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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

    • Kids & Family
    • 3.8 • 4 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 16: Josie Long And RomComs Starring Christian Bale

    Season 1 Episode 16: Josie Long And RomComs Starring Christian Bale

    This week's guest is stand-up comedian, writer and actor, Josie Long. One of the funniest, more special people I know. Always there with positivity, soul, wisdom and jokes. Josie has been one of the most important people in my life and I get to chat to her in this SEASON FINALE of the Brown Baby podcast. We talk about climate change, the internet, why Christian Bale has never been in a romcom and the worst things we've done as parents.


    THIS IS THE SEASON FINALE SO IT'S MY LAST CHANCE TO PLUG MY BOOK BUY MY BOOK PLEASE PLEASE BUY MY BOOK.


    Welcome to Brown Baby, a podcast about parenting and kids and family that asks the question, how on earth do we raise our kids to be joyful and boundless in a bleak world we’re so sad and angry about.


    Hosted by me, Nikesh Shukla, a writer, a dad of two and a forty year old man who recently returned to the basketball court because he watched The Last Dance in 2020 and thought, I used to be a super sharp shooter when I was younger.


    Each week, I interview 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.
     
    This is a podcast Inspired by my memoir, Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home. 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.


    Here is a link to a bookshop.org affiliate shop where you can buy all the books from previous guests: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/brown-baby-podcast-guests


    Brown Baby: A Memoir Of Race, Family And Home: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/246/9781529032918
    Follow Josie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/josielong
    Josie and her partner did their own podcast series on having a baby, Josie And Jonny Are Having A Baby: https://www.josielong.com/podcast/josie-jonny-are-having-a-baby/
    Here are videos of short films Josie has written and starred in, as well as various stand-up bits: https://www.josielong.com/videos/
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    Brown Baby will return for season 2.

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    • 56 min
    Season 1 Episode 15: Hari Kunzru And Gone-Off Melon

    Season 1 Episode 15: Hari Kunzru And Gone-Off Melon

    This week's guest is acclaimed award-winning novelist, Hari Kunzru. One of my favourite writers, someone who asks big questions about the world. Who better to get on to the podcast than someone as smart as him. We discuss internet surveillance, kids arguing about god, gone-off melon and his new novel, Red Pill, which is a paranoid novel about art and why we tell stories, and far right radicalisation. It's an exceptional book.


    Welcome to Brown Baby, a podcast about parenting and kids and family that asks the question, how on earth do we raise our kids to be joyful and boundless in a bleak world we’re so sad and angry about.


    Hosted by me, Nikesh Shukla, a writer, a dad of two and a forty year old man who recently returned to the basketball court because he watched The Last Dance in 2020 and thought, I used to be a super sharp shooter when I was younger.


    Each week, I interview 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.
     
    This is a podcast Inspired by my memoir, Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home. 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.


    Here is a link to a bookshop.org affiliate shop where you can buy all the books from previous guests: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/brown-baby-podcast-guests


    Brown Baby: A Memoir Of Race, Family And Home: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/246/9781529032918
    Red Pill by Hari Kunzru: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/246/9781471194474
    Hari's essay 'The Wages Of Whiteness': https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2020/09/24/wages-of-whiteness/
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    • 48 min
    Season 1 Episode 14: Mira Jacob And Floaty Parents

    Season 1 Episode 14: Mira Jacob And Floaty Parents

    This week's guest is: Mira Jacob. Mira is an author that I absolutely adore. Her writing is funny, tender, close to my experience. When I was writing Brown Baby, I came across her graphic memoir, Good Talk, which is a series of conversations between her and her mixed race child, about racism in Trump’s America. She talks about losing her father, trying to make her white in-laws understand what is happening in the country and her journey to self-acceptance. It’s brilliant.


    (TW: grief, racism). We talk about difficult conversations with your kids and your parents about racism, a lot about losing a parent and grief, writing and reevaluating who you are the second you have a child.


    Welcome to Brown Baby, a podcast about parenting and kids and family that asks the question, how on earth do we raise our kids to be joyful and boundless in a bleak world we’re so sad and angry about.


    Hosted by me, Nikesh Shukla, a writer, a dad of two and a forty year old man who recently returned to the basketball court because he watched The Last Dance in 2020 and thought, I used to be a super sharp shooter when I was younger.


    Each week, I interview 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.
     
    This is a podcast Inspired by my memoir, Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home. 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.


    Here is a link to a bookshop.org affiliate shop where you can buy all the books from previous guests: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/brown-baby-podcast-guests


    Brown Baby: A Memoir Of Race, Family And Home: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/246/9781529032918
    Good Talk: A Memoir In Conversations: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/246/9781526631596 (PAPERBACK PREORDER AUGUST 2021. HB available now!)
    Mira's essay: 37 Difficult Questions From My Mixed Race Son: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/mirajacob/questions-from-my-mixed-race-son

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    • 56 min
    Season 1 Episode 13: Paterson Joseph And Swearing At Teachers

    Season 1 Episode 13: Paterson Joseph And Swearing At Teachers

    This week's guest is the brilliant actor and writer Paterson Joseph! Johnson in Peep Show, Holy Wayne in The Leftovers. The star of so many television shows and plays, Paterson is an incredible presence onscreen and onstage, and a great thinker. This week, we talk about fatherhood, growing up, returning to the place you grew up in, raising mixed race kids in rural France and his obsession with Ignatius Sancho. Be warned, there is a lot of swearing at the start and end of this podcast, and the sound is a little off. I am learning and trying to get better. Also, Support me on Acast Supporter Feature, and BUY MY BOOK!!!


    Welcome to Brown Baby, a podcast about parenting and kids and family that asks the question, how on earth do we raise our kids to be joyful and boundless in a bleak world we’re so sad and angry about.


    Hosted by me, Nikesh Shukla, a writer, a dad of two and a forty year old man who recently returned to the basketball court because he watched The Last Dance in 2020 and thought, I used to be a super sharp shooter when I was younger.


    Each week, I interview 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.
     
    This is a podcast Inspired by my memoir, Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home. 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.


    Here is a link to a bookshop.org affiliate shop where you can buy all the books from previous guests: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/brown-baby-podcast-guests


    Brown Baby: A Memoir Of Race, Family And Home: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/246/9781529032918
    Follow Paterson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ignatius_sancho
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    • 1 hr
    Season 1 Episode 12: Dr Pragya Agarwal And The Need To Talk

    Season 1 Episode 12: Dr Pragya Agarwal And The Need To Talk

    This week my guest is writer and thinker Dr Pragya Agarwal. She is the author of the amazing book about unconscious bias, Sway, and the super helpful and practical Wish We Knew What To Say, a book that gives parents the tools to have conversations with their kids about race. It’s a must-have. Not just for the parents of brown babies. But for all parents. We should all be having these conversations. She also has a part-memoir, part exploration about what it is to be a woman, out in summer 2021 called (M)otherhood.
     
    Pragya and I talk about what it’s like raising twins, mixed race kids, unconscious bias and the importance of talking to kids about race and racism, and how to do that.


    Welcome to Brown Baby, a podcast about parenting and kids and family that asks the question, how on earth do we raise our kids to be joyful and boundless in a bleak world we’re so sad and angry about.


    Hosted by me, Nikesh Shukla, a writer, a dad of two and a forty year old man who recently returned to the basketball court because he watched The Last Dance in 2020 and thought, I used to be a super sharp shooter when I was younger.


    Each week, I interview 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.
     
    This is a podcast Inspired by my memoir, Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home. 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.


    Here is a link to a bookshop.org affiliate shop where you can buy all the books from previous guests: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/brown-baby-podcast-guests


    Brown Baby: A Memoir Of Race, Family And Home: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/246/9781529032918
    Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/246/9781472971357
    Wish We Knew What To Say: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/246/9780349702056 
    (M)otherhood: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/246/9781838853167


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    • 43 min
    Season 1 Episode 11: Anoushka Shankar And Tables Of Paper

    Season 1 Episode 11: Anoushka Shankar And Tables Of Paper

    This week I talk to Anoushka Shankar, multi-award-winning sitarist, composer, producer, activist. We talk about her life as a touring musician raising kids, raising two boys, her relationship with her father Ravi Shankar and how she has been talking to her kids about their identities.


    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 through my bookshop.org affiliate link (money goes to independent bookshops): https://uk.bookshop.org/a/246/9781529032918
    Other places to buy Brown Baby: https://linktr.ee/nikeshshukla
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    Buy Anoushka's music: https://www.anoushkashankar.com/shop

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    • 48 min

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A Jamaican Brit Raising a Son in Brooklyn, NY.

Lovely to here from the Dads for a change. A sweet honest take on parenthood that all brown parents of brown children can identify with.

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