Code Switch, NPR’s award-winning podcast that tackles complex issues related to race, ethnicity, and identity, is joining the WHYY Saturday morning line-up. The show will be paired with Life Kit, another popular NPR podcast, for an hour of radio listening at 11 a.m.
South Philadelphia native Gene Demby, along with Shereen Marisol Meraji, are the founding co-hosts of Code Switch. Demby originally served as the team’s lead blogger, where he won the 2014 Online News Association Awards for Commentary. In 2021, Code Switch was named Apple’s first Podcast of The Year.
Demby joined WHYY afternoon host, Cherri Gregg for a one-on-one interview to discuss the launch of Code Switch on WHYY-FM Saturdays.
Gene, welcome home!
Mama, we made it!
It’s really dope. Cause you were from South Philly and now the podcast-turned-syndicated show, that you co-founded, is coming to your hometown. How do you feel about that?
This is honestly the dopest thing that’s ever happened to me professionally. Maybe now my family might know what I actually do. You know what I mean? And also like Philly plays a big part in how I understand the world, even to this day.