IISC Partners with NPR’s Code Switch and Generation Listen

August 26, 2016 1 Comment

IISC is proud to announce the release of the Code Switch Listening Party Kit, produced by NPR’s Generation Listen.

So many great podcasts, so little time to talk about them with friends. Have a listening party!

Generation Listen invited IISC’s Senior Associate Cynthia Silva Parker to share some facilitation tips for conversations about racism and racial identity. The activities are tailored to help listeners unpack episodes of the cutting-edge podcast Code Switch. Right now, people across the country are hosting “listening parties” where the podcast is paired with a conversation.

Code Switch is a team of journalists exploring overlapping themes of race, ethnicity, and culture playing out in our everyday lives. Three podcasts were selected for this Listening Party Kit:

  1. Can We Talk About Whiteness? | Host: Shereen Marisol Meraji, Gene Demby
  2. Black and Blue | Host: Shereen Marisol Meraji, Gene Demby
  3. A Letter From Young Asian-Americans to Their Families About Black Lives Matter | Host: Shereen Marisol Meraji, Kat Chow

Cynthia contributed custom exercises to deepen and expand the conversation listeners have. The Assumptions Deep Dive helps listeners explore the “story beneath the story” and bring hidden assumptions to the surface, using specific quotes from each podcast. She also offered Identity Circle, to help listeners reflect on their own racial identity, and learn more about others. And of course, we included the 4th Box, a tool for political imagination we developed in partnership with Center for Story-based Strategy.

Download the Code Switch Listening Party Kit

Hosting a party? Tell the world: #NPRlisteningParty or write to comms@interactioninstitute.org

Listening Party

Interactive Exercises

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