Baratunde Thurston

Writer, Comedian, WNYC Special Correspondent

Baratunde Thurston appears in the following:

Comedian Baratunde Thurston on 'How to Be Black'

Thursday, February 09, 2012

February is Black History Month, and comedian Baratunde Thurston wants you to know that it's the perfect time to buy his new book, "How to Be Black." "The odds are high that you acquired this book during the nationally sanctioned season for purchasing black cultural objects, also known as Black History Month," he writes. "If you're like most people, you buy one piece of black culture per year during this month, and I'm banking on this book jumping out at you from the bookshelf or screen." Baratunde Thurston joins Celeste Headlee to discuss his new book: part-memoir, part-satire, part-political commentary.

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How to Be Black with Baratunde Thurston

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Co-founder of Jack & Jill Politics, and director of digital at The OnionBaratunde Thurston, talks about the complexities of contemporary racial politics in his new book, How To Be Black.  

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The Greene Space

The Sound of Young America Live

Friday, October 22, 2010

7:00 PM

The Sound of Young America returns to New York City for its second stint at The Greene Space at WNYC. Hosted by Jesse Thorn, The Sound of Young America will present its signature blend of comedy, cabaret, and music in front of a live audience.

Context and a Movie: "The Social Network"

Monday, October 04, 2010

Dana Stevens, film critic for, discusses "The Social Network," the controversial new film about the founding of Facebook by Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg; and Baratunde Thurston, comedian and digital director of The Onion, offers his insight into the world of Harvard and social media.

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Foursquare Mayor

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Baratunde Thurston, comedian, blogger, and founder of Jack and Jill Politics, discusses why people want to become mayor on Foursquare and other social networking tools.

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Baratunde's World: Goodbye to Facebook?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

May's weekly guest is Baratunde Thurston  - comedian, politics watcher, and web editor for The OnionHe offers his take on the latest news, the media world, and American identity in 2010. This week: Facebook wants to know everything.

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Baratunde's America: Whither the Black Republican?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

May's weekly guest is Baratunde Thurston  - comedian, politics watcher, and web editor for The OnionHe offers his take on the latest news, the media world, and American identity in 2010.   This week: The Rise of the Black Republican.  

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Baratunde's America: The Census

Thursday, May 13, 2010

May's weekly guest is Baratunde Thurston - comedian, politics watcher, and web editor for The OnionHe offers his take on the latest news, the media world, and American identity in 2010. This week: The Census

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At SXSW: Tech to Look Out For

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Every year, the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, brings together a mix of musicians, film makers and technologists. This year's gathering starts tomorrow, and the docket includes eye...

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Looking Back at the Decade’s Stand-out Tech Inventions

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

As part our week-long look at how our lives have changed over the last decade, we turn to advances in technology. Joining us to weigh in on the most notable tech innovations during th...


Improve Your Passwords to Better Protect Your Identity

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Passwords were once the stuff of play, humor and childhood rites of passage.  How did they become the rather boring key to protecting our bank accounts, intimate communications and id...

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Social Networks Experiment: $40,000 for Ten Red Balloons

Thursday, December 03, 2009

The US Department of Defense is launching a bizarre experiment in social networking this weekend. They're putting up 10 giant red weather balloons across the country, and they're aski...

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Is Video Gaming Good for You?

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Turn off the computer and go outside and play! We've all heard the conventional wisdom that says video games will turn your brain to mush. But a host of new studies show that gaming m...

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[Web Special] Why Phone Rates Are So High

Thursday, September 03, 2009

For approximately eight years, I financed my multi-threaded geek-powered, politico-comedy lifestyle by working as a strategy consultant to the communications and media industries. I w...
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What's Next for Voice Traffic: Phones or Internet?

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Once upon a time, internet-based phone service was "the future"; now tech watchers are wondering about its future survival. Online auction site Ebay announced this week that it's sell...


The Future of Play: Siftables

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Baby blocks hardly seem like a technological frontier, but that is in the process of changing. The Takeaway's tech contributor Baratunde Thurston and MIT researcher David Merrill expl...


Amazon gets hit over gay-themed books

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A strange thing happened yesterday on web megastore all the gay-themed literature was suddenly recategorized as "adults only" and was removed from the all-important Amazon...


The Color of Satire

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The upcoming issue of the New Yorker that portrays Barack Obama as a terrorist has the media world buzzing. Onion web editor and political blogger Baratunde Thurston talks with New York comedian Jordan Carlos about the racial politics of lampoonery.

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