The Nod

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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… read more

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Six Degrees: Listener Edition

September 16th, 2019

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.

-Twitter thread: Celebrities describing …

Elouise Goes to Washington

September 10th, 2019


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.

The Life and Times of Reggie Ossé

September 2nd, 2019

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 …

Back to School

August 26th, 2019

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 …

Isn't It Romantic? feat. Jasmine Guillory

August 20th, 2019

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 …

Michael Twitty's Cooking Gene

August 12th, 2019

In our last conversation with Michael Twitty, the chef and culinary historian told us all about his “Southern Discomfort Tour.” The tour, which he …

You Don't Make Free People

August 5th, 2019

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 …

The Vindication of T-Pain

July 30th, 2019


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 …

The Gamer Godfather You've Never Heard Of

July 22nd, 2019


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 …

The Man Who Beat the NCAA

July 16th, 2019


Eric talks with Ed O’Bannon, a former professional basketball player whose landmark lawsuit forced a national conversation on whether the NCAA should …

Conscious Rap: The Birth and the Backlash

July 2nd, 2019


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 …

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

June 25th, 2019


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 …

How to Show Up

June 18th, 2019

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 …

Six Degrees: Music Edition

June 4th, 2019


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 …

The Vindication of Snap Music

May 27th, 2019


Vindication Court is where we decide whether to redeem people or things that are reviled and ridiculed by the culture. On today’s docket: snap music. …

Oprah’s Legends Ball: Endgame

May 21st, 2019

Following the release of the biggest superhero film to date, Avengers: Endgame, Brittany makes the case that Oprah has already made a superhero movie …

The Rise and Fall of Black TV (feat. Erika Alexander)

May 6th, 2019


Erika Alexander, who found fame as Maxine Shaw on the classic sitcom Living Single, details what it was really like to rise to fame with the Cosby …

How to Stay Southern

April 29th, 2019


Food writer Nicole A. Taylor introduces Eric to a simple yet fancy dessert that helps her stay connected with her Southern roots. And Brittany tells …

Jordyn Woods vs. The Kardashians

April 22nd, 2019

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 …

The Greatest Biopic That’s Never Been Made?

April 9th, 2019


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 …

My Black Robot Friend

April 2nd, 2019


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


March 26th, 2019


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 …

Chidi and The Good Place

March 12th, 2019


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 …

A Madea Homegoing

March 5th, 2019


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 …

Six Degrees: Black History Month Edition

February 25th, 2019


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?

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

February 12th, 2019


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 …

Can MDMA Treat Racial Trauma?

February 5th, 2019


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 …

The Cult of Father Divine

January 29th, 2019

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 …

Brittany's Choice: Sister, Sister

January 14th, 2019

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 …

Eric's Choice: On That Lo Life $hit

January 7th, 2019

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.

2019 Glow Up

December 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 …

How We Failed

December 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 …

A Star Is Born On Beale Street

December 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 …

Good For The Blacks: Cardi vs. Nicki

December 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 …

The Fugitive

December 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 …

Black in Fashion

November 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, …

To All the Boys in Rom-Coms Who Suck

November 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 …

How to Make Free People

November 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 …

Nobody Looks Like Me

November 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 …

Eric Goes Full Witch

October 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 …

Ethiopian Lasagna and the Alchemy of Being Black

October 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 …

Six Degrees of Black Separation

October 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)

October 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)

September 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

September 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 …

Bleeding and Healing

September 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 …

An Interview with Boots Riley

September 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

August 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 …

Beignets In, Breathe Out

August 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 …

#WhyNotKenan: Give Kenan Thompson His Emmy

August 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 …

Best of the Nod: The Hairstons

August 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 …

Best of the Nod: Cooperative Economics

July 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 …

Best of the Nod: Black Excellence

July 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 …

Best of the Nod: YouTube Conspiracy Theories

July 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 …

An Oral History of Knuck If You Buck

July 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 …

Wyatt Cenac Exposes The Ultimate Cheetos Conspiracy

July 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 …

The Deacons

June 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 …

BONUS: Introducing Arlan Hamilton

June 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.

The Legend of RZA and The Last Airbender

June 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 …

I Am A White Woman

June 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

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 …

BONUS: The Origin Story

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 …

From Zamunda to Wakanda

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 …

The Leopards of Zaire

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 …

Rapper's Dismay

April 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)

April 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

April 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 …

Taco Bout It

April 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 …

A Man Gotta Have a Code

April 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 …

Greetings, My Brothas: A Tale Of Two Shawns

April 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 …

BONUS: Bruno Mars is Tiny, Sweet and Really Sexy

March 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 …

Hold The Vibranium, Please

March 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 …

Peak Reality

March 12th, 2018


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

Josephine and The Amazing Technicolor Rainbow Tribe

March 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 …

BONUS: Eric Prepares For The End Of The World

February 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

February 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 …

Moooo and Oink!

February 13th, 2018


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

Sister, Sister

February 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 …

BONUS: American Crime Story: The Nod

January 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 …

A Diva Without Finesse

January 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

January 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 …

Don Lemon is... Magneto

January 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 …

BONUS: Don't Call It A Resolution

January 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 …

BONUS: Eric Takes Zinc

December 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

December 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 …

The Hairstons Part 2: Diary of a Mad Black Cousin

December 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 …

The Hairstons Part 1: Snakes on a Plantation

December 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.

BONUS: Brittany Reads Her LiveJournal

November 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 …

Ready, Set … Buy Black

November 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 …

The Fresh Princess of Bel-Air

November 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 …

BONUS: A Royal Good For The Blacks

November 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 …

Playing the Race Cards

October 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

October 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

October 17th, 2017

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

Gimlet Presents: Uncivil

October 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 …

BONUS: What Happens In New Orleans

October 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

September 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?

September 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

September 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 …

BONUS: Eric Hates Reading The Credits

September 4th, 2017


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

I Want That Purple Stuff

August 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 …

A is for Afrocentric

August 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 …

Chitlins at Bergdorf’s

August 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.


Check out Robin Givhan’s book, “The Battle of Versailles: The Night American …

BONUS: Brittany Won't Give Eric Cheez-Its

August 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 …

Good For The Blacks

July 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 …

On That Lo Life $hit

July 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.

Greetings, My Brothas

July 17th, 2017

Eric tries to convince Brittany that Beyoncé is hiding something, but Brittany needs more receipts.



For the full experience, watch …

Hunter Green Thong

July 17th, 2017

A YouTube sex empress is making waves.


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Coming Soon!

June 20th, 2017


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

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