Presented in partnership with WBEZ’s Podcast Passport and The Fest Curated by Third Coast International Audio Festival.
Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get…stuck? NPR’s Code Switch is here to help!
Code Switch is a team of seven NPR journalists of color who are fascinated by the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting. Their work appears on-air and online, across NPR’s shows and digital outlets. Named after the many ways people shift how they express 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.
Sometimes, they make you laugh. Other times, you’ll get uncomfortable. But you’ll always find unflinching honesty and empathy. Come mix it up with us for a full evening of Chicago-focused conversation on race and culture.
The evening will begin with a moving performance from poet, author and Chicago native Eve L. Ewing reciting live poetry from her latest collection, Electric Arches.
Hosts, Gene and Shereen will then welcome WBEZ Chicago’s South Side Reporter, Natalie Yvonne Moore to the stage to answer the questions you – the Chicago audience – have about race, gender, ethnicity and how these themes play out in everyday life in the Windy City.
FINALLY, very special guest, comedian Hari Kondabolu, will share his experience as an Indian American working in comedy. Described as “the comedy equivalent of a punk rock concert that breaks out at a human rights rally,” Kondabolu is a brainy comedian who cuts through the polite talk around race and gender.
ABOUT THE GUESTS:
Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based comic who the NY Times has called “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” Hari has done standup on the Late Show with David Letterman , Conan , Jimmy Kimmel Live, Live at Gotham and John Oliver’s New York Standup Show. He has also written for the Chris Rock-produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX. Known in the public radio circuit, Kondabolu has also appeared on NPR Morning Edition, NPR All Things Considered, Fresh Air with Terry Gross and Soundcheck.
Born and raised in the Logan Square community of Chicago, Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist of education whose research is focused on racism, social inequality, and urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools and the lives of young people. Eve is also an essayist and poet. Her latest book, Electric Arches, was just released this September.
Natalie Yvonne Moore is WBEZ Chicago’s South Side Reporter where she covers segregation and inequality. Her enterprise reporting has tackled race, housing, economic development, food injustice and violence. Natalie’s work has been broadcast on BBC News, Marketplace, NPR Morning Edition, NPR All Things Considered and NPR’s Weekend Edition. Natalie is the author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, winner of the 2016 Chicago Review of Books award for nonfiction and a Buzzfeed best nonfiction book of 2016.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:
WBEZ’s Podcast Passports bring podcasts from across the country to Chicago audiences who love live shows. This series provides an opportunity for WBEZ fans to engage with their favorite podcasts, as well as introduce new people to the exciting work WBEZ is doing in their communities. For more information, visit wbez.org/events.
Third Coast International Audio Festival, is a spectacular two-week lineup of live podcasts in Chicago this November, in venues across the city. See more at thefestchicago.org.