Weinstein, Polanski, Spacey & Friends | Episode 53

Welcome to another episode in quarantine.  The curve is flattening in New York and New Jersey and the crew is keeping it safe. 

The crew starts off with the Check-In. Vin talks about his VinsDailyBread project where he showcases his love for cooking.  L.O. talks about his struggles with his Spectrum internet service. Now that homeschooling is coming to an end, Rick talks about what’s next for the summer. Mack has been laying low and like all of us, has been processing everything going on in the world from COVID-19 to racism.

This show also includes discussing the George Floyd case and the subsequent protest across the globe.  We also talk about accountability versus legacy.  Are Black artists who have committed egregious crimes or addicted to drugs at a greater risk of damaged legacies compared to their white counterparts? We introduce a new segment, F-ck Your Apology! This goes out to all of the white people called out for their racist and tone-deaf remarks who now wish to offer weak apologies in hopes of redemption.

This Week’s Libations are a collection of several different whiskeys including Uncle Nearest and Woodford Reserve. Remember, whether or not you are in the middle of a pandemic–always drink responsibly.

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White Fragility | Episode 52

We’re still under lock down with Covid-19. 

Alaric shares how his children are fairing through all of this and like most parents we’re just trying to maintain a sane household. L’s maintaining and paying it forward by teaching a class on how to start a podcast. Vin is still essential, and shares a story of how even on Xbox not only is racism alive but even with over 100k dead there are still non-believers when it comes to Covid-19. Mack shares his stories about how some of his white clients and counterparts have checked in with him to see how he’s doing. This leads to a frank and honest discussion on how we answer wellness checks from our white colleagues and friends. We also discuss the concept of white fragility and the circumstances under which white people wield their privilege to punish Black and Brown people they come in contact with. This leads into the now infamous story involving Amy Cooper, a white woman who called the police on Christian Cooper in New York City’s Central Park after he asked her to put her dog on a leash according to the park’s rules. 

You’ll hear all this and more in this week’s episode of Decoding 40. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook Instagram and  Patreon.

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Compromised Infrastructure | Episode 51

We’re back this week with another funny and informative episode of Decoding 40

The conversation starts off with our take on the latest Verzuz battle between Bounty Killer and Beenie Man. Listen to hear who we think won. We also discuss some of the footwear fashion of the late 80’s. Before Jordan’s and Timbs we had Travel Fox, Clark’s, Patrick Ewing Pony’s. The crew shares their opinion on their favorite groups from Tribe Called Quest to Mobb Deep. We also discuss Ice Cube and his influence on West Coast Hip Hop and the culture.

In the wake of multiple murders of Black people at the hands of law enforcement culminating weeks ago with the murder of George Floyd, protest across the planet have been picking up steam and have become organized with a list of demands. L.O. expresses his frustration towards organizations whose purported missions are to fight for the liberation of Black people. As he sees it, too many so-called “militant” organizations and gun toting gangsters are completely silent during this period of global protest and should be at the protests protecting the protestors. Finally, Mack is convinced that the FBI or another clandestine organization attacked his brand new Apple computer for speaking truth to power. 

You’ll hear all this and more in this week’s episode of Decoding 40. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook Instagram and  Patreon.

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DE-COVID-40 | Episode 50

What’s good Decoding40 family? It’s been a minute since we’ve recorded and unless you live in a cave you know that the CoronaVirus, Covid-19 or the not so-tender Rona has changed our lives forever. 

We have all been affected by this pandemic and thankfully we are all here and healthy. Episode 50 is a run down of all of our experiences with the virus. Join us for this episode as we discuss Alaric recovering from the virus, L.O. and his adventures in remote learning, Vin dealing with the stress of being an essential worker in the belly of the beast and Mack dealing with the unfortunate loss of his father due to the virus.

On April 7th, Mack Burnett II succumbed to COVID-19 having lived 83 long and beautiful years. He was a father, brother, mentor and poet. A soft spoken man with a spirit full of fire. Please join us in extending our deepest condolences to Mack and his family.

This episode is dedicated to Mr. B and all of the loved ones we’ve lost during this surreal period of time.

You’ll hear all this and more in this week’s episode of Decoding 40. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook Instagram and  Patreon.

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Fish, Chips and Punany | Episode 49

This week the guys talk about daddy duties, raising children in the 21st century, existential ski trip hookups, religious vaginas, random hand jobs on Greyhound buses, the alumnae of Mary Louis and Bishop Lochland in the 80s, and slaying social media trolls.

This Week’s Libation is Blackened whiskey.

You’ll hear all this and more in this week’s episode of Decoding 40. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook Instagram and  Patreon.

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Are You Really Going to Fap to That? | Episode 48

The guys cover a crazy range of topics including the Blackest Black History month EVER, computer viruses with audio warnings, our own mortality, the future of funeral services, parental porn histories, preferred porn search terms and our favorite “editing” rooms.

This Week’s Libation is Buffalo Trace and the crew gives it’s mixed review of this crafted bourbon.

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Bum Stiggedy Bum Stiggedy Bum | Episode 47

This episode covers a number of random topics: subway stories, homeless people, Amazon Go stores and the Bodega vending machine (now Stockwell), the death of the actual bodega? We also talk about some of the highlights of Black History Month including the documentary “They Gotta Have Us” now playing on Netflix. Alaric shares some insight on his experience while working on the documentary. 

You’ll hear all this and more in this week’s episode of Decoding 40. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook Instagram and  Patreon.

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Anyone But Her | Episode 46

We start this episode with the weekly check in and talk about the disparity between media coverage for missing victims based on race. The guys discuss the Netflix Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez documentary and the several factors that attributed to his downfall including CTE and past sexual abuse and confusion.

We also discuss a hot button issue amongst friends and the bro code.  Is it okay for your friends to date your ex? The guys quickly drew lines in the sand. Are there strict limits on dating rules within your circle of friends.  And, does the quality of relationships change the variables of engagement.

You’ll hear all this and more in this week’s episode of Decoding 40. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook Instagram and  Patreon.

The Unstraightening | Episode 45

The guys start off acknowledging the amazingly mild winter that New York has been experiencing thanks to climate change.  And, L.O thinks that he may have something to do with the temperate weather. The guys also talk about the “Gay Slave” skit in Ep. 41 “Heeeeyyyy Massa!!!!” and wonder if they went too far and how some of their friends have responded.

Is there really a gay agenda that is threatening the image of straight Black men in Hollywood? Or, are we just seeing a more inclusive representation of characters in storytelling? The guys also discuss the influence of the media and the normalization of alternative lifestyles. The talk then turns personal as Vin shares his personal experience as a father of a young girl exploring her identity.

This Week’s Libation is Pinhook and the crew gives its review of this Kentucky rye.

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Mask On Mask Off

It’s 10am on a Monday in the studio and the guys are breaking open a bottle of some brown sauce. The guys are on the check in talking about drinking in moderation, hearing issues, noise-cancelling headphones, memory foam mattresses, CPAP machines and Vin’s battle with sleep apnea.

The crew starts the show discussing the tragic news of the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter GiGi, the pilot and all of the other passengers. Our hearts go out to all of the families, friends and fans affected by this accident as we all still try to reconcile our emotions regarding this loss.

We also talk about some of the scariest situations we’ve found ourselves in while driving on the road. Do you take naps on the side of the road? Or, at rest stops?

This Week’s Libation is Uncle Nearest 1836 and the crew is excited to finally sample this historic whiskey.

You’ll hear all this and more in this week’s episode of Decoding 40. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook Instagram and  Patreon.

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