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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

Good For The Blacks: Cardi vs. Nicki

12/10/2018
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The beef between rap titans Cardi B and Nicki Minaj consumed the news this year. Shoes have been thrown, emails leaked, political candidates endorsed, and Harriet Tubman’s queenhood questioned. We consult comedian Nore Davis and associate editor at Vulture Hunter Harris to determine whether the beef is Good For The Blacks.

Duration:00:46:20

The Fugitive

12/3/2018
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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.

Duration:00:39:02

Black in Fashion

11/26/2018
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In this week's BONUS, we have a conversation with Lindsay Peoples Wagner, Teen Vogue's newest editor-in-chief. Last summer, Wagner wrote Everywhere and Nowhere: What its really like to be black and work in fashion, 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 The Cut on Tuesdays. In this extended cut...

Duration:00:22:43

To All the Boys in Rom-Coms Who Suck

11/19/2018
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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.

Duration:00:40:19

How to Make Free People

11/12/2018
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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.

Duration:00:29:13

Nobody Looks Like Me

11/5/2018
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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.

Duration:00:26:44

Eric Goes Full Witch

10/29/2018
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In this week's bonus outtakes, Brittany explains why Disneyland is the best place to get drunk, and Eric dabbles in the occult. We are back next week with a new episode!

Duration:00:06:35

Ethiopian Lasagna and the Alchemy of Being Black

10/22/2018
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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 I Can't Date Jesus as "learning how to ho without the fear of God." He tells Brittany how he gets his life. MUSIC Music by Calid B, Cedric Wilson and Takstar. RELATED LINKS Check out Hannah's recipe for Ethiopian lasagna.

Duration:00:28:52

Six Degrees of Black Separation

10/8/2018
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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.

Duration:00:36:48

We Went to See Beyoncé (and Jay-Z)

10/1/2018
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BONUS: This week, Brittany and The Nod's producer Mack sit down to talk about a life-changing event… seeing Beyoncé in concert.

Duration:00:16:22

Kunta Thinks You’re Funny (feat. LeVar Burton)

9/24/2018
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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.

Duration:00:41:09

Saving Grace

9/17/2018
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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.

Duration:00:30:20

Bleeding and Healing

9/10/2018
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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.

Duration:00:42:56

An Interview with Boots Riley

9/3/2018
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Brittany and Eric sit down for a conversation with Boots Riley to discuss his first feature film, the critically acclaimed Sorry to Bother You.

Duration:00:22:46

The Nod Bureau of Investigation

8/27/2018
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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.

Duration:00:44:33

Beignets In, Breathe Out

8/20/2018
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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.

Duration:00:33:37

#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