Monday, January 24, 2022

Podcast Preview: Baratunde Thurston’s ‘How To Citizen’ Episode 6 (Available 09-24-20)


Baratunde explores work—the value of our work, what it means, who it benefits, and how to shift the balance of power back to workers themselves.

Saru Jayaraman on the legacy of slavery for today’s workers:

“Maybe this absurd legacy of slavery would have gone away if it hadn’t been for exactly what you said. The concentration of power among these chains who formed this formidable lobby—this trade lobby—and have been named the 10th most powerful lobbying group in Congress.”

… and finally why that translates to low voter turnout and dissatisfaction with both political parties:

“For those of you that have ever scratched your heads about why we don’t vote as a country, why is it that Americans have such a low voter turnout rate? I will tell you why. It’s because the largest and fastest growing industries in America are people who work two and three jobs and largely cannot afford to think, let alone engage in political activity. And frankly, also feel disillusioned and disengaged because they’re earning $2 an hour. And they’ve seen both Democrats and Republicans sell them down the river for the National Restaurant Association and leave them at $2 an hour, even as other workers go up to 15. They’ve been left behind at two and three and five. I know if it were me, I wouldn’t vote because I would say, ‘What’s the point? Both parties have left me at two and $3.’”

Michelle Miller examines where government has abandoned workers:

“The duty to care has been essentially abandoned in the public sector and has been kind of left to corporations. If you don’t have a job, there’s no way for you to access the things that you need.”

… and reminds us of our rightful place in the system:

“We aren’t objects of the economy, we’re agents of the economy.”

Baratunde Thurston launched his new podcast HOW TO CITIZEN WITH BARATUNDE in partnership with iHeartRadio. Listen on the iHeartRadio app, Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Baratunde Thurston
Baratunde Thurston

Listen to previous episodes here:

Revolutionary Love is How to Citizen (with Valarie Kaur)

Democracy Means People Power, Literally (with Eric Liu)

Keeping Us Safe, Beyond Policing (with Dr. Phil Goff & Zach Norris)

Feeding Ourselves Our Way (with Chef José Andrés)

Fight COVID with Everyone And Everything You Know (With Danielle Allen and Dr. Amy Aminlari)

Episodes are distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network every Thursday


HOW TO CITIZEN WITH BARATUNDE reimagines the word “citizen” as a verb and reminds us how to wield our collective power. So many of us want to do more in response to the problems we hear about constantly, but where and how to participate can leave us feeling overwhelmed and helpless. Voting, while critically important, simply isn’t enough. It takes more to make this experiment in self-governance work. Listen in to learn new perspectives and practices from people working to improve society for the many. Join writer, activist, and comedian Baratunde Thurston on a journey beyond politics as usual that will leave us all more hopeful, connected and moved to act.







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