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The Nod

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Luther Vandross ballads. Oil sheen spray. ‘Twice as good.’ What do these things have in common? They are each, in their own way, essential to some facet of the Black experience. In The Nod, a new podcast from Gimlet Media, co-hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings gleefully explore all the beautiful, complicated dimensions of Black life. It is a fun, yet poignant examination of both the biggest moments and most underexplored corners of Black art, media, and culture.

Luther Vandross ballads. Oil sheen spray. ‘Twice as good.’ What do these things have in common? They are each, in their own way, essential to some facet of the Black experience. In The Nod, a new podcast from Gimlet Media, co-hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings gleefully explore all the beautiful, complicated dimensions of Black life. It is a fun, yet poignant examination of both the biggest moments and most underexplored corners of Black art, media, and culture.
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Luther Vandross ballads. Oil sheen spray. ‘Twice as good.’ What do these things have in common? They are each, in their own way, essential to some facet of the Black experience. In The Nod, a new podcast from Gimlet Media, co-hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings gleefully explore all the beautiful, complicated dimensions of Black life. It is a fun, yet poignant examination of both the biggest moments and most underexplored corners of Black art, media, and culture.

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Episodes

#WhyNotKenan: Give Kenan Thompson His Emmy

8/13/2018
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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 & Kel and All That.

Duration:00:31:14

Best of the Nod: The Hairstons

8/6/2018
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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...

Duration:00:55:50

Best of the Nod: Cooperative Economics

7/30/2018
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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,...

Duration:00:58:38

Best of the Nod: Black Excellence

7/23/2018
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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...

Duration:01:02:31

Best of the Nod: YouTube Conspiracy Theories

7/16/2018
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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.

Duration:01:07:50

An Oral History of Knuck If You Buck

7/9/2018
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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.

Duration:00:38:47

Wyatt Cenac Exposes The Ultimate Cheetos Conspiracy

7/2/2018
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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 trivial problems.

Duration:00:26:40

The Deacons

6/25/2018
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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.

Duration:00:39:34

BONUS: Introducing Arlan Hamilton

6/18/2018
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Brittany and Eric talk to Startup podcast host Amy Standen about Arlan Hamilton--a gay Black woman who started a venture capital fund unlike any other in Silicon Valley.

Duration:00:19:18

The Legend of RZA and The Last Airbender

6/11/2018
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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?

Duration:00:37:59

I Am A White Woman

6/4/2018
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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.

Duration:00:28:17

Hair, Laid

5/28/2018
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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. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers

Duration:00:23:55

BONUS: The Origin Story

5/21/2018
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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. And if you like this one, be sure to check out the Kismet podcast for more stories of connections being made. We are back next week with a new episode!

Duration:00:10:08

From Zamunda to Wakanda

5/14/2018
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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.

Duration:00:30:36

The Leopards of Zaire

5/7/2018
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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.” To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers

Duration:00:48:53

Rapper's Dismay

4/30/2018
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A high schooler takes a seat to make a stand. And Rapper’s Delight makes it big - to one lady’s chagrin.

Duration:00:29:27

Quesadilla Time (feat. Chef Ocho)

4/27/2018
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Had enough Cardi B and Drake ? We've got a new tune that slaps! Thank the (Bobby) Lord.

Duration:00:02:28

BONUS: Bowlegged Lou is a Prankster

4/23/2018
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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.

Duration:00:08:54

Taco Bout It

4/16/2018
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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. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers

Duration:00:30:01

A Man Gotta Have a Code

4/9/2018
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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 documentary, "Raised in the System."

Duration:00:29:58