigration-06-05-2024 /2024/06/05/1197956553/code-switch-immigration-06-05-2024

President Biden just issued an executive order that can temporarily shut down the U.S.-Mexico border to asylum seekers once a daily threshold of crossings is exceeded. On this episode, we dig into how the political panic surrounding what many are calling an immigration "crisis" at the border, isn't new. And in fact...it's a problem of our own creation.

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B.A. Parker
White evangelical Christians are some of Israel's biggest supporters. Why? As war continues to rage in the Middle East, attention has been turned to how American Jews, Muslims, and Palestinians relate to the state of Israel. But when we talk about the region, American Christians, particularly evangelical Christians, are often not part of that story. But their political support for Israel is a major driver for U.S. policy — in part because Evangelicals make up an organized, dedicated constituency with the numbers to exert major influence on U.S. politics. Wed, 29 May 2024 03:00:00 -0400 /2024/05/29/1197956512/why-white-evangelical-christians-support-israel /2024/05/29/1197956512/why-white-evangelical-christians-support-israel

As war continues to rage in the Middle East, attention has been turned to how American Jews, Muslims, and Palestinians relate to the state of Israel. But when we talk about the region, American Christians, particularly evangelical Christians, are often not part of that story. But their political support for Israel is a major driver for U.S. policy — in part because Evangelicals make up an organized, dedicated constituency with the numbers to exert major influence on U.S. politics.

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Gene Demby
Understanding the refugee experience, through a time-traveling British colonizer This week Code Switch digs into <em>The Ministry of Time</em>, a new book that author Kailene Bradley describes as a "romance about imperialism." It focuses on real-life Victorian explorer Graham Gore, who died on a doomed Arctic expedition in 1847. But in this novel, time travel is possible and Gore is brought to the 21st century where he's confronted with the fact that everyone he's ever known is dead, that the British Empire has collapsed, and that perhaps he was a colonizer. Wed, 22 May 2024 03:00:00 -0400 /sections/codeswitch/2024/05/22/1197956484/understanding-the-refugee-experience-through-a-time-traveling-british-colonizer /sections/codeswitch/2024/05/22/1197956484/understanding-the-refugee-experience-through-a-time-traveling-british-colonizer The Ministry of Time'/>

This week Code Switch digs into The Ministry of Time, a new book that author Kailene Bradley describes as a "romance about imperialism." It focuses on real-life Victorian explorer Graham Gore, who died on a doomed Arctic expedition in 1847. But in this novel, time travel is possible and Gore is brought to the 21st century where he's confronted with the fact that everyone he's ever known is dead, that the British Empire has collapsed, and that perhaps he was a colonizer.

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B.A. Parker
In a debate over a school name, it's not just parents who are attached to the past At the height of the racial reckoning, a school district in Virginia voted to rename two schools that had been previously named for Confederate generals. This month, that decision was reversed. Sat, 18 May 2024 06:27:38 -0400 /sections/codeswitch/2024/05/18/1252192769/in-a-debate-over-a-school-name-its-not-just-parents-who-are-attached-to-the-past /sections/codeswitch/2024/05/18/1252192769/in-a-debate-over-a-school-name-its-not-just-parents-who-are-attached-to-the-past

At the height of the racial reckoning, a school district in Virginia voted to rename two schools that had been previously named for Confederate generals. This month, that decision was reversed.

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Leah Donnella
Why the trope of the 'outside agitator' persists As protests continue to rock the campuses of colleges and universities, a familiar set of questions is being raised: Are these protests really being led by students? Or are the real drivers of the civil disobedience <em>outsiders</em>, seizing on an opportunity to wreak chaos and stir up trouble? Wed, 15 May 2024 03:00:00 -0400 /2024/05/15/1197956409/outside-agitators-update-05-15-2024 /2024/05/15/1197956409/outside-agitators-update-05-15-2024

As protests continue to rock the campuses of colleges and universities, a familiar set of questions is being raised: Are these protests really being led by students? Or are the real drivers of the civil disobedience outsiders, seizing on an opportunity to wreak chaos and stir up trouble?

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Shereen Marisol Meraji
In 'Chicano Frankenstein,' the undead are the new underpaid labor force Daniel Olivas's novel puts a new spin on the age-old Frankenstein story. In this retelling, 12 million "reanimated" people provide a cheap workforce for the United States...and face a very familiar type of bigotry. Wed, 08 May 2024 03:00:00 -0400 /2024/05/08/1197956379/in-chicano-frankenstein-the-undead-are-the-new-underpaid-labor-force /2024/05/08/1197956379/in-chicano-frankenstein-the-undead-are-the-new-underpaid-labor-force Chicano Frankenstein'/>

Daniel Olivas's novel puts a new spin on the age-old Frankenstein story. In this retelling, 12 million "reanimated" people provide a cheap workforce for the United States...and face a very familiar type of bigotry.

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B.A. Parker
Jerry Seinfeld and the fraught history of comedians and 'political correctness' Jerry Seinfeld has the become the latest in a string of public figures to blame "political correctness" for the death of comedy (among other societal ills). But what does the term actually refer to? Sat, 04 May 2024 06:21:14 -0400 /sections/codeswitch/2024/05/04/1249034786/jerry-seinfeld-comedy-politics /sections/codeswitch/2024/05/04/1249034786/jerry-seinfeld-comedy-politics Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee called "Larry Eats A Pancake," Jerry Seinfeld has coffee with Larry David.'/>

Jerry Seinfeld has the become the latest in a string of public figures to blame "political correctness" for the death of comedy (among other societal ills). But what does the term actually refer to?

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Leah Donnella
Exclusion, resilience and the Chinese American experience on 'Mott Street' This week on the podcast, we're revisiting a conversation we had with Ava Chin about her book, <em>Mott Street. </em>Through decades of painstaking research, the fifth-generation New Yorker discovered the stories of how her ancestors bore and resisted the weight of the Chinese Exclusion laws in the U.S. – and how the legacy of that history still affects her family today. Wed, 01 May 2024 03:00:00 -0400 /2024/05/01/1197956357/exclusion-resilience-and-the-chinese-american-experience-on-mott-street /2024/05/01/1197956357/exclusion-resilience-and-the-chinese-american-experience-on-mott-street Mott Street: A Chinese American Family's Story of Exclusion and Homecoming'/>

This week on the podcast, we're revisiting a conversation we had with Ava Chin about her book, Mott Street. Through decades of painstaking research, the fifth-generation New Yorker discovered the stories of how her ancestors bore and resisted the weight of the Chinese Exclusion laws in the U.S. – and how the legacy of that history still affects her family today.

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Lori Lizarraga
As American Jews speak out on Israel, some see rifts in their communities In the wake of October 7, and the bombardment of Gaza by the Israeli government, many American Jews have found themselves questioning something that had long felt like a given: that if you were Jewish, you would support Israel, and that was that. But as more Jews speak out against Israel's actions in Gaza, it's exposing deep rifts within Jewish communities – including ones that are threatening to break apart friendships, families, and institutions. Wed, 24 Apr 2024 03:00:00 -0400 /2024/04/24/1197956326/jewish-communities-divided-over-israel /2024/04/24/1197956326/jewish-communities-divided-over-israel

In the wake of October 7, and the bombardment of Gaza by the Israeli government, many American Jews have found themselves questioning something that had long felt like a given: that if you were Jewish, you would support Israel, and that was that. But as more Jews speak out against Israel's actions in Gaza, it's exposing deep rifts within Jewish communities – including ones that are threatening to break apart friendships, families, and institutions.

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