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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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This week, Brittany gets personal as she sits down with author and poet Bassey Ikpi to talk about her new book, I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying. In the book Bassey re-examines her life through the lens of her mental health and diagnosis of bipolar II.*This episode of The Nod contains mentions of suicide and serious mental health issues, and may not be suitable for all of our listeners.
Watchmen, the new superhero drama from HBO, contains some of the sharpest and most deliberate commentary on race currently on television. This week, Eric sits down with Watchmen writer Cord Jefferson (The Good Place, Succession) to talk about how Jefferson approached crafting Watchmen's explosive sixth episode, and what makes the show so singular in its unflinching look at race in America.
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.
Friday, the 1995 comedy starring Ice Cube and the late, great, John Witherspoon, is one of Eric’s all-time favorite movies. But during a recent re-watch, he noticed some deeply unsettling themes that lay in stark contrast to the film’s cheery, comical tone. Can Eric convince Brittany that the cruelty he sees in Friday is real?
Six Degrees: Mogul Edition

Six Degrees: Mogul Edition

2019-10-2200:41:552

The Gimlet podcast, Mogul, is back with a new host and a new season about Miami hip hop and the infamous 2 Live Crew. Brittany and Eric invite the new host of the show, Brandon "Jinx" Jenkins, into the studio to learn more about what led this season of Mogul to the 305. And Brittany and Brandon go head to head in a special Miami themed round of Six Degrees of Black Separation.
Cha Cha Now Y'all

Cha Cha Now Y'all

2019-10-1400:27:191

Weddings, school dances, birthday parties for your great auntie—if you’re having a big function, the Cha Cha Slide is going to be on the playlist. But how did the Cha Cha slide become so ubiquitous? Brittany teams up with the Gimlet fam over at Every Little thing to find out. Get ready to learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the Cha Cha Slide.
Fearing the Black Body

Fearing the Black Body

2019-10-0800:29:4011

What if we told you that every fad diet, fashion editorial, and #fitspo post on social media could all be traced back to racist pseudoscience? In this episode, Brittany is joined by Sabrina Strings, sociologist and author of Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia, whose groundbreaking research parses the intersection of thinness, whiteness, and beauty ideals.
On August 5th, 2019, the world lost one of the best of us in Toni Morrison. For Brittany, just being able to grow up in a world where Toni Morrison existed felt like a gift. This week, a special episode from our friends at The Cut On Tuesdays featuring Brittany and other Black women sharing their experiences of growing up with the beloved writer.Featuring: Zoe Haylock, Aminatou Sow, Glory Edim, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Angela TK, and Ashley C. Ford.
Brittany and Eric face off against listeners in their favorite game: Six Degrees of Black Separation. Thug tears are shed, hair is snatched and Black history is made.RELATED LINKS:-Twitter thread: Celebrities describing how good Rihanna smells-Additional music in the show is by Takstar
Elouise Goes to Washington

Elouise Goes to Washington

2019-09-1000:28:193

Eric tells Brittany the story of Elouise Westbrook, a legendary housing rights activist in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco who never, ever took no for an answer.
Brittany and Eric share a new episode of Mogul that's a tribute to the life and career of Reggie Ossé. Reggie hosted the first season of Mogul and he had a personality and a presence that was truly larger than life. A couple of months after completing the show, Reggie was diagnosed with colon cancer and he passed away in December of 2017. The folks at Mogul are going to tell you Reggie’s story — his early days growing up a hip-hop head in Brooklyn, his time as a lawyer representing legendary artists like Jay-Z and Dame Dash and his reinvention as Combat Jack, hip hop’s flagship podcaster.Subscribe to Mogul on Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.
Back to School

Back to School

2019-08-2600:37:443

Two years ago Eric was faced with a dilemma. He hosts a podcast about Black culture. He went to an HBCU. But when it came to choosing a school for his daughter, he wasn’t sure if an Afrocentric education was the right choice. So he decided to go on a journey to learn more about Afrocentric education. Find out what happened, and stay tuned for an update on how Eve is doing two years in.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.
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

2019-08-0500:51:4010

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

2019-07-3000:37:534

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”.
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jason cole

this is an amazing episode I really love this show. thank you

Nov 13th
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Danielle Burs

This made my heart happy.

Oct 10th
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Joshua Xavier Miller

Omg!! this episode was sooooo good!! thank you all so so much. I had so many revalations during it.

Oct 5th
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John Buckner

I just can't do vocal fry anymore. Sorry.

Sep 19th
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kevin amos

this episode is amazing... y'all brought RO "Combat Jack" to life and honored him with respect! ty... P.S. this was my first listen to The Nod, you have a new listener💯

Sep 7th
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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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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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Lauren Stanford

Love this podcast!!

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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Alysson Kaye Valentine

I guess you must have been irritated by my comments. They were long, but let's make it short and sweet. Bruno Mars was born in Hawaii. His father was Hawaiian and his mother was from the Philippines. So you can all be pretty embarrassed by the fact that some of you are pissed because he isn't black and singing SOME black music. And then there's those who think he's part black and Stealing the "black folk music " Please I'm 60 years old and my favorite group was "The Jackson 5" but since I am white I had no business listening to Motown and should stick with the "Osmand Brothers " Bruno sings what he loves and loves to share what he sings. Believe me, Bruno has far more class than that. He learned his talent and performance from his father and family,, but what makes him so special is he learned to share what he loves doing most, all around the world!!! He enjoys making people happy and where he got that....was from his mother...she made him into a man who shares his heart with everyone. What do you have to say about black and white and latino music and dancing. You think everyone took the black people's music cuz it was better? What about "Luthor Van Dross" fabulous singer and yet where do you think he got "Superstar " from? The Carpenter's and how about James Brown's dance moves...I think Buddy Holly could do that. I believe in Bruno Mars for being a great man who started out making $$ for everyone else and now...let's just say that "Barnum and Bailey Circus " used to be known as the greatest show on earth. But move over world because The Greatest Show on earth " has just become " BRUNO MARS & THE HOOLIGANS " They are beyond the greatest show on earth THEY ARE OUT OF THIS WORLD. ( get it MARS) So dry those tears, and enjoy any Bruno Mars performance. love ya Bruno. ♡♡ Alysson

Oct 7th
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