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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