Six Degrees of Indoctrination | Episode 75

Welcome back to Decoding 40.  

We took a week off for the holiday and now we’re back with a new episode. During the Check-In the guys talk about Vin’s famous Coquito, bad neighbors, swinger parties during a pandemic, and traveling protocols at the airports.

We discuss the impact of social media on taking the innocence of our children. Is there a virtual boogie man buying and selling our collective souls?  Or, is marketing and advertising a beneficial service for society. We also discuss whether or not a college degree is still worth pursuing.

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Throwback Thanksgiving: Best of Decoding 40 | Episode 74

Welcome to a special throwback episode of Decoding 40.  

Just in time for holidays, your favorite crew is here to bring some comic relief.  The crew is taking the week off to spend time with our families during the holiday.  We hope that all of you are fortunate enough to do the same. Please stay safe and be responsible if you’re traveling.  This Best of … episode is a bunch of the funniest moments from past 73 episodes including Care Bears and Thug Deers (Episode 12) and the Legend of Quato (Episode 25). 

We want to sincerely thank all of our listeners and friends who watch Decoding 40 After Dark for welcoming us into your homes, cars and your daily commute.

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Book of Dad | Episode 73

Welcome to a very special episode. It’s Father’s Day in November with Decoding40. 

All too often men are taught that showing their feelings is a sign of weakness.  This train of thought makes it difficult to be an emotionally available father in general, especially during these emotionally taxing times.  Vin, Alaric, and Leon give their perspectives on what it means to be a good dad.

Mack shares some life-changing news and we all tackle the question: what makes you a good dad? Is being a provider good enough and how do unlearn traditional patriarchal norms in order to be more sensitive to the needs of our children? 

The guys also discuss the impact of their relationship with their fathers; parenting in the age of social media and many other aspects of one of the most important hoods in the world—fatherhood.

Tune in to hear us discuss all of this and more on this episode of Decoding 40.

King Maker | Episode 72

The crew discusses the election and the moment they heard the call for President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President Elect clinching the electoral college votes of Pennsylvania to put him over 270.  With 45 committed to doing everything but conceding the race, we take the opportunity to defecate on the man from Orangina. Mack thinks Trump has something up his sleeve to maintain the presidency. 

Once again we give props to democracy’s superheroes–Black people, and in particular, Black women. As reported, it was the votes in the largely democratic cities and Black voting precincts that pushed the Biden/Harris ticket to victory. So what’s next for Trump? Will he eventually get kicked out on his ass and subsequently be brought up on a host of charges ranging from tax evasion to sexual misconduct or will he walk away free and try to mount a comeback in 2024. 

Tune in to hear us discuss all of the fuckery and more on this episode of Decoding 40.

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Am I My Sistas’ Keeper? | Episode 71

Welcome to another episode of Decoding 40. On this week’s Check-In it’s Vin’s birthday and he celebrated at a shooting range, the guys also discuss stand your ground, granny getting pushed on subway tracks, parents watching the ratchetness of Decoding 40 After Dark show, wedding anniversaries, early voting, underground Mexican food cartels, ancestral prayers, rich white trash, and post-Trump stress disorder.

The guys also debate if a civil war in this country is even realistic based on the outcome of the presidential election. Are these militias really ready for war with the US military?  

This week we discuss a listener’s letter challenging our conversation in Ep. 69 God Save the Queens. The listener sought to check Mack in our discussion about Black women not feeling protected by Black men. Mack claims there’s a meeting of the minds, but the guys are not so sure about that. We always like hearing your feedback and encourage you to write to us at decoding40@gmail.com.

You’ll hear all of this and more on this episode of Decoding 40.

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Beasts of Burden | Episode 70

It’s another episode of Decoding 40.

L.O. shares an UBER ride story that’s hilarious, apparently the driver couldn’t believe he lived in his building. Alaric had a pretty hectic day and the tequila we were drinking probably didn’t help with his 6am call time. Juan Valdez will have to show up with fresh coffee and the burro. Mack forgets his car in a limited parking space–overnight. 

Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court on the day of this recording and we discuss the issues with the high court. We discuss Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest mockumentary Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.

It’s the voting season! Please VOTE on or by Tuesday, November 3rd. We cannot stress the importance of voting for not only the presidential election but all the way down to the school board. Make sure you are counted in this election, please check your voting details at www.vote.org. Don’t let all those who dedicated their entire life to fighting for these rights die in vain. 

You’ll hear all of this and more on this episode of Decoding 40.

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God Save the Queens | Episode 69

Welcome back to another episode of Decoding 40.  The crew starts with this week’s Check-In with L.O. believing that the world slowly, but surely is losing all f**ks about professionalism and craftsmanship; Mack’s has recently assumed the position of president of his business group and wanting to take a quick excursion out of the country; Vin talks about the up-and-down week he’s had dealing with the emotionally charged anniversary of his mother’s passing; and, Alaric shares a story about his daughter and son who may or may not be experimenting with a word that oddly sounds like ducky but with an “F”.

 

Fueled by the release of Black Thoughts latest album, the conversation takes a turn to one our favorite topics–hip hop.  Who would you like to see in one of the next Verzuz battle? The guys discuss a few artists: Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, and Q-Tip.

 

The main topic of discussion answers the question: are Black men protecting Black women? And, if not, how do we change our behavior as men to answer the call of Black women to love and protect them as partners in the struggle for equality.

 

You’ll hear all of this and more on this episode of Decoding 40.

 

It’s voting season! Make sure you are counted this election, please check your voting details at www.vote.org. Don’t let all those who dedicated their entire life to fighting for these rights die in vain. 

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White Lady Problems| Episode 68

Welcome to another episode of Decoding40 and as usual we begin with the Check-In.  Mack shares a horrible customer care incident; Alaric gets ready for a job on the road, but it was canceled due to Covid; Vin still has the dog and might be trying to potty train her; and, L.O. talks about the Netflix movie 40 Year Old Version that was written, directed and starred in by his childhood friend Radha Blank.

Topics this week include Bill Burr’s SNL monologue and maybe something about what some people are saying that 45 allegedly gave the First Lady an army of Nazi crabs. This is unconfirmed, of course.

You’ll hear all of this and more on this episode of Decoding 40.

It’s voting season! Make sure you are counted this election, please check your voting details at www.vote.org. Don’t let all those who dedicated their entire life to fighting for these rights die in vain. 

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Sleep for Dinner (f/ DJ Rich Medina) | Episode 67

The crew is back with another great episode featuring the legendary and internationally acclaimed DJ Rich Medina. Rich shares many of the jewels and stories that make up the storied career that has afforded him opportunities to mix blends across the planet. From dreams of being an NBA star as a semi-pro athlete to becoming a famous and beloved curator of the global club scene, Rich shares some unfiltered insights on his journey.

You’ll hear all of this and more on this episode of Decoding 40.

If you haven’t already registered to vote, please do so by visiting www.vote.org. Don’t let all those who dedicated their entire life to fighting for these rights die in vain. 

The 2020 Census is more than a population count. It’s an opportunity to shape your community’s future. Please complete the Census for 2020

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Whiskey Therapy | Episode 66

Welcome to another episode of Decoding 40 in the middle of a pandemic and racial injustice. The guys check in with L.O. about to tackle another home construction project and a new book he’s reading: Automating Inequality by Virginia Eubanks. Vin shares a funeral crashing story about him going to a funeral parlor to get a program just for an excuse to play hookie from work. It is more Seinfield than Seinfeld. Alaric talks about a myriad of emotions sparked from the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Brianna Taylor grand jury verdict. Mack is more optimistic and believes our humanity will prevail.

You’ll hear all of this and more on this episode of Decoding 40.

If you haven’t already registered to vote, please do so by visiting www.vote.org. Don’t let all those who dedicated their entire life to fighting for these rights die in vain. 

The 2020 Census is more than a population count. It’s an opportunity to shape your community’s future. Please complete the Census for 2020

Be sure to catch us every Monday night at 11pm EST for Decoding 40 After Dark on FB Live and YouTube.

Want to be our Whiskey Warrior of the Week? Or, do you have an event or product that you would like us to attend, sample and promote? Then, please send us an email to Decoding40@gmail.com to start the discussion.