March 5, 2018

Josephine and The Amazing Technicolor Rainbow Tribe

by The Nod

Background show artwork for The Nod

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 into Josephine Baker’s grand plan.

And for all you listeners in Austin, we are going to be at SXSW Monday, March 12! Come out and see The Nod live:

Check out Josephine Baker and the Rainbow Tribe by Matthew Guterl and Josephine Baker in Art and Life: The Icon and the Image by Bennetta Jules-Rosette.

Also thanks to the New York City Municipal Archives for providing audio of Josephine Bakers speech from the 1964 meeting of the Overseas Press Club. 


The Nod is produced by Brittany Luse, with Eric Eddings, Kate Parkinson-Morgan, and Emanuele Berry, with production assistance from Wallace Mack. Our senior producer is Sarah Abdurrahman. We are edited by Annie-Rose Strasser and Sara Sarasohn. Engineering from Cedric Wilson. Fact-checking by Max Gibson. Special thanks to Brenna Daldorph and Catherine Saint Louis.  Our theme music is by Calid B. Additional music in the show by Cedric Wilson and Bobby Lord, Opium Flirt ,The Morrie Morrison Orchestra  and Mothica.