Code Switch is a great podcast on race issues

Code Switch is a great podcast on race issues

It’s American, but race issues are still relevant to us here in Australia.

“Code switching” refers to the way we change the way we speak depending on who we’re talking to. For example, you don’t use the same language with your elders as with your mates. You also probably speak to your boss differently to your teacher.

In this case, the name of the podcast refers to how people change language to fit in, and more broadly how we navigate between different communities or cultures. Basically, they discuss issues related to race, ethnicity and culture.

Here’s where they keep the most recent episodes, as well as more info on who they are and what they do.

In addition to the podcast, there are plenty of interesting articles on the Code Switch website. Get fired up with “The Ugly, Fascinating History of the Word ‘Racism’” or think about how the way we speak shapes our identity with “Can You Lose a Language You Never Knew?”

(If you’re feeling the writing bug yourself, they also accept pitches. But give us your best stories before you head over there, thanks.)

Podcasts are a great source of information that you’ll quickly find helpful in other areas. A broad general knowledge is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Fill your brain with this stuff and you’ll never be at a loss for words. You’ll be switching codes faster than Jarryd Hayne.


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