August 02, 2018

NPR and WBHM present podcast “Code Switch” live from Birmingham

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code switch webWBHM will present National Public Radio’s podcast “Code Switch,” featuring a conversation on race and culture, taped live on the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus, Tuesday, Aug. 14.

This special evening will feature Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, poet and UAB graduate Ashley M. Jones and WBHM news director Gigi Douban. The event will begin at 8 p.m. in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Tickets are $20, $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at

Race is the subtext to so much of the American story, Birmingham’s story in particular. In a city that works daily to come to terms with its past and build a better future, “Code Switch” is here to bring that subtext to the forefront of the conversation. Sometimes funny and at other times uncomfortable, “Code Switch” always delivers unflinching honesty and empathy.

“Code Switch” is a team of NPR journalists who are fascinated by the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, and how they play out in lives and communities. Their work appears in a weekly podcast, on-air, online and across NPR’s shows and digital outlets. Named after the many ways people shift their expressions of race and culture in daily life, “Code Switch” aims to deepen the coverage of these topics and capture the issues that define an increasingly diverse America.