Back Issue

Back Issue

Back Issue

CATEGORY: Society & Culture
Remember when Monica allegedly punched Brandy right before they performed live at the MTV Video Music Awards? When Freaknik took over Atlanta, and changed the game for parties everywhere? When tasteless critics panned Mariah Carey’s Glitter? (#JusticeforGlitter!) When Beyonce told Farrah that someone could send her luggage? We do!Back Issue tells the stories behind formative moments in pop culture. In each episode we look back at some of the moments that shook us, that changed us. Join Tracy Clayton (host of Netflix’s Strong Black Legends, Mailchimp’s Going Through It) and Pineapple Street Studios Senior Producer Josh Gwynn as they reckon with some of culture’s biggest questions, from "How did we let this happen?" to ‘Why do we still love this?" Because nostalgia is more than just a feeling. Got an issue you’d like us to investigate? Hit the Back Issue Hotline at (678)-74ISSUE.
  1. January 20, 2022
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    Introducing Fly on the Wall with Dana Carvey and David Spade
    Be a “Fly on the Wall” as Saturday Night Live alumni Dana Carvey and David Spade take you behind the scenes to reminisce about the most memorable stories and moments with friends of the show. In each episode, y…
  2. January 06, 2022
    10 min
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    Reintroducing For Colored Nerds
    Each week, BFFs Brittany and Eric humorously deep-dive into the uncool topic of their choice while testing the outer limits of their friendship.Listen to and follow For Colored Nerds right now on Stitcher, Appl…
  3. December 17, 2021
    33 min
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    That Time We Celebrated Surviving 2021
    We did it, Joe! We made it to the end of year and not going to lie, 2021 had us in the first half…and maybe the second half, too. But, ’tis the season to reflect on all its ups and downs, and we’re coming at yo…
  4. November 18, 2021
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    That Time We Told Y'all To Check Out 'Okay, Now Listen'
    This week, we're popping back into your feeds to share an extra special episode from one of our favorite pop culture rewind podcasts: ''Okay Now Listen,' hosted by Scottie Beam and Sylvia Obell!On this episode,…
  5. October 11, 2021
    56 min
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    That Time We Literally Looked Back At It 🍑 (feat. ✊🏾 Nikki Giovanni, Nichole Perkins, and Savala Nolan)
    In our final episode of Season Two, we had to “end” it just right, by doing what we do best— looking back at it (aye!) — so we’re backing thangs up with a conversation on booty. That’s right: Tracy and Josh are…
  6. October 04, 2021
    45 min
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    That Time We Read U, Wrote U
    Racers, start your engines ‘cause this week’s maxi challenge is gonna leave you gagging (don’t worry; that’s a good thing). Josh and Tracy tackle the good, the bad, and the ooooh girl of RuPaul’s Drag Race, fro…
  7. September 27, 2021
    41 min
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    That Time We Needed To 🗣GO LAY DOWN
    This week, we’re taking a moment to breathe, shoop shoop, and exhale. Tracy and Josh explore mental health with our favorite therapist, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford of the Therapy for Black Girls podcast! With Dr. J…
  8. September 20, 2021
    48 min
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    That Time Y’all Played Too Much
    It’s game night, so get your "Draw 4" cards ready 'cause it's about to go down! Josh and Tracy invite the very special and highly competitive hosts of the For Colored Nerds podcast, Brittany Luse and Eric Eddin…
  9. September 13, 2021
    49 min
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    That Time Music Videos Made Us Want to Emote in the Rain
    Welcome to the Fifty-Eleventh Back Issue Video Music Awards! Join Josh and Tracy as they honor their favorite music videos of the ‘90s and 2000s in categories you might expect (Most Iconic Look in a Music Video…
  10. September 08, 2021
    7 min
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    Introducing: 9/12
    How did 9/11 the day become 9/11 the idea? That question drives award-winning host Dan Taberski (Missing Richard Simmons, Running From COPS, The Line) to shift his focus to what happened on 9/12, and every day…
  11. September 06, 2021
    51 min
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    That Time The Clownery Came Back To Bite 🤡
    Reality TV dating shows are a subgenre of “reality” that seem to get weirder by the year. Josh and Tracy have watched their fair share of trash reality TV but could never get into nor get the appeal of the most…
  12. August 30, 2021
    45 min
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    That Time Aretha Asked Celine If She Knew Jesus
    Glamour. Sass. Unadulterated talent. What makes a diva? Podcast divas of the universe Tracy and Josh go deep in their diva bags and unpack the origins and evolution of divas as well as the politics around diva-…
  13. August 23, 2021
    54 min
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    That Time We Sat There And Ate Our Food
    Grab your sporks and your doggy bags! This week, Josh and Tracy dig in and dig deep about their mutual love of food and its way of connecting people, places, and stories. Joining them is founder of Herb ‘N’ Coo…
  14. August 16, 2021
    42 min
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    That Time We Did It For the '99s and '00s
    Music has a way of scoring life’s big and small moments, and this week, Josh and Tracy team up to create the ultimate mixtape that ushers in all the feels. They discuss their musical influences, test their know…
  15. August 09, 2021
    53 min
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    That Time The Internet Wasn’t A Hellscape
    Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to pay tribute to this thing called Beyoncé’s internet. No, not today’s digital hellscape, but the one we first fell in love with way back in ye olde days of AOL, Naps…
  16. August 02, 2021
    49 min
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    That Time It Wasn’t Right Or OK
    This week, Josh and Tracy put together a mixtape of love to unpack Whitney Houston’s career and legacy -- from her gospel beginnings and becoming America’s princess, to that infamous Wendy Williams interview an…
  17. July 26, 2021
    45 min
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    That Time We Gave You Five
    Now that the world is opening and closing...and opening, we’ve been thinking a lot about touch. This week, Tracy and Josh explore all the ways we greet each other – high fives! low fives! secret handshakes! – a…
  18. July 19, 2021
    4 min
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    Back Issue Season 2: Back In The Habit
    Your summer just got a lot hotter, 'cause Back Issue is back in the habit! 🔥Season 2 is about to serve even more joy and pop culture nostalgia than before. We’re honoring Whitney THEE Houston, giving the folks…
  19. December 07, 2020
    51 min
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    Remember When We Found Ourselves? (Feat. Jill Scott and Perry Fair)
    Before We Bid Season 1 Adieu, Did You Know Tracy Almost Got An Ankh Tattoo?This week, Josh and Tracy close out Back Issue's first season with one last trip, all the way back to the heyday of Neo Soul, from how…
  20. November 30, 2020
    57 min
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    Remember Backing That Azz Up? (Feat. Dr. Joy Harden Bradford and Mariah Moore)
    Without A Doubt, I Miss The CookoutThis week, take a break from your solitary quarantine as Josh and Tracy take you waaay back to some of the baddest, Blackest functions of all time, like ATL's Freaknik and the…

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