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Gimlet Media

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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United States

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Gimlet Media

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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

The Legend of RZA and The Last Airbender

6/11/2018
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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 discover what it takes to become a true master?

Duration:00:37:59

I Am A White Woman

6/4/2018
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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.

Duration:00:28:17

Hair, Laid

5/28/2018
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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/OurAdvertisers

Duration:00:23:55

BONUS: The Origin Story

5/21/2018
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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 connections being made. We are back next week with a new episode!

Duration:00:10:08

From Zamunda to Wakanda

5/14/2018
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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 Luvvie Ajayi and Saidu Tejan-Thomas help us decide.

Duration:00:30:36

The Leopards of Zaire

5/7/2018
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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-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers

Duration:00:48:53

Rapper's Dismay

4/30/2018
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A high schooler takes a seat to make a stand. And Rapper’s Delight makes it big - to one lady’s chagrin.

Duration:00:29:27

Quesadilla Time (feat. Chef Ocho)

4/27/2018
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Had enough Cardi B and Drake ? We've got a new tune that slaps! Thank the (Bobby) Lord.

Duration:00:02:28

BONUS: Bowlegged Lou is a Prankster

4/23/2018
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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.

Duration:00:08:54

Taco Bout It

4/16/2018
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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

Duration:00:30:01

A Man Gotta Have a Code

4/9/2018
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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 documentary, "Raised in the System."

Duration:00:29:58

Greetings, My Brothas: A Tale Of Two Shawns

4/2/2018
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“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/sponsors

Duration:00:44:18

BONUS: Bruno Mars is Tiny, Sweet and Really Sexy

3/26/2018
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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 next week with a new episode!

Duration:00:11:31

Hold The Vibranium, Please

3/19/2018
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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 Blacks ?

Duration:00:34:25

Peak Reality

3/12/2018
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Find out what happens when two hosts stop being polite… and start getting real. And Brittany has some thoughts on bitterness.

Duration:00:40:11

Josephine and The Amazing Technicolor Rainbow Tribe

3/5/2018
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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 for all you listeners in Austin, we are going to be at SXSW Monday, March 12! Come out and see The Nod live: https://schedule.sxsw.com/2018/events/PP99701

Duration:00:33:16

BONUS: Eric Prepares For The End Of The World

2/26/2018
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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!

Duration:00:05:53

Jumping the Broom

2/19/2018
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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 more complicated than it appears...

Duration:00:33:48

Moooo and Oink!

2/12/2018
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Brittany and Eric watch the blackest commercial ever made. Also, an untold story from Black history where somebody gets… bit.

Duration:00:29:51

Sister, Sister

2/5/2018
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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.

Duration:00:30:53