Shereen Marisol Meraji Shereen Marisol Meraji is the co-host and senior producer of NPR's Code Switch podcast.
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Shereen Marisol Meraji

Co-host/ Senior Producer, Code Switch

Shereen Marisol Meraji is the co-host and senior producer of NPR's Code Switch podcast. She didn't grow up listening to public radio in the back seat of her parent's car. She grew up in a Puerto Rican and Iranian home where no one spoke in hushed tones, and where the rhythms and cadences of life inspired her story pitches and storytelling style. She's an award-winning journalist and founding member of the pre-eminent podcast about race and identity in America, NPR's Code Switch. When she's not telling stories that help us better understand the people we share this planet with, she's dancing salsa, baking brownies or kicking around a soccer ball.

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Are you a bittersweet person? Take this quiz — then discover the power of sadness

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Left, Emmett Chen-Ran and his mother, Yanfei Ran. Right, siblings Max and Isabella Bloom play together. Courtesy of the Chen-Ran and Bloom families hide caption

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Tips for trying to learn a 'heritage language'

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Heritage language learners can sometimes feel like a failure for not being fluent before they've even given themselves a chance to try. Finding the right tools, setting realistic goals and acknowledging existing skill can make the process of learning your parents' language more fun and fulfilling. Cha Pornea for NPR hide caption

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How to learn a heritage language

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Host Siobhán McSweeney and contestant Alon Shahar in season four of The Great Pottery Throw Down. Love Productions/HBO Max hide caption

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Anti Asian-American hate has been on the rise, but is nothing new to the people who experience it. Hokyoung Kim for NPR hide caption

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22 tips for 2022: To deepen relationships, start by showing up for yourself

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Ask Code Switch: What does race have to do with beauty?

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We try to understand how musical titans with incredibly different sounds and styles, like Celia Cruz and Selena, fit under the same 'Latin music' genre. LA Johnson/NPR hide caption

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Alt.Latino and Code Switch: What is 'Latin Music' anyway?

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Presenting 'Code Switch': Kat Chow's 'Seeing Ghosts'

In this episode from our friends at NPR's Code Switch podcast, Kat Chow chats with former host Shereen Marisol Meraji about her memoir, Seeing Ghosts. After her mother died when Chow was 13, her family rarely discussed how to handle their loss. Chow says she wrote this memoir as a way to talk with her mother about that grief, her navigation of identity and her family's history.

Presenting 'Code Switch': Kat Chow's 'Seeing Ghosts'

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Director Taika Waititi made offbeat films like Hunt for the Wilderpeople before he leveled up to blockbuster director status with Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok. Dave J Hogan/Getty Images hide caption

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The evolution of a nickname for a certain type of white woman. Connie Hanzhang Jin/NPR hide caption

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