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Coming at you fast is an event from The New York Times as part of their Podcast Club: IRL event series (which itself is an extension of their Podcast Club Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/nytpodcastclub/)). This one features a live session of the show "The Nod," focusing on the topic of Grape flavor within African-American culture. Seriously!
Here's the full description from the event organizers:
Podcast Club, IRL: The Nod
Explore the cultural history of artificial grape flavor with "I Want The Purple Stuff"
Podcast obsessives, take a break from your earbuds to attend a live meetup of The New York Times Podcast Club (https://www.facebook.com/groups/nytpodcastclub/), a weekly geekout over the best in on-demand audio. We’ll listen to a buzzed-about episode over drinks and then hear the episode’s creators discuss the ins and outs of how it was made, with The New York Times editorial director of audio, Samantha Henig.
Why does purple taste so good?
Henig will moderate a conversation with "The Nod" on their episode "I Want the Purple Stuff." It explores sentimental feelings that members of the African American community have for grape flavor. Dave Chappell (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UayQTu2kH-U) riffed about grape flavor in one of his routines, and in this episode they do a purple-flavor taste test, but they also get into the science of grape flavor.
In this edition, we’ll talk with Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings, hosts of “The Nod,” and executive producer Sarah Abdurrahman about how the grape flavor came to have sentimental significance for black Americans. Come prepared to taste-test, mingle and talk about the episode “I Want the Purple Stuff.”
Since this is an outside event, you will have to register on the NYT website, and purchase tickets outside of this Meetup group. GA tickets are $20 but use the promo code Beyonce for a $5 discount. Register here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10208684/prm/General
For reference, the organizers are Carmen Ingerman and Beth Weinstein.