The Nod

The Nod
A podcast from Gimlet Media that explores both the biggest moments and most underexplored corners of Black culture. Hosted by Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings.
Jumping the Broom
Feb 19 • 34 min
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…
Moooo and Oink!
Feb 12 • 30 min
Brittany and Eric watch the blackest commercial ever made. Also, an untold story from Black history where somebody gets… bit.
Sister, Sister
Feb 5 • 31 min
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.
BONUS: American Crime Story: The Nod
Jan 29 • 6 min
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.
A Diva Without Finesse
Jan 22 • 35 min
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.
It’s a Black Thing
Jan 15 • 28 min
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…
Don Lemon is… Magneto
Jan 8 • 30 min
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…
BONUS: Don’t Call It A Resolution
Jan 1 • 12 min
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…
BONUS: Eric Takes Zinc
Dec 25, 2017 • 4 min
In this week’s bonus, Eric may (or may not) have taken advice from Brittany. And that advice may (or may not) have worked.
The Paradise Garage
Dec 18, 2017 • 36 min
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…
The Hairstons Part 2: Diary of a Mad Black Cousin
Dec 11, 2017 • 28 min
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…
The Hairstons Part 1: Snakes on a Plantation
Dec 4, 2017 • 33 min
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.
BONUS: Brittany Reads Her LiveJournal
Nov 27, 2017 • 4 min
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!
Ready, Set … Buy Black
Nov 20, 2017 • 42 min
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…
The Fresh Princess of Bel-Air
Nov 13, 2017 • 28 min
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.
BONUS: A Royal Good For The Blacks
Nov 6, 2017 • 11 min
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…
Playing the Race Cards
Oct 30, 2017 • 36 min
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.
Drake of the Diaspora
Oct 23, 2017 • 36 min
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.
The Cowboy Of The West Village
Oct 16, 2017 • 30 min
Brittany tells the incredible story of a person you should have heard of by now, but probably haven’t.
Gimlet Presents: Uncivil
Oct 9, 2017 • 30 min
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…
BONUS: What Happens In New Orleans
Oct 2, 2017 • 11 min
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.
Whole Hog
Sep 25, 2017 • 35 min
Brittany talks to a man who dresses and cooks like his enslaved ancestors. And Eric drags Brittany to see a famous pit.
Lawrence: Good For The Blacks?
Sep 18, 2017 • 32 min
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.
All Heroes Wear Capes
Sep 11, 2017 • 31 min
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.
BONUS: Eric Hates Reading The Credits
Sep 4, 2017 • 5 min
In this week’s outtakes: Eric struggles with names, and Brittany has good foundational skincare.
I Want That Purple Stuff
Aug 28, 2017 • 40 min
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…
A is for Afrocentric
Aug 21, 2017 • 30 min
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.
Chitlins at Bergdorf’s
Aug 14, 2017 • 38 min
If you think Kanye West was the first to change the American fashion game, meet one of the flyest Black fashion squads in history.RELATED LINKSCheck out Robin Givhan’s book, “The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight…
BONUS: Brittany Won’t Give Eric Cheez-Its
Aug 7, 2017 • 4 min
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…
Good For The Blacks
Jul 31, 2017 • 35 min
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…
On That Lo Life $hit
Jul 24, 2017 • 28 min
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.
Greetings, My Brothas
Jul 17, 2017 • 28 min
Eric tries to convince Brittany that Beyoncé is hiding something, but Brittany needs more receipts. RELATED LINKSFor the full experience, watch “Beyoncé forced Solange to give birth to Blue Ivy EXPOSED” on YouTube:…
Hunter Green Thong
Jul 17, 2017 • 28 min
A YouTube sex empress is making waves. RELATED LINKS:Save the Last Dance clip: Tyomi’s YouTube channel:’s Facebook:…
Coming Soon!
Jun 20, 2017 • 2 min
A new podcast about Black culture from Gimlet Media, hosted by Blackness’ biggest fans, Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings. Premieres July 17th.