8 episodes

How do we raise our kids with joy and wonder in uncertain and – let’s face it – increasingly bleak times?


This is the question explored in weekly podcast Brown Baby, hosted by writer (and dad of two) Nikesh Shukla. Inspired by his forthcoming memoir, Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home, each week Nikesh invites fellow parents of brown babies - writers, musicians, chefs, comedians, actors and more - to talk about their parenting journeys and the highs and lows they’ve experienced along the way.


A frank, funny and poignant look at parenting, Brown Baby will spark honest, self-effacing conversation about how we tell our kids about the world. Featuring parenting fails, plus the best (and worst) advice Nikesh and his guests have ever received, this is the comforting, uplifting podcast for anyone who’s ever found themselves searching for answers in a sleep-deprived Google hole. Support this show at http://supporter.acast.com/brown-baby

Brown Baby Podcas‪t‬ Nikesh Shukla

    • Parenting
    • 4.2 • 51 Ratings

How do we raise our kids with joy and wonder in uncertain and – let’s face it – increasingly bleak times?


This is the question explored in weekly podcast Brown Baby, hosted by writer (and dad of two) Nikesh Shukla. Inspired by his forthcoming memoir, Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home, each week Nikesh invites fellow parents of brown babies - writers, musicians, chefs, comedians, actors and more - to talk about their parenting journeys and the highs and lows they’ve experienced along the way.


A frank, funny and poignant look at parenting, Brown Baby will spark honest, self-effacing conversation about how we tell our kids about the world. Featuring parenting fails, plus the best (and worst) advice Nikesh and his guests have ever received, this is the comforting, uplifting podcast for anyone who’s ever found themselves searching for answers in a sleep-deprived Google hole. Support this show at http://supporter.acast.com/brown-baby

    Season 1 Episode 7: Max Porter And D******d Dads

    Season 1 Episode 7: Max Porter And D******d Dads

    This week I talk to the incredible writer Max Porter about raising boys, about the responsibilities of a parent, social media paranoia, and what to do when your kids treat you like a d******d. We're good pals so this is a chat between friends vibesy episode. Max is the author of the new book, The Death Of Francis Bacon as well as Grief Is The Thing With Feathers and Lanny. I am the author of Brown Baby and other things.


    How do we raise our kids with joy and wonder in uncertain and – let’s face it – increasingly bleak times?


    This is the question explored in weekly podcast Brown Baby, hosted by writer (and dad of two) Nikesh Shukla. Inspired by his forthcoming memoir, Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home, each week Nikesh invites fellow parents of brown babies - writers, musicians, chefs, comedians, actors and more - to talk about their parenting journeys and the highs and lows they’ve experienced along the way.


    A frank, funny and poignant look at parenting, Brown Baby will spark honest, self-effacing conversation about how we tell our kids about the world. Featuring parenting fails, plus the best (and worst) advice Nikesh and his guests have ever received, this is the comforting, uplifting podcast for anyone who’s ever found themselves searching for answers in a sleep-deprived Google hole.


    Buy Brown Baby: https://linktr.ee/nikeshshukla
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/brown-baby
    Buy The Death Of Francis Bacon by Max Porter: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/246/9780571366514
    My creative writing newsletter: nikesh.substack.com

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    • 48 min
    Season 1 Episode 6: Courttia Newland And Inventors Of Robots

    Season 1 Episode 6: Courttia Newland And Inventors Of Robots

    Welcome to the Brown Baby podcast! This week, we talk to the legendary writer Courttia Newland about growing up in West London, being a 'firm father', kids and technology and curiosity. Also, Nikesh gets all tongue-tied trying to explain to Courttia the impact he has had on his life. Courttia was involved in the anthology that was first to publish Nikesh's work. And Nikesh gets all teary and tongue-tried trying to express this.


    Courttia was the writer of two Small Axe films including the iconic 'Lovers Rock' and his new novel, a tour-de-force speculative sci-fi epic called 'A River Called Time' is out now. Nikesh is a writer and editor, the author of 'Brown Baby'. Buy a copy of Brown Baby here: https://linktr.ee/nikeshshukla


    How do we raise our kids with joy and wonder in uncertain and – let’s face it – increasingly bleak times?


    This is the question explored in weekly podcast Brown Baby, hosted by writer (and dad of two) Nikesh Shukla. Inspired by his forthcoming memoir, Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home, each week Nikesh invites fellow parents of brown babies - writers, musicians, chefs, comedians, actors and more - to talk about their parenting journeys and the highs and lows they’ve experienced along the way.


    A frank, funny and poignant look at parenting, Brown Baby will spark honest, self-effacing conversation about how we tell our kids about the world. Featuring parenting fails, plus the best (and worst) advice Nikesh and his guests have ever received, this is the comforting, uplifting podcast for anyone who’s ever found themselves searching for answers in a sleep-deprived Google hole.


    Buy Brown Baby: https://linktr.ee/nikeshshukla
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/brown-baby
    Buy A River Called Time by Courttia Newland https://uk.bookshop.org/a/246/9781786897060
    My creative writing newsletter: nikesh.substack.com

    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/brown-baby.

     
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    • 50 min
    Season 1 Episode 5: Kit de Waal And Seeing Yourself

    Season 1 Episode 5: Kit de Waal And Seeing Yourself

    Welcome to the Brown Baby podcast! This week, we talk to award-winning writer Kit de Waal about growing up mixed race in the Midlands in the 60s, raising mixed race kids, adopting kids, the power of seeing yourself, and writing. An illuminating look at the creative genius of an exceptional writer.


    Kit is the author of My Name Is Leon, The Trick To Time, Becoming Dinah and the recent short story collection, Supporting Cast. She also edited the anthology Common People. Nikesh is a writer and editor, the author of 'Brown Baby'. Buy a copy of Brown Baby here: https://linktr.ee/nikeshshukla


    How do we raise our kids with joy and wonder in uncertain and – let’s face it – increasingly bleak times?


    This is the question explored in weekly podcast Brown Baby, hosted by writer (and dad of two) Nikesh Shukla. Inspired by his forthcoming memoir, Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home, each week Nikesh invites fellow parents of brown babies - writers, musicians, chefs, comedians, actors and more - to talk about their parenting journeys and the highs and lows they’ve experienced along the way.


    A frank, funny and poignant look at parenting, Brown Baby will spark honest, self-effacing conversation about how we tell our kids about the world. Featuring parenting fails, plus the best (and worst) advice Nikesh and his guests have ever received, this is the comforting, uplifting podcast for anyone who’s ever found themselves searching for answers in a sleep-deprived Google hole.


    Buy Brown Baby: https://linktr.ee/nikeshshukla
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/brown-baby
    Buy Supporting Cast by Kit de Waal https://uk.bookshop.org/a/246/9780241973424

    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/brown-baby.

     
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    • 39 min
    Season 1 Episode 4: Himesh Patel And The Line In The Sand

    Season 1 Episode 4: Himesh Patel And The Line In The Sand

    SURPRISE PUBLICATION DAY EPISODE! Seeing as Brown Baby is published today, here's a second episode of the week for you to enjoy. This time it's week with new father Himesh Patel. Himesh is an actor who has been in Yesterday, Tenet, Eastenders and many other things. In this episode we talk about being a new dad, the chaos of parenthood and what it all means. It's a very intimate personal conversation between two dear friends. Enjoy.


    How do we raise our kids with joy and wonder in uncertain and – let’s face it – increasingly bleak times?


    This is the question explored in weekly podcast Brown Baby, hosted by writer (and dad of two) Nikesh Shukla. Inspired by his forthcoming memoir, Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home, each week Nikesh invites fellow parents of brown babies - writers, musicians, chefs, comedians, actors and more - to talk about their parenting journeys and the highs and lows they’ve experienced along the way.


    A frank, funny and poignant look at parenting, Brown Baby will spark honest, self-effacing conversation about how we tell our kids about the world. Featuring parenting fails, plus the best (and worst) advice Nikesh and his guests have ever received, this is the comforting, uplifting podcast for anyone who’s ever found themselves searching for answers in a sleep-deprived Google hole.


    Buy Brown Baby: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/246/9781529032918
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/brown-baby

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    • 48 min
    Season 1 Episode 3: Nadiya Hussain And Pickling Everything

    Season 1 Episode 3: Nadiya Hussain And Pickling Everything

    This week's guest is Nadiya Hussain, MBE. She is the author of six recipe books, the most recent being the delicious Nadiya Bakes. She has written a novel, a picture book and a memoir as well as hosting her own television shows on the BBC. She is one of the most gloriously kind and generous and warm hearted people in the world. She talks to Nikesh about establishing boundaries during lockdown, what it's like being an 'icon, her childhood kitchen and what her kids do in the kitchen.


    How do we raise our kids with joy and wonder in uncertain and – let’s face it – increasingly bleak times?


    This is the question explored in weekly podcast Brown Baby, hosted by writer (and dad of two) Nikesh Shukla. Inspired by his forthcoming memoir, Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home, each week Nikesh invites fellow parents of brown babies - writers, musicians, chefs, comedians, actors and more - to talk about their parenting journeys and the highs and lows they’ve experienced along the way.


    A frank, funny and poignant look at parenting, Brown Baby will spark honest, self-effacing conversation about how we tell our kids about the world. Featuring parenting fails, plus the best (and worst) advice Nikesh and his guests have ever received, this is the comforting, uplifting podcast for anyone who’s ever found themselves searching for answers in a sleep-deprived Google hole.


    Buy Brown Baby: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/246/9781529032918
    Buy Nadiya Bakes: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/246/9780241396612
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/brown-baby

    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/brown-baby.

     
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    • 54 min
    Season 1 Episode 2: Meera Syal And Worlds Of Imagination

    Season 1 Episode 2: Meera Syal And Worlds Of Imagination

    This week, we talk to the incredible Meera Syal about being a parent to two kids of different ages and how each one presented new challenges and ways of being a parent. She talks about raising one as a single parent and another as a boy. She talks about her childhood in the Midlands and the world of imagination she built for herself, about role models in the industry and the impact of her work through the years, whether it be Goodness Gracious Me or her novel Anita And Me. She offers advice and solace in this episode that would have made Nikesh's mum proud!.


    Meera Syal is the star of so many seminal shows from Goodness Gracious Me to The Kumars At Number 42 to Broadchurch to The Split and more. She is the author of the novels Anita And Me and Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee! Nikesh is a writer and editor, the author of 'Brown Baby'. Buy a copy of Brown Baby here: https://linktr.ee/nikeshshukla


    How do we raise our kids with joy and wonder in uncertain and – let’s face it – increasingly bleak times?


    This is the question explored in weekly podcast Brown Baby, hosted by writer (and dad of two) Nikesh Shukla. Inspired by his forthcoming memoir, Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home, each week Nikesh invites fellow parents of brown babies - writers, musicians, chefs, comedians, actors and more - to talk about their parenting journeys and the highs and lows they’ve experienced along the way.


    A frank, funny and poignant look at parenting, Brown Baby will spark honest, self-effacing conversation about how we tell our kids about the world. Featuring parenting fails, plus the best (and worst) advice Nikesh and his guests have ever received, this is the comforting, uplifting podcast for anyone who’s ever found themselves searching for answers in a sleep-deprived Google hole.


    Buy Brown Baby: https://linktr.ee/nikeshshukla
    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/brown-baby

    Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/brown-baby.

     
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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Shuck5 ,

Good idea

This is a really excellent idea for podcast. The people brought on for interview are really interesting. But the host speaks too much.

rox2213 ,

Great podcast

Love the podcast however the quality of the sound is very poor.

Schenectady Lady ,

Great content

Really enjoyable and relatable. Loved Meera and Nadia. Can you sort out the audio. It’s really faint which means I can’t listen well while doing other things like running, cooking or going for a walk.

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