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Episode 425 - Baratunde Thurston

Comedian Baratunde Thurston wrote the book “How To Be Black” but he struggled with that how-to for a good deal of his life. Baratunde tells Marc about coming of age after his father was killed, finding himself stigmitized by going to Harvard, and developing his own identiy in the tech world, which led to a job with The Onion. This episode is sponsored by HuluPlus, LegalZoom, Audible and Adam & Eve.

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Dallas September 19, 2013 at 10:09 am


So very excited that Marc is interviewing Baratunde. The guy is a great and funny orator, and I love his history.

Judy September 19, 2013 at 10:26 am


How can you not have ever done any act of service as a child, Marc?  What kind of Jew never gives tzedakah or performs Mitzvot.  #smh

Brad in Ohio September 19, 2013 at 10:54 am


“A good, powerful attitude.”  Get some!

Dan in the basement September 19, 2013 at 11:21 am


“All you need is a good sense of smell.”

Finally an explanation for why I am alone.

Meow… :(

BigGuy September 20, 2013 at 10:17 pm


Baratunde’s tale of getting saved from a thrashing when 20 Black kids came on the Sidwell campus looking for his classmate and one of them said “Ahh, Baratunde, he’s cool” recalls one of Don Rickles’ most famous lines:

Frank Sinatra saved my life.
He told   the guys beating me up, “Alright, that’s enough”.

Maron September 21, 2013 at 6:11 pm


That was Shecky Greene’s story about Frank. fyi.

Jake February 08, 2014 at 12:39 am


Loved this episode and the completely unexpected dual Battlestar Galactica references.

This episode made it quite obvious to me that it’s pretty easy for people who aren’t racist to sit down and talk about race.  No wonder nobody on Fox News can talk about it.




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