Author, podcaster, host of America Outdoors on PBS, founding partner of Puck

Baratunde Thurston

Baratunde Thurston, a Data & Society advisor, weaves together threads of race, technology, democracy, and climate through his work as an Emmy-nominated host, producer, writer, and public speaker. He is the host and executive producer of the PBS television series America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston, creator and host of How To Citizen with Baratunde, which Apple named one of its favorite podcasts of 2020, and a founding partner of the new media startup Puck. His comedic memoir, How To Be Black, is a New York Times best-seller. In 2019, he delivered what MSNBC’s Brian Williams called “one of the greatest TED talks of all time.” Thurston serves on the boards of Civics Unplugged and the Brooklyn Public Library and lives in Los Angeles, California.

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