Baratunde Thurston has made his life’s work all about progress. Thurston synthesizes race, politics, culture, and technology as a writer, activist, thinker, and comedian to imagine a new, more equitable world. In 2012, he was released.
How To Be Black,” a bestselling book deconstructing racial politics in America. This year, Thurston is offering up a variation on that theme with a new podcast, “How To Citizen.” The show’s first season features 15 in-depth conversations with organizers, humanitarians, artists, and experts exploring how we can all show up for each other — and ourselves.
In this interview, Thurston discusses what it truly means to be a “citizen,” the importance of human connection (now more than ever), and why we shouldn’t be afraid to step into our power — even as democracy in the U.S. has felt incredibly fragile. Oh, thank you. I’m good. I’m good. Really? I’m tired at times, but I’m grateful, so grateful that I got home, I got food, I got health. I’ve got love. And I can see some of the next steps. So, I’m good.