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

August 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 and sunglasses means you can discreetly cry in public.

February 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 always the best course of action. Finally, is millennial burnout a thing and if so, who is to blame?

January 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 ourselves online?

October 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. Lastly, the panel asks: should Michael Bloomberg run for President?

This episode is sponsored by Newsvoice (, Sierra Club (, Sagely Naturals ( code: FAKE), and Joule: Sous Vide by ChefSteps ( code: FAKE).

May 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 is joined by W. Kamau Bell (United Shades of America), Leah Bonnema (Comedy Drop), Kendra Cunningham (Last Comic Standing), Ophira Eisenberg (Ask Me Another), Akilah Hughes (Crooked Media), and Baratunde Thurston (How To Be Black).

This episode is sponsored by ModCloth ( code: FAKE).

January 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 prompted. Lastly, Negin brings the panel up to speed on the Trump administrations’s plan to expand offshore drilling.

This episode is brought to you by Ellevest ( and Modcloth ( code: FAKE15).