Season 1 Episode 9: Derek A Bardowell And Sporting Prowess

This week's guest is Derek A. Bardowell, author of the book, No Win Race, a deeply personal exploration into the complexities and biases implicit in being black in Britain, told through the prism of sport. It was a Sunday Times and a Financial Times sports book of the year. Derek is a great writer and a lovely person to talk to. We spoke about the power of sport, trying to get our kids to be into the same stuff as us and also, the things our immigrant parents went through. It’s a gorgeous chat.

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.

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