Join WHYY for an evening of all the things you know and love about NPR’s Code Switch podcast: conversations on race and identity; interviews with brilliant thinkers; art and music that are giving us life; and of course, the hosts’ answers to your questions.

This virtual event will feature Code Switch hosts Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji along with actress, activist, media maven and podcast host Erika Alexander, plus more special guests to be announced soon.

Special thanks:

This event is proudly supported by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and the Sutherland Family Foundation as a part of the Your Democracy initiative.

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Date & Time
Thursday, April 15, at 8 p.m. ET

Register to receive the virtual event link the day before the event

General Admission
Includes access to the virtual event
VIP Ticket
Includes access to the virtual event and the post-event reception with hosts Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji
Additional Donation

Event FAQ

Can I watch a recording of this event after the fact? 

This is a live event only and won’t be available to watch in full after the fact. Never fear, though! We’re recording the audio for a podcast episode. Look for that in your Code Switch podcast feed within two weeks after the event.  

I have a visual and/or hearing impairment. What accommodations will you be making? 

Closed captioning will be enabled for this event. The bulk of the content will be audio-based, and for any elements more visually focused, our hosts will use descriptive language to share what’s happening on screen. If you’d benefit from additional accommodations, please contact


Can I join during the event?

Yes, our virtual “box office” will be open until 8:30 p.m. ET.


How long will the event last?

60-75 minutes 

What format will the event take? 

The event will take place in a Zoom webinar. That means you can see us, but we won’t be able to see you. 


Is this event appropriate for children? 

Like the Code Switch podcast, this event will cover topics of race, culture and identity. Those topics can lead to uncomfortable conversations, and we recognize there is a certain time or place that you may want to facilitate them with your children. Listen and watch at your personal discretion. 

I can’t afford the $5 ticket. How can I attend? 

We understand this is a difficult time. We have a limited number of free tickets available for students and community organizations. If your organization would like to receive free tickets, please contact


This ticket requires me to buy a membership to WHYY. What does that mean? 

This means that your ticket will support WHYY programming like Fresh Air and The Pulse, and you may receive some emails from WHYY from time to time. By becoming a member WHYY, you’ll be supporting the entire public media ecosystem. Thank you for your support!


My organization or I would like to sponsor this event. Where can we find more information? 

Please contact Emily Kinslow from WHYY for Philadelphia regional sponsorship inquiries and National Public Media for NPR national sponsorship inquiries.  




 Gene Demby is the co-host and correspondent for NPR's Code Switch team. Before coming to NPR, he served as the managing editor for Huffington Post's BlackVoices following its launch. He later covered politics. Prior to that role he spent six years in various positions at The New York Times. While working for the Times in 2007, he started a blog about race, culture, politics and media called PostBourgie, which won the 2009 Black Weblog Award for Best News/Politics Site. Demby is an avid runner, mainly because he wants to stay alive long enough to finally see the Sixers and Eagles win championships in their respective sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @GeeDee215.


Shereen Marisol Meraji tries to find the humor and humanity in reporting on race for Code Switch. Her stories center on the real people affected by the issues, not just experts and academics studying them. Prior to her time with Code Switch, Meraji worked for the national business and economics radio program Marketplace. She's invested in multiple pairs of running shoes and is wearing them out reporting for Code Switch. A graduate of San Francisco State with a BA in Raza Studies, Meraji is a native Californian with family roots in Puerto Rico and Iran.


Erika Alexander, who grew up in Philadelphia, wears many hats: actress, activist, entrepreneur, creator, producer and director. She is co-founder and chief creative officer of Color Farm Media, self-described as the “Motown of film, TV and tech.” Color Farm develops and produces scripted and non-scripted content for film, television and streaming and podcast platforms. Alexander is beloved for her iconic acting roles as Maxine Shaw (Living Single), Detective Latoya (Get Out), Cousin Pam (The Cosby Show) and Perenna (Black Lightning). Currently she stars as Linda Diggs on Wutang: An American Saga and as Barb Ballad in Run The World, and she co-hosts the podcast Reparations: The Big Payback.



DJ Bee, aka BEESUS, is a native of Philly, the city known for ill DJs, its love of music and cheesesteaks. An accomplished turntablist, DJ Bee has been behind the 1200s for over 25 years. He currently lives in Norfolk, VA. From anywhere in the world you can hear DJ Bee on the iHeartRadio app with his shows #DaBlock and The Bee Show. You can also catch DJ Bee spinning daily on Twitch. DJ Bee owns Freshtopia, one of 23 Black-owned record stores in the U.S.  In 2019 he also started the LIVE.LIFE.FRESH wellness campaign with weekly bike rides and outreach to his local community.