Baratunde Thurston

Baratunde Thurston is, well…how can I possibly consolidate all of this? He’s the first ever Foursquare Mayor of the Year, he’s the digital director for The Onion, he’s the cofounder of Jack & Jill Politics, he’s the author of the upcoming book How To Be Black, he was the host of Popular Sciences’ Future Of, he has spoken at SXSW, the ACLU Annual Dinner, and the Presidential Palace at Tbilisi, Georgia. He’s a stand-up comedian! He’s a great twitterer! He has funny videos! He’s Baratunde!

Guest Appearances

Today’s Hot Take? Optimism!

Fake The Nation #213August 13, 2020

Baratunde Thurston and Catie Lazarus join Negin to discuss Biden's choice for VP, Kamala Harris and why it's a big deal. They also get into the pros and cons of living in a big city during the pandemic. Pro: Wearing a mask…


Cancel Cancel Culture

Fake The Nation #134February 7, 2019

Negin is back (hooray!) and joined by Fake the Nation favorites Baratunde Thurston and John Fugelsang. They tackle Trump’s SOTU & crooked tie, then turn to the recent deluge of incriminating photos from the past and why “cancelling” a human being isn’t…


Charmed, I'm Sure

Fake The Nation #129January 3, 2019

Negin is joined by Matt Rogers, Leah Bonnema, Baratunde Thurston, Jody Avirgan, Jason Selvig, and Davram Stiefler to consider questions such as: What does it mean for people to be charming? Will millennials save the institution of marriage? Are we all just selling…


Donald Trump Isn't What He Claims to Be

Fake The Nation #117October 4, 2018

Baratunde Thurston (How to Be Black) and Jody Avirgan (FiveThirtyEight) join Negin for a lively discussion about the ongoing drama of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. Plus, they share key takeaways from the New York Times’ investigation into Fred Trump’s financial empire.…


Humanize Porn!

Fake The Nation #98May 24, 2018

Negin takes a breather from political bedlam with an episode that’ll get you in the gut! A cast of all-stars assemble to chat about grief in the digital age, how to be good at being jealous, and the pitfalls of porn. Negin…


Swimming in a Sea of Diet Cokes

Fake The Nation #80January 18, 2018

Kendra Cunningham (Last Comic Standing) and Baratunde Thurston (The Daily Show) join Negin to talk about the latest in immigration policy and the possible government shutdown. Plus, the panel grapples with the claims against Aziz Ansari and the difficult conversations it has…


Cauliflower, Yoga and Jobs

Fake The Nation #63September 21, 2017

Negin welcomes several of her literal favs to tackle some big questions. Should drugs be legal? Do white guys get to say stuff? Does happiness take a dive in middle age? Plus, don't forget to pick up your very own eggplant-colored Fake…


Talking About ‘What Happened’

Fake The Nation #62September 14, 2017

Baratunde Thurston (How To Be Black) and Faith Salie (Science Goes To The Movies) join Negin to chat about Hillary Clinton’s new book, Trump’s latest waffling on DACA and Steve Bannon’s influence on the administration now that he’s out of the White…


Who Is Baratunde Thurston?

The Wolf Den #29August 18, 2011

If you haven't asked yourself this question yet, you will after listening to this episode! Part political activist, part social media innovator, and one-hundred-percent hilarious, Baratunde joins Jeff this week to discuss the evolution of entertainment platforms, the creative mindset, and the…

Newsletter Signup