The Nod

The Nod

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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.
To All the Boys in Rom-Coms Who Suck
Nov 19 • 39 min
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.
How to Make Free People
Nov 12 • 30 min
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…
Nobody Looks Like Me
Nov 5 • 26 min
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.
Eric Goes Full Witch
Oct 29 • 6 min
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!
Ethiopian Lasagna and the Alchemy of Being Black
Oct 22 • 28 min
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…
Six Degrees of Black Separation
Oct 8 • 38 min
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.
We Went to See Beyoncé (and Jay-Z)
Oct 1 • 16 min
BONUS: This week, Brittany and The Nod’s producer Mack sit down to talk about a life-changing event… seeing Beyoncé in concert.
Kunta Thinks You’re Funny (feat. LeVar Burton)
Sep 24 • 41 min
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.
Saving Grace
Sep 17 • 33 min
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…
Bleeding and Healing
Sep 10 • 45 min
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…
An Interview with Boots Riley
Sep 3 • 23 min
Brittany and Eric sit down for a conversation with Boots Riley to discuss his first feature film, the critically acclaimed Sorry to Bother You.
The Nod Bureau of Investigation
Aug 27 • 44 min
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…
Beignets In, Breathe Out
Aug 20 • 33 min
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.
#WhyNotKenan: Give Kenan Thompson His Emmy
Aug 13 • 31 min
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…
Best of the Nod: The Hairstons
Aug 6 • 56 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…
Best of the Nod: Cooperative Economics
Jul 30 • 58 min
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…
Best of the Nod: Black Excellence
Jul 23 • 64 min
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,…
Best of the Nod: YouTube Conspiracy Theories
Jul 16 • 67 min
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…
An Oral History of Knuck If You Buck
Jul 9 • 39 min
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…
Wyatt Cenac Exposes The Ultimate Cheetos Conspiracy
Jul 2 • 29 min
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…
The Deacons
Jun 25 • 41 min
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…
BONUS: Introducing Arlan Hamilton
Jun 18 • 19 min
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.
The Legend of RZA and The Last Airbender
Jun 11 • 38 min
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…
I Am A White Woman
Jun 4 • 29 min
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.
Hair, Laid
May 28 • 25 min
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…
BONUS: The Origin Story
May 21 • 10 min
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…
From Zamunda to Wakanda
May 14 • 32 min
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…
The Leopards of Zaire
May 7 • 47 min
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…
Rapper’s Dismay
Apr 30 • 29 min
A high schooler takes a seat to make a stand. And Rapper’s Delight makes it big - to one lady’s chagrin.
Quesadilla Time (feat. Chef Ocho)
Apr 27 • 2 min
Had enough Cardi B and Drake ? We’ve got a new tune that slaps! Thank the (Bobby) Lord.
BONUS: Bowlegged Lou is a Prankster
Apr 23 • 8 min
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.
Taco Bout It
Apr 16 • 30 min
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
A Man Gotta Have a Code
Apr 9 • 31 min
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,…
Greetings, My Brothas: A Tale Of Two Shawns
Apr 2 • 44 min
“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.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to…
BONUS: Bruno Mars is Tiny, Sweet and Really Sexy
Mar 26 • 10 min
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.We are back…
Hold The Vibranium, Please
Mar 19 • 35 min
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…
Peak Reality
Mar 12 • 42 min
Find out what happens when two hosts stop being polite… and start getting real. And Brittany has some thoughts on bitterness.
Josephine and The Amazing Technicolor Rainbow Tribe
Mar 5 • 29 min
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.And…
BONUS: Eric Prepares For The End Of The World
Feb 26 • 5 min
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.We are back next week with a new episode!
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3_bLCIsLf4Glamazon Tyomi’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/GLAMerotica101Zane’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.