Listen to the How to Citizen Podcast where Baratunde Thurston reimagines the word “citizen” as a verb and reminds us how to wield our collective power. Learn new perspectives and practices from people working to improve society for the many. Join writer, activist, and comedian Baratunde on a journey beyond politics as usual that will leave us all more hopeful, connected, and moved to act.
Baratunde lays the spiritual foundation for the show. His first guest, Valarie Kaur, activist and author of See no Stranger, helps us go inward to ready our hearts and minds for How To Citizen. Welcome to the show!
Baratunde shares the four pillars of How To Citizen. Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University, schools us on power - what it is, who has it, and how the practice of citizenship is empty without this literacy.
Baratunde builds off the last episode of his previous podcast, We’re Having a Moment.
Baratunde learns about mutual aid and local, distributed approaches to feeding ourselves during this time of crisis.
Baratunde explores how, in the absence of national leadership, determined, newly-minted leaders are problem-solving and mobilizing people around them to protect and save lives during this pandemic.
Baratunde wonders what today’s labor movement looks like and how workers are responding to the unprecedented consolidation of corporate power across all industries from tech to agriculture to retail. He learns how our economy and our democracy are impacted by these extremes.
In this bonus episode, Baratunde follows up on an audience member’s question asked during the live taping of episode six, “Making Work Work for Everyone.”
Baratunde calls out the adults that say, “The kids will save us,” but then underestimate or don’t support kids’ efforts to participate.
Baratunde ignores the headlines about Chicago and heeds a listener’s advice to learn more about the southside from a local artist who is building bridges in her community and literally helping people find common ground.
Baratunde speaks with Maria Teresa Kumar, President of Voto Latino, about the power in numbers of Latinx voters and the work of relationship-building for this moment.
Baratunde speaks with Sherrilyn Ifill, the President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund about the very long history of voter suppression, why it still exists (hint: white supremacy and racism), and the current tactics being deployed for the 2020 election.
Baratunde digs into the feeling of disconnect and neglect felt by the black community in Milwaukee during the 2016 election and learns from Angela Lang, Executive Director of Black Leaders Organizing Communities (BLOC MKE).
Baratunde learns to think about sacrifice and having skin in the game in terms of a ham, egg, and cheese sandwich analogy.
Baratunde wrestles with how to handle rising political violence in the U.S. by learning from a leading steward of strategic nonviolent action.
Baratunde reflects on Election Day and contemplates the record set this week for positive COVID cases recorded in a single day.
In Season One we asked ourselves, what does it mean “to citizen”? How do we show up and stand up for our community? Coming off the heels of January 6th, 2021, Baratunde starts Season Two by taking a step back with the question, “How can we citizen with so much division?”.
This week, author Heather McGhee breaks down the driving force of American economic exclusion via the swimming pool.
Everytable founder, Sam Polk, wants to change the way we do business by not only creating jobs, but going a step further to create wealth-building, ownership opportunities through a social franchise model.
Imagine land without landlords. With shared ownership and without racialized displacement. Sounds too good to be true.
Our extreme wealth inequality isn’t just caused by economic exclusion; we are also struggling with the concentration of corporate power.
In a future where we depend increasingly on Amazon, the fates of many small businesses hang in the balance. In this episode, Baratunde learns about a new model to help local small businesses compete with the online ease of ordering from Amazon.
In 2021 it’s non-negotiable: quality home internet is something we all need. Our entire economy, along with almost all other aspects of our lives, relies on access to the internet.
Racism, exclusion, and unchecked corporate growth have trapped an entire class of people in poverty, no matter how hard they work. We call them the “working poor.”
Workers have long been excluded from financial gains when businesses become profitable, and wages are no longer a way to create stability and build wealth. Cooperatives were created to combat this very problem.
This week, Baratunde digs into the world of Universal Basic Income and Guaranteed Income, in other words distributing money, much like we do when we subsidize farmers or oil companies, but instead to individual households.
Technology and its promise of a better world is a part of Baratunde’s DNA. In this episode, Baratunde reminisces with his older sister, Belinda, about their upbringing in Washington DC in the 1980s.
Baratunde has been sounding the alarm about the perils of Big Tech for years. In this episode, he breaks down his journey in tech and talks with tech expert and sharp critic, Prof G, otherwise known as Scott Galloway, co-host of the Pivot Podcast.
Right now we interact with the public more online than offline.
Esra’a is a Bahrani human rights activist and founder of Majal, a multiplatform organization that amplifies underrepresented voices in the Middle East and North Africa.
Baratunde learns more about experiments in digital democracy. He speaks with Pia Mancini, cofounder of Open Collective, a platform empowering collectives and mutual aid groups with new transparent, decentralized financial tools that make local grassroots efforts more feasible than ever.
Baratunde talks with Taiwan's Digital Minister, Audrey Tang, about digital tools that strengthen democracy.
Baratunde connects with Gen-Z author and climate activist Jamie Margolin, to see how this next generation is using tech to save the planet.
Can we inoculate ourselves against misinformation and conspiracy theories in the way we do for infectious diseases? Listen to find out.
How do we know the ingredients in the algorithms and AI we depend on are safe to use?
Baratunde continues his journey to discover how we can embed more justice into the data driving our increasingly automated lives and focuses on the most intimate data there is: our DNA.
What can employees in big tech do to remake the industry from the ground up?
Baratunde asks: How can we citizen with tech when we disconnect millions from technology and from society as a whole by incarcerating them?
We're Back! This season we’re asking, how can the practice of “citizening,” in ways big and small, create a dope culture of democracy? Guests this season include adrienne maree brown, Steve Kerr, Priya Parker, Nsé Ufot, and listeners like you!
We kick off the season with Baratunde and adrienne maree brown on the topic of practicing democracy in every space we occupy.
How can consumerism become part of our citizen world? Listen to reformed ad-man Jon Alexander on how his consumer story became his citizen story.
Voting is an essential component of our democracy, and understanding why it matters improves how we "citizen" today. Former New Georgia Project CEO Nsé Ufot helps us find the love in voting and how it can unite us.
What could our democracy feel like if we represented ourselves directly instead of or in addition to electing a representative? Find out more with Claudia Chwalisz, one of the world's leading voices on citizens' assemblies and founder and CEO of DemocracyNext.
Have you ever wondered what an online community of citizen-ing would look like? Friends with Benefits (FWB) Mayor, Alex Zhang, brings us into his online community DAO and shares how online community-building and Web3 can positively affect how we citizen.
Our ideal economy may look like a doughnut, with an outer edge and inner edge that we need to abide within to stay in balance. Baratunde speaks with economist Kate Raworth about her doughnut economics theory and how we can create a system that benefits all life on Earth.
How do we reclaim our imaginations and start to seed a more just and free future? Ruha Benjamin has some ideas. Learn from the Princeton professor, founding director of the Just Data Lab, and author of Viral Justice.
The intensifying political division and violence in our country is concerning — but it’s not unique. And few know that better than Tim Phillips, founder of Beyond Conflict. He speaks to Baratunde about lessons learned from intractable global conflicts and how our psychology can be harnessed for peace.
How we gather matters. Coming together for experiences and to do things versus talk about things, can have a profound impact on how we relate to one another. Priya Parker, author of The Art of Gathering, speaks with Baratunde about how the simple act of gathering can shape the collective
When it comes to the citizen lessons that sports provide, we may be able to learn more from them than we realize. Dr. Kensa Gunter, Jamie Zaninovitch, and Steve Kerr, head coach of the NBA championship, discuss how these lessons might strengthen our efforts in a conversation with Baratunde.
Bringing communities together to solve local concerns can be tough, and frequently we may face obstacles in getting others involved. Perhaps a group of dancers and singers or bringing people cake can persuade them to join in. Bring on the fun! Christian Vanizette speaks with Baratunde on cultivating spaces and addressing issues in unexpected ways that moves people to participate.
How to citizen is deeply connected to having a relationship with ourselves and taking time to internally reflect. In our final episode of the season, we delve within with Dr. Sam Rader, founder of Source Code, and investigate how to truly citizen from within.
Saving our democracy isn’t just about registering people to vote, ending gerrymandering, and so on. It’s about getting back to the basics of living together well through micro, everyday moments. To kick off season four of the show, Baratunde talks with writer, activist, and fellow Virgo adrienne maree brown about how we can learn to practice democracy in every space we’re in and how our small, civically-minded behaviors in society create a culture that isn’t easy to shake. Stay till the end to hear questions from our live audience.