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The Nod tells the stories of Black life that don’t get told anywhere else, from an explanation of how purple drink became associated with Black culture to the story of how an interracial drag troupe traveled the nation in the 1940s. We celebrate the ...Show More

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Josephine and The Amazing Technicolor Rainbow Tribe

29:56 | Mar 6th, 2018

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...Show More

Greetings, My Brothas

24:09 | Jul 17th, 2017

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o...Show More

The Legend of RZA and The Last Airbender

38:15 | Jun 12th, 2018

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 d...Show More

Hold The Vibranium, Please

35:13 | Mar 20th, 2018

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...Show More

Diary of a Mad Black Cousin: The Hairstons Pt 2

28:13 | Dec 12th, 2017

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 wor...Show More

Snakes on a Plantation: The Hairstons Part 1

33:13 | Dec 5th, 2017

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.

Chitlins at Bergdorf’s

33:40 | Aug 15th, 2017

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 Spot...Show More

One-on-One

43:40 | Mar 26th

Growing up, a young woman and her dad bonded over their love of basketball. But there was one game she knew they could never talk about. And for years she never asked. But when his health took a turn for the worse, she decided to ask the question she...Show More

Chidi and The Good Place

41:43 | Mar 12th

This week Eric talks with Cord Jefferson, a writer for NBC’s The Good Place, about how Blackness is depicted in the afterlife (Eric’s Chidi Anagonye standom is also discussed). Later, Eric tells Brittany the legendary story of a little-known Black co...Show More

A Madea Homegoing

35:20 | Mar 5th

We are gathered here today to celebrate the life of sister Mabel Madea Simmons. The iconic character, created and played by Tyler Perry, is being retired after 20 years of captivating and aggravating audiences on stage and screen. Join us as we gathe...Show More

Six Degrees: Black History Month Edition

34:41 | Feb 25th

This Black History month has been whack, but The Nod is still ready to celebrate with an epic game of Six Degrees of Black Separation. Will Eric and Mack embarrass the ancestors or will they redeem BHM for us all?

Crumbs and the Cake (Feat. Jasmine Guillory)

38:37 | Feb 12th

Romance novels usually conjure images of blonde Fabio wannabees and pale, busty princesses. But Brittany recently discovered a steamy, sensual world of romance novels that center Black women. What can these books offer Black women that other media ca...Show More

Blue Pill

39:59 | Feb 5th

A new kind of treatment for PTSD, MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, may be just a few years away from legalization. What could it do for Black patients struggling with trauma? Brittany speaks to one woman about her experience with MDMA in therapy.

Finesse... God?

35:26 | Jan 29th

Eric walks us through the life of Father Divine, a Black man who believed he was God, amassed thousands of followers all over the world, and became the biggest cult religious leader you’ve likely never heard of.

Brittany's Choice: Sister, Sister

34:13 | Jan 14th

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.This month, we're sharing some of ...Show More

Eric's Choice: On That Lo Life $hit

29:10 | Jan 7th

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.This month, we're sharing some of Brittany and Eric's most memorable episodes of The Nod so far. This...Show More

2019 Glow Up

28:31 | Dec 31st, 2018

Every New Year, Brittany makes a list of intentions for how to live her life in the coming year. Last year, Eric was skeptical of the process. This year, he is a willing participant. In this week's BONUS, Brittany and Eric discuss their intentions fo...Show More

How We Failed

15:16 | Dec 24th, 2018

Brittany and Eric were recently guests on The Upgrade podcast's first ever live show, where the theme for the night was "How to Fail". In this week's BONUS, we are sharing an excerpt from that show, where they discuss each other's biggest failures an...Show More

A Star Is Born On Beale Street

40:50 | Dec 18th, 2018

"If Beale Street Could Talk" and "A Star Is Born" are two of the biggest films out this year, and they’re both dramatic romance epics. Eric and Brittany dig into a spoiler-free conversation about how these movies get viewers to root for the love at t...Show More

Good For The Blacks: Cardi vs. Nicki

43:10 | Dec 10th, 2018

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 V...Show More

The Fugitive

36:59 | Dec 3rd, 2018

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 storie...Show More

Black in Fashion

22:40 | Nov 26th, 2018

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...Show More

To All the Boys in Rom-Coms Who Suck

39:08 | Nov 19th, 2018

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

30:38 | Nov 12th, 2018

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,...Show More

Nobody Looks Like Me

26:37 | Nov 6th, 2018

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

06:31 | Oct 29th, 2018

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

28:30 | Oct 22nd, 2018

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 Britta...Show More

Six Degrees of Black Separation

38:11 | Oct 8th, 2018

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)

16:54 | Oct 1st, 2018

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)

41:56 | Sep 24th, 2018

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

33:04 | Sep 17th, 2018

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 w...Show More

Bleeding and Healing

45:26 | Sep 10th, 2018

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 ...Show More

BONUS: An Interview with Boots Riley

23:31 | Sep 3rd, 2018

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

44:33 | Aug 27th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Beignets In, Breathe Out

33:13 | Aug 20th, 2018

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

31:58 | Aug 13th, 2018

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 o...Show More

Best of the Nod: The Hairstons

56:33 | Aug 6th, 2018

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 wor...Show More

Best of the Nod: Cooperative Economics

58:53 | Jul 30th, 2018

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… practi...Show More

Best of the Nod: Black Excellence

1:04:43 | Jul 23rd, 2018

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...Show More

Best of the Nod: YouTube Conspiracy Theories

1:07:43 | Jul 16th, 2018

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 peopl...Show More

An Oral History of Knuck If You Buck

39:36 | Jul 10th, 2018

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 an...Show More

Wyatt Cenac Exposes The Ultimate Cheetos Conspiracy

29:19 | Jul 2nd, 2018

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 so...Show More

The Deacons

41:02 | Jun 25th, 2018

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...Show More

BONUS: Introducing Arlan Hamilton

19:02 | Jun 19th, 2018

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.

I Am A White Woman

29:42 | Jun 4th, 2018

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

25:26 | May 28th, 2018

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/OurAdv...Show More

BONUS: The Origin Story

10:08 | May 21st, 2018

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 conn...Show More

From Zamunda to Wakanda

32:57 | May 15th, 2018

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? G...Show More

The Leopards of Zaire

47:25 | May 7th, 2018

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-r...Show More

Rapper's Dismay

29:52 | Apr 30th, 2018

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)

02:27 | Apr 27th, 2018

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

BONUS: Bowlegged Lou is a Prankster

08:53 | Apr 23rd, 2018

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

30:03 | Apr 16th, 2018

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

31:10 | Apr 10th, 2018

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 documenta...Show More

Greetings, My Brothas: A Tale Of Two Shawns

44:54 | Apr 3rd, 2018

“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 gimlet.fm/spon...Show More

BONUS: Bruno Mars is Tiny, Sweet and Really Sexy

10:23 | Mar 27th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Peak Reality

42:36 | Mar 12th, 2018

Find out what happens when two hosts stop being polite… and start getting real. And Brittany has some thoughts on bitterness.

BONUS: Eric Prepares For The End Of The World

05:53 | Feb 27th, 2018

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

34:21 | Feb 19th, 2018

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 lo...Show More

Moooo and Oink!

30:13 | Feb 13th, 2018

Brittany and Eric watch the blackest commercial ever made. Also, an untold story from Black history where somebody gets… bit.

Sister, Sister

31:00 | Feb 6th, 2018

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

06:29 | Jan 30th, 2018

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

35:17 | Jan 23rd, 2018

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

28:47 | Jan 15th, 2018

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...Show More

Don Lemon is... Magneto

30:33 | Jan 8th, 2018

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 Ir...Show More

BONUS: Don't Call It A Resolution

12:10 | Jan 1st, 2018

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 convinc...Show More

BONUS: Eric Takes Zinc

04:40 | Dec 25th, 2017

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

36:52 | Dec 19th, 2017

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 ...Show More

BONUS: Brittany Reads Her LiveJournal

04:13 | Nov 27th, 2017

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

42:23 | Nov 21st, 2017

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...Show More

The Fresh Princess of Bel-Air

28:49 | Nov 13th, 2017

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

11:22 | Nov 6th, 2017

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 Me...Show More

Playing the Race Cards

36:47 | Oct 30th, 2017

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

36:43 | Oct 23rd, 2017

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

30:12 | Oct 17th, 2017

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

Gimlet Presents: Uncivil

25:25 | Oct 9th, 2017

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 offic...Show More

BONUS: What Happens In New Orleans

11:28 | Oct 2nd, 2017

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

31:04 | Sep 25th, 2017

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?

27:46 | Sep 18th, 2017

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

26:49 | Sep 11th, 2017

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

05:02 | Sep 4th, 2017

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

I Want That Purple Stuff

35:53 | Aug 28th, 2017

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...Show More

A is for Afrocentric

25:51 | Aug 21st, 2017

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.

BONUS: Brittany Won't Give Eric Cheez-Its

04:28 | Aug 7th, 2017

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 n...Show More

Good For The Blacks

31:07 | Jul 31st, 2017

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 go...Show More

On That Lo Life $hit

23:24 | Jul 24th, 2017

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.

Coming Soon!

02:18 | Jun 20th, 2017

A new podcast about Black culture from Gimlet Media, hosted by Blackness' biggest fans, Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings. Premieres July 17th.