The Times podcast: When the labels don’t feel right

The silhouette of a person at a college campus.
A person walking on the USC campus.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

For a few days this week, we’re highlighting the work of students from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Today, Cari Spencer guides us through her journey of figuring out her identity. Half Taiwanese and half white, she felt all her life that she had to “pick a side” — or that she wasn’t enough of one thing or the other. Then she found another option.


Host: USC student Cari Spencer

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Five takeaways from the new U.S. census data

From the archives, 2001: Census’ multiracial option overturns traditional views

About The Times

“The Times” is made by columnist Gustavo Arellano, senior producers Denise Guerra, Shannon Lin and Kasia Broussalian and producers Melissa Kaplan, Ashlea Brown and Angel Carreras. Our engineer is Mario Diaz. Our editor is Lauren Raab. Our executive producers are Jazmín Aguilera and Shani O. Hilton. Our theme song was composed by Andrew Eapen.