10 episodes

An investigative podcast that delves into the world's most curious and complex stories. In season one we’re unpacking the story of Britney Spears and talking to the people who were there to examine how the media, her family and the general public have played a part in Britney losing control of her career, her money and her life.

Unpacked Nova Podcasts

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

An investigative podcast that delves into the world's most curious and complex stories. In season one we’re unpacking the story of Britney Spears and talking to the people who were there to examine how the media, her family and the general public have played a part in Britney losing control of her career, her money and her life.

    The End?

    The End?

    On Friday the 12th of November, it took Judge Brenda Penny just 30 minutes to terminate the Conservatorship that had been in existence for almost 14 years.

    In this episode, we look at what happened in the courtroom and what it means for Britney moving forward.

    GUESTS

    Conservatorship Attorney, Tamar Arminak
    Free Britney Campaigner and Conservatorship Attorney, Lisa MacCarley

    AUDIO SOURCES

    Britney Spears fans react with joy to conservatorship ruling, Guardian News

    CREDITS


    Executive Producer: Edwina Stott
    Audio Production: Adrian Walton

    For more great Nova Podcasts head to novapodcasts.com.au

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 29 min
    David Samuels On The Paparazzi's Dangerous Game

    David Samuels On The Paparazzi's Dangerous Game

    In 2008, journalist David Samuels spent months with Britney Spears' paparazzi pack.

    He hung out with them in the Hollywood Hills, watched how they worked and at one point found himself standing next to Britney herself.

    In this interview, he talks about the lessons we should all learn from what he observed.

    GUEST

    Journalist, David Samuels

    Read his article here: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/04/shooting-britney/306735/

    CREDITS

    Executive Producer: Edwina Stott
    Audio Production: Adrian Walton

    For more great Nova Podcasts head to novapodcasts.com.au

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 23 min
    Skye Sweetnam On Touring With Britney

    Skye Sweetnam On Touring With Britney

    There are very few people who know what it’s like to grow up with millions of people watching your every move but Skye Sweetnam is one of them. 

    Skye got into the music industry when she was just 12 years old and by the time she was 14 she was touring with Britney Spears.

    In this interview, Skye shares the crippling loneliness of life as a teen star, what it was like working with Britney and how she struggled to maintain control of her image and her career.

    GUEST

    Singer-songwriter, Skye Sweetnam

    CREDITS

    Executive Producer: Edwina Stott
    Audio Production: Adrian Walton

    For more great Nova Podcasts head to novapodcasts.com.au

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 25 min
    Is Perez Hilton To Blame For Britney's Breakdown?

    Is Perez Hilton To Blame For Britney's Breakdown?

    Britney’s next hearing will be on November 12th and we'll be back with another episode of Unpacked after that.  In the meantime, we're releasing full versions of some of the series’ most fascinating interviews.

    First up, Perez Hilton because you can’t talk about Britney without talking about Perez.

    He’s faced fierce criticism for the role he played in Britney’s breakdown and in this interview he addresses how he feels about the impact of his behaviour and why he’s still comfortable being paid to talk about Britney.

    GUEST

    Celebrity Blogger, Perez Hilton

    CREDITS

    Executive Producer: Edwina Stott
    Audio Production: Adrian Walton

    For more great Nova Podcasts head to novapodcasts.com.au

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 20 min
    The Movement

    The Movement

    The Free Britney movement has been pivotal in Britney’s fight against the Conservatorship. 

    And they continue to protest and amplify her story.

    So could the movement ultimately provide Britney with the key to freedom?

    GUESTS

    Entertainment Reporter, Dean McCarthy

    Influencer and Free Britney Protester, Hayley Herms

    Rock and Roll Cultural Historian, Jen Otter Bickerdike

    Lawyer and Member of the Free Britney Law Army, Marylin Shrewsbury

    Member of the Free Britney Law Army, Emily Lagarenne

    AUDIO SOURCES

    Crowd of Britney Supporters Outside Court - Ruptly, Global News 

    "Leave Britney Alone" - Chris Crocker via Youtube

    Decoding Socials Videos Devin Strebler via Tik Tok - Matthew Litty via Tik Tok

    CREDITS

    Executive Producer: Edwina Stott
    Audio Production: Adrian Walton

    For more great Nova Podcasts head to novapodcasts.com.au

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 28 min
    The Family

    The Family

    In previous episodes, we've heard how Britney's Conservatorship was put into place and the role the media and the machine of the music industry played.

    But there’s still more to the story.

    In this episode, we’re shining the light on those closest to Britney. 

    We’ll again track her rise and fall looking at the people who were around when it was happening.

    GUESTS

    Author of Britney: Inside the Dream, Steve Dennis

    Rock & Roll historian, Jen Otter Bickerdike

    Singer-songwriter, Skye Sweetnam

    Entertainment Reporter, Dean McCarthy

    AUDIO SOURCES

    Britney Spears Interview With Diane Sawyer 2003 - Primetime, ABC

     Justin Timberlake on radio bragging about taking Britney's virginity - TMZ

    Crowd of Britney supporters outside court - Entertainment Tonight & The Telegraph UK

    CREDITS

    Executive Producer: Edwina Stott
    Audio Production: Adrian Walton

    For more great Nova Podcasts head to novapodcasts.com.au

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Ilovegreen1963 ,

Interesting take on a big story

In a saturated market this is a really great story telling and investigative bent on this story. First episode I really enjoyed and the host and can’t believe Perez Hilton is on this show. Keen for the second episode.

Qwop qwop ,

Gimme More on this Circus!

If you only listen to one podcast about Britney, make it this one! It is a well-researched, insightful and engaging exploration of everything leading up to the star's current fight for freedom. The presenter Edwina is a warm and sophisticated host, and her experience as a journalist lends itself beautifully to this format, cutting through the hype and spin to help you understand what's really at play here. Can't wait to dive even deeper in the next ep!

HorsesForCourses666 ,

Super interesting listen

Can't believe that I have been a lover of britney for so long without knowing what was going on behind the scenes. Really enjoying the pod and looking forward to more epiosdes.

Top Podcasts In Society & Culture

You Might Also Like