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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

Jordyn Woods vs. The Kardashians

4/22/2019
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Good for the Blacks returns! This week, we take a fresh look at the latest Kardashian feud with Jordyn Woods, a trusted family friend accused of fooling around with Tristan Thompson, Khloe Kardashian’s boyfriend. The Kardashians tried to destroy Jordyn’s reputation, but Jordyn had a secret weapon in Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Will anyone come out on top? BuzzFeed News entertainment reporter Sylvia Obell joins Brittany and Eric to determine if this feud is Good for the Blacks.

Duration:00:45:17

The Greatest Biopic That’s Never Been Made?

4/8/2019
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Della Reese deserves a showstopping biopic for the ages, packed with drama and triumph-- and maybe a fistfight or two-- but one has never been made. This week, Eric gives Brittany three reasons why the real life story of everyone’s favorite guardian angel deserves the silver screen treatment.

Duration:00:38:45

My Black Robot Friend

4/1/2019
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A woman tries to befriend a robot, but when things don’t go as planned, she decides to take matters into her own hands.

Duration:00:50:22

One-on-One

3/25/2019
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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 never dared. This week’s story is from The Nod’s editor, Emanuele Berry.

Duration:00:44:08

Chidi and The Good Place

3/11/2019
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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 cowboy that’s better than any tall tale.

Duration:00:42:28

A Madea Homegoing

3/4/2019
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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 gather with some special guests (including Jason Parham of Wired Magazine) to reflect on Madea’s life and legacy with a funeral service at the Nod-to-God Holy Tabernacle.

Duration:00:36:19

Six Degrees: Black History Month Edition

2/25/2019
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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?

Duration:00:35:44

What’s Wrong with A Little Romance? (Feat. Jasmine Guillory)

2/11/2019
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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 can’t? Brittany talks to Bim Adewunmi and Nichole Perkins of the podcast Thirst Aid Kit and NYT best selling author, Jasmine Guillory, to find out.

Duration:00:37:54

Can MDMA Treat Racial Trauma?

2/4/2019
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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.

Duration:00:40:47

The Cult of Father Divine

1/28/2019
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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.

Duration:00:36:17

Brittany's Choice: Sister, Sister

1/14/2019
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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 Brittany and Eric's most memorable episodes of The Nod so far. This week is Brittany's pick: "Sister, Sister".

Duration:00:32:40

Eric's Choice: On That Lo Life $hit

1/7/2019
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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 week is Eric's pick: "On That Lo Life $hit".

Duration:00:27:15

2019 Glow Up

12/31/2018
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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 for 2019.

Duration:00:28:31

How We Failed

12/24/2018
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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 and play a work inspired game of Never Have I Ever.

Duration:00:15:30

A Star Is Born On Beale Street

12/17/2018
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"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 the center of the story.

Duration:00:39:47

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