Baratunde R. Thurston

Baratunde Thurston, an Emmy-nominated host, producer, writer, and public speaker, skillfully intertwines narratives of race, technology, democracy, and climate in his captivating storytelling. He is the host and executive producer of PBS’s America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston, the creator and host of the acclaimed podcast How To Citizen with Baratunde, recognized by Apple as one of its favorite podcasts of 2020, and a founding partner of the innovative media startup Puck. His bestselling comedic memoir, How To Be Black, resonates with readers, while his 2019 TED talk earned acclaim from MSNBC’s Brian Williams as “one of the greatest TED talks of all time.” With a unique ability to blend intelligence, compassion, and humor, Baratunde synthesizes complex topics into engaging narratives. Beyond his creative endeavors, he serves on the boards of Civics Unplugged and the Brooklyn Public Library, calling Los Angeles, California, home.

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