Apple Podcasts Names NPR's Code Switch As Its First-Ever 'Show Of The Year' NPR is proud to announce that Code Switch has been selected by Apple Podcasts as 'show of the year' in the United States.
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Apple Podcasts Names NPR's Code Switch As Its First-Ever 'Show Of The Year'

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December 1, 2020; Washington, D.C.- NPR is proud to announce that Code Switch has been selected by Apple Podcasts as 'show of the year' in the United States. This marks the first time that Apple Podcasts, the world's leading podcast platform, has recognized a single podcast of the year. Code Switch has been a leader in dissecting race, identity and culture for 7 years reaching listeners around the world and over the summer, following the global reckoning of racial injustice, the show skyrocketed to the top of the Apple Podcasts Charts. In each episode, co-hosts Shereen Marisol Meraji, Gene Demby and the Code Switch team explore the subject of race head-on and how it impacts every part of society- from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. Recent episodes include 'A Decade of Watching Black People Die', 'Puerto Rico, Island of Racial Harmony?, 'When Xenophobia Spreads Like A Virus' and 'What's In A Karen?'

"This honor was one bright spot in a pretty horrific year and I have to admit I'm pinching myself because it still doesn't feel real. It's definitely a testament to following your heart and your passions," said Shereen Marisol Meraji, co-host of Code Switch. "The topic of race and identity is something I've been deeply curious about my entire life because I am both Puerto Rican and Iranian and have struggled to find my place in this country's complex racial puzzle. It's amazing that I get to explore all the questions I have about the role race plays in our lives with an audience that is eager to learn right along with me."

"There's no way to fully understand so many of our pressing societal concerns, from climate to inequality, without wrestling with the messy, paradoxical way that race catalyzes those problems," said Gene Demby, co-host of Code Switch. "And so the most edifying thing to me about this honor is that it means more people are paying attention to these issues — of identity, of power — that are so fundamental to how all of our lives work, whether we recognize them or not."

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The Code Switch team's set of diverse voices, backgrounds and outlooks continue to enrich each conversation, giving listeners a space to reflect on their own preconceptions. Over the summer they've been featured in every "list" of podcasts to listen to right now: Vanity Fair to People, J Lo tweeted about them as a podcast to listen to and Reese Witherspoon included them in her book club's recommendations. Through podcasting, the Code Switch team has been able to have conversations in real time to examine the ever evolving nuances of race and identity.

Since launching in 2016, the podcast has received praise in The Hollywood Reporter, Current, Media Village, Teen Vogue, TIME, Hypebae, Vanity Fair, Oprah Mag, Bustle, Women's Health Mag and The New York Times among others.

Thank you to our listeners and congrats to the Code Switch team!

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Hear Code Switch on Apple Podcasts, NPR One and NPR.org. Beginning next year NPR will begin offering stations radio versions of Code Switch.

To celebrate this recognition here are the songs currently giving the Code Switch team life!

About Code Switch:

What's CODE SWITCH? It's the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we're all part of the story.

About NPR:

NPR's rigorous reporting and unsurpassed storytelling connect with millions of Americans every day — on the air, online, and in person. NPR strives to create a more informed public — one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas, and cultures. With a nationwide network of award-winning journalists and 17 international bureaus, NPR and its Member Stations are never far from where a story is unfolding. Listeners can find NPR by tuning in to their local Member stations (npr.org/stations), and now it's easy to listen to our stories on smart speaker devices. Ask your smart speaker to, "Play NPR," and you'll be tuned into your local Member station's live stream. Your speaker can also access NPR podcasts, NPR One, NPR News Now, and the Visual Newscast is available for screened speakers. Get more information at npr.org/about and by following NPR Extra on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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