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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 genius, the innovation, and the resilience that is so particular to being Black -- in America, and around the world.
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Earlier this year, Brittany finally discovered the steamy, sensual world of romance novels that center Black women. A fire was lit, and she had to know more. So Brittany got schooled on the history of Black women in romance by experts Bim Adewunmi and Nichole Perkins of the Thirst Aid Kit podcast. And Brittany also spoke with the woman who made her fall in love with romance novels in the first place, New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory.Stick around after the episode to get an update from Jasmine about her third book, The Wedding Party, get the lowdown her recently announced fourth book, and hear how she’s learning to have her cake and eat it, too.This episode is part of our summer podcast club series. We’ve put together a handy guide on how to organize your own podcast club! For more information, visit thenod.show/podcastclub.
In our last conversation with Michael Twitty, the chef and culinary historian told us all about his “Southern Discomfort Tour.” The tour, which he wrote about in his book, “The Cooking Gene,” involved travelling the south and cooking on plantations using the same methods that his enslaved ancestors would have used. (He even did it dressed as they would have dressed.) Since our conversation, Michael has won two James Beard awards  — the Oscar’s of the food world! — for his book and food writing. In a follow-up to our original episode, Brittany calls Michael to hear all about what it was like to win the food world’s highest honor, his recent travels all over Africa, and his unfiltered opinions on collard greens.This episode is part of our summer podcast club series. We’ve put together a handy guide on how to organize your own podcast club. For more information, visit thenod.show/podcastclub.Also, make sure to check out Michael Twitty’s book, “The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South.” 
You Don't Make Free People

You Don't Make Free People

2019-08-0500:51:405

Each week this August, we’re updating some of our most thought-provoking episodes. This week: writer Casey Gerald reflects on what we lose when we buy into the promise of the American dream. We first talked to Casey about his book “There Will Be No Miracles Here,” back in November of 2018. At the end of the episode, there's a very special update from from Casey, including the realization that he was thinking about freedom, and how we get free, all wrong. We want to encourage you to discuss these episodes with friends and family, too, so we’ve put together a handy guide on how to organize your own podcast club. It’s like a book club, but for podcasts. Visit thenod.show/podcastclub for more info.Recommendations from Casey:Chani Nicholas workshops"Awakening the Three Psychic Knots" meditation"An Ecstatic Experience" by Ja'Tovia Gary
The Vindication of T-Pain

The Vindication of T-Pain

2019-07-3000:37:583

Was T-Pain’s heavily autotuned music totally genius… or the death knell of hip-hop as we knew it? In this edition of Vindication Court, Brittany tries to convince Judge Eric that T-Pain’s use of autotune was not only artistically ambitious, but that it changed music forever-- for the better. But with autotune’s many detractors, this case won’t be an easy one. Will T-Pain’s spin on autotune finally get the recognition it deserves?
Video game consoles were super boring in the early days: you could only switch between a few basic, built-in games — no Super Mario Bros, Sonic the Hedgehog or Legend of Zelda. But that all changed thanks to the contributions of a man named Jerry Lawson. Brittany tells Eric the story of the man who helped make video gaming way more fun, paving the way for the video game industry as we know it today.
The Man Who Beat the NCAA

The Man Who Beat the NCAA

2019-07-1600:38:252

Eric talks with Ed O’Bannon, a former professional basketball player whose landmark lawsuit forced a national conversation on whether the NCAA should pay college athletes. It’s a conversation with massive implications for the thousands of unpaid Black athletes whose work makes millions of dollars for their colleges. Strangely, all this started with a video game.
The turbulence and violence of the late 1980s pushed hip-hop away from its party music roots, giving birth to a new subgenre: conscious rap. Groups like and Public Enemy and artists like KRS-One became stars, creating music that emphasized pro-Black political messaging. But just as conscious rap was reaching its height, one song threatened to bring the whole movement crashing down.
Brittany talks to Jimmie Fails, star and co-creator of the award-winning film, “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”, about about the meaning of home, starring in his first movie, and what it was like to grow up in “the Harlem of the West”. 
How to Show Up

How to Show Up

2019-06-1800:36:067

Rachel Wilkerson Miller is a lifestyle writer who has made it her mission to help people find ways to take better care of themselves—whether through meal prep, DIY projects, or learning how to use a dot journal to track mental health. But the concept of self care didn’t really click for her until her own life took an unexpected turn. In this installment of Get Yo Life, Rachel tells Brittany how she found joy in the least likely of places—and gives practical tips for small ways to improve your life in a big way.https://www.rachelwmiller.com/Additional Music Credits by Calid B and Bobby Lord
Six Degrees: Music Edition

Six Degrees: Music Edition

2019-06-0400:42:222

June is Black Music Month, so Brittany and Eric decided to celebrate with a music-themed edition of Six Degrees of Black Separation… with a twist: the loser has to write and perform a song on a topic of the winner’s choosing. Will Eric FINALLY belt out that R&B slow jam about Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball? Will Brittany pen a ballad about The Real Housewives of Atlanta? Listen to find out!
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Eric Wilson

another great podcasts from you guys. This guy is wasting time. WHITE PEOPLE ARE NOT IGNORANT ABOUT RACISM, YOU CANNOT WAKE THEM FROM SLEEP, BECAUSE WE ARE SLEEP.

Aug 16th
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Teddy Spaghetti

the girl on the bus is on the nod, while I'm listening to The nod.

Aug 2nd
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Mel Turner

Pretty good episode overall, but I take issue in the fact that neither of the hosts have seen Green Book, yet they have strong opinions about the movie. Having seen a small clip only gives you a glimpse into the story, not the overall picture. That type of thinking is why we have and always will have race issues.

Jul 29th
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Wyatt Hayes

Mel Turner I like the last sentence!

Jul 30th
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Lauren Stanford

Love this podcast!!

Jun 25th
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Chhotu Kumhar

Lauren Stanford yes

Jun 25th
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Renee Heath

Why did the Oprah's Legends pop up on my YouTube feed today.

May 22nd
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Chris Egbo

couldn't finish episodes because of Eric's "laughs"

May 21st
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ABR

You can get quarter water in rural areas still. And on the internet, of course. 😁

May 20th
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Mike Davis

This was my first time listening to The Nod and I loved this episode.

May 10th
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sasha

love this episode!!!

Mar 27th
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Todd Bryant

So the story was captivating but I had a hard time discerning how much was story and how much was produced for the episode. I felt that her sisters identity was tied to a external fluid sense of self worth like if someone else valued black identity then it was good, but if someone else came along, well it was a problem. I was with Simone, the ish was offensive to hear but I respect her right to feel the way she feels. I just want be trying to let someone I'm affiliated with hook up with her because it's whack.

Jan 21st
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sasha

I'm so glad I finally listened to the nod! great mix of interesting stories and funny wonderful hosts.

Dec 26th
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Carly Tillotson

Is Madea good for the blacks? I believe that Tyler Perry is going to kill off Madea soon. Is this good? I love the Madea series. What do you think?

Nov 29th
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dschoole

Great story. Would love to hear more stories like this.

Nov 11th
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Kat Whitacre

This version of peanut butter history stressed me out, y'all Like the grossness of them eating peanut butter better, lol

Oct 30th
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Kat Whitacre

I miss hugs! The drink...and also physical contact

Oct 25th
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D Robertson

There should be a white version of this podcast called, "Yep" 😂😂

Sep 26th
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Branden May

What's the name of the song at 38:30?

Sep 25th
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Apple Betty

I'm new to The Nod and love it!! Yeah I'm late, but better late than never.

Sep 25th
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William Huffaker

my heart was not ready. what a interesting story and look into someone else's idea of playing a game thats able to help them in ways I never thought possible.

Sep 22nd
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Robyn Early

KalaLea fought for herself. A wonderful example of what each of us must do, know our own bodies! Do research and get to work.

Sep 19th
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