The Nod

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 Oct 16, 2018


The Nod tells the stories of Black life that don’t get told anywhere else, from an explanation of how purple drink became associated with Black culture to the story of how an interracial drag troupe traveled the nation in the 1940s. We celebrate the genius, the innovation, and the resilience that is so particular to being Black -- in America, and around the world.

Episode Date
The Fugitive
A little-known story of how one woman stood up to one of the most powerful men in American history. Her story comes to us from Uncivil, a history podcast from Gimlet where they go back to the time our divisions turned into a war, and bring you stories left out of the official history. 
Dec 03, 2018
Black in Fashion
In this week's BONUS, we have a conversation with Lindsay Peoples Wagner, <em>Teen Vogue's</em> newest editor-in-chief. Last summer, Wagner wrote <a href="">Everywhere and Nowhere: What its really like to be black and work in fashion</a>, where she interviewed more than 100 people about their experiences in the fashion industry. She talked about putting together that piece, and her own experiences in the fashion world with Molly Fischer, the host of Gimlet's newest podcast <a href=""><em>The Cut on Tuesdays</em></a><em>. </em>In this extended cut of their conversation, Wagner talks to Fischer about who has all the power in fashion, how hard it is to get your foot in the door, and the time one of her bosses asked her if her parents had been in slavery.
Nov 26, 2018
To All the Boys in Rom-Coms Who Suck
Brittany schools Eric on the true nature of romantic male leads, from Marcus in "Boomerang" to Lance in "The Best Man." And she pays special tribute to a prince charming from "Living Single" who’s never gotten his due.
Nov 19, 2018
How to Make Free People
Writer and thinker Casey Gerald reflects on what we lose when we buy into the promise of the American dream. In his new book, “There Will Be No Miracles Here,” Gerald unravels his origin story, which was previously held up as a “rags to riches” tale, and tells his truth, which is much more complicated.
Nov 12, 2018
Nobody Looks Like Me
You’ve heard of the Little Rock Nine, but what about the Memphis 13? Eric talks to a man whose parents put him on the front lines of the battle for public school desegregation.... when he was only five years old.&nbsp;
Nov 06, 2018
Eric Goes Full Witch
In this week's bonus outtakes, Brittany explains why Disneyland is the best place to get drunk, and Eric dabbles in the occult.<br><br>We are back next week with a new episode!
Oct 29, 2018
Ethiopian Lasagna and the Alchemy of Being Black
Writer Hannah Giorgis grew up eating lasagna the Ethiopian way, and she shows Brittany why that is the BEST way. Plus, author Michael Arceneaux describes his new book <em>I Can't Date Jesus </em>as "learning how to ho without the fear of God." He tells Brittany how he gets his life.<br><br><strong>MUSIC<br></strong>Music by Calid B, Cedric Wilson and Takstar.<br><br><strong>RELATED LINKS<br></strong>Check out <a href="">Hannah's recipe for Ethiopian lasagna.</a>
Oct 22, 2018
Six Degrees of Black Separation
Eric has a story about the biggest celebrity wedding you’ve never heard of. And Brittany plays a game that brings together Trina, WB sitcom stars, Tyler Perry, wig lines and Whitney Houston’s goddaughter.
Oct 08, 2018
We Went to See Beyoncé (and Jay-Z)
BONUS: This week, Brittany and The Nod's producer Mack sit down to talk about a life-changing event… seeing Beyoncé in concert.&nbsp;
Oct 01, 2018
Kunta Thinks You’re Funny (feat. LeVar Burton)
Kunta Kinte, Geordi LaForge, and Reading Rainbow. LeVar Burton has given the world so much. On this episode, Brittany and Eric give him something back.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Sep 24, 2018
Saving Grace
Autumn loves to play The Sims. The life simulation game gives the 15-year-old an escape from her difficult home life. But after something terrible happens, the line between the game and real life starts to blur. Producer Wallace Mack brings us this week’s story on the journey to find peace amid tragedy.
Sep 17, 2018
Bleeding and Healing
For years, KalaLea experiences painful periods that keep her in bed for days at a time. As she tries to figure out what’s happening to her body, she discovers that she has a condition that disproportionately affects Black women. This is the story of how KalaLea listened closely to her own body and made her doctors listen, too. This week’s story comes from the Bodies podcast. After the show, KalaLea joins Brittany in the studio to share advice on how to better advocate for your own wellness.&nbsp;
Sep 10, 2018
An Interview with Boots Riley
Brittany and Eric sit down for a conversation with Boots Riley to discuss his first feature film, the critically acclaimed <em>Sorry to Bother You.</em>
Sep 03, 2018
The Nod Bureau of Investigation
A woman comes to the Nod Bureau of Investigation (NBI) with a mystery that only a Black person could have. Brittany and her team of detectives embark on a search for a long lost childhood memento and become entangled in a web of Internet k-holes and clandestine Facebook groups.
Aug 27, 2018
Beignets In, Breathe Out
What foods do you associate with Black culture? Eric’s friend makes him a sugary treat with surprising connections to the Congo. Plus, Brittany talks to a woman who helps breathe new life into people… literally.
Aug 20, 2018
#WhyNotKenan: Give Kenan Thompson His Emmy
Kenan Thompson is the longest-tenured cast member in Saturday Night Live’s history, and one of the funniest. But his acting hasn’t landed him an Emmy nomination… until now. Eric makes an impassioned plea for Emmy voters to recognize Kenan’s mastery of the craft. And we revisit some of Kenan’s best moments on classic shows like Kenan &amp; Kel and All That.
Aug 13, 2018
Best of the Nod: The Hairstons
Every year, descendants of both enslaved people and slave owners come together for a family reunion. The darker side of their shared past remains hidden underneath the celebrations and pleasantries. Until one year, when Ever Lee Hairston says two words that break decades of silence. To commemorate our 1 year anniversary, we’ll be playing the hits, as determined by you, all month. The people voted, and here we have it— the final installment of Best of The Nod series, "The Hairston’s" Parts 1 &amp;2.<br><br>We'll be back next week with a NEW episode!<br><br>Music in this episode from: Tyler Strickland, Bobby Lord, Golden Gram, Jupyter, Takstar<br>and Nick From Islands.
Aug 06, 2018
Best of the Nod: Cooperative Economics
There was once a grocery store in Chicago that Black folks LOVED. And that grocery store made one of the most iconic commercials the city has ever seen. We hear the story behind that commercial. Plus, what does it mean to “buy Black?” And how… practical is that? Brittany and Eric go on a scavenger hunt to figure it out. To commemorate our 1 year anniversary, we’ll be playing the hits, as determined by you, all month. The people voted, and here we have it— part 3 of The Best of The Nod, featuring "Moo and Oink" and "Buy Black. "<br><br>Watch the classic "Moo and Oink" commercial <a href="">here</a>.<br><br>Music in this episode from: Haley Shaw, Takstar and Calid B.
Jul 30, 2018
Best of the Nod: Black Excellence
This week we have two stories about incredible Black trailblazers. First up, a story about a Black designer and a group of Black models that revolutionized the fashion world forever. Then, a story about a Black, queer icon that you may not have heard of, but will never forget. To commemorate our 1 year anniversary, we’ll be playing the hits, as determined by you, all month. The people voted, and here we have it— The Best of The Nod: Black Excellence, featuring "Chitlins at Bergdorfs" and "The Cowboy of West Village."
Jul 23, 2018
Best of the Nod: YouTube Conspiracy Theories
<strong>According to a certain conspiracy theorist, Beyoncé is hiding a secret from the world. He also has strong feelings about Big Sean and clones. To commemorate our 1 year anniversary, we’ll be playing the hits, as determined by you, all month. The people voted, and here we have it— a two parter of Shawn Blazington’s conspiracy theories.&nbsp;</strong>
Jul 16, 2018
An Oral History of Knuck If You Buck
We reunite members of Crime Mob to get the inside story of Knuck If You Buck, the club anthem that defined the crunk era and took them from high school kids to rap legends. All tea, no shade—straight from the people who lived it: Diamond, Princess and Lil Jay.
Jul 10, 2018
Wyatt Cenac Exposes The Ultimate Cheetos Conspiracy
Comedian Wyatt Cenac, host of the new HBO series “Problem Areas,” joins Brittany and Eric onstage at their recent live show in Brooklyn. Wyatt dishes on his favorite conspiracy theories, makes a case for why we should ban all babies from bars, and solves some of our listeners’ most pressing problems.&nbsp;
Jul 02, 2018
The Deacons
Eric tells a story about forgotten part of civil-rights history that is still very much alive. In 1965, a group of black men in Louisiana called the Deacons for Defense and Justice took up arms against the Klan. Now a daughter of the Deacons wants to start a museum in their honor, but not everyone in town wants their story told. This episode originally aired on the Gimlet show “Undone,” and includes a special update on the story from Eric.&nbsp;
Jun 25, 2018
BONUS: Introducing Arlan Hamilton
Brittany and Eric talk to <a href="">Startup podcast </a>host Amy Standen about Arlan Hamilton--a gay Black woman who started a venture capital fund unlike any other in Silicon Valley.
Jun 19, 2018
The Legend of RZA and The Last Airbender
A young man named Eric embarks on an epic quest to figure out why so many Black folks love kung fu. He seeks the wisdom of two teachers, including RZA of The Wu-Tang Clan and the lead martial arts consultant on "Avatar: The Last Airbender." Will he discover what it takes to become a true master?
Jun 12, 2018
I Am A White Woman
The movie "White Chicks" may have made critics— and honestly, the world —cringe, but Brittany delivers her treatise on why the film deserves a second look.&nbsp;
Jun 04, 2018
Hair, Laid
What does it take to get Black women’s hair authentically represented on TV? Brittany talks to Yara Shahidi, the star of the popular sitcom Grown-ish, to find out. <br><br>To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to <a href=""></a>
May 28, 2018
BONUS: The Origin Story
Have you ever wondered how Brittany and Eric became such good friends? Well wonder no more, because this week's bonus tells the story of how the pair first met.<br><br>And if you like this one, be sure to check out the <a href="">Kismet podcast</a> for more stories of connections being made.<br><br>We are back next week with a new episode!
May 21, 2018
From Zamunda to Wakanda
Coming to America may have given us the greatest Jheri Curl anthem ever made, but that doesn’t make it untouchable. With a potential sequel on the way, we asked a question we never thought we’d ask: is Coming to America, good or bad for the Blacks? Guests Luvvie Ajayi and Saidu Tejan-Thomas help us decide.&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br>
May 15, 2018
The Leopards of Zaire
This week, we’ll take you to Zaire for a story about national identity, colonialism, and one of the most notorious dictators in history. All courtesy of our friends at the new Gimlet podcast, “We Came to Win.”<br><br>To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to <a href=""></a>
May 07, 2018
Rapper's Dismay
A high schooler takes a seat to make a stand. And Rapper’s Delight makes it big - to one lady’s chagrin.
Apr 30, 2018
Quesadilla Time (feat. Chef Ocho)
Had enough Cardi B and Drake ? We've got a new tune that slaps! Thank the (Bobby) Lord.&nbsp;
Apr 27, 2018
BONUS: Bowlegged Lou is a Prankster
Eric talks to Full Force's Bowlegged Lou about the group's sound, getting called out by Patti LaBelle for being "too busy" to work on her album and a crazy recording experience with James Brown.&nbsp;<br><br><br>
Apr 23, 2018
Taco Bout It
Oo-OOOOOO! It’s quesadilla time. Brittany heads to L.A. to talk with a chef who’s making “Black tacos.” Turns out they’re more than just a delicious food.<br><br>To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to <a href=""></a>
Apr 16, 2018
A Man Gotta Have a Code
Actor Michael K. Williams joins Brittany and Eric in the studio and dishes on his love of Janet Jackson’s "Rhythm Nation," self-help books and his favorite fried chicken joint. He also shares a personal story that led to his new Vice on HBO documentary, "Raised in the System."&nbsp;
Apr 10, 2018
Greetings, My Brothas: A Tale Of Two Shawns
“That banana you ate for lunch was a clone ... So what makes you think they won't clone your black ass ?” Eric and Brittany try to figure out who Jason Derulo really is.<br><br>To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to <a href=""></a>&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Apr 03, 2018
BONUS: Bruno Mars is Tiny, Sweet and Really Sexy
This week’s bonus is a lighting round of Good For The Blacks from our SXSW live show! Brittany, Eric, and their guests Kara Brown and Aaron Edwards must quickly decide if Bruno Mars' musical and visual aesthetic is good or bad for the culture.<br><br>We are back next week with a new episode!
Mar 27, 2018
Hold The Vibranium, Please
This week we’re heading to Wakanda, y’all! Black Panther's Erik Killmonger might be fine and fighting for black liberation, but does that make him a hero ? We invited Kara Brown and Aaron Edwards to help us decide: is Wakanda's rebel, good or bad for the Blacks ?
Mar 20, 2018
Peak Reality
Find out what happens when two hosts stop being polite… and start getting real. And Brittany has some thoughts on bitterness.
Mar 12, 2018
Josephine and The Amazing Technicolor Rainbow Tribe
Josephine Baker is famous for doing outrageous things: dancing in a banana skirt, walking a cheetah on a leash, working as a French spy… But did you know about her attempt to build a racial utopia? This week, we dive into Josephine Baker’s grand plan.<br><br>And for all you listeners in Austin, we are going to be at SXSW Monday, March 12! Come out and see The Nod live:
Mar 06, 2018
BONUS: Eric Prepares For The End Of The World
In this week's bonus outtakes, Eric thinks about planning for the apocalypse, and Brittany shares a pro cooking tip for the bacon lover in your life.<br><br>We are back next week with a new episode!
Feb 27, 2018
Jumping the Broom
Planning a wedding is stressful. There’s making the guest list, sticking to a budget and picking the right dress. Writer Ashley Ford knows this all too well — she’s getting married! This week, Eric guides Ashley through a wedding decision that’s a lot more complicated than it appears...
Feb 19, 2018
Moooo and Oink!
Brittany and Eric watch the blackest commercial ever made. Also, an untold story from Black history where somebody gets… bit.
Feb 13, 2018
Sister, Sister
Producer Simone Polanen thought she knew her little sister well, until she discovered a major part of her sister’s identity that she knew nothing about. When Simone confronts her sister, the conversation gets heated.
Feb 06, 2018
BONUS: American Crime Story: The Nod
In this week's bonus, Brittany and Eric talk about eating spring mix, why they're proud of Ciara, and what a season of American Crime Story about The Nod would look like.
Jan 30, 2018
A Diva Without Finesse
Luther Vandross may be master of the love ballad, but Eric argues he has another, secret side. And Brittany gives the totally normal and sane reason she wants to get cremated.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Jan 23, 2018
It's a Black Thing
When we discover something we love at The Nod, we’ve gotta share it with the fam. Eric’s close friend, a self-proclaimed “glo-up artist,” explains how a piece of clothing changed his life forever. And Eric shares something he just can’t stop thinking about.
Jan 15, 2018
Don Lemon is... Magneto
Some funny things happened in the past year: a reality TV star became president, tiki torches had to renounce white nationalism, and CNN's Don Lemon seemingly went through a reinvention. In our latest edition of Good For The Blacks, culture writer Ira Madison III joins us to debate Don Lemon’s 'transformation’ from respectability politician in chief to beacon of wokeness.
Jan 08, 2018
BONUS: Don't Call It A Resolution
Brittany doesn't make New Year's resolutions. Instead, she creates a list of intentions for how to live her life in the coming year. Eric is skeptical of the process. In this week's bonus, Brittany tells Eric her 2018 intentions, and tries to convince him to make at least one intention of his own.<br><br>We are back next week with an all new episode!
Jan 01, 2018
BONUS: Eric Takes Zinc
In this week's bonus, Eric may (or may not) have taken advice from Brittany. And that advice may (or may not) have worked.
Dec 25, 2017
The Paradise Garage
Reggie Ossé, friend of The Nod and host of The Combat Jack Show, explains how a wild night of dancing and partying helped him get into his dream law school. And Producer Emanuele Berry shares the story of the man who made that magic night happen: DJ Larry Levan.
Dec 19, 2017
The Hairstons Part 2: Diary of a Mad Black Cousin
Every year, descendants of both enslaved people and slave owners come together for a family reunion. The darker side of their shared past remains hidden underneath the celebrations and pleasantries. Until one year, when Ever Lee Hairston says two words that break decades of silence.
Dec 12, 2017
The Hairstons Part 1: Snakes on a Plantation
At a plantation in the South, descendants of enslaved people and slave owners stayed together as family, entangled by namesake and blood, long after the end of slavery. Eric tells the story of one woman who broke away.
Dec 05, 2017
BONUS: Brittany Reads Her LiveJournal
In this week's bonus, Brittany makes an appearance on the Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids stage. Listen to find out which celebrity young Brittany was convinced she would marry, and come back next week for an all new episode of The Nod!
Nov 27, 2017
Ready, Set … Buy Black
Tupac vs. Biggie. Mac vs. PC… Brittany vs. Eric. This week, Brittany and Eric’s rivalry reaches new heights as they face off in a competition that tests their smarts, perseverance and maybe even their friendship. Who will win bragging rights for life? And who will take the L?
Nov 21, 2017
The Fresh Princess of Bel-Air
Now this is a story all about how the life of actress Karyn Parsons (aka Hilary Banks) got flipped, turned upside down. And we’d like to take a few minutes—just sit right there—and we’ll tell you how she makes Black history movies with flair.&nbsp;
Nov 13, 2017
BONUS: A Royal Good For The Blacks
This week’s bonus is a lightning round of Good For The Blacks from our Toronto live show! Brittany, Eric and special guests Vicky Mochama and Sarah Hagi discuss a topic that has taken over the tabloids. Is the relationship between American actress Meghan Markle and the UK’s Prince Harry good or bad for Black culture?
Nov 06, 2017
Playing the Race Cards
Who's Blacker: Oprah or Sojourner Truth? Producer Kate Parkinson-Morgan tells Brittany and Eric about a new game that asks players to argue what makes one person Blacker than another.
Oct 30, 2017
Drake of the Diaspora
Drake might be proud of us, but are we proud of him? In our latest Good For The Blacks, we debate Drizzy’s sampling of the African diaspora with Vicky Mochama and Sarah Hagi.
Oct 23, 2017
The Cowboy Of The West Village
Brittany tells the incredible story of a person you should have heard of by now, but probably haven’t.<br><br><br><br><br>
Oct 17, 2017
Gimlet Presents: Uncivil
The Nod is off this week, but Brittany and Eric are still here to present Uncivil, Gimlet Media's newest show. Uncivil is a history podcast that goes back to the moment when the divisions in this country turned into a war. The show ransacks the official version of the Civil War—with untold stories about covert operations, corruption, resistance and mutiny. Uncivil is hosted by Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika (who you may remember from our episode on Purple Stuff). Jack and Chenjerai take on what you think you know about the Civil War, and connect what happened then to the political battlefield we’re living on right now.<br><br>Listen to Uncivil on <a href="">Apple Podcasts</a> | <a href="">Overcast</a> | <a href="">Stitcher</a> | <a href="">Pocketcasts</a><br><br>The Nod will be back next week with an all new episode!
Oct 09, 2017
BONUS: What Happens In New Orleans
In this week's bonus episode, Brittany and Eric share the story of their recent trip to New Orleans. Because what happens in New Orleans... doesn't stay in New Orleans, at least when it comes to these two.
Oct 02, 2017
Whole Hog
Brittany talks to a man who dresses and cooks like his enslaved ancestors. And Eric drags Brittany to see a famous pit.<br><br>&nbsp;<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Sep 25, 2017
Lawrence: Good For The Blacks?
We return to debate if the #LawrenceHive’s hero is “hella good” or “bad as f**k” with Bim Adewunmi and Aaron Edwards, recorded live at the Now Hear This Podcast Festival.
Sep 18, 2017
All Heroes Wear Capes
Nelly on the cover of Sweatsuit, Eve during New York Fashion Week, Cam'ron on Rap City's Tha Bassment. This week, we follow the rise, fall, and rise again, of the durag.
Sep 11, 2017
BONUS: Eric Hates Reading The Credits
In this week's outtakes: Eric struggles with names, and Brittany has good foundational skincare.
Sep 04, 2017
I Want That Purple Stuff
Jolly Ranchers. Skittles. Gatorade. No matter what, Eric always goes for the purple stuff. This week, he uncovers the deliciously deep roots of his love for grape flavor. Plus, Eric challenges Brittany to eat an unhealthy amount of peanut butter… all for the culture.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Aug 28, 2017
A is for Afrocentric
Eric hosts a podcast about Black culture. He went to an HBCU. But when it comes to choosing a school for his daughter, he's not sure if an Afrocentric education is the right choice.
Aug 21, 2017
Chitlins at Bergdorf’s
If you think Kanye West was the first to change the American fashion game, meet one of the flyest Black fashion squads in history.<br><br><strong>RELATED LINKS<br><br></strong>Check out Robin Givhan’s book, <a href="">“The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History.”</a>
Aug 15, 2017
BONUS: Brittany Won't Give Eric Cheez-Its
We’re off this week, but we wanted to share a little of the behind the scenes magic of our show. There’s a lot that goes into making an episode of The Nod…and there’s a lot that doesn’t go in. Enjoy these outtakes and come back next week for an all new episode!
Aug 07, 2017
Good For The Blacks
Snoop Dogg has a TV show with Martha Stewart. The Tyler Perry movie "Boo! A Madea Halloween" made almost $100 million at the box office. A Black man once held the nuclear codes for President Trump. Sometimes in life we have to decide if a thing is good or bad for the Culture.<br><br><strong>RELATED LINKS<br></strong><br>Read Vinson Cunningham’s <a href="">work at <em>The</em>&nbsp;<em>New Yorker:<br></em></a><br>Follow Aminatou Sow <a href="">on Twitter. She's @aminatou. <br></a><br>If you are struggling to decide if something is good for the Blacks, email us at goodfortheblacks AT gimletmedia DOT com.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Jul 31, 2017
On That Lo Life $hit
Eric's always had an affinity for Polo Ralph Lauren. But he discovers a group of boosters in Brooklyn that took their love for Polo to another level.
Jul 24, 2017
Greetings, My Brothas
Eric tries to convince Brittany that Beyoncé is hiding something, but Brittany needs more receipts. <br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>&nbsp; <br><br><strong>RELATED LINKS</strong><br><br>For the full experience, watch “Beyoncé forced Solange to give birth to Blue Ivy EXPOSED” on YouTube: <a href=""></a><br><br>Shawn Blazington’s YouTube channel: <a href=""></a><br><br>Celesse’s Beyoncé fan Instagram: <a href=""></a>
Jul 17, 2017
Hunter Green Thong
A YouTube sex empress is making waves. <br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><strong>RELATED LINKS:</strong><br><br>Save the Last Dance clip: <a href=""></a><br><br>Glamazon Tyomi's YouTube channel: <a href=""></a><br><br>Zane's Facebook: <a href=""></a><br><br><br>Because we are a new show, we would love if you could rate us on Apple Podcasts.&nbsp;
Jul 17, 2017
Coming Soon!
A new podcast about Black culture from Gimlet Media, hosted by Blackness' biggest fans, Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings. Premieres July 17th.
Jun 20, 2017