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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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English


Episodes

It's a Black Thing

1/15/2018
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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.

Duration: 00:28:02


Don Lemon is... Magneto

1/8/2018
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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.

Duration: 00:29:51


BONUS: Don't Call It A Resolution

1/1/2018
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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. We are back next week with an all new episode!

Duration: 00:12:09


BONUS: Eric Takes Zinc

12/25/2017
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In this week's bonus, Eric may (or may not) have taken advice from Brittany. And that advice may (or may not) have worked.

Duration: 00:04:39


The Paradise Garage

12/18/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:36:08


Diary of a Mad Black Cousin: The Hairstons Pt 2

12/11/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:27:06


Snakes on a Plantation: The Hairstons Part 1

12/4/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:32:40


BONUS: Brittany Reads Her LiveJournal

11/27/2017
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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!

Duration: 00:04:16


Ready, Set … Buy Black

11/20/2017
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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?

Duration: 00:41:51


The Fresh Princess of Bel-Air

11/13/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:28:45


BONUS: A Royal Good For The Blacks

11/6/2017
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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?

Duration: 00:11:22


Playing the Race Cards

10/30/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:36:38


Drake of the Diaspora

10/23/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:36:04


The Cowboy Of The West Village

10/16/2017
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Brittany tells the incredible story of a person you should have heard of by now, but probably haven’t.

Duration: 00:29:37


Gimlet Presents: Uncivil

10/9/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:29:45


BONUS: What Happens In New Orleans

10/2/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:11:27


Whole Hog

9/25/2017
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Brittany talks to a man who dresses and cooks like his enslaved ancestors. And Eric drags Brittany to see a famous pit.

Duration: 00:37:14


Lawrence: Good For The Blacks?

9/18/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:36:32


All Heroes Wear Capes

9/11/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:35:58


BONUS: Eric Hates Reading The Credits

9/4/2017
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In this week's outtakes: Eric struggles with names, and Brittany has good foundational skincare.

Duration: 00:05:01

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